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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Silver Innings Legal Advice Clinic, a Diwali Gift to Senior Citizens and their Family

Silver Innings Legal Advice Clinic
 Advice, Awareness, Advocacy, Empowerment (AAAE)

We at Silver Inning Foundation are Happy To Announce ‘Silver Innings Legal Advice Clinic’ on every 4th Saturday of the Month from 3pm to 4pm, starting from Saturday 28th Nov 2015. This is an perfect Diwali Gift to All #Mumbaikar #Seniorcitizens and their family members, Open to all age group. 

Silver Innings since 2008 is working towards creating Elder Friendly World where Ageing becomes a Positive and Rewarding Experience.

Understanding that right legal advice is always sought after and legal advice is expensive and people get trapped with unlikely circumstances and that many cases can be solved before reaching the courts, we at Silver Inning Foundation in our continuous effort to empower and help our Elders and their family members have tied with leading Legal and Human Right Activist Advocate Aileen Marques to provide once a month ‘Legal Advice Clinic’. This clinic would not only provide Right Legal Advice but also provide Legal Literacy program viz. Awareness, Advocacy, Empowerment (AAAE) for the overall benefit of the community. 

Charges: For APL subsidize charges will be Rs.100/- and for BPL it will be Rs.50/-  per advice.

Our Legal Advisor Advocate Aileen Marques & Associate and Counselor Mrs. Vaishali Sant will be available every 4th Saturday of the Month from 3pm to 4pm at our office: Silver Inning Foundation, Bldg.No. J -47/48, Shop no. 10, Poonam Sagar Complex CHS LTD, Opp.Navagraha Bldg, Road Behind Allahabad Bank,  Mira Road – East. India. Pin: 401107.

As part of the clinic, the following service would be provided:
•         Legal Advice,
•         Pre-Litigation Settlement,
•         Negotiation & Mediation
•         Legal counseling,
•         Legal advice to clients referred through the students.
•         Identifying appropriate laws, and the legal options that may be explored
•         Legal awareness

Legal Literacy program would have 3 aspects:

1. Awareness First: Legal Education is what we uphold and encourage. We believe that legal awareness is the need of the hour. As citizens and as human persons, we must be aware of our human rights-our basic and fundamental rights. Only if we are aware of our rights, can we assert them and empower ourselves. Rights and Duties are basic to our existence and only when we know what we must do, we can fulfill out duties and exercise our rights.

2. Empowering Trainers: Grass-root workers encounter many challenges during their work and very often social-work needs legal technicalities. The organisations they belong to cannot afford high-end training. Through para-legal sessions, we enable such social engineers learn some basics of law.

3. Advocacy Force:  We are working towards busting the myths that Law and Rights are a luxury of a few and that legal recourse is an exhaustive and expensive affair. Working with the system is as important as legal education. We find it appalling that educated persons holding high posts, don’t bother to know their rights until arrested, women rarely take note of the legal provisions until forced by cruelty or abuse. Very few non-lawyers will actually visit Courts until one day they are dragged to court for some litigation.

Topics for Legal awareness training:
a. Rights of Senior citizens and accessibility to law
b. Gender and Law
c. Child Sexual Abuse
d. Domestic Violence
e. Sexual Harassment at Workplace
f. Sexual Harassment on streets and in Public
g. Inheritance related laws, Will, Gift deed etc.
h. Tobacco related law
i. Legal procedures and basic legal information
j. Marriage and Divorce Laws
k. Women empowerment and Human Rights
l. FIR, NC and Role of the Police
m. Maintenance related laws
n. Juvenile Justice Act, child abuse and adoption
o. Child Safety and Protection

For Query and Appointment Contact us: 
Mobile: 8879884807 / 9987104233 (Mon to Fri 11am to 5pm) 
Email: silverinnings@gmail.com 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Excellent Career Opportunity to work with Elders at 'Silver Innings' in Mumbai

Silver Innings is Mumbai base Social Enterprise Working with Senior Citizens since 2008, it is working towards creating Elder Friendly World where Ageing becomes a Positive and Rewarding Experience.

Post: Project Coordinator & Social Worker

Place: HQ: Mira Road / Mumbai

Work days: 6 Days a week

Time: 9.30am to 6pm. Saturday half day

Package: Salary Rs.15,000/- + TA + local mobile .

Probation: 6 months

Commitment: Minimum 2/ 3 years Contract. Outstanding work will be considered for extension.

Joining: Candidates who can Join Immediately or by 1st Dec 2015, should only apply

Qualification: Graduate / Post Graduate in Social Work, Sociology

Qualification in Mental Health, Gerontology, Psychology, Para Medical exposure will be an added advantage.

Age Limit: 25 yrs and above

Experience: Minimum 1 year preferred. Experience in Elder care facility/homes/NGO will be an added advantage. Candidates with more than 3 years experience need not apply.
Vacancy also open to Fresher’s with long term commitment with Salary of 12,000/- pm.

Preference: Candidates living between Virar and Andheri should only apply and Resident of Maharashtra and Mumbai based need only apply

Requirement: An understanding attitude with a positive mind set and Empathy towards all and commitment to work for Elderly is a primary requisite.

Candidates must be dynamic, articulate, quick learner, self starter, Pro active, Progressive, Non materialistic, and open to new ideas, Technology friendly and with passion for working with elderly.

Job involves frequent travel between Bhayandar and Virar and different of Mumbai, Thane and Palghar District, Initiation and Co-ordination of different projects and facilities, Conducting surveys, Writing reports/proposals, Conducting volunteers meetings, Managing and coordinating with volunteers, Representing at various forums, Handling dementia/Alzheimer's cases and Elder abuse case work, Counseling, Attending conference/seminar, Organizing/Conducting Workshop, Lecture, Talks, Coordination with government authorities, Handling CSR projects, Networking and Advocacy, Fund Raising, Event management, Leadership skills and ability to manage and motivate team/teams.
Must be good listener, computer and Internet literate with good oral and written skills of English language, interested in creativity - music, arts, dance etc. ready to work beyond working hours if required. Knowledge of Marathi and Hindi is must, any other language will be added advantage. Must be willing to travel anywhere in India.

Job Satisfaction Guaranteed !!!!  

Last day to Apply: 20th Nov 2015 by EMAIL ONLY

Interested candidates may please submit their CV, with a passport size photo and 2 references by email ONLY to silverinnings@gmail.com with the subject line indicating Project Coordinator – SI

No phone calls in this regard will be accepted and application by post/courier will not be entertained.

Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted.

If selected, offer letter will be given with job details of Roles and Responsibilities and Salary.

Interview to be held at Mira Road office.

Sailesh Mishra

Friday, November 6, 2015

7 Signs Your Aging Parents Need Extra Help

While their 84-year-old father recovered at a rehabilitation facility after landing in the hospital with symptoms of a mini-stroke, the Jones (not their real name) siblings took the opportunity to do some cleaning at his house.

Opening the fridge, they were shocked to find layers of mold, hardened food and multiple jars of the same item in varying states of decomposition. They knew solo living had become challenging for their dad, but they didn’t realize the extent of the decline.

“The two biggest reasons for geriatric decline are depression and dementia,” says Amy Fuchs, elder care consultant and licensed clinical social worker in Saddle River, N.J. Depression can set in when older people feel isolated and lonely, and often may be grieving the recent death of a friend.

“Their friends are dying around them, and they’re also fully aware they can’t do what they used to do,” Fuchs says. Early dementia may be subtle and tricky to spot if you don’t live nearby and see your parents regularly. It might look like bouts of confusion, as the Jones siblings thought.

Pay Attention
Often, it takes a medical crisis to spearhead conversations about new needs. But you’ll likely notice signs indicating your parents aren’t as independent as they once were. Elders who want to remain in their home may not admit they need help for fear of being encouraged into an assisted living situation. But letting things go too far can precipitate a crisis situation.

Here are seven common signs to watch for: http://www.nextavenue.org/7-signs-your-aging-parents-need-extra-help/

People 90+ Tell Med Students What They Need From Doctors

(This article previously appeared on Kaiser Health News and NPR.)

When doctors told Robert Madison his wife had dementia, they didn’t explain very much. His successful career as an architect hardly prepared him for what came next.

“A week before she passed away her behavior was different, and I was angry because I thought she was deliberately not doing things,” Madison, now 92, told a group of nearly 200 students at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. “You are knowledgeable in treating patients, but I’m the patient, too, and if someone had said she can’t control anything, I would have been better able to understand what was taking place.”

Belle Likover recounted for the students how she insisted when her husband was dying of lymphoma that doctors in the hospital not make decisions without involving his oncologist. “When someone is in the hospital, they need an advocate with them at all times,” said Likover, who turns 96 next month. “But to expect that from families when they are in crisis is expecting too much. The medical profession has to address that.”

A Short Course on Life Over 90
Madison and Likover were among six people all over the age of 90 invited to talk to the second-year medical students this month. The annual panel discussion, called “Life Over 90,” is aimed at nudging students toward choosing geriatric medicine, the primary care field that focuses on the elderly. It is among the lowest-paid specialties, and geriatricians must contend with complex cases that are time consuming and are often not reimbursed adequately by Medicare or private insurance. And their patients can have diseases that can only be managed but never cured.

Read more: http://www.nextavenue.org/what-people-90-told-med-students-they-need-from-doctors/

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Senior Citizens Jeevan Saathi Sammelan 2015 : Matrimonial and Companionship

Rotary Club of Mumbai Nariman Point in association with Silver Inning Foundation presents its 2nd edition of ‘Senior Citizens Jeevan Saathi Sammelan’, a senior citizens match making for marriage and live-in event on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at Mumbai.

The programme is for 50+ age group, who are unmarried, divorced or widowed and seek the company of a soul mate. Prior registration is compulsory and entry is free for all caste, gender, religion, creed, sex, faith, community, disability and location across the country.

Why do we need this event?
With nuclear families becoming the order of the day, senior citizens are often left to fend for themselves, even in times of need. Isolation, the feeling of rejection, gradually cause them to withdraw from active social lives; they retreat into their solitary cocoons, often falling into depression. It can be a lonely and depressing old age for those who are divorced or have lost their spouse. By taking up this initiative, we hope to help elderly singles find a suitable companion and enter into matrimony.

People interested to participate in this event to find their companion have to fill an application form and submit with required documents. All forms have to be submitted prior to the event with the required documents, viz.
1.Two passport size photos
2. Any Government approved ID Card copy
3. Resident proof copy
4. Unmarried affidavit
5. Death certificate of the spouse/Divorce certificate.

Please note: Submission of documents does not guarantee ENTRY at event. It also does not indicate that the form is accepted and confirmed. We will call or email the applicant to confirm acceptance of his/her form. No entry will be given without prior registration.

Applications will be accepted on first cum first served basis. Last date to apply with filled form and documents: 30th November 2015.

Contact us for form and query: Silver Innings, Bdlg: J/47-48, Shop no. 10, Opp. NavgrahaBldg, Lane behind Allahabad Bank, Poonam Sagar Complex, Mira Road East. Mumbai. Pincode 401107.
Tel : 9833344359 / 8879924359 (Mon to Sat 11am to 5pm). Email: silverinnings@gmail.com

You can Apply Online athttp://theseniorcitizen.in/register-here/ or send us by courier or email at above address. You can also Download the Form from http://goo.gl/AOUedW

Event Venue: Dadar Matunga Cultural Centre, 122-A, J K Sawant Marg, Opp Bombay Glass Works, Next to YashwantNatyaMandir, Dadar - Matunga West, Mumbai 400 016.

Time: 10am to 6pm (registration at 9am).

This Event is Supported by: FESCOM, AISCCON, HELPAGE INDIA, 1298 Senior Citizens Helpline, The Metrognome and Rotaract Club.

Disclaimer: Silver Innings, Rotary and any of the partners are not responsible for any misrepresentation/cheating. Participants are requested to do a thorough background check before going ahead with a formal relationship. Legal advice and counseling is suggested for any relationship.

A good companion shortens the longest road

Ageing population and long retirements means grandparents will hand down little to younger generations

An increasingly ageing population means the elderly will have less money to spare for children and grandchildren, experts have warned.

New official estimates suggest that more than one in 12 people will be aged 80 or over in 24 years’ time, with the average UK age lifting from 40 years old to just less than 43 by 2039.

The proportion of people in pensionable age is expected to rise by nearly a third from 12.4million last year to 16.5million by 2039, according to data.

This is because of the big numbers of people born in the ‘baby boom’ years just following WWII reaching state pensions aged in the coming 25 years, the Office for National Statistics said.
Pensioners will make up 25 per cent of the population in 100 years time, according to the estimates.
As people are expected to live longer, they will need to save more money for themselves and will have less to leave to their children and grandchildren, according to Danny Cox, chartered financial planner at Hargreaves Lansdown.

‘An unfortunate consequence of longer life is parents and grandparents being less able to help out their children, as they need more for themselves. It is important not to give away too much to family as retirement could be 25 or 30 years,’ he said.

‘The longer we live, the more likely we will have health issues and need some form of nursing care. After an initial 12 week period, the cost of nursing care is around £650 a week depending upon the location and can be a huge drain on income and capital,’ Cox added.

Read more: http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/news/article-3295314/Ageing-population-long-retirements-means-grandparents-hand-little-younger-generations.html

Wedding season nears for senior citizens

The wedding season is upon us. Senior citizens, too, will get a shot at wedded bliss in a December event. by The Editors | editor@themetrognome.in

It is every person’s dream to find the right partner and settle down in matrimonial bliss. If we cannot find true love, our parents do the job for us! But what happens to those who are in the autumn of their lives? If they are alone and in need of a companion, where can they go find one?

This is where excellent events such as an upcoming ‘wedding and companionship mela’ for seniors comes in. Hosted by Rotary Club of Mumbai, Nariman Point and The Metrognome’s content partners Silver Inning Foundation, the ‘Senior Citizens Jeevan Saathi Sammelan’ is being held to encourage single seniors to find a partner for marriage or for a live-in relationship.

Singles will be encouraged to find a suitable partner and initiate a relationship on the spot. “They can meet at the venue, exchange contact details if they think they want to take things forward. It is up to them to get married in the future, or have a live-in relationship. We are also encouraging people to come find a companion at the Sammelan. Many people come seeking constant companions, not a romantic relationship,” explains Silver Inning founder Sailesh Mishra.

Silver Innings had hosted a similar event in 2013, to stupendous success. “We had people coming from interior parts of Maharashtra, and there was a huge crowd at the gates. We insist on a proper registration process and the application form is pretty detailed. Applicants must also give supporting documents when they mention their status: divorcees must submit a copy of the divorce certificate, for example,” Sailesh says.

His learning from the previous event was that women participants are more careful about choosing their prospective partner, and that they look for financial security. “The women mostly wanted marriage, while the men wanted live-in relationships,” Sailesh says.

The Sammelan will be held on December 13, 2015 at Dadar. Watch this space for more details on how to register.

(Picture courtesy www.mid-day.com. Image is used for representational purpose only)

Courtesy: http://www.themetrognome.in/grey-space/wedding-season-nears-for-senior-citizen

Challenging the definition of ageing

If someone were to ask you to describe being old, it's doubtful that the words athletic, cool and beautiful would top your list. And you wouldn’t be alone; in our Western, youth-obsessed culture, ageing is inevitable but seldom enviable.

One of the 28 definitions for “old” describes it as a later stage in life, where overall health is deteriorating. But for Dr. Christine Weber, a New York-based Clinical Neuropsychologist, this is only partly true. For her, the definition of “old” is highly subjective and based on several external factors, namely media influence, increased longevity and childhood experiences.

An age of media

For many, the thought of ageing conjures up images of grandparents, mobility devices and retirement. Even the word retirement negative connotations, bringing up images of withdrawing from adult society.  But this may not be entirely our fault.

We are quite literally bombarded by ideas, products and services which promote memory retention, assisted living and healthier colons; all of these speak to the general state of helplessness associated with elderly life.

Dr. Weber tells gbtimes that “the media's portrayal of older individuals is often negative and unrealistic”. This, she says, has lead to a general stereotyping of the elderly as “irritable, stubborn, inappropriate and out of touch.”

These generalisations are evident in almost all forms of media and entertainment. “Magazines [...] display attractive young men and women on their covers, [and] characters on television are primarily portrayed by younger people,” Dr. Weber points out.

As if to underline Dr. Weber's point, Angela Rasbeary, a 45-year-old Facebook user from Costa Rica, told gbtimes that she had recently asked her 7-year-old son where he could expect to find senior citizens. To her astonishment, he replied, “In a (retirement) home or a hospital.”

Sadly, it is because of these perceptions that the elderly are often overlooked, or even discriminated against.

Age against the machine

For better or worse, we live in an age of immediacy. With oceans of information at their fingertips, today’s youth have replaced Grandpa's wisdom with Google's algorithms. They want it all, and they want it now.

Much of the reason for this, says Dr. Weber, is because society places such a high premium on the younger generations. “Youth is rewarded and lauded in modern culture,” she says.

Perhaps this would explain the incredible growth of the cosmetic surgery industry, which has seen a 600% increase in the US since 1997. According to Dr. Weber, facelifts are “the most common surgical procedure” for both women and an increasing number of men.

For 69-year old Veda Duncan, a retired worker from Frito-Lay Incorporated who has undergone some minor procedures, cosmetic intervention is more about self-perception than public opinion. “The mirror doesn’t lie,” she told gbtimes, “and when I look younger, I feel younger.”

And while time may wait for no man, it certainly seems to have slowed down a bit; most people are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. According to Dr. Weber, this is why “the perception of being old may be different from actually being old”; the statistics on ageing are constantly in flux.

Mind over matter

In 2010, a European Social Survey was conducted. It asked: when does youth end and old age begin? The results found that the younger the respondent, the earlier the age they considered to be the cutoff. The people running the survey concluded that age, much like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

This point strikes close to home with 38-year-old Elizabeth Caroll, a registered nurse based in Ohio. She tells us that when asked if old people are beautiful, her 11-year-old daughter Andrea replied, “Of course you are”.

Answers such as these will come as no surprise to Dr. Weber, who says that we first develop a concept of when 'old age' begins in childhood. Interestingly, these early perceptions also set the stage for our physical health later in life.

“When negative qualities are attributed to being old, this can become a self-fulfilling prophecy,” said Dr. Weber. “We envision what may occur in the future, and behave in a way that either directly or indirectly causes our predictions to come true.”

So if we associate being elderly with being in poor health, the chances are greater that we will develop an illness, disease or malady. Perhaps RenĂ© Descartes wasn’t too far off the mark in 1637 when he pondered, “I think, therefore I am.”

Ultimately, our war against time is an exercise in futility. No matter how hard we try, life and gravity continue unabated and a “...for your age” will eventually be appended to “You look great”.

And when you eventually lose sight of the man in the mirror and find something different gazing back at you than what you think should be there, relish the thought that the stranger is gazing back at you may only be in your mind.

This article is part of our special report on the elderly. With the UN's International Day of Older Persons 2015 (October 1) focusing on age inclusiveness in cities, gbtimes explores the current challenges, care, respect and possibilities for pensioners around the world, as well as what lies ahead. Join the discussion in the comments below or on social media, and return to our website for more from our elderly special report.

Source: http://gbtimes.com/life/challenging-definition-ageing 

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