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Monday, December 22, 2008

Need for unity in care for aged stressed in Indian International Symposium

UN International Institute on Ageing Director Joseph Troisi stressed that all sections should work unitedly in providing quality care to elders in India.

In his keynote address at the International Symposium and Conference of Gerontology and Geriatrics (ISCGG-08) and 14th biennial meeting of Association of Gerontology (India) here, Dr Joseph said US led in quality care of the aged compared to India due to united work by all sections of the society for healthy ageing.

In many countries, the need for training in the field of aging had been recognised. The past decades had seen the emergence of a number of programmes and services for older persons.

He said he reiterated in the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing and various UN General Assemblies, the very implementation of the plan fundamentally required national capacity building and training to meet the challenges of population ageing.

The existence of national plans of action, programmes and services,though important, were not by themselves effective indicators of a country's implementation of the recommendations of the Madrid Plan. They depended fully on the individual country's human capacity to implement and oversee the policies and programmes.

Good health and socio-economic status are two most important pillars of successful ageing, he added.

This three day event in Temple town of Tirupati in India was oragnised by Centre for Research On Aging,Department of Psychology,Sri Venkateswara University from 16 to 18 Dec 2008 and was an historic moment for Ageing in India.The session was divided into Bio-Gerontology ; Geriatrics and Psycho-Social Gerontology. The excellent discussion on NPOP (National Policy for Older Person) and Care Givers and Care Providers added value to it.

Sailesh Mishra from Silver Inning Foundation once again demanded an Sepertae Ministry or National Commission for Elderly and also asked all the Political party to inculde Elderly and Elder care in their Manifesto.There is an urgent need to address Psycho - Social issues and problems of Elderly.He emphasized on proactive and activist role for Senior Citizens in India.

Everyone accepted to have an Joint National Forum to fight for Elder Right in India.

ISCGG Chairperson D Jamuna said young and senior gerontoligists of reputed institutions across the world participated in the scientific programme of the conference reflecting the cross-cultural perspective of ageing.

Every one from Who's who in Aging in India like Prof. P.V.Ramamurti - the father of Gerontology in India,Dr.S.D.Gokhale and his Team from ILC-I, Sailesh Mishra and Amruta Lovekar from Silver Inning Foundation,Ms.Anupama Dutta from Helpage India,Dr.Abha from Anugrah India ,Dr.Gangadharan from Heritgae Hospital,Dr.Jacob Roy from ARDSI, Dr.P.Vysamoorthy from SSS Global ,Dr.Indira Jaiprakash,Dr.A.B.Dey , Prof.Thakur ,Prof Arun Bali and representative from Association of Gerontology, India and 18 countries were present at this important event.

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