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Shikhar Dhawan Foundation Becomes Awareness Partner with HelpAge India for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day



Shikhar Dhawan Foundation Becomes Outreach Partner with HelpAge India for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – The CSR Journal






























The Shikhar Dhawan Foundation has partnered with HelpAge India for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. India is home to approximately 138 million elderly people, or almost 10% of its population. The impact of COVID-19 was unprecedented and its impact on older people has forced governments, institutions and society around the world to change the framework from which older people are viewed. Seniors have been identified as the most vulnerable during the pandemic and the hardest hit emotionally and mentally when they have had no one to support for the past two years.
The pandemic’s impact on older people with Covid-19 as its silent torment this year is significant, both in terms of the length of time after the devastation of the pandemic and the first signs of recovery. Elder abuse is a sensitive topic in most Indian families and the report studied by HelpAge India highlights a stark contrast between the perception of the existence of abuse and the personal admission of the experience of abuse .
According to a survey based on a sample of 4,399 elderly respondents and 2,200 young adult carers, mostly in SEC categories A, B, C, in 22 cities in India. Interestingly, nationally, 47% of older people depend on family as a source of income, while 34% depend on pensions and cash transfers. Meanwhile, in Delhi, 57% of the elderly depend on their families, while 63% depend on pensions and cash transfers. This means that a large number of elders in Delhi enjoy both family support and retirement support. Income adequacy, nationally, 52% of seniors said it was insufficient. Meanwhile, 40% of seniors said they did not feel financially secure, citing their “expenses incurred are more than their savings/income” (57%) and insufficient pension (45%) as the main reasons. This suggests that both financial planning for future years and social security need greater attention.
Although this survey report largely reports on the situation of the urban middle class, it only asks one question about the plight of the urban and rural poor elderly, many of whom lack support systems. nor adequate income or pension. HelpAge has advocated for a universal pension of Rs.3000 per month, so that every elderly person can live their life with dignity. The need to close this gap is more urgent than ever, post-pandemic.
A strong 71% of the elders do not work. 36% of seniors are ready to work and 40% of them want to work “as long as possible”. 61% of older people believe that there are no “adequate and accessible job opportunities” for older people. In Delhi, 87% of seniors do not work, although 40% say they have access to job opportunities. The study further reveals that 44% of older people in Delhi are ready to work after retirement.
In terms of volunteering, about 30% of seniors are willing to volunteer and contribute to society. HelpAge’s pioneering Seniors Self-Help Groups (ESHG) initiative successfully demonstrates the desire of seniors to stay engaged and contribute meaningfully. In Delhi, about 48% of older people are willing to volunteer and contribute to society, while only 16% are currently involved in voluntary work.
The top aspirations cited by older people that are needed to create an environment conducive to employment opportunities are – 45% of older people suggested “working from home” as the best way, 34% asked “that more respect be given to working older people” and 29% called for “an increase in the retirement age” and “jobs exclusively for older people” each. A national consensus is emerging among caregivers that “working from home (WFH)” is the best way to employ seniors. In Delhi, 74% of caregivers (which includes family members) and 60% of older people say working from home is best for them.
Dr. Kanika Dewan, Director of Impact and Strategy at the Shikhar Dhawan Foundation, says the Shikhar Dhawan Foundation: “We need to tackle (the problem) at the root. And that would be thinking like the ancients. We need to empathize with them, walk in their shoes and feel their problems. And in that sense, what I also feel is why aren’t students required to volunteer in nursing homes. We have several other volunteer and internship programs. So why not that? The way people overseas give part of their time for community service, why don’t we have it here for elder care. These are the things we need to pay attention to. »
Mr. Amitesh Shah, CEO of DA-ONE Group (an initiative of Shikhar Dhawan), says that these gaps need to be closely examined and addressed and the team at Shikhar Dhawan Foundation will ensure that the gap is closed as much as possible. quickly as possible. Today, the lifespan of older people is much longer and many live to be over 80, so it is imperative that they lead with dignity and have equal and adequate opportunity and access, to meet their basic needs, thereby improving their quality of life.
Mr. Rohit Gupta, CEO of HelpAge India, says the report brings out shocking facts and forces us to reconsider the framework in which we see our elderly. Seniors today aspire to work, they do not want to be considered only as dependents, but as full members of society. Therefore, it is important these days to give more importance to our senior members or the elderly. We need to value time and moments with our family, the pandemic is the biggest lesson and so the theme we have chosen this year is Bridge the Gap. We thank the Shikhar Dhawan Foundation for joining us as an outreach partner for this initiative and we look forward to doing more collaborative work in the times to come.
The Shikhar Dhawan Foundation always aims to comprehensively develop neighborhoods by focusing on improving vital social parameters such as access to quality education, better health services, social infrastructure and livelihoods, etc For the elderly, we are focusing on organizing some activities with HelpAge India where they can engage and have fun and not feel alone or left behind as we all need the support and time of others . There are odd jobs that will be assigned to them so that they can earn money so that they don’t feel dependent on anyone.
The panelists who attended the event session were:
1. Ms. Anupama Datta, Manager – Research, Advocacy and Policy, HelpAge India
2. Mr. Rohit Prasad, CEO, HelpAge India
3. Mr. Sriram Haridass, Deputy Representative, UNFPA
4. Sri. R. Subrahmanyam, Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government. from India
5. Dr. Dnyaneshwar Manohar Mulay, Member, National Human Rights Commission
6. Mr. JR Gupta, President, Confederation of the Elderly
7. Prof. (Ms) Pamela Singla, Head, Department of Social Welfare, University of Delhi
8. RJ Khurafati Nitin of 92.7 BIG FM
9. Sri. Rajeev Kumar Saksena, Deputy Director, Succession, Welfare Department, Government. from NCT Delhi
10. Dr. Kanika Dewan, Director-Impact and Strategy, Shikhar Dhawan Foundation
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