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Friday, January 2, 2009

Vayoshreshtha Samman – 2008 National Award for people working for Elderly Announced

“A longer life provides humans with an opportunity to examine their lives in retrospect, to correct some of their mistakes, to get closer to the truth and to achieve a different understanding of the sense and value of their actions. This may well be the more important contribution of older people to the human community. Especially at this time, after the unprecedented changes that have affected humankind in their lifetime, the reinterpretation of life-stories by the aged should help us all to achieve the urgently needed reorientation of history." -- United Nations - International Plan of Action on Aging.

Senior citizens deserve more respect because of their experience in life. They have to be treated with love and care but in today’s world they are the most neglected and ignored people / segment.Civilization and Society which respects their women,children and Elders will grow and will survive.

To recognize exemplary contribution in the field of Ageing the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, India has declared Vayoshreshtha Samman – National Award for people working for Elderly.

This award is to be presented on January 12, 2009 in FICCI Auditorium, Tansen Marg, New Delhi by the Hon’ble Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment Smt. Meira Kumar.

The Vayoshreshtha Samman is a recognition of the compassion, determination creativity and devotion to the cause of Elderly and to honour the relentless and remarkable service to the society and nation.

For 2008 The Vayoshreshtha Samman for Institution Award for Service is given to Nightingales Medical Trust, Bangalore.

The Lifetime Achievement Award for 2008 is been given to Smt. Nirmala Narula - Vice Chairperson ARDSI (Alzheimer’s Related Disorder Society of India) National Office.

We at Silver Inning Foundation Salute this extraordinary people and are very happy for both of them as they are our very good friends and our networking partners.

It is an important time to remind the governments about their pledges to work towards the Millennium Development Goals of helping, among other things, to end hunger and poverty for older persons and people of all ages. Its time to remind people and organisation working for Elderly to come together to serve Elderly and fight for the right of Elderly. Its time to remind the Civil Society to come together and Love, Care and Respect the Elderly. Just to remember one day we all will grow older.

On this occasion let’s take a Pledge to demand Separate Ministry for Elderly and to have constitutional amendment for Rights of Elderly.

"If you associate enough with older people who do enjoy their lives, who are not stored away in any golden ghettos, you will gain a sense of continuity and of the possibility for a full life." - Margaret Mead.

About Nightingales Medical Trust:

Nightingales Medical Trust (NMT) is a Non Government Organization (NGO) dedicated to eldercare in Bangalore, India .They firmly believe that elders should remain an integral part of their family. It began with Dr. Radha S. Murthy and Mr. S. Premkumar Raja teaming up to start the NIGHTINGALES HOME HEALTH SERVICES in January 1996. This innovative service was designed to make the lives of senior citizens easier by providing all possible medical care at their doorstep.

Website: http://www.nightingaleseldercare.com/index.htm

Email: nhhs@bgl.vsnl.net.in

About Nirmala Narula:

Mrs.Nirmala Narula is President ARDSI (Alzheimer’s Related Disorder Society of India) - Delhi Chapter & Vice Chairperson ARDSI National Office. She has dedicated her life for working for the cause of Dementia.

Website: http://www.alzheimersdelhi.org/index.htm

Email: ardsi_dc@hotmail.com

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