Thursday, August 26, 2010

scnpd - event report - Nalgonda File

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

scnpd - event report - pondicherry - photos

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Dear Mittalji,
Here are  some photographs taken on 17th marking the protest day.More details later. 

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Geriatrics in India - do you know?

In the Annual Report of Ministry of Health and family welfare (MOHFW)
for 2009-10 of 377 pages, not even one paragraph is devoted to
geriatric care -- and we, senior citizens, are about a ten percent of
the country's population and we are prone to be afflicted with all sorts
of diseases.

There is a passing mention that Ram Manohar Lohia Hosptal, MG Inst of
Medical Sciences, Wardha and CGHS clinics at Timarpur and Jankpuri
(both in Delhi) deal with geriatric cases. Other places we know of
are: Heritage hospital in Hyderabad and Govt General Hospital Chennai
- Geriatric wing.

IGNOU has been churning out PG Diploma holders in geriatrics every
year. I wonder where these specialists are employed? Our members Dr Ms
pushpa Hemadri and Dr Jaya Rao may have answers as both are
geriatricians we know.of in this group.

Dr P Vyasamoorthy, 30 Gruhalakshmi Colony Secunderabad 500015 Ph
040-27846631 / 9490804278.
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

SCNPD: Chandigarh activities published in Indian Express

Senior citizens to hold nationwide protest on Aug 16

Express News Service Tags : protest, press conference Posted: Sun Aug
08 2010, 05:53 hrs Chandigarh:

Several serious attempts to get the Central and state government to
address welfare concerns of senior citizens have failed to yield
desired results. Even as the nation observes its Independence Day, it
is necessary that its citizens should be made aware that a large
segment of senior citizens, who struggled hard to win freedom is
languishing in misery, uncared, insecure and forgotten.

Brig Keshav Chandra (Retd) president of the Chandigarh Senior
Citizens' Association while addressing a press conference highlighted
the problems senior citizens of the country were facing. The
association would be observing a protest day on August 16 as part of a
nationwide call. Senior citizens in the city will participate in this
silent march in Sector 17.

Brig Chandra said the Union government brought out a landmark document
called "National Policy For Older Persons"(NPOP) as early as 1999 and
passed an act entitled "The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and
Senior Citizens' Act"(MWPSC) in 2007.The policy covered the areas of
financial security, health care, nutrition, social welfare, protection
of life and property of senior citizens and made out meticulous action
plan for implementation and monitoring, but even after 11 years, 28
states and UT have not responded to the NPO document. The state
goverment have also remained indifferent to implementing the MWPSC
act. Only three states out of 35 states/UT's have operationalised it,
though three years have passed since it was enacted by the parliament.
Even the Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme has been
implemented by only a few states and as of now about 50% of eligible
poor are still not covered by the above scheme.

Monday, August 9, 2010

NISD Courses on Gerontology

Qualified care for the aged

Vimal Chander Joshi, Hindustan Times

New Delhi, June 08, 2010

If you have a compelling desire to care for people who are at the dusk
of their life, or at least empathise with ageing people, then you may
want to explore career opportunities in gerontology (the study of the
social, psychological and biological aspects of ageing).

The National Institute of Social Development (NISD) runs a one-year
postgraduate diploma and six-months certificate programme in geriatric
studies. The diploma course prepares you to provide medical care and
counselling to elderly people in distress. You are also taught to deal
with some aspects of the social development of senior citizens, such
as research methodologies for data collection and policy formulation
to improve conditions at the grassroots level.

NISD is a central government initiative run by the Ministry of Social
Justice and Empowerment under the National Initiative for the Care of
Elderly (NICE) programme and aims to train and build caregiver
capacity for the rising "dependent" population.

"We had initially tied up with around 400 NGOs and we started training
young people to produce trained manpower. Though many of our students
end up working in these organisations, a few have also gone abroad on
scholarships for further studies though the number of such people is
very small," says Sunil Kumar, deputy director, NISD.

Kumar emphasises that the main objectives of the NISD course is to
equip people with the knowledge of elderly health, nutrition,
psychology and to some extent, rehabilitation. "We believe in the
concept of productive ageing, (which seeks to) help the elderly keep
pace with time. We also give 21-day-long IT training to aged people in
several cities," he adds.

Students are prepared for six different papers: gerontology, clinical
geriatric (providing basic healthcare), public policy and planning,
geriatric management (to be able to work in old-age homes),
counselling and research methodology.

"We teach them all aspects of caring for the elderly. They are
equipped to manage an NGO, carry out research, provide basic
healthcare and also to provide counselling to elderly people," says Dr
Anindita S Roy, psychologist and faculty member, NISD.

The course also comprises a project in which students have to make
inferences and reports based on data collection from secondary sources
and other research.

In order to be able to apply for the PG diploma programme, you must be
a fresh graduate from any discipline, though it is better to have some
background in social sciences or psychology. For the certificate
course, you should have passed secondary.

"Once you are eligible, you can appear for an entrance test comprising
general knowledge, maths and English questions," says Poonam Rani,
research officer, NISD.

Interestingly, the course attracts several qualified professionals for
both the programmes. "In my batch, there were three lawyers, two
people from media organisations, and one doctoral student from the
Jawaharlal Nehru University. Though the eligibility criteria is just
tenth pass, I doubt if there was even a single person who was just
tenth-standard pass," says Dr Ashwani Raghav, a physician, who
completed the six-month certificate course from NISD in 2002.

Dr Raghav and a couple of his batchmates started Healing Touch, an NGO
in Delhi which provides psychological support to the aged who have
been harassed by family or society.

"We hold workshops in schools where we invite grandparents and try to
bridge the inter-generational gap. More youngsters should think
seriously about making geriatric care a career option," adds Raghav.

Earn to care
Last date to apply: June 18
Entrance test: July 11
To apply, send demand draft or pay order for Rs 80 drawn in favour of
the director, National Institute of Social Defence, Old Age Care
National Institute of Social Defence, West Block-1,Wing 3, first
floor, RK Puram,
New Delhi - 110066

Friday, August 6, 2010

Senior citizens Savings Scheme - Revised Rule - In case of death - July 2010

This amended rule should be informed to your kith & kin, especially to
the Nominee of SCSC 2004, though you may not need to know it yourself!
Incidentally have you filed your nomination? If not please do.

Senior Citizens Savings Scheme (Amendment) Rules, 2010 – Amendment in rule 8
Aug 5, 2010 Income Tax

Notification No. G.S.R. 639(E), Dated 28-7-2010
In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 15 of the Government
Savings Banks Act, 1873 (5 of 1873), the Central Government hereby
makes the following rules to further amend the Senior Citizens Savings
Scheme Rules, 2004, namely : –

(1) These rules may be called the Senior Citizens Savings Scheme
(Amendment) Rules, 2010.

(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the
Official Gazette.
In the Senior Citizens Savings Scheme Rules, 2004 in rule 8, for
sub-rule 3 the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely : –

(3) In case of death of a depositor before maturity, the account shall
be closed and deposit refunded on an application in Form 'F' alongwith
interest as applicable to the scheme till the date on which the
depositor expired, to the nominee or legal heirs in case the nominee
has also expired or nomination as provided in rule 6 was not made, as
the case may be. For the period between the day following the date of
death of the depositor and the date on which refund is made, simple
interest shall be paid at the rate applicable from time to time to
saving accounts as provided in Rule 6 of Post Office Savings Accounts
Rules, 1981".

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School Children - Teaching them to care for the elderly - HelpAge Seminar. Intergenerational Gap

This news item talks of HelpAge Seminar for Teachers, NGOS etc on
teaching children respect and treat elders with love. The idea of
distributing a booklet to all kids and to have curriculum include
Elder Care is good. Didn't we have Moral Education classes in our
School days?
======= Read on ...

'Elderly deserve a better deal'

Staff Reporter
The population of the elderly is likely to touch 33 crore in 2050

HelpAge India for inculcating values and care for the elderly in
school education

HYDERABAD: The population of aged in the country is set to swell
rapidly. While the current aged population stands at about 9 crore, it
will leap to 15 crore by 2025 and come 2050 the numbers would be 33
crore, forecast social service organisation HelpAge India.

Faced with a growing population, the already-inadequate social
security system for the elderly would be inefficient in catering to a
growing chunk of the population.

Hence, there is an impending need to bring about changes in the
attitudes of the younger generation and the society in general, the
organisation said.

Floating this as the agenda, a seminar, 'Value education on age care
in schools' was organised by HelpAge India here. Principals of
schools, representatives of the government and different NGOs took
part. We should inculcate values of respect and care for the elderly
in our school education. The elderly should not be seen as a burden
but as contributing entities, said Country Head (Advocacy, Resource
and Communications), HelpAge India, Kapil Kaul. "We should be able to
harness their wisdom."

Besides, the seminar also focussed on ways to prepare the country's
youth for old age. "They need to understand what old age means, how to
manage on their own, how to stay healthy," said Mr. Kaul. R.
Satyanarayana, Commissioner and Director of School Education who was
the chief guest assured HelpAge India of assistance from the
government's side. He suggested the organisation prepare booklets on
care for the elderly, which can then be distributed to school teachers
across the State. A module on care for the elderly during annual
training programmes organised by the school education department was
also mooted.

"If we can leverage the system," Mr. Satyanarayana said referring to
the 1.56 crore student population and 4.5 lakh-strong teacher
community in the State, "to inculcate values, nothing like it." He,
however, remarked, that values are more than taught, they are best

Speaking on the deteriorating family structures, with more families
going nuclear, Shyam Mohan, vice chairman, HPS, emphasised on the need
for social values among the country's youth.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Senior Citizens Helpline evokes good Response - Coimabtore MWPSCA

I am very happy to note that this Police managed helpline takes note
of Elder Abuse cases though strictly such cases do not call for Police
intervention directly.

The Hindu Coimbatore 4th August 20

Senior citizens' helpline evokes good response

The senior citizens' helpline the West Zone police introduced recently
has found a good response. A release from the P. Sivanandi, Inspector
General of Police, West Zone, said 52 persons had lodged complaints
since the police launched the service on July 27. And, of those the
police had attended to 45.

The complainants were from the eight districts in the Zone and sought
action against son or daughter on charges of neglect. The release said
the police at the helpline, after noting down the complaint, forwarded
the same to the police station concerned for further action. The local
police, after verifying the charges, spoke to those who had been named
in the complaints to arrive at a solution. In most instances the
police did not register cases but received a written commitment from
those named in complaints. Only once did the police register a case
and that was when a father had complained about his son's rude
behaviour in inebriated condition. The son, a 42-year-old, had been
remanded in custody.

The release said the remaining seven cases were under investigation.
The helpline is available on 99440-95555.


Dr P Vyasamoorthy, 30 Gruhalakshmi Colony Secunderabad 500015 Ph
040-27846631 / 9490804278.
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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Haryana Institutes Award for Senior Citizens

Award for senior citizens

Chandigarh: Haryana has instituted five awards carrying a cash prize of Rs. one lakh each for its senior citizens.

Individuals who are above 90 years and still contributing to society would be felicitated with Chaudhary Ranbir Singh Centenarian Award, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Geeta Bhukkal announced on Sunday.

Mother Teresa Award would be given to mothers who had fought against all odds so that their children might fulfill their dreams while senior citizens displaying extraordinary courage in difficult situations would be presented with Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Courage and Bravery Award, she said.

Panchayats which had done pioneering work for the cause of the elderly would receive Mahatma Gandhi Panchayat Award.

Mahatma Jyotiya Phoole Lifetime Achievement Award would be given to those senior citizens who had worked for the welfare of the aged.

A four-member panel has been constituted to scrutinise applications received for these awards which would be given away every year, she said. -- PTI


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