The book deals with the ongoing transformation in the Indian social structure due to the breakdown of the joint family system, increased life-spans, nuclear family structure, urbanization and globalization. It focuses on the main issues faced by the elderly: health and medical problems, financial insecurities, and loneliness. In the book, the author who is an active octogenarian stresses the importance of planning for a happy, healthy and secure old age. He discusses the four stages of life and how the lifestyle in the first two stages affects life in old age. He addresses the problems faced by the elderly, suggesting how each can be met by the government, by private organizations, by children and the elderly themselves. It has inputs from medical and financial experts and a list of resources which would benefit the elderly as well as the youth.
S.K. Kulkarni is a prolific writer. He has written columns for two Mumbai newspapers, the Daily and Free Press Journal, and for a monthly magazine One India One People. His writings cover a wide range of topics--social, political, and foreign relations--and have been highly appreciated by readers as reflected in their responses.