Traditional family structures are disintegrating in many countries as younger people move away and are not available to provide care for their elder relatives.

In a sense retirement communities can be viewed as a surrogate family, providing residents with a sense of security and lots of companions in a contained environment.    Having existed for many years in western countries, the concept has now reached India and is being embraced by those who can afford it.    And the demand is increasing as the middle class grows.    Read more.