A small emergency in your family, and it's as if somebody wakes you up from deep slumber. Yes, slumber. Because that's the state you are in if something's right in front of you but you've been too preoccupied to realise it. We tend to feel that old people being moved to old age homes are the only ones who are in need of our service. But the truth is that the old people in our own homes, grandparents or parents, also need our attention once they cross a particular age.