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Thursday, May 31, 2012

WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY 2012: India & Transnational Programme

On the occasion of 7th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) 15th June 2012 , Silver Inning Foundation (SIF) a NGO ( Not for Profit)  working with senior citizens and their family members will be commemorating Elder Abuse Awareness Day from on May 21st to June 30th 2012 . SIF through its networking partners and social media has taken the initiative to host various events pan India & Beyond Boundaries to create awareness and sensitize the Government and the Civil Society to eliminate/prevent elder abuse at both micro and macro level. This is first time we have partners from USA ‘The Forgotten Ones: Compassion for the Elderly ; The Forgotten Ones: International Card Exchange for the Elderly’ and  from Kenya ‘La Vie Foundation’.

World over 15th June is marked as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day by INPEA since 2006 .INPEA is an organization, founded in 1997, which is dedicated to the global dissemination of information as part of its commitment to the world-wide prevention of the abuse of older people. The United Nations International Plan of Action adopted by all countries in Madrid, April 2002, clearly recognizes the importance of addressing  and preventing abuse and neglect of older adults and puts it in the framework of the Universal Human Rights. INPEA is dedicated to supporting the plan of action. 

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day month long  programme aims to increase society's ability, through various programmes, to recognize and respond to the mistreatment of older people in whatever setting it occurs, so that the latter years of life will be free from abuse, neglect and exploitation. 

  • To create awareness in elderly people themselves regarding what comes under elder abuse.
  • To sensitize young people regarding elder abuse and to bridge the intergenerational gap between elderly and young people.
  • To create awareness in media and civil society at large regarding elder abuse.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day ( WEAAD) , Month long Tentative Programme. from May 21st to June 30th 2012 . This event can be organized and participated by anyone and anywhere in world:

1. Essay Competition –  Essay of maximum 2000 words on the following topics are invited from May 21st  to June 30th 2012 , Certificates will be given to best 3 http://silverinnings.blogspot.in/2012/05/5th-annual-national-essay-competition.html

For all age groups: Importance of Family for Care of Elders

For School Students - Class 5th to class 10th: Inspiring Stories of My Grandparents

For Students - 1st year College to Post Graduation: Youth & Elders are made for Each Other

2. Online Survey 2012: Where do you want to stay in your old age ?  from May  to June 2012 : http://lnkd.in/D9wdYp

3. “Shop for Cause” Shop & Support an NGO ( Not for Profit) . The profit earned from this sale will be Donated to Silver Inning Foundation, an NGO that works with Senior Citizens : 1st June to 3rd June 2012 , Daily 11am to 5pm , Mumbai

4. “Foot D Ball to Stop Elder Abuse” friendly football match  , Mumbai , 2nd year : Silver Inning Foundation (SIF) in association with Alfresco FC Mumbai are promoting the cause of Elderly through unique and well tried ‘Sport for Development’ (S4D) concept through our Pilot project “Foot D Ball to Stop Elder Abuse “. They will play matches at MDFA , Senior Citizens Associations , Old Age Homes , Schools / Colleges till Oct 2012. This intergeneration activity with S4D concept through Football is tried for first ever time in this part of the world (might be first time in world) for promoting Elder Cause and to create awareness about Elder Abuse in civil society. Youth will Tie ‘Purple Security Band’ to Elders 

5. Walk the Talk : Awareness Walk & Talk with Senior Citizens : Various events will be hosted with local Senior Citizens associations / centers . May 21st to June 30th 2012

6. ‘Intergenerational Programme’ in Schools: Events will be hosted in nearby schools / colleges, like Essay Competition , Painting etc . May 21st to June 30th 2012

7. Share & Care: Upload latest pictures of your Grandparents and Elderly around you at Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WorldElderAbuseAwarenessday  . Best 3 photograph will be given Digital Certificate. May 21st to June 30th 2012

8. Send Post Cards, Greeting Cards, Letters to Lonely and Forgotten Elders staying in Old Age Homes / Nursing Homes / Alzheimer’s Home in India, Kenya and USA. Send them inspiring quotes, poem & picture Cards to show them that they are not alone and we care for them. This event is in association with ‘The Forgotten Ones: Compassion for the Elderly’ https://www.facebook.com/compassionfortheelderly    and ‘The Forgotten Ones: International Card Exchange for the Elderly’  https://www.facebook.com/thelonelyelderly  .  

Old Age Homes / Dementia Homes can also contact us if they want their residents to be given the Post/Greetings Cards. May 21st to June 30th 2012.

For sending Cards & Participation Contact:  India : Silver Inning Foundation :  silverinnings@gmail.com    Kenya :  La Vie Foundation : tomoketch@gmail.com  USA : The Forgotten Ones: International Card Exchange for the Elderly:  pamohalloran@yahoo.com  .

9. Bulk SMS to be send to people on 15th June for awareness 

10. Bulk Email  to be send on 15th June for awareness  

11. Various other programnme:  Street Play , Debate , Article in Newspaper , Letters to Editors ,  Talk Show on TV / Radio , Painting Competitions , Workshop , Conference , Submitting Memorandum to Government or Police Authority , Advertisement in Local Newspaper / Newsletter with WEAAD message , Rally etc can also be organized from May 21st to June 30th 2012 in various places by anyone who care for Elders.

If you want or if you are participating in any of above events or if you organize any event for WEAAD , please send us detail report with one or two photograph at silverinnings@gmail.com , we will compile the information/report and post it on : http://www.inpea.net  & https://www.facebook.com/inpea

Together, we have the power to prevent elder abuse

My World, Your World, Our World, Free of Elder Abuse

This World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) 2012 program is organized by Silver Inning Foundation and supported by INPEA (International Network for Prevention of Elder Abuse) Indian Chapter through Development, Welfare and Research Foundation (DWARF) ; 'Little Things Matter Initiatives' (LTMI) ; SSS Global; FESCOM (Mumbai) ; 1298 Senior Citizens Helpline, Mumbai; AISCCON  ; Harmony for Silvers Foundation ; Pushpa MA Foundation ; Anugraha India ; HelpAge India - Mumbai  ; ARDSI Greater Mumbai ; iCONGO ; iVolunteer ,  Alfresco FC Mumbai ; The Forgotten Ones: Compassion for the Elderly , USA ; The Forgotten Ones: International Card Exchange for the Elderly , USA & La Vie Foundation , Kenya 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


New Report Calls Alzheimer’s a Public Health Threat, Calls for International Collaboration

Geneva, May 22, 2012 - At a special event held today in conjunction with the World Health Assembly, the World Health Organization and Alzheimer’s Disease International urged governments and other stakeholders to step up international cooperation and information sharing on Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. The highlights of a new joint WHO/ADI report, Dementia: A Public Health Priority, were shared as well as recent progress in developing national plans for dementia and Alzheimer’s. 

Speaking at the event, Dr. Shekhar Saxena, Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at the WHO, said, “The launch of this report marks a significant turning point in the fight against dementia. We urge governments to develop national Alzheimer’s and dementia plans, and the report gives them the tools to do so. Since dementia is directly linked to ageing, both the human and fiscal consequences of this disease rise exponentially as people live longer with each passing decade. The governments need to act now; before it is too late”

Marc Wortmann, Executive Director of Alzheimer’s Disease International, emphasized the urgent need for action: “The evidence is clear: Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are already becoming the global health crisis of the twenty-first century, and we must act now to forestall further assault by the disease. The rising incidence of Alzheimer’s affects everyone, from low- and middle-income nations as well as those from richer countries. This report helps government leaders, researchers, and medical professionals understand the extent to which dementia is going to challenge our public health systems in an era of ageing populations.”

Dementia is already reaching epidemic proportions. Every four seconds, there is a new case of dementia somewhere in the world. ADI research shows that the annual costs associated with dementia are $604 billion, or roughly 1% of global GDP. As lifespans lengthen further in the coming decades, these numbers are poised to explode.

These trends are particularly significant for developing countries, especially for those in Asia, where populations are aging most rapidly. According to Dr. Jacob Roy, chairman of ADI, “The WHO report makes it clear that Alzheimer’s is a public health crisis of global proportions. I am honored to serve as ADI chairman at a time when the world and the public health community are finally stepping up to their responsibilities.  We desperately need more effective care, earlier detection and diagnosis, and significantly more funding for research to enable prevention and cures. In my home country, India, we especially need a new approach for Alzheimer’s that gives us a pathway to redefine how we feel and think about the disease, forever eliminating the stigma that has stymied progress to date.”

Non-communicable diseases is a major theme of this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA), taking place this week in Geneva, where 194  ministers of health are convening to address the critical global health challenges, including Alzheimer’s and other NCDs. The WHA is carrying on from last September’s historic United Nations summit on NCDs, in which the UN produced an outcome document that acknowledged “that mental and neurological disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, are an important cause of morbidity and contribute to the global non-communicable disease burden.”

Meanwhile, a growing number of nations, including Singapore and Mexico, are developing national plans to deal with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The most recent news on this front came with the May 15 launch of National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease in the United States. Through research and education initiatives – including a bold new clinical trial to test whether a drug can prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s before any symptoms appear – the U.S. plan aims to develop effective preventions and treatments for the disease by 2025. 

To date, Alzheimer’s has received a fraction of the funding that has gone to major NCDs. This is true around the world.  In the U.S., for example, the government invests less than $500 million a year on Alzheimer’s research, compared with $5.8 billion on cancer, $4.3 billion on heart disease, and $3.1 billion on HIV/AIDs, according to data from the National Institutes of Health. Under the new national plan, a new funding system will reflect the high incidence of Alzheimer’s within aging populations.

“While the news from the U.S. represents a major step forward, we have a long way to go toward effective global planning for Alzheimer’s,” said Wortmann.  “And a key challenge,” he continued, “is the terrible stigma surrounding Alzheimer’s.  This will be the main topic of our 2012 World Alzheimer Report, to be released on 21 September.” 

For further information, please contact:
Alzheimer’s Disease International (London), +44 20 7981 0880, info@alz.co.uk

How to obtain a copy of the report
Dementia: A Public Health Priority is available for download at http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2012/9789241564458_eng.pdf

About dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
Dementia is a syndrome that can be caused by a number of progressive disorders that affect memory, thinking, behavior and the ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia.  www.alz.co.uk/about-dementia.

About WHO and ADI
The World Health Organization is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.  For more information, visit http://www.who.int/about/en/.

Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) is the international federation of 76 Alzheimer associations that support people with dementia and their families in their respective countries. Founded in 1984, ADI serves as a network for Alzheimer associations around the world to share and exchange information, resources and skills. Its vision is “a better quality of life for people with dementia and their families.” ADI is based in London and is registered as a non-profit organization in the state of Illinois. For more information, visit www.alz.co.uk.

Monday, May 21, 2012

5th Annual National Essay Competition 2012: 7th World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) 2012

On the occasion of 7th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) 15th June 2012, Silver Inning Foundation a NGO working with senior citizens and their family will be commemorating Elder Abuse Awareness Day from on May 21st to June 30th 2012 . It has taken the initiative to create awareness among civil society and government to prevent and eliminate elder abuse at both micro and macro level. 

SILVER INNING FOUNDATION invites entries for an Essay of maximum 2000 words on the following topics:

1)    For all age groups:
Importance of Family for Care of Elders

2)    For School Students - Class 5th to class 10th:
Inspiring Stories of My Grandparents

3)    For Students - 1st year College to Post Graduation :
Youth & Elders are made for Each Other       

What is Elder Abuse?
Elder abuse is an under-recognized problem with devastating and even life-threatening consequences. Elder abuse is often defined as a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an ‘expectation of trust’ which causes harm or distress to an older person.

Types of Elder Abuse:
  1. Physical abuse
  2. Sexual abuse
  3. Emotional or psychological abuse
  4. Financial or material exploitation
  5. Neglect
  6. Abandonment
  7. Self-neglect

All of us know that we will become old one day and join the ever increasing percentage of senior citizens in the global population. And yet some of us continue to show indifference and disrespect to our elders in our own families and in the society. Each of us might have countless reasons, logics and excuses for this behavior but this could be due to a combination of many problems. Let us try to put a right perspective for these various problems and what we could do to keep our elders happy.

Remember, by helping our elders to stay physically fit and mentally happy. If we fail to give proper care and respect to our elders at home now we may undergo the same treatment from our children later on in our lives.

INPEA’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, 15th June, program aims to increase society's ability, through various programs to recognize and respond to the mistreatment towards senior citizens in whatever form.

The First (1st) best in each category will be given Prize of Rs.500/- INR and a certificate.

The Three (3) best essays in each category will be given Certificate each and their essay will be published on following Blog: http://silverinnings.blogspot.com/

 All the essays will be sole property of Silver Inning Foundation as database/Talk / Reference / Lecture / Book/ Paper presentation for its strategy to Tackle Elder Abuse and issues of Elderly. The verdict of management of Silver Inning Foundation & Silver Innings for selection of best essay will be final.

Silver Inning Foundation consists of a dedicated team of professionals contributing to the cause of the elderly. Silver Inning Foundation conducts seminars, camps, lectures, awareness modules, advocacy, networking, Dementia management services and also has support groups for home based advice. At Silver Innings we are working towards creating Elder Friendly World where Ageing becomes a Positive and Rewarding Experience.

The Last date for submission of Essay is 30th June 2012.

Email your essay with following details
  • Name
  • Postal Address
  • Telephone Number
  • Date of Birth

Email on or before 30th June 2012 to silverinnings@gmail.com . Only soft copy by email i.e. email entries will only be accepted for competition.

The winners will be announced online by email after 31st July 2012. For further information please call on 09987104233 from Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm.

Terms and Condition:
  • Essay should not be more than 2000 words
  • Essay should only be in English language
  • Essay should be sent by Email (soft copy only)
  • No hard copy will be accepted
  • It’s open to all Indian Residence / POI / NRI
  • People from other country can also participate, but they will not be part of competition and they will be given virtual participation certificate.

This Program is supported by INPEA (International Network for Prevention of Elder Abuse) Indian Chapter through Development, Welfare and Research Foundation (DWARF) ; 'Little Things Matter Initiatives' (LTMI) ; SSS Global; FESCOM (Mumbai) ; 1298 Senior Citizens Helpline, Mumbai; AISCCON  ; Harmony for Silvers Foundation ; Pushpa MA Foundation ; Anugraha India ; HelpAge India - Mumbai  ; ARDSI Greater Mumbai ; iCONGO ; iVolunteer &  Alfresco FC.

Any NGO , Association , School and College can host the programme n their community / locality and send us the report with photograph, so that we can include this in International report to INPEA .  This programme should be hosted around 15th June or in month of June.

Together, we all have the power to prevent elder abuse.


My World…  Your World…Our World…Free of Elder Abuse

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