Saturday, April 19, 2014

Alzheimer's Prayer by Kate - Catherine Coutinho for Silver Innings


I just want to say Thank you for all your love and support I have received in these three months and I am filled with Joy that I have received Social Work Certificate Course Senior Citizen from College of Social Work -Nirmala Niketan Institute.   

My mission begin NOW and work All for the Glory of God, in all the fields that the Lord want me to put my hand on the field to plough and bear good fruits.



I have made a prayer for  ALZHEIMER'S PRAYER at A1 Snehanjali, Silver Innings assisted living elder care home : SAILESH MISHRA I thought of our Holy Father Pope Paul the II in his last day how he was suffering with ALZHEIMER'S, I did not know what it was and thinking of our Holy Father Pope Paul the II made prayer for all the Patient who are suffering from ALZHEIMER'S, I do not know why I made this prayer but it give me comfort for I do not know at the end what state of life we will live, For no one knows our future and we are in Gods hands and walking in the Footsteps of Christ ! and be saved.

My life begins now as a social work for the People of the people and the model of all social worker is Our Lord Jesus Christ : he is my model and I will imitate in Christ with all the guidance I have received  during the three months from the the Good people at Nirmala Nikethan.  Thanks you once again.

Sailesh, God bless you, and keep up to your good work, I really appreciate, all that you have done for us and to the world. Keep me in your prayer. Amen.



 ALZHEIMER'S PRAYER

HEAVENLY FATHER,

I THANK ALL THE VISITORS WHO COME TO SEE ME,
AND BLESS ALL THE VISITOR WHO SUPPORT ME WITH LOVE,
At time the visitors are confused of my behavior that keep them wonder about me,
Grant them the strength, and to over come the fear when they see me,
Forgive me of all my irritation that cause my visitors to go away,
You know Lord I am not in a stable frame of mind,
Dear Lord please walk with me in the mist of memory that has become
Where it leads me I do not know,


Dear Lord, you know me what I am,
Hold me nearer to you, and to appreciate all the Visitors.
For their kindness, love and support that keeps me still closer to you.
A newborn of Child in the world,
I depend totally to you lord,
For you are my instruments of Love, which give me, Joy forever.

Please Lord let them take my hand and stay awhile,
Even though I seem unaware of their presence.
Help them to know how their strength & Love, comfort me,
With their loving care, which draw me closer to, you Lord,
Just when I need it most in time of trial & suffering.

Let them know when I don't recognize them,
I need you lord to console there loving heart
And free them from sorrow, when it comes,
And let it pass gently and heal their heart of pain,
Let there be sunshine of your love Lord, reflecting in visitors souls
They have not seen me but its You Lord,

And finally Lord, please let them know,
How very much their visits mean to me,
Even through in relentless mystery of my sickness,
You can see Lord I can still feel their love,
With there gentle touch of appreciation caring,
And a window of your mirror is already reflecting in the souls.

Amen!

In Christ!


Kate - Catherine Coutinho O.C.V.
katecoutinho123@gmail.com

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Silver Innings, a journey from organisation to ideaology, a movement…




“A change agent is someone who has an inner flame  pushing them out into the world to improve it. My work at the Silver Innings is to feed that flame so it grows into a bonfire. My hope is that each person’s flame will grow to be so bright that one day we will create Elder Friendly World where Ageing becomes a Positive and Rewarding Experience”  
: Sailesh Mishra , Founder President, Silver Innings   

Today 10th April 2014 on our Foundation Day, its an amazing experience, completing 6 Years, Silver Innings has become a movement, a trend setter with its uniqueness and innovative Positive approach towards Ageing. 

We take this opportunity to Thank all our supporters, well wishers , colleagues , friends , partners and all Elders for their continuous support and blessings. 



We still remember that day, 10th April 2008, our Social Enterprise organization 'Silver Innings' was launched with website www.silverinnings.com to work With Senior Citizens to provide need base service to Senior Citizens and their family members.

The idea behind Silver innings was to take the fear out of ageing by empowering the elders and bringing dignity in their lives Who’s afraid of ageing? Is what the team at Silver Innings believes in. 

Silver Innings was born with idea of a new beginning for our elders. It is a new path, the journey of successful ageing. It is an initiative that was started by my young change-makers team , Hendi Lingiah, (France), Prof Parul Kibliwala (India,SNDT) Bhavesh Chheda (Web designer,India) and Sailesh Mishra(Marketing Professional, India)  who were far removed in distance but united in the cause of elders. 

The idea was germinated by our founder Sailesh Mishra and took root with the support and contribution of these individuals and many more people, to list them all will be an endless list. Silver Innings took form as a one stop destination for dissemination of information and resources for the elders and their family members. The social enterprise opened a platform for discussing issues regarding the elders and soon a need for a social organisation emerged. Taking on this gaping need, Silver Inning Foundation a NGO was born in July 2008 to address  the micro and macro level issues of the elderly to create an elder friendly world.

Silver Innings had taken a bold and innovative step to address the issues concerning elders with the help of technology by proactively using ICT in creating awareness and sensitization. It believes in partnerships and networking and uses various platforms, NGOs, educational institutes, medical institutes to promote the cause. It is trying to break the centralised system by reaching out to the elderly where they are situated and empowering them to find resources within them to deal with the issues.

Silver Innings believes in creating an environment and understanding of ageing as a positive and beautiful experience with no negativity attached to it.  A few organisations in recent years were addressing some of the issues of the elderly. However there was a need for better marketing of the issues of the elderly with proactive participation, networking and advocacy towards the cause. A non-discriminatory, approach was needed since most of the organisation working for elder care were addressing the elites on the one hand and the down trodden on the other but the middle class was somehow left out of this outreach. 

Silver Innings has a vision that after 20 / 30 years Silver Inning Foundation (SIF) , NGO will ceases to operate, elders won’t any more need any NGO’s and we believes that NGO’s should not survive on stakeholders.There will be only service and product providers.That's why Silver Innings is working towards creating Elder Friendly World where Ageing becomes a Positive and Rewarding Experience. Now its like monopoly of handful organisations but it should be consumer driven market. A social innovation and Social Entrepreneur module will make huge difference to other wise most neglected and ignored sector of Senior Citizens globally. 

Our Sixth year 2013-14 was an Interesting year with lots of ups and down , but with limited funds and human resources we could still make some difference with events like Lectures , Workshop, Training, World days events, Heath  camps,  Advocacy , Participation in national and international conference's and also with some concrete New Initiative such as :  

Silver Innings Matrimonial & Companionship, A match making bureau for senior citizens, launched in April 2013

Silver Innings FC ( Foot ball club of youths playing for cause  of Elders)  we won all the matches in Div III group E , we were the topper , launched in July 2013

A1 Snehanjali, Assisted living elder care home (for Alzheimer's, Dementia, Parkinson and Very old) , one of its kind in Mumbai city ( Nalasopara west) , Launched in Aug 2013

Koffee with Kahani, launched in Dec 2013 with ‘The Metrognome’ a  Inter-generation programme promoting story telling 

'Silver Innings' Registered as Trade Mark 

16 vs 60 Cricket match (between Youths and Senior Citizens)  launched in Jan 2014, Inter-generation programme with sports 

Silver Innings Helpline, India’s first online helpline portal only for Senior Citizens , Launched in Feb 2014, a brain child of Ramaa Subramanium, co founder 

Our work was also appreciated when our founder Sailesh Mishra was Awarded with Rotary Club Award , Dec 2013.

It was one of the important milestone with Book Launch of  Karma Kurry for the mind, body, heart and soul’ in Dec 2013 Book published by Jaico with ‘Son of Million Parents’ our founder Sailesh Mishra change maker story.

We also got covered in many media, print in English and local languages  but one of the important one, to be mentioned is Electronic Media Interview of our Founder Sailesh Mishra regarding Old Age Homes and Senior Citizens issues at World Islamic Network's WIN TV 'Haqeeqat  Telecast on 13th April 2013.


Doing all this we never realized when we had reached out to millions of people globally.  


Some real time Statics will give you an idea of our proactive online activity, being pioneer in Asia using social media as tool for cause of aging :

Silver Innings (SI) Group Outreach  Reach Out , as on  9th April  2014       

                             
Website and Publications:    
                                                  
Websites :   Total Hits 1,71,187                                                       
www.silverinnings.com  :  1,10,765 hit  (since April 2008 )                                                 
http://a1snehanjali.com/  :  3841 hits  (since Dec 2013)                                                         
http://silverinningshelpline.com/  : 2581 (since 16th Feb 2014)                                                         
http://silverinningfoundation.org/   :  Under Construction                                                    
                                               
Blogs:   Total Hits  2,66,512                                                 
People for Social Cause Blog: 1,32,190 (since July 2007 )                                                   
Silver Innings blog :1,04,813 hit (Since April 2008 )                                                
Alzheimer’s Society (ARDSI), Greater Mumbai Blog: 17,996 hit   (Since Jan 2011)  - Managed by SI
Missing Senior Citizen Alert Blog      9,754 Hit ( Since 25th Nov 2011)                                         
Silver Innings Matrimonial and Companionship :  1759  ( April 2013)                                                         
Seniors World Chronicle  10,78,372 Hits (acquired on 8th May 2012) 
                                            
                                                    
Social Media:                                    
Total Followers/ Friends : 8093                                                      
Facebook: 6000 Followers/Friends (including personal)                                     
Twitter2093 Followers           (Including Personal)                           
                                                           

Facebook Pages / Community : Total Likes 3109    
Youth for Seniors: 579 (Since July 2010)                              
Silver Inning Foundation: 439 (April 2008)                          
Silver Innings Matrimonial & Companionship: 109 (April 2013)                              
Silver Innings: 604 ( April 2008)                               
Silver Innings Young at Heart (Talent): 77 (Since 1st March 2014)             
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: 232 (Since 2010)                                
The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA): 532 (since 2011)  Managed by SI  A1 Snehanjali: 285 (since July 2013)                         
Silver Innings Dementia Management Services(SIDMS): 91 (since April 2012)      
Silver Innings FC : 51 (Since July 2013)                               
Celebrating Age (Event):  110 (Since 2012)      
        

Facebook Groups : Total Members  2559                                      
Missing Senior Citizen Alert: 700                              
Alzheimer's Related Disorder Society of India (ARDSI): 975 Managed by SI       
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: 460                              
Senior Citizens National Solidarity Day 16th Aug: 354 Managed by SI                   

Online Newspaper:                                                  
Silver Innings Newspaper (Paper li ):  77 subscriber                         
Dementia & Alzheimer's Times :  83 Subscriber        

Total Outreach For Social Media including Websites and blogs:   13,95,670 - 9th April 2014             
                                                           
Silver Innings Members : 5000  ( since April 2008 )                                                 
Meri News.com - Citizen Journalism  : 36 Article published : 72,000 hits (5 years)  
                                                           

Reach Out  / Impact                                                 
Indirect: 10, 00,000 plus people globally (through ICT - internet) since April 2008                         
Direct: approx  1,00,000 people in India since April 2008    
                                               

Yes we all are the Change to make this society for all Ages.


From 
Team Silver Innings
Dhanalaxmi Rao
Mona Mishra
Joylet Rebello
 
          
                                               
                                                           

 
                                                           

                                             

                                   
                                                           

Celebration Time @ A1 Snehanjali and Silver Inning...

Silver Innings Celebrates Foundation Day...

On 10th April 2008, our Social Enterprise organisation 'Silver Innings' was launched to Work With Senior Citizens. It has been amazing 6 Years and Silver Innings has become a movement, a trend setter with its uniqueness and innovative Positive approach towards Ageing. We take this opportunity to Thank you all and all Elders for your support and blessings.
Yes we all are the Change to make this society for all Ages.
Wish you all rocking Silver Innings ahead......

Love you all and big hug from Team Silver Innings.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Bharatiya Janata Party #loksabhaelection2014 Manifesto with regards to Senior Citizens Issues



My detail view: Bharatiya Janata Party #loksabhaelection2014 Manifesto with regards to Senior Citizens Issues
 
There are 104 million Senior Citizens (60+), 10% of total population and around 23% of total voting population.

Iam Happy and Unhappy with BJP party manifesto.



Iam Unhappy because it has  totally ignored NPOP( National Policy of Older Person) 1999, the Mission statement of Indian Govt. For 104 million Senior Citizens ; also there is no mention of Alzheimer's and Dementia.


Iam happy because it does talks about Elders at various points such as: 

Direct Way:


  • Its first Political Party that has mentioned Senior Citizens In table of Content and as one of major Focus area

  • Page 19:Under: Social Security - A Caring Government, Passionate Society:  India has always been a caring society. It is in our culture to help the aged, the weak and the helpless. We have to retain this. We have to educate our younger generations about this. The social security schemes of the Governments have to be made more meaningful. Our aspirations get frustrated when we encounter a weak social infrastructure. We need it on a daily basis. 


  • Page 19: Under: Senior Citizens:

  1. BJP is committed to the welfare of senior citizens, especially their security and health care. We will take measures to deal with the issues related to the senior citizens in a focused manner.
  2. BJP will: Provide financial support, exploring ideas like additional tax benefits and higher interest rates.
  3. Invest in setting up and improving old-age homes.
  4. Harness their experience in the National Interest. Devise schemes and programs to engage thesenior citizens as volunteers / part time workers in various development programmes of the government, in urban and rural areas. This will not only help in utilizing their time, but also it would be an effective utilization of their experience and may add an additional source of income for them.



  • Page 25 and 26 Under Health Services - Increase the Access, Improve the Quality, Lower the Cost :  Senior Citizens healthcare would be a special focus area

  • Page 27 and 28: Under: Agriculture - Productive, Scientific and Rewarding : Put in place welfare measures for farmers above 60 years in age, small and marginal farmers and farm labours.

  
Indirect:

  • Page 31: Under : Labour Force - The Pillar of Our Growth: Strengthen the Pension and Health Insurance safety nets for all kinds of labourers



  • Page 33  Under Railway: Tourist Rail - including Pilgrimage Rail.


Read #BJPManifesto2014 in detail: http://www.bjp.org/manifesto2014

This election,We at Silver Inning Foundation and Millions of Senior Citizens will only VOTE for a Candidate or political party who declares in its manifesto a promise to pass and implement NPOP 1999(National Policy of Senior Citizens) in LokSabha, Otherwise,  We will use our right to NOTA (None Of The Above). 

Dear friends, We appeal to the youth and all the Senior Citizens to join us in making our country an elder friendly one. Yes, We are the Change. Now it’s your turn to be the change!!!  If you also care about your Elders as much as we do, please share!

Silver Inning Foundation urges political parties, civil society, media, government and community to have any policy and program Inclusive of Senior Citizens or for all ages and have Empathy towards our Senior Citizens, one day we will too grow old......



Sailesh Mishra
Founder




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