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Agewell Study on Status of Older Persons in Nuclear Families - Media Coverage


Symposium "Status of Older Persons in Nuclear Families"

Under the Series of Symposiums on Needs & Rights of Older Persons

Date: 29th December 2009 

Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi

Key Speakers:

Smt. Vidyaben Shah
President, Senior Citizens Service Forum

Ms. Urvashi Butalia
Director and Co-founder, Kali for Women, India's first feminist publishing house

Dr. Varsha Das
Director, National Gandhi Museum

Ms. Meera Khanna

Vice-Chairpersons, Kashmir Intervention, Guild of Service

Agewell’s Symposium on
Status of Older Persons in Nuclear Families

New Delhi: Agewell Foundation, an NGO dedicated towards the welfare of Older Persons across the country, organized yet another symposium on “Status of Older Persons in Nuclear Families” under the series titled ‘Needs & Rights of Older Persons’ at Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi on 29th December 2009.

The discussion in the symposium covered the topics related to needs & problems faced by the elderly members of society specially related to olde…

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Under the Series of Symposiums on Needs & Rights of Older Persons
14th Nov., 2009 at India Habitat Centr, New Delhi

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Agewell’s Symposium on
between students & their grand-parents

New Delhi, 14th November 2009: On the occasion of Children’s Day, Agewell Foundation, an NGO dedicated towards the welfare of Older Persons across the country, organized its 21st Symposium titled as “Intergenerational Interaction” in the series of Symposiums on Needs & Rights of Older Persons on 14th November 2009 at Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Center,Lodi Road, New Delhi.

Dedicated to the school students, sensitized towards specific needs and requirements of their respective grand-parents, indeed it was a unique symposium in the series. The interaction in the symposium covered the intergenerational gap and problems faced by the elderly members of the society. Representative students from reputed schools of Delhi like Pathways World School, Vasant Valley …


A study by Agewell Research & Advocacy Centre


Agewell is a consortium of over 1500 NGOs and 6500 volunteers spread across 540 districts of India, committed to initiate better interaction between generations and extend a helping hand.

Research is an integral part of Agewell activities. Based on interactions with over 25000 older persons on daily basis, across the country (in the process of assisting them through Helplines) Agewell Research & Advocacy Centre continues to identify specific issues concerning older persons. Recently it has carried out a survey in Delhi & NCR to study and identify /understand the problems and status of Bedridden Patients living in Delhi & NCR.


Delhi & NCR has a population of almost 2.5 million older persons (60+). In several surveys done across the area it has been found time and again that almost 4% of them are bed-ridden because of one reason or the other and require round the clock care. (In addition at any given poin…

Agewell welcome DTC’s elderly-friendly decision

“DTC fares remain unchanged for older persons”
October 26, 2009, New Delhi: Agewell Foundation, an NGO working for the welfare of older persons across the country has welcomed Delhi Transport Corporation’ decision not to change the fare structure for senior citizens. Prices of Senior Citizen’s Pass have also not been changed by DTC.According to Mr. Himanshu Rath, Chairman of Agewell Foundation, “With this decision of Delhi Transport Corporation, older persons of Delhi feel reassured that Delhi Government and Delhi Transport Corporation are taking care of older persons in the process of policy making and implementation. Sense of social alienation among older persons is major problem in old age. Due to heavy traveling fares poor older persons could not visit their relatives, friends and other places of their interest. Subsidies to older persons in the form of cheaper tickets, passes, etc. will definitely increase their social interaction. indeed, such steps by government and authorities …

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Age Well in your Old Age

Press Release

On the occasion of UN International Day of Older Persons on 1st October, Agewell Foundation salutes all older persons. Himanshu Rath of Agewell said, “Let’s all of us work towards bringing a little more certainty and fun in the lives of old people around us.”

Old Age is a natural phenomenon. With increasing life span and better facilitation, longevity has increased progressively over the years. It is an unavoidable part of everybody’s life cycle and should be lived gracefully rather than grudgingly. No one should let the mind surrender to conditions of body in old age because a human mind always remains young.

In today’s fast paced world one only starts noticing signs of old age much after the gradual process is well underway. After retirement, most of older persons develop a complex of becoming redundant and unimportant.

As age sets in, it affects older persons’ body and many old age problems start setting in.

Agewell advisory
for comfortable old age


Optimism make…

Why Agewell for Wellbeing of Older People?

Concept of being respectful and supportive to older persons although sprouted in ancient Indian soil is already history. Older persons are now leading “invisible” lives on margins of family/society where strong negative attitude persists towards them and are being viewed as a burden rather than as a reason to celebrate old age as a human achievement. In absence of any other alternative the family still continues to be falsely considered as survival mechanism of older persons who in fact are struggling alone to face various situations of marginalization and deprivation.
The significant increase in population of older persons (60+) to 90 million as of now, is not new but due to remarkably lower level of interest on part of social scientists and policy makers in particular, we are unprepared with regard to organizing of services and infrastructure suitable for handling the emerging needs of invisible older persons, who are most neglected class of society.
Whether or not population aging w…

Newsletter August 2009

Center for Old Age NEWSLETTERAugust 2009 Let’s respect our culture and traditional valuesIndia has a rich diversity of culture and tradition. It's probably the only country where people of so many different origins, religious beliefs, languages and ethnic background coexist. The traditional Indian culture is defined by relatively strict social hierarchy. From an early age, children are reminded of their roles and places in society. This is reinforced by the fact that many believe gods and spirits have integral and functional role in determining their life. Strict social taboos have governed Indian society for thousands of years. Till independence, among developing countries, India had low levels of occupational and geographic mobility. People used to choose same occupations as their parents and rarely move geographically in the society. But after independence rate of migration of people from rural areas to urban areas has increased significantly.The culture of India comprises Humani…