Crossing Cultural Boundaries
Lalitha and Cadavasal were born, raised and educated in India. Although they both exhibit the gentle demeanor of their country, they are sophisticated citizens of the world. Cadavasal's prosperous job as a salesman took them to many places, and they even traveled to Moscow. As they advanced in age, however, physical frailties and a volatile Russian economy led them to reexamine their living situation, and they relocated to San Diego to be near their daughter, a UCSD professor. Now in their late 80's, Cadavasal is losing his sight and Lalitha has movement issues. In 2012, they found ElderHelp. They exalt the "unfailing, professional and caring service" from their Seniors A Go Go drivers who get them to their many doctor's appointments. They're grateful for their regular grocery shopper, and were overwhelmed when a team of volunteers arrived at their doorstep to help them move to new living quarters. Even though they now must deal with a more frugal way of life, they feel blessed that ElderHelp is in their lives. Cadavasal points out that our volunteer tradition in this country is rare in the world, and that ElderHelp volunteers are the best of the lot.