Senior Citizen’s Guide by HelpAge India


HelpAge India has been working for the cause and care of the disadvantaged older persons in the country for the last 37 years. During this time we have implemented projects for improving the quality of life of older persons by providing medical care through Mobile Medicare Units, ophthalmic operations to restore vision, income generation through micro credit and micro enterprises projects; social security to destitute elderly through sponsor-a grand parent programme providing support to day care centres, old age homes and hospitals and urgent support to elderly after natural disasters. We have spent considerable resources, both, human and material to implement these projects which deliver age care. We have the satisfaction of improving the quality of life of more than a million elderly through these
projects. However, we have not been able to touch the challenges faced by 90% of the elderly population in the country. To face this enormous challenge, we have decided to make dedicated effort to do advocacy at all levels for ensuring the rights of older persons.
Awareness is the first step for concerted effort for advocacy. The Senior Citizens’ Guide and other such publications of HelpAge India are an effort to create awareness among older persons and other stake holders. We hope that the updated version will prove useful to the readers. [Mathew Cherian, Chief Executive Officer, HelpAge India]

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