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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

Saturday, October 20, 2012

A piece of Mumbai at the UN: The Metrognome | Much ado about Mumbai.

 Sailesh Mishra talks about representing India at the UN, and refusing to do Satyameva Jayate’s senior citizens episode in its original format.by Vrushali Lad | vrushali@themetrognome.in

A slight and unassuming man, Sailesh Mishra (45) comes across as soft-spoken and pliable. But then he begins to describe how he got associated with the senior citizens episode on Aamir Khan’s TV show Satyameva Jayate. “I got a call from Aamir Khan Productions in September 2011. A woman called saying that she wanted to meet me for an episode they were shooting on senior citizens for the show. Since we get many such requests (at his Mira Road-based NGO Silver Innings), I asked them to send me a letter and then we’d see.

The letter was brought the very next day, while the director of the show explained the concept of the episode in detail. But I soon realised that they were planning an episode to show elderly people as sad, abused, dependent human beings. I immediately told the lady, ‘Please tell Mr Khan that if this is what you want to portray on the show, I don’t want to be a part of it.”

Sailesh has always been a champion of the “happier side of old age”, which was why he started his NGO, Silver Innings, in 2008, as a means to help create a “sustainable gerontology”. He explains, “We often berate those who we feel are not taking care of the elders in the family. But you must understand, most children are not bad, they don’t wilfully neglect their parents. It is just that there are not enough options created by the government and society when it comes to elder care. Unlike in the West, we don’t have such services as assisted help for the elderly, or a service to provide groceries, or cooked food, or do other chores. We don’t even have enough NGOs that work for the causes of the elderly.”

Sailesh’s NGO was registered with the United Nations’ Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Ageing convention held annually in New York, last year, owing to the efforts of Susan Somers of the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA). “I got the opportunity of participating in the 3rd such OEWG held this year. On the opening day, the Indian ambassador gave a rosy picture of the current scenario of health care for the elderly in India. He even had the nerve to say, ‘Why do the elderly need rights? Their development is the responsibility of the society and their families. What can the government do?’”

Read in Detail : The Metrognome | Much ado about Mumbai.

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