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Order a grandkid!

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There’s really an app for everything these days! New American start-up Papa offers silvers ‘grandkids on demand’ to assist them with transportation, household chores or simply keep them company. The process is fairly simple. Elders can get in touch with Papa through the mobile app or by calling its customer service. The representative from Papa offers them a free consultation and pairs them with a college student, called a ‘Papa Pal’—these students are recruited after an intensive process. This service is available in two plans. The first is pay as you go, which costs $ 15 (about ₹ 1,000) per hour, provided it is within 10 miles (16 km) of your Papa Pal; else an additional 50 cents (about ₹ 35) per hour is levied. The second is a monthly membership at a fee of $ 15 (₹ 1,000) with the same applicable hourly rates. However, members enjoy additional benefits like companionship, house help, and technology lessons as opposed to only social transportation in the pay-as-you-go plan. Wow.

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Featured in Harmony — Celebrate Age Magazine
August 2018