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Instead of old age homes and orphanages in separate facilities, the combination of both should be built.

There are many old age homes, where many elderly who are well educated and not very sick are living deprived of love and alone. At the same time, there are many orphanages where children dont interact with, or receive love from, elders. We can build homes where elderly people and children can live as small families, take care of one other and be loved.

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  • Nov 13 2011: YOur idea is wonderful and what would be helpful to have a brief list of "case studies' oor 'success models' now existing that can be adopted on a community level that is a "good fit" to a particular country's culture and wealth particularly. What's good for USA is not necessarily good for India. There are vast differences in culture and value priority in both nations. Here in USA, I have seen one model, in the private sector, that appears to work well , a variation of what you are suggesting. Here is the example. There is successful company with a chain of apartments spcially catered to elderly here. I have some friends who have sold their single family home and moved to such appartments when they can no longer wish or able to care for their lawns and other chores of owning a single famiily. These apartments have dining facilities that's part of the rent. Next to some of these "Elderly Apartments', "Kindergarden" facility have sprung up, allowing some of those who live in the aprtment to volunteer their time to the kindergarten facility that benefits both the kids, the kids facilities and provides value for the elderly as they so choose.

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