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Monday, December 24, 2012

Sailesh Mishra, Personality of the Year 2012 : The Metrognome

 A disclaimer: at The Metrognome, we don’t subscribe to the idea that year-ending lists must comprise only the famous and the newsy. The man we chose as Personality of the Year was a walk-in for the title, anyway. Incidentally, Sailesh Mishra, elder care activist based in Mira Road, Mumbai, is both famous in his circle, and this year has certainly been a newsy one for him.

We featured Sailesh in October this year, days after he was back from a fruitful stint at the United Nations’ Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Ageing Convention. The interview with him took place at a suburban cafe, and Sailesh bubbled over with enthusiasm about the Convention, and the chance he’d been given to speak on the floor of the House – a lucky chance indeed, because Sailesh got the opportunity to refute the Indian ambassador’s remarks. “The Ambassador had said, ‘Why do the elderly need rights? Their development is the responsibility of the society and their families. What can the government do?’ When I got the chance to speak, I gently refuted what the gentleman had said, and I stressed the need for the government to be more proactive in implementing several schemes for the elderly in India,” Sailesh grinned.

We’ve met several activists over the years, and have been repeatedly disappointed when so many of them have lost their way after being involved with some truly marvellous initiatives. However, Sailesh continues to hold steady in his work, mostly because he does not ever speak of himself or his NGO. “It is the cause of elder care in the country, and how the present policies are unfriendly for our elders, that is important. I don’t ever talk about my NGO, even when invited to address conferences, because I don’t want to focus the spotlight on myself or on Silver Innings,” he says.

Read more : Sailesh Mishra, Personality of the Year

Lets give them Dignity , Security , Love , Care & Smile.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Donate to Silver Inning Foundation , Contribute & Make Difference to Elders

Donate to Silver Inning Foundation :Save Tax and Make a Difference to our Elders

If you feel we have done justice to the cause of Senior Citizens and made difference to life of our Elders and if you would like to support our effort to work with our Elders, please donate to the ‘Silver Inning Foundation’ to help us expand our network and for our outreach programme/services to our Elders.

Your Donation can help us to support our following programme:

  1. Counseling
  2. Helpline
  3. Capacity Building of Old Age Homes , Senior Citizens Associations & NGO’s
  4. Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care
  5. Elder Abuse cases
  6. Health & Memory Camps
  7. Home Visits
  8. Monthly Ration
  9. Promotion of Talent
  10. Social Media Campaign
  11. Assisted Device
  12. Training
  13. Sensitization  
  14. Inter-generation 
  15. Advocacy
  16. Networking
  17. Research & Development
  18. Publication

Donation Options:

1) People in India: can pay by Cheque /Demand Draft / Bankers Cheque: in favour of ‘Silver Inning Foundation’ accompanied by a covering letter with your Name, Postal Address, Contact No., Email and PAN Number to Correspondence Address : Silver Inning Foundation, C/o. Sailesh Mishra, ARENA III, Flat - 801/802, Poonam Garden, Mira Road -East, Mumbai. India – 401107. You can also send your query to: silverinnings@gmail.com or call us at:  09987104233  (Monday to Friday only).

2) People in India can also Pay by Bank Transfer / NEFT to below account:

Bank Account detail: Account Number: 018010100538299
Account Name: Silver Inning Foundation
Account Type: Saving A/C
Bank address: AXIS Bank Ltd., Nandnandan Bhavan, Sodawala Lane, Borivali (West) ,Mumbai, India – 400092
IFS Code: UTIB0000018

3) People outside India: can not donate to us , as we don't have FCRA(required for foreign donation).  But you can email us at silverinnings@gmail.com , if you intend to do that with amount to donate , we will try to help you do so with official permission.

Corporate / CSR Donation / Funding: You can donate us any amount for our general or Corpus Funding . If you are interested in funding specific project , please do write to us at silverinnings@gmail.com , we will get back to you with project proposal after understanding your need.

Donations to Silver Inning Foundation are eligible for tax benefits under Sec. 80G of the Income-Tax Act 1961 (50% tax exemption) to people of India.

Silver Inning Foundation is registered 'NOT FOR PROFIT' (NGO) under the:

1) Societies Registration Act of 1860 vide registration number: 1300/2008/GBBSD dated 14/07/2008.
2) The Bombay Public Trusts Act 1950 vide registration number: F- 36344 Mumbai dated 8/12/2008.
3) Reg.No. U/s, 80-G from the Income Tax: DIT(E)/MC/80-G/1696/2010-11 dt. 6/5/2010 effective 17.02.2010.

To uphold and secure the rights of elderly and actively work towards improving their quality of life by networking, advocating and researching elderly issues and providing a wide range of services according to their needs

1. To advocate and create awareness of elderly rights and issues at micro and macro level.
2. To address basic needs of the elderly (aged 50yrs +) and their family members.
3. To provide and create innovative programmes and services for the elderly that enable them to reintegrate back into society with dignity.
4. To promote research and development on issues related to elderly.
5. To develop and implement training of professionals and para-professionals in Gerontology, Geriatrics and Geriatric Care Management.

Being relatively new entry to ageing sector working since April 2008, we are confident that with your support and blessings we will accomplish in 2012 and beyond.

With our dedication, passion and with help of our networking partners we are trying to make a measurable, meaningful, and sustainable impact on the life of our Elders around the globe.

Together we at Silver Inning Foundation are working towards our Vision of creating Elder Friendly World where Ageing becomes a Positive and Rewarding Experience.

Website: www.silverinningfoundation.org 
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

UMANG 2012 , Stage Talent Show Of Senior Citizens in Dec 2012 , Mumbai

Rotary Club Of Mumbai Nariman Point & Rotaract Club Of Rizvi  Law College  Presents ‘ UMANG 2012’ A Stage Talent Show Of Senior Citizens In Association With Silver Inning Foundation. 

Silver Inning Foundation once again organizes UMANG - A Stage Talent Show program for  55+ Senior Citizens. As there are not enough opportunity for elderly to show their talent ,the main purpose of this program is to provide a platform for Elderly to display their talents. This is not a competition between Elderly but a forum to encourage them to demonstrate their hidden talent. 

Venue: Damodar Hall  , Social Service League, Dr Ambedkar Road, Parel East, Mumbai - 400012 . 

Event Date: Sat  22nd Dec 2012   .  

Time of Event: 10am to 1pm . 

To Participate & Fill Form Contact: 9987104233 - 10am to 6pm  (Mon to Sat) . 

Last Date for Registration : 15th Dec 2012 .

This programme is supported by HelpAge India , FESCOM –Mumbai , iVolunteers & ‘1298’ Senior Citizens Helpline . 

Types of Performance eligible for Entries, most preferable non professional :
  • One act Play
  • Singing ( 3 act only)
  • Music performance – Solo or in group of Maximum 6 people
  • Dance – Solo
  • Group Dance - in group of Maximum 10 people
  • Street Play / Skit  – Maximum 6 people
  • Mimicry
  • Drama - maximum with 6 people
  • Any special talent

Term & Condition:
Age limit for participant: 55+  
  • A person or a group can have only one act (eg. one song or dance)
  • Time allotted to each act/ person/group is maximum 8 minutes , only one act no two acts allowed
  • There will be total of 22 to 25 acts ONLY , might be less or more if required by managing committee
  • Duration for each act: Maximum 8 Minutes
  • A person can perform one act only , either solo , group , couple
  • Person of  55+ yrs can only participate or they can also participate with their grandchildren’s
  • First Come Fist basis
  • Entry will accepted by Filling the Form or By Email Only
  • Last Date for Entries/Registration on First come first basis: 15th Dec 2012
  • Give your Full Name, Area where you reside, info about your Act and contact number/ email id . 
  • Registration is compulsory for Participation and Entry by Invitation Only
  • Organizer are not responsible for any health and logistic issues
  • In the event of more participant entry, the decision of organizing committee will be final

"Ageing is not 'lost youth' but a new stage of opportunity and strength"

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

National Conference on Ageing Nov 2012 – Addressing the Issues and Problems of Senior Citizens

The first ever National Conference on Ageing was held by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment here today. Inaugurating the two day conference the Minister, Kumari Selja said “It gives me immense pleasure to be here at the National Conference on Ageing. During the course of this Conference, we will deliberate on important issues relating to senior citizens for further strengthening our efforts to strive for an inclusive society - a society that embraces all ages. Our Government believes that the interface between the State and the Social Institutions in the care of the elderly forms an important area of intervention and needs to be addressed comprehensively.

It is a well-known fact that the 21st century is witnessing a gradual transition to an ageing society all over the world. Ageing poses twin challenges. First, we need to ensure care and protection of the elderly so that they can lead a healthy, dignified and productive life. Second, the older people must be looked upon as partners in progress rather than as a burden on the society, which is the case if their existence is seen from the prism of contribution to the GDP.

As per the 2001 census, the total population of the Senior Citizens (60+) was 7.7 crore. This was composed of 3.8 crore males and 3.9 crore females. The population of the senior citizens thus constituted 7.5% of the total population in 2001. The final figures of the 2011 census on this subject are not out yet. However, as per the Report of the Technical Group on Population Projections, constituted by the National Commission on Population in May 2006,and published by the Office of the Registrar General of India, this figure is projected to go up to 12.40% of the population by 2026. The social implications of this demographic shift will be profound.

The Government recognized the challenges posed by this demographic change quite some time ago. We have been taking various initiatives to ensure that the process of ageing for the people is both active and productive. The existing National Policy on Older Persons (NPOP) was announced in 1999. This envisages State support for the elderly to ensure financial and food security, health care, shelter, protection against abuse and exploitation, and training of human resources for their care and support etc. An important element of the policy is that it recognizes the need for special attention to vulnerable older persons, particularly the older women, and the need for expansion of social and community services for the older persons. The Policy is sensitive to the need for the development of a social support system, informal as well as formal, so that the capacity of families to take care of the older persons is strengthened and they continue to care for the older members in their family.

The Policy places value on an age-integrated society and recognizes that the older persons, too, are a resource. The Policy seeks to assure the older persons that their concerns are national concerns and that they should not feel unprotected, ignored or marginalized. It aims to strengthen the legitimate place of older persons in the society and help them to live the last phase of their life with dignity and peace.

An institutional mechanism has been put in place to monitor the implementation of the policy and to advise the Government in the formulation and implementation of programmes for the aged through a body called the National Council for Older Persons. This body has now been renamed as the National Council of Senior Citizens.

More than twelve years have elapsed since the announcement of the National Policy on Older Persons, 1999. Keeping in view the changing demographics, socio-economic pattern and technological advances, the Government is considering a revision of this Policy. A draft of the new Policy has been prepared and is under discussion with the stakeholders to ensure the widest possible consultation.

Giving legislative backing to the Policy, the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act was enacted in 2007. This is a landmark legislation in our response to the challenges of ageing. The Act, inter alia, makes maintenance of parents and senior citizens by their children, and where there are no children, by their relatives, obligatory and justiciable through Tribunals. It empowers the senior citizens to revoke any transfer of property, which they may have made in favour of a relative, in case of negligence by such relatives. It contains penal provisions for the abandonment of senior citizens; it provides for the establishment of Old Age Homes for indigent senior citizens; and it also envisages protection of the life and property of senior citizens.

This Act has to be brought into force by individual State Governments. The Act is not applicable to the State of Jammu & Kashmir, while Himachal Pradesh has its own Act. As per the information available with us, all the other State Governments and the Union Territory Administrations have brought the Act into force in their respective jurisdictions. However, the level of implementation of the Act by the States and the Union Territories does not seem to be either uniform or satisfactory. One possible reason for this could be the lack of adequate awareness about the provisions of the Act amongst the civil society in general, and the State Government functionaries in particular. This situation needs to be corrected. The State Governments and the Civil Society need to take a pro-active role in disseminating information about the various provisions of the Act, so that the people become aware of them.

Today, we have invited the State Ministers for Social Welfare/Social Justice and the representatives from the concerned State Departments amongst us. I am confident that they would be sharing with us the manner in which the Act has been implemented in their respective States at the grass roots levels and what more needs to be done. The Governments and the civil society must join hands to ensure that this important legislation is implemented both in letter and spirit.

In order to improve the quality of life of the older persons, the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment is implementing a flagship scheme called the Integrated Programme for Older Persons since 1992. This scheme seeks to provide basic amenities like shelter, food, medical care as well as entertainment opportunities to encourage productive and active ageing. Under the Scheme, financial assistance up to 90% is provided to Governments/Non-Governmental Organizations/Panchayati Raj Institutions/local bodies etc. The assistance is provided for running and maintaining Old Age Homes, Day Care Centres, Mobile Medicare Units, Day Care Centres for Alzheimer's disease/dementia patients, Physiotherapy Clinics for older persons, sensitization programmes for children in schools and colleges; Regional Resource and Training Centres, etc. About 350 NGOs are being supported every year for running and maintaining around 550 projects under the Scheme. Keeping in view the rising cost of living, the cost norms of various projects under the Scheme are under revision.

The demand for Caregivers for Older Persons has been increasing in the recent past. To cater to this requirement, the National Institute of Social Defence (NISD) is implementing a project called the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly. The main objective is to create a pool of skilled care givers, and to enhance the capabilities of service providers in the area of old age care. The Institute conducts One-Year Post-Graduate Diploma Courses on Integrated Geriatric Care, Six-Months Certificate Courses on Geriatric Care and One-Month Basic Courses on Geriatric Care. Besides, the Institute also collaborates with reputed institutions and organizations for running short term training programmes for caregivers.

Various Central Ministries and Departments of the Government of India are also implementing a number of welfare programmes for the senior citizens. A few of these schemes are the Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme, which is being implemented by the Ministry of Rural Development; the National Programme for the Health Care for the Elderly, which is being implemented by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare; the income tax benefits, which are being extended by the Ministry of Finance; the rail fare concessions which are being extended by the Ministry of Railways; the air fare concessions which are being extended by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. Further, the Ministry of Home Affairs has issued an advisory to the State Governments in 2005 to ensure that the life and property of senior citizens is fully protected. There are other schemes for the older persons which are also being run by the Central Government through various Ministries. I am sanguine that as a result of the deliberations of this Conference, some more schemes may get added to the basket of schemes that already exists for the older persons.

In conclusion, I wish to reiterate that the problems relating to ageing pose serious challenges which need to be addressed on an urgent basis. The main problems faced by the senior citizens in the country are protection of their life and property, financial security, health care, protection against ill-treatment, productive engagement and care and support. The objectives of this Conference are to sensitize all stakeholders on the issues pertaining to ageing, review the various interventions of the Central Government and assess what more needs to be done. The State Governments, the UT Administrations as well as the NGOs and the Civil Society need to share the best practices and to draw up suitable recommendations for more effective implementation of the various programmes for the welfare of senior citizens”.

Present on the Conference were States Ministers of Social Welfare/Social Justice, Shri Anil Goswami, Secretary, Shri Anoop Kumar Srivastava, Additional Secretary, Shri T. R. Meena, Joint Secretary, Representatives from International Agencies, Representatives from Central Ministries and Departments, NGOs, Eminent Senior Citizens and officials of the Ministry and the National Institute of Social Defence.

Source: http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=88859

Our View: It looks an Eye Wash , the matter in the press release and Minister speech is same old story of  13 yrs........... it does not talk of new constructive steps and plan of action , lets await outcome of the this 'first ever' national conference by MSJE, govt of India . MOSJE lied when she talks about interface between Govt and Civil Society , the ministry promotes favoritism and is exclusive in its approach towards aging ; also almost more then 90% work in Ageing sector in India is done by Civil Society / NGO .

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Mrs. Umadevi Krishnamurthy, declared Winner of UNV Karmaveer Chakra National Award 2012 “Exceptional work for Senior Citizens”

Mrs. Umadevi Krishnamurthy of Mumbai is declared winner of UNV Karmaveer Chakra National Award 2012 “Exceptional work for Senior Citizens”,  Promoted by iCONGO KARMAVEER PURASKAAR (KVP)”, VSO & Silver Inning Foundation , National and Internationally recognized organization working with Elderly in India .

Mrs. Umadevi Krishnamurthy , 65yrs 'silver young' housewife from Mumbai has done her B.Sc. Home Science with Nutrition as Major and P.G. Diploma in Dietetics. She is currently working as Manager at Krishna kala Trust Old Age Home , Mira Road ( Mumbai)  for the last 5years and since 12 years has dedicated her life for the cause of Senior Citizens. She is very compassionate towards Elders and with her hands-on experience looking after her aged in-laws , it gave her enough quality to work with Elders . With keen interest in sports and travel, she has been excellent administrator and care giver trainer at old age home and at her earlier volunteer work with an NGO Dignity Foundation for seven years. She is not those conventional housewife but a women with determination to work for society. After her up-bringing of her children’s and service life, she ventured out of home to work with Senior Citizens.  She is helpful and empathic towards the less privilege senior citizens and enthusiastically participates in various programmes and advocacy events for the benefit of Elders. She believes that “Proper Communication with each Generation will make a Generation Friendly World.” Umadevi is truly an Unsung Hero and friend of those forgotten elderly. 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

'National Conference on Ageing' 6th ,7th Nov 2012 New Delhi , India

Aiming to empower senior citizens and take stock of the social, financial and health issues faced by them, Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry (MSJE) will hold a two-day ageing conference here next month.
The 'National Conference on Ageing' will bring together representatives of all state governments, key union ministries, organisations working in this sector and several imminent citizens to dwell upon the issues faced by senior citizens, a senior official from SJ&E Ministry said.

"The conference has been divided into four themes concerning older persons.The sessions will be chaired by senior officials from several ministries and organisations to shed light on the programs conducted by them for senior citizens and its response," he said.

The themes decided for the conference- planned for the first week of November- are Social and Economic Security of Older Persons, Health care, Family and Community Care, and focus on Special Elderly Groups consisting of senior citizens above 80 years. 

"Senior officials from ministries such as Home Affairs, Labour and Employment, Finance, Health and Rural Development, Planning Commission have been invited for conducting fruitful discussions over the policies concerning older persons," the official said. 

For holding discussions on pension and insurance schemes for senior citizens, SJ&E Ministry has invited representatives from pension and insurance regulatory authorities. 

NGO's dealings with United Nation's mandate for senior citizens have also been invited for the conference.
"We have sent a special invitation to the Delhi Police to discuss physical security of these vulnerable people," he said. 

Several groups and sub-groups will be formed to conduct in-depth discussions and analyse the issues covered in the four original themes. 

"These group and sub-groups will present their recommendations and findings on the second day of the conference," the official said. 

During the course of discussion, the conference will also review various aspects related to senior citizens (Maintenance, Protection and Welfare) Act in various states and ways to ensure that it is implemented effectively. 

"Several states have yet not followed all the provisions of this act even after repeated reminders from the SJ&E Ministry.The Ministry will once again request these states to ensure its through implementation," he said. 

The Conference will be inaugurated by Social Justice and Empowerment Minister (MOSJE)  Mukul Wasnik who will also chair the final round of discussion on the second day.


List of Organizations Working for Senior Citizens / Ageing in India , Oct 2012

JAC (Joint Action Committee of Senior Citizens Organizations  2012) Members 

1)     AISCCON
2)     International Longevity Center - India
3)     Nightingales Medical Trust
4)     Dignity Foundation
5)     Help Age India
6)     Silver Inning Foundation
7)     Harmony for Silvers Foundation
8)     GIC Pensioners Association
9)     The Family Welfare Agency
10)  General Insurance Pensioners, All India Federation 
11)  Brihan Mumbai Pensioners Association
12)  All India Bank Retirees Federation 
13)  Jeevan Adhar Seva Sanstha
14)  Indian Federation of Ageing
15)  All India Retired Reserve Bank Employee Association
16)  MTNL Pensioners Workers Associations
17)  All India Central Government Pensioners Association
18)  Brihan Mumbai Retired Employees Association
19)  All India Retired Insurance Employees Federation
20)  ARDSI , Greater Mumbai Chapter
21)  Center for Life Long Learning , TISS
22)  1298 Senior Citizens Helpline
23)  Bharat Pensioner’s Samaj (BPS)
24)  Development, Welfare and Research Foundation  (DWRF)
25)  Geriatric Care and Research , Bengal
26)  Lions Club Of India District 323A3
27)  All Bengal Geriatric Care Employees Association
28)  Pushpa MA Foundation
29)  Society of Geriatric Animators
31)  Shield Foundation
32)  National Alliance of Senior Citizens Associations of India [NASCAI]
33)  Retired Railway Employees Welfare Association (RRWEA)
34)  Respect Age International (RAI)
35)  Indian Association of Retired Persons [IARP]
36)  Andhra Pradesh Senior Citizens' Confederation
37)  Federation of Senior Citizens' of Maharashtra [FESCOM]
38)  Federation of Senior Citizens of UP [FESCUP]
39)  Federation of AP Senior Citzens' Organisations [FAPSCO]
40)  Kerala Federation of Senior Citizens' Associations
41)  Karnataka Senior Citizens Federation
42)  Tamil Nadu Senior Citizens' Confederation
43)  Delhi Federation of Senior Citizens' Associations
44)  Gujrat Federation of Senior Citizens
45)  Prantiya Varishtha Nagrik Mahasangh [MP]
46)  Varishtha Nagrik Sansthan [Rajasthan]
47)  Senior Citizens Council of Assam
48)  Kerala Sr.Citizens’ Forum
49)  Society for Serving Seniors, Hyderabad

Non JAC Members:
1)     Anugruha India
2)     Pension Parisad
3)     Age well foundation
4)     Shree Manav Seva Sangh
5)     Association of Gerontology (India) (AGI)
7)     Center for Research on Ageing, Dept of Psychology, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati
9)     The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse , India(INPEA), C/o. DWRF
10)  Indian Association of Geriatric Mental Health (IAGMH)
11)  University of Third Age , U3A India, Jabalpur
12)  Indian Academy of Geriatrics , Delhi
13)  All India Central Confederation of Pensioner Association
14)  Center for Gerontological Studies

Institutes which work or have programme for Senior Citizens / Ageing:
1)     Heritage Hospital, Hyderabad
2)     Indian Medical Association (IMA)
3)     WHO
4)     UN
5)     Nursing Council of India
6)     IGNOU
7)     Indian Council of Social Science Research
8)     IIPS , Mumbai
9)     ICMR
10)  TISS (Tata Institute of Social Science), Mumbai
11)  Medical Council of India
12)  NIMHANS , Bangalore
13)  Bombay Psychiatric Society
14)  Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS)
15)  The Department of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH)
16)  Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work, Mumbai
17)  SNDT University, Mumbai
18)  SVT College of Home Science, Mumbai
19)  SNDT College of Social Work, Mumbai
20)  L.T. College of Nursing
21)  Tata Dorabji Trust, Mumbai
22)  Rehabilitation Council of India
23)  NISD (National Institute of Social Defense) MOSJE Ministry
24)  Nippon Care-Fit Association-India
25)  Industrial Design Centre-  IIT , Mumbai
26)  Indian Society of Ergonomics ,Mumbai
27)  The Bombay Community Public Trust
28)  Money Life foundation

There are total 91 Organisations , please also help us to collect their contact details and also to correct and add to the list . 

Pls note this is latest updated list as on 27th Oct 2012 , we have complied the info of several years and whole idea is to take our agenda ahead of Disseminating Information and Knowldeghe to Empower our Elders , Government , International Agency and Society at Large .

This comprehensive List is prepared by Sailesh Mishra & his Team at Silver Inning Foundation

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