May 14, 2012

Let’s add life to their years…


 Let’s add life to their years…
Dear Friend,

The right to live! Unfortunately many older persons in India do not even have this basic right. Every day approx. 5000 elderly people succumb to inhuman conditions & diseases that are very much preventable if action is taken on time.
While you would be having number of jobs on your list today, there is one job that would make your day and your life even more meaningful. 
Join Agewell Foundation in its efforts to provide long-term sustainable initiatives
for older persons
 that help them through at the prime stage of their life.

Help us to Help Destitute Old People.

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So Imagine how crucial your role is in helping us take even a step forward.
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Warm regards,

Himanshu
 Rath
Chairman

Agewell Foundation is a not-for-profit NGO, working for the welfare and empowerment of older persons since 1999. Agewell through its volunteers’ network extends a helping hand to over 25000 older persons on daily basis. In recognition, Economic & Social Council (ECOSOC) has granted Special Consultative Status to Agewell Foundation at United Nations. Agewell is only NGO from sgeing sector in South Asia with this prestigious status. For more visit www.agewellfoundation.org .

May 8, 2012

Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing & India


Impact on gainful engagement opportunities in Old Age


·               When asked about gainful occupation in old age, it was found that 34210 elderly persons were involved in gainful activities. Majority of older persons (65.8%) were not gainfully engaged anywhere.
·               45.76% elderly men & 24.34% elderly women were engaged in gainful activities. Wherein in rural areas they were working in their fields, rearing cattle, general retail shops, sundry crafts, etc, in urban areas older persons were keeping themselves busy with small roadside shops and other jobs.
·               When older persons, not involved in any gainful activity, were asked about their interest in any gainful work, 40.4% older persons (26576 out of total 65790 elderly people) expressed their desire to work.
·               61.8% elderly men & 27.3% elderly women said they want to work anywhere to keep them gainfully engaged.
·               According to 22474 older persons i.e. 84.57 % of 26576 older persons (who are unable to find any suitable job for them) there are no opportunities for them to get any gainful engagements in old age. Whereas 4102 older persons (15.43% of 26576 older persons) said that they got some opportunities in old age but available opportunities were not suitable to them.
·               When asked about government’s efforts undertaken during the past 10 years to keep its senior citizens gainfully engaged, only 5.3% older persons appreciated government’s initiatives.

Interviewers’ observations :
In rural areas majority of older people were found working in their fields or other petty jobs like small shops, crafts, etc.  to keep themselves engaged, whereas in urban areas majority of older persons were busy in finding suitable job opportunities, even when they manage some small entrepreneur pursuit to earn money.

“After retirement I tried my best to find any suitable job for myself, so that I could remain active and busy. But despite all efforts, I failed. There were few jobs, but more of them are very far from my house. Few years back when Metro came to our locality, it was like a boon for me. I joined a job at a distant place. Due to modern transportation facility in my old age I have become more active and healthy”
- Satish Malpani, a retired engineer, Dwarka, Delhi

May 4, 2012

Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing & India

OVERALL IMPACT ON FINANCIAL STATUS OF OLDER PERSONS

Older persons in India have limited financial resources due to various reasons but in most cases their financial requirements remain the same.
·               69.5% elderly persons were found not to be financially independent. 73% rural & 63 % urban elderly persons were dependent on others for their financial needs.
·               13% of elderly respondents (13.9% in rural areas & 11.8% in urban areas) said that they have no source of income.
·               34.6% elderly respondents (38.7% in rural areas & 13.3% in urban areas) had monthly income of less than Rs. 1000/-.
·               Almost 1/3rd of elderly respondents (35.1%) were found in monthly income group of Rs. 1000 – Rs. 5000. 33.8% rural and 37.8% urban respondents were from this income group.
·               Only 42.7% of total respondents were found in good income groups (with monthly income of Rs. 5001 & above) to meet their needs in old age.
·               Only 24.8% older persons accepted that their monthly income has risen during the last decade due to government’s schemes initiated during the same period.
Interviewers’ observations:
There is a notable difference in lifestyle of rural & urban elderly people and cost of living in rural area is comparatively less. Therefore elderly living in urban areas face more financial problems than rural elderly people. However, during past decade, net worth of older persons’ properties has risen substantially due to increase in prices of real estate and capital goods.

Representative Respondent:
“My children have settled in Mumbai, we (me & my wife) have to take care of ourselves. We started getting old age pension recently. But still it is very tough for us to survive on meager old age pension. We want some comfortable work to earn some money to meet our expenses, but unable to find it. Now we are not able to work anymore in the fields.”
- Ramdeen Mishra & Bachchi Devi (71 & 67 respectively), Katihar, Bihar

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Source: Agewell Foundation’s Research Report “Impact Assessment of Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing in India (2011-12)