"We are elderly people who want to live the rest of our lives in a peaceful way and spiritual atmosphere. We would like to prepare ourselves for the last journey in this life. We are blessed to be able to live here in the Aum Pranava Ashram and to be cared for in this surrounding with the children. We are grateful to all the supporters and to the founders for allowing us to be here. Thank You."
Since the traditional family structures are splitting up rapidly in India, the challenges for seniors to find a secure place in old age are tough. Security and provisional plans for retirement are hardly realistic for people from an economically deprived environment. In so many cases, harsh realities have replaced family care and support.
We provide our elders with shelter, food, and medical care. We started the Home for Elders in June 2003, when the founders decided to take up two deserted men from the streets into the ashram's fold and care. They had been working together in a canteen for nearly 30 years. The canteen was closed, and neither had a place to stay. In the past, the joint family system provided social security and health care to all its members. Since joint families no longer exist, elders find themselves in very vulnerable situations.