Marigold Hotel film highlights contrast in retirement living across the continents

Blog posted

28th February 2012

Last week saw the release of the British film ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’.

The film tells the tale of a group of retirees who move into a home for the elderly in  India for what they believe will be a more luxurious yet less expensive way to spend their pensions and see out their days. But things aren’t quite what they expected!

Inevitably the film asks questions about care for the elderly both here in the UK and in India.

It’s a fascinating and very entertaining film and stars some major names including Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith. I would highly recommend it.

I chose to watch it with one curious eye on the retirement living angle. While much of the film was a sharp contrast to what the UK has to offer, it was interesting to see that the needs of this age group, their motivations and desires, even their value system, is the same whichever part of the world they may be living in.

While we may think our older generation are not so well catered for here in the UK – I’m referring to some of the comments made last week by care minister Paul Burstow there is much being done that we should be proud to shout about.

This is in direct contrast with countries such as India that only recently opened its first retirement village – 30 years after our own welcomed its very first residents to Elmbridge Village in Cranleigh, Surrey.

There’s a fascinating blog on the AgeUk website which explains the work now underway in India to redress the balance of elderly care.

It’s definitely worth reading. It’s a heart-warming story and one which resonates with us here in the UK as we have 30 years of experience to reflect upon and can only wish the country well as it extends its hand of support to this important section of the population.