The one of the most sensitive phase in the lives of women is the middle age. It’s the phase when their kids are busy in their academics and spouses are busy in their careers. Most women, who either had left their careers behind or didn’t make it a priority because of other responsibilities, feel disoriented. During this phase, women need to pay more attention to their health. It becomes more important to make these women take care of themselves. Maitra, a social group in Pune, is working for the physical and mental betterment of the middle-aged women.
In the periodical meetings organised by Maitra, women are made aware of their health. It also provides a platform for sharing each other’s agonies and relieving the stress. It has now four groups in different areas of Pune under its banner.
Maitra is a brainchild of Medha Purkar, a French language teacher by profession. While speaking to My Medical Mantra, on asking what prompted her to start Maitra, she said “As your children and husband are busy in their lives, after the age of 30, generally women lose their confidence and they start feeling that they are good for nothing. I observed this especially in the women of my generation. It is this age when they should be more cautious about their health. I felt that all of their issues should be addressed on one platform and that’s how Maitra came into existence.”
On Sundays, meeting is arranged for Maitra members. The core team of Maitra focuses on the aspects of healthy life suggested by World Health Organisation (WHO). In each meeting, an interactive session by an expert is arranged to guide them about it. The sessions are made more interesting by performing role plays by the members. “We invite experts to talk about issues which women should be aware of. Experts talk about the changes in the body during menopause and how to deal with it, the importance of Yoga and Pranayam, how we can take care of ourselves and many other important issues related to women. After the session, we discuss and share our experiences. Now we have become a family,” said Sheetal Orpe a classical singer and music composer.
Since inception, Maitra has been growing and now it has four groups under its banner in various areas in Pune. According to Supriya Kulkarni, a member of Maitra, its positive energy attracts more people. “Being associated with Maitra fills you with positive energy. I have become very positive and have adopted the optimistic approach. We participate in various activities and it refreshes the mind. Also, sharing reduces the burden on the mind,” Supriya said.
Now, a group for people above the age of 60 has been started and soon a group for the mothers of special children will start on of August 14. “My idea was to help women in self-strengthening themselves. It’s important to be a friend of yourself first. This is the motto of Maitra. I am glad that at least we have taken the first step towards it,” added Purkar.