Agewell Foundation, India
In Special Consultative Status with the ECOSOC at UN since 2011
Associated with UN-DPI-NGO
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About Agewell Foundation
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An NGO established in the year 1999
Dedicated towards the welfare of senior citizens
across the country
Assists senior citizens to move surely but steadily
from helplessness and self pity towards confidence,
respect and mutual caring
Agewell volunteer teams include professionals,
senior bureaucrats, university professors, artists,
writers, judges & all those people who sincerely feel
and work for the cause
Vision & Goals
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Vision
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Agewell Foundation is committed to make a coordinated effort
with compassion and understanding to transform social
attitudes towards senior citizens. The effort is to create the
infrastructure to empower every older person.
Goals
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Agewell has been set up to initiate better interaction between
the generations. It endeavors to:
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Bring about a change in perceptions about Old Age
Initiate steps towards senior citizens friendly environment
Evolve a sense of moral and social responsibility towards senior
citizens
Advocate for the needs and rights of senior citizens
Extend a helping hand to senior citizens wherever required
Recognition
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International
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Special Consultative Status with Economic & Social Council (ECOSOC),
United Nations (first NGO from South-Asian countries in Ageing sector with
Status with ECOSOC)
Associated with UN DPI (United Nations- Department of Public Information)
Accredited to the United Nations Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing
(OEWGA) in 2011
Presented Oral & Written submissions on Poverty Eradication at 2012 Annual
Ministerial Review of UN ECOSOC High level Segment
Panelist at Second Working Session of Open Ended Working Group on
Ageing at United Nations in August 2011 & Participated in First Session of
OEWGA at United Nations in April 2011
National Level - Government of India
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Represented Indian delegation to Second World Assembly on Ageing,
Madrid, Spain in 2002
Represented Indian delegation to intl. Workshop on Ageing, Tokyo in 2000
Recognition
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National Level - Planning Commission, Govt. of India
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National Level - Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
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Member, Steering Committee on Empowerment of Persons with
Disabilities and Social Welfare Groups for XII-Five-Year Plan
Member of the Working Group on Reforming the Social Deviants and
Caring the Other Disadvantaged for XIth Five-year-plan
Member of the working group on Reforming the Social Deviants and
Caring the Other Disadvantaged for Xth Five-year-plan
Member of the Consultative group on Social Justice & Empowerment
Member, Committee for Revision of the Scheme IPOP, 2011
Commissioned as the Secretariat of National Council for Older Persons
in 1999
National Level - Ministry of Human Resource Development,
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Member of Council of National Literacy Mission Authority
Recognition
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State Level - Govt. of NCT of Delhi - Department of Social Welfare
 Member of State Level Committee for Senior Citizens
 By Department of Social Welfare
 Member of Draft Committee for State Policy on senior citizens
Non-government Sector
 Awarded with Vijaya Gujaral Award in 2001 for outstanding
contribution for extending a helping hand to the senior citizens and
their families
International Alliance
 Global Action on Ageing (GAA), USA
 AARP (American Association of Retired People), USA
 Seniors Together in South Lanarkshire (formerly known as Better
Government for Older People - BGOP) UK
The Elderly – International Figures
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A demographic restructuring of the world
populace is underway
UN estimates for senior citizens (age 60+):
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Current population:
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By 2050:
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600 million, i.e. 10 % of the world population
Number to rise up to 2 billion
The Economic Survey 2004 (age 65+):
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Year 2000: 45 million
Year 2020: 76 million (growth rate 2.6% / annum)
The Elderly – National Figures
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Senior Citizen Population Age Break up:
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- 63%
- 26%
- 11%
Senior Citizen (60+) Census
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Between 60 to 69 years
Between 70 to 79 years
80+ years
Year 1991 - 57 million
Year 2011 - Approx. 100 million
Growth Rate
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Year 1901 – 5.1%
Year 2001 – 6.8%
Year 2016 – 8.9%
United Nations - Mandate
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United Nation Principles for Older People (Resolution
No. 46/91)
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Senior citizens should remain integrated in society, participate
actively in the formulation and implementation of policies that
directly affect their well-being and share their knowledge and
skills with younger generations.
Senior citizens should be able to speak and develop
opportunities for service to the community and serve as
volunteers in positions appropriate to their interests and
capabilities
Senior citizens should be able to pursue opportunities for the
full development of their potential
Our Presence
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35 States & Union Territories of India
640 Districts Across India
7500+ Dedicated Volunteers & 80,000 Secondary
volunteers
5.5 Million+ Senior Citizens assisted
5,100+ Self-help Groups
360,000+ Senior Citizens members of Self-help
Groups
Agewell Volunteer Spread
Rest of India
619
Haryana
117
West Bengal
305
Uttar Pradesh
503
Tamilnadu
358
Rajasthan
297
Orissa
501
Maharashtra
451
Madhya Pradesh
288
Kerala
514
Karnataka
247
Jharkhand
220
Gujarat
399
Bihar
479
454
Assam
Andhra Pradesh
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Current Activities
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Helpline & Redressal Services
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Voluntary Activities
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Agewell Centre for Research & Advocacy for Needs & Rights
of senior citizens
Social Activities
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Aadhar – Nationwide Voluntary Action Network
Research Activities
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Agewell Helpline for senior citizens in Delhi
“Share a Smile with Your Elders” – School Contact Program
Agewell Family Membership Scheme
Employment & Job Opportunities
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Agewell Employment Exchange for senior citizens
Current Activities
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Eklavya (Employment Exchange)
 An Intergenerational Initiative, as a gainful engagement for
retired old persons
 To provide community involvement and to pursue
opportunities for complete development of their potential
 Launched Home Tutors & Easy Accounts schemes as pilot
projects in Delhi
 Initiated at district level through Agewell Consortium of
volunteers spread across the country
 Over 5000 older persons registered so far
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Sahyog (Trauma Centre for older persons)
 Delhi’s first Psychological Trauma Centre for older persons
 Equipped with qualified psychiatrist, doctors and trained
counsellors
 Tie-up with renowned hospitals and medical research
institutes
Current Activities
“Spread the Warmth” Campaign
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A special winter campaign of Agewell Foundation
To protect destitute older persons from bone-chilling cold during
winters
During 2010-11 over 1 lac. pieces of woolens collected and
distributed amongst over 30000 older persons
During 2011-2012) over 3 lac pieces of woolens collected and
distributed them amongst 100000 destitute & older persons
During 2012-2013) 3 lac+ pieces of woolens, etc. collected and
distributed them amongst 200000 destitute & older persons
Share the Warmth Campaign 2013-2014 – Under progress.
Targetted to collect 3 lac+ pieces of woolens, etc. and distribution
amongst 200000 destitute & older persons across Delhi & NCR
Current Activities
“I Am Responsible” Campaign
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A School Outreach Program in Collaboration with REC
To sensitize school children towards needs of old people and energy
& water conservation in Delhi-NCR through various mediums viz.
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Distribution of communication material (Booklet-cum-notebook,
Stickers, etc. ) among children
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Teachers workshops/ training programs
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Street plays/ songs/ painting competitions / debates
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Banners/Posters at schools
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Interactive dedicated website for the campaign
Over 50000 school children across Delhi-NCR were contacted
during the campaign
Current Activities
Series of symposiums on Needs & Rights of older Persons
Agewell Foundation organises Series of Symposiums–cum-interactive sessions on
Needs & Rights of Older Persons at India Habitat Centre, Delhi
Organised 35 symposiums so far. Main issues of the symposiums include
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Social, medical, legal, financial & emotional Needs & Rights of older persons
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Re-Employment Opportunities for older persons
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Dementia & Respect for the Elderly
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Impact of Recession on Older Persons
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Role of Older Persons in Democratic Process
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Older Persons as Custodians of Heritage, Culture & Tradition
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Status of Older Persons in Minority Communities
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Interpersonal Relations in Old Age
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Curse of Elder Abuse
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Old Age : A Boon or A Curse
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Human Rights of Older Persons
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Perspectives & Status of Older Women
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Importance of Literature in Old Age
Current Activities
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Study of Problems being faced by Older Persons across the country
Study of Role of Older persons in Democratic Process
Assessment of Impact of Economic Slowdown on older persons of India
Study of Status of Older Persons in Minority Communities of India
Study of Bedridden & Older Patients of Delhi & NCR
Status of Older Persons in Nuclear Families
Study on Isolation in Old Age
Income & Expenditure Patterns of Older Persons
Wisdom of Old Age
Changing Mindset of Older Persons towards Legal Justice
Human Rights of Older Persons in India
Status & Human Rights of Older Women in India
Impact Assessment of Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing in India
Legal Provisions & Practices in India
Comprehensive Study on Status of Older Persons in Delhi & NCR
Sense of Security among Older Persons (in collaboration with NHRC)
Perceptions towards Human Rights of Older Persons
Current Activities
Healthcare Equipment Distribution among Elderly in slums of
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Delhi & NCR in collaboration with Give India
To assist ailing elderly to lead a comfortable life in old age
Holistic Healthcare of Destitute Elderly in collaboration with Irish Aid
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to provide them required medical/ healthcare/relief material
To ensure their health wellbeing and
To create awareness about healthy and active old age
Voluntary Network for Old Age Healthcare (Slums of Delhi & NCR)
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Voluntary Network Teams for Old Age Healthcare to create healthcare
awareness in slum areas of Delhi & NCR
Empower older persons to get proper low-cost or free of cost treatment,
medicines, medical accessories for their diseases
Health Care Training of Older Persons (Production and distribution of
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Health Care Training Manual in 7 major languages) In collaboration with
Ford Foundation
For Bedridden patients, Older Patients, their family members and Caregivers
Contact Management Services
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Inbound Help Line Services
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Situation call supports
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Counseling services
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Emergency call support
Trauma call support
Abuse call support
Social issues, Family relationship issues
Residential issues
Query & response handling along with information
dissemination
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Senior citizens’ rights information
Old age homes information
Pension schemes and related information
Local area doctors, hospitals & nursing homes information
Local area lawyers’ information
Agewell’s help and support in the local area
Contact Management Services
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Outbound Helpline Services
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Targeted phone campaigns in selective areas
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Para-medic services
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Senior citizen camps / programs
Add new members to community
Proactive information dissemination
Database ratification
Member profiling & market research
Periodic medicinal update to patients
Information on specialized clinical equipment, apparatus and medicines
required by senior citizens
Para-legal services
Financial services
Insurance services
Research
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Researches:
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Nationwide study of needs & rights of senior citizens from
their own perspective
Issues of concern for welfare of senior citizens
Evolution and implement of new methodologies for
improving living conditions of senior citizens
Analysis:
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Gap analysis between intergenerational & Indian senior
citizens’ condition and status
Data consolidations & analysis of issues faced by senior
citizens since the year 1999
Activities in Pipeline
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Patient Care
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Old age and disability – an outreach initiative
Health check up camps for older persons – blood pressure,
diabetes, eyes, etc.
Distribution of old age relief material like hearing aids, specs,
walker, wheel chairs, general medicines, etc.
Training for Care-givers and family members of older persons
Awareness creation among older persons and their family
members about causes of HIV/AIDS to avoid AIDS in old age,
Healthcare Accessories/Equipments to Destitute & Old in
Slums
Activities in Pipeline
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Training Programs
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Research
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Senior citizens as social communicators
Care Givers
Old age management
Empowerment & Skill Development in Old Age
Senior citizens in prison and asylums
Linkage between adolescents and senior citizens
Needs & Rights of Older Persons
Interaction centers for senior citizens
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Activity Centres for Older Persons
Contact US
•Visit us at www.agewellfoundation.org
•Meet us at Agewell Foundation, M8A Lajpat
Nagar - II, Second Floor, New Delhi, 110024
•Mail us at [email protected]
•Call us at 011-29836486, 29840484,
9871466446
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