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Foreigners eye 5-star retirement
1.       Roswitha
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 08 Apr 2008 Tue 12:39 am

Some private rest homes in Turkey for the elderly resemble five-star hotels with their saunas and cinema halls. While the number of such homes has increased eight-fold within the last five years, foreign investors have begun conducting market research in Turkey.
With Turkey's elderly population gradually beginning to increase, investments in luxury rest homes are becoming a profitable venture and have also attracted the attention of foreign investors.

A semi-feudal lord, or ağa, from the southeastern Anatolian region of Turkey enters, by chance, a rest home for the elderly while escaping from a hospital in Istanbul. Finding himself amid some elderly people left alone by their families, the old ağa, later goes on a journey to his hometown together with the elderly people he met at the rest home.

His aim is to show the genuine appreciation and love for the elderly to those people left to their destiny. The movie “Beyaz Melek” (White Angel), which tells the story of elderly people living in rest homes, did not bring a plethora of awards for its director Mahsun Kırmızıgül but with the box office record it broke it caused many to grasp the sensitivity of its theme.

Increasing in number daily, the number of private rest homes seems to erase the bad rest home scenes that mostly become the subject of movies and news programs. In fact, the last five years have witnessed an eight-fold increase in the number of private rest homes, which, with their saunas, cinema halls and physical therapy clinics, almost resemble five-star hotels. Competing to present the best familial comfort and warmth, these private rest homes for the elderly have also attracted the attention of foreign investors. While investors from Australia and Germany are currently focusing on Turkey, the De Wever Foundation, providing care for about 2,000 elderly people in a total of 17 rest homes in the Netherlands has been in contact for some time with Istanbul's Darülaceze (Almshouse) Foundation to take over the management of a 300-bed rest home in Yakacık district that it established through a YTL 8 million investment.


This movie has some violent themes, too bad I am unable to follow the Turkish dialogue here:

2.       alameda
3499 posts
 08 Apr 2008 Tue 12:59 am

Interesting post roswitha, thanks.

3.       Roswitha
4132 posts
 08 Apr 2008 Tue 01:57 am

thanks so much, dear!

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