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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Dementia and Elder Care in India

Watch our Film and behind scene interview at Republic TV for YES FOUNDATION #YESIamTheCHANGE telecast in April 2018. 

The population of the elderly in India has been increasing in recent years, and will continue to rise in the coming decades. Their well-being is our responsibility and we must ensure that they are valued and respected as active members of the society. Hira Mehta, a 2016 YES! i am the CHANGE participant from Mumbai showcases Sailesh Mishra Founder of Silver innings and A1Snehanjali relentless work towards elderly care and Dementia in her short film Silver Innings.

Courtesy: Republic TV and Yes Foundation  

This film is for non commercial and educational purpose ONLY. 

Email: silverinnings@gmail.com 

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Role of Senior Citizens In Water Conservation And Environment Protection

On the occasion of Earth Day 2018, International Longevity Centre--India, had organised a one day workshop on " Role of Senior Citizens in Water Conservation And Environment Protection "on 25 April 18 at Paranjape Hall, IMA, Tilak Road, Pune. The workshop was attended by the award winning Senior Citizens Forum ( ज्येष्ठ नागरिक संघ )from all over Maharashtra, including Pune City. Forums from Rural as well as Urban areas like, Thane, Dombivali, Alibagh, Kolhapur, Solapur, Otur, Nerul,Aurangabad. The Aim of this workshop was to use Talent, Skill & Knowledge of Senior Citizens in spreading awareness among School, College Students as well as Slums, regarding impact of Global Warming on Climatic conditions. Col S G Dalvi,District Manager, Pune, Climate Reality Project, India, conducted the Workshop. He is also resource person for ILC--India.

Mrs Anjali Raje , Executive Director, ILC-I,welcomed all the delegates, and gave brief about the workshop.She explained need to spread awareness about extreme climatic events affecting climate and our well being.All the delegates were requested to participate in workshop & then info ILC-I about their plan of action.

Col Dalvi briefly told the delegates about The Global Warming, reasons,the role played by human beings in escalating global warming,impact on Natural resources like Air, Water, Soil etc, along with impact on climatic events like shift in Monsoon cycle, heavy rainfall, floods, rise in temperatures, hail storms,water pollution, river pollution, plastic menace,fossil fuel generated Energy for power sector in India, etc. He briefly informed all about adverse impact on Human Health, decline in Farm produce, impact on Economy especially for India, reducing Forest cover etc.He also explained about Carbon Footprint calculations & simple ways to reduce it.

In order to involve students active participation, it was decided & agreed by all that each participating forum will adopt 2 Schools/ Colleges and one Slum. Forums will connect with educational institute authorities & identify students and Staff volunteers to participate in this program. These students will carry out Water Audit, Energy Audit , Solid Waste Management & work out plans to reduce extra consumption of natural resources by adopting to different simple to do measures. They will also calculate reduction in carbon emission by adapting to new practices.

Delegates shown keen interest to participate in this program, however requested for all possible help from ILC-I & Col Dalvi. Which was accepted.

Mr Jayant Umranikar , Chairman, ILC-I in his valedictory address, stressed the need to use talent & knowledge of senior citizens to interact with students & encourage them to work on simple & doable methods to reduce wastage of Water, electrical Energy etc & help make their Institute Green model for others to follow. He informed all that ILC-I will valuate all the participating forums & institutions & suitably reward Forums, Institutes, & Students at special ILC-I function in Pune in early 2019.

With Regards
Col S G Dalvi (retd.)

District Manager (Pune)

The Climate Reality Project, India
Director, Parjanya : Rain water Harvesting Consultancy


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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

TEDx Talks : Sailesh Mishra passionate journey towards an age-friendly society

Our society rarely looks beyond the wrinkles of the aged, to see the person behind them. As someone who gave up his job, to work with the elderly, Mr.Sailesh Mishra talks of all that we owe our senior citizens. Mr. Sailesh Mishra is a social entrepreneur and Founder of Silver Innings Group, a community dedicated to senior citizens in India. He has won several awards including, the National Award.

‘Karamaveer Puraskar’ in 2008 and ‘Karmaveer Jyoti’ in 2016. His remarkable work in the field of Dementia and Elder Rights Advocacy has brought him accolades, respect and support from many renowned organizations around the world. Mr. Mishra has represented India in the United Nations in New York at ‘Open-ended Working Group on Aging for Elder Rights.’ He has also been featured in ‘Satyamev Jayate’. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Oct 2017 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Why Elderly Mumbai couple wants to die ? is living worthless for 100 million plus Senior Citizens in Shining India ?

Today Nation is discussing about 86 years  Narayan Lavate and his 76 years wife Iravati Lavate, Elderly Mumbai couple who seek Presidential nod for ‘active euthanasia’.

After seeing this report in Newspaper, we were shocked, surprise and felt sad about decision of the elder couple to die.

We at Silver Innings are working with Senior Citizens since 2008, but this was one of its kind case for us, never had this kind of expression of feeling.

Senior citizens in developing country like India face many challenges, due to migration new trend of nuclear family, collapsing joint family, poverty, no or nil government support, very few civil society or community program, lack of regular income and old age health issues, only add stress to elders.

We decided to help this elder couple and meet them to first understand their plight, needs and why they took this decision. We thought we could counsel them for few times and if required with other people help we could even look after them.

It took us week time to meet them, as they were ‘busy’ meeting print and electronic media telling their story to the nation. This was their good chance to express their willingness for dying. 

It was good to tell the nation about your problem and extreme step you are going to take, but is it ok to get all media attention to legitimate your right to die ?  

On 20th Jan 2018, our Social Worker Ms. Mona Mishra and Consulting  Clinical Psychologist Ms. Raheen Jummani Jaiswal, finally were able to meet Lavate couple, after visit, we felt they have taken this decision after years of thought process and they reject any help from anyone, they were clear they don't want to be burden to anyone, it's their life and they have right to decide what they want and how to live.

We spend nearly one and half hour with this couple, discussing various aspects of their life and in what way we could help them.

But sorry, they were not ready to take help.

As an organization we feel they are pointing out lack of support system for Elders in India - social, psychological, financial, health, community living etc

Euthanasia is not solution for normal people or people who face social challenges, it’s debatable, but a passive can be allowed for Terminal ill people of any age, if law of land permits.

Iam scared they might end up with suicide, government need to act soon, and take step, An empathy government officials visit might make some inroads. Police also should see that they don't end their life.

We all need to work together to SAVE their precious life.

We also need to take urgent steps for 100 million plus Elders in India, there should not be any situation where people take this kind of drastic decision.

Raheen Jummani Jaiswal , Clinical Psychologist  at Silver Innings and Founder at Open Your Arms Foundation says ‘We went with an intention to throw a different light on their decision of euthanasia.'

‘After understanding their reasons and case history, we tried several ways to help them and change their perspective. Nothing turned out to be fruitful as they are very strong and clear about their decision.' 

She adds ‘Mr. Lavate stressed two important points - What is the purpose of our life now? and
After few years if we are bed ridden who will take care of us?

The interaction with this couple and the entire conversation made me understand few things:
• We lack health care facilities and support system for the elderly especially for those who are childless
• The elderly feel isolated after a certain age as the society moves with its own pace without giving a thought on the lifes of the elders
• Our system lacks inclusion of elderly in their civic plans’

When people who have served their entire life for the benefit of others start feeling worthless... where are we heading????

Think about it!!!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Book Review by Ravi Shet: Remember Me: You, Me and Dementia

Book That Will Find Place in Your Book Shelf

Sailesh Mishra’s Remember Me: You, Me and Dementia is an easy read for any of us. This book is highly recommended to those who are on the dementia journey with their loved one. Dementia awareness is very poor in India and people impacted find it really hard to get information on it. With this book, Sailesh Mishra has made a sincere effort to promote hope and assurance for managing dementia and its consequences.

The book is divided into a number of chapters and can therefore be used successfully as a self-help guide, in which key issues are easily addressed. The chapters have been written by various peoples who are involved in the work related to dementia care and awareness. It intends to boost understanding of dementia and also elaborates the methods to handle symptoms and behaviour issues. It is packed with real time incidents which gives more genuine emotional appeal to the readers. Chapter 24 (Carer – Looking After Yourself) by Lisa Gratrix is really well written piece and will serve as a good guide for caregivers involved in dementia care. Chapter 41 (In Remembrance of My Parents) penned down by Vanita Kumta takes you through the emotional journey of her life’s important part. Photo Story consisting of four pages adds more value to this book.

Kudos to Sailesh Mishra and his efforts to bring out this book, especially in our country where still there is a huge void with respect to the information and awareness on dementia. It is surely bound to inspire others to help and support people with dementia and also spread awareness about it.

Ravi Shet is the Co-founder of www.treatum.com , an online healthcare portal connecting patients with right doctors. His area of interest is writing articles and doing reviews on films and food.

Posted on 7th Jan 2018 

Buy the Book at Amazon : https://www.amazon.in/dp/9385221051

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

'Remember ME- You Me and Dementia' book launched by Silver Innings

On the occasion of World Mental Health Day 10th Oct 2017, Silver Innings has launched its first exclusive one of its kind comprehensive book in India titled ‘Remember Me – You Me and Dementia’, on the non-curable brain disorder Dementia.  The book is written and complied by Mr. Sailesh Mishra, Social Gerontologist and International Maser Practitioner in Dementia care and Founder of Silver Innings Group and A1Snehanjali assisted living elder care home.

The book was released at an event at Prabodhankar Thackeray Mini Auditorium, Borivali west, Mumbai by Chief Guest Adv. Abha Singh, Eminent Lawyer and Social and Women Right Activist and Former Director of Postal Services, Maharashtra and Goa; Guest of Honour Mr. Prakash N. Borgaonkar- Director Helpage India; Prof. Dr. Charles Pinto - Eminent Geriatric Psychiatrist and Mr. Vinodbhai V. Valia – Founder, Pushpa Ma Foundation and National Award for Lifetime Achievement.

The event was attend by over 200 people including Care Givers, Senior Citizens and Members of various Social Originations. The event included a Skit on Dementia by Navnita Parmar group, Senior Citizens Dance by Sneh Kala Kendra, Musical program by  Nuts & Frets and handbook on Elder Mental Health by Dr. Ravi Samuel was distributed to all.

Prof. S Siva Raju, Deputy Director, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad Campus says, “This book aims to increase understanding of Dementia and related disorder’s what can be done to care for, inspire and maintain the dignity of people with Dementia and their care partners, with some real life joyful and challenging stories. This book also elaborates about the disease, how to handle certain symptoms / behavior issues and important resources / helping hand around world, reference /materials”.

Hilary Lee, President Dementia Care International says, “In a country as populated as India where there are many competing needs and priorities, it is easy for those who don’t have a voice such as people with Dementia to be misunderstood and forgotten. This book brings Dementia to the forefront of awareness making what could be a challenging topic into an informative and practical resource. "Remember Me" is bound to inspire others to dedicate their lives to helping and supporting people with dementia in their own communities”.

Jane Verity, Founder- Spark of Life, Australia says, “This book includes some powerful and insightful stories and meaningful poems from caregivers of people with dementia which all adds life and genuine emotion to understanding the experience of having Dementia and caring for someone with Dementia”.

Sailesh Mishra shared that he was looking to translate his book in local languages to outreach maximum number of families dealing with Dementia. He plans to release Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati version in the near future.

The paperback 260 page edition will be available for delivery in India through Online Platform and soon Ebook will also be launched.  

About Author:  Sailesh Mishra is Social Entrepreneur and Mentor, he is the Founder of Silver Innings Group, an organization dedicated to Senior Citizens in India. Sailesh Mishra is a Renowned International Social Activist working for the welfare of Senior Citizens. His vision for an elder- and dementia friendly world has garnered support from individuals and organisations across ages in society. His belief that these silver-haired, golden-hearted people deserve to enjoy their “second childhood” with dignity, respect and care has driven Sailesh Mishra and his team of committed souls to reach out to seniors in as many ways as possible.

Website: http://www.silverinnings.in/  Email: silverinnings@gmail.com

ook on Dementia and Alzheimer's 'Remember Me - You, Me and Dementia' by Silver Innings is now available on Amazon.

This book by Silver Innings includes detailed dementia management tips, some powerful and insightful stories and meaningful poems from carers of people with dementia which all adds life and genuine emotion to understanding the experience of having dementia and caring for someone with dementia.

Paperback Edition: https://www.amazon.in/Remember-Me-You-Dementia/dp/9385221051/

Kindle Ebook Edition:

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