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Report Release: Innovative Practices for Care of Elderly Women in India
on 5th August 2016
at Constitution Club of India, New Delhi

Over the past few years, Stree Shakti, along with HelpAge India, UNDP and other organizations has held five conferences on aging. With the help of UNFPA, Stree Shakti selected nine institutions with considerable experience in this field, and chose fifteen researchers to study and document the best practices being implemented.

Different models of elderly care including Sulabh International's work with Vrindavan widows, Ekal Nari Shakti Sangathan's strategy of educating women on collective power, the International Longevity Center's programs for medical expenses sponsorship, compensated volunteering opportunities and housing for elder in Pune, the Calcutta Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology's day care centers, mobile clinics and livelihood programs, and the Nightingale Medical Trust's promotion of cost-effective medical services for Alzheimer's patients are included in the report. Additionally, the report also covers SEWA Bank's Life-Cycle Approach reaching out to elderly women by acknowledging the particular financial needs of that age, and HelpAge India's Vidarbha Project, which provides financial assistance to widows affected by farmer suicides. Selected old-age homes in Mumbai have also been studied and the best practices implemented have been documented; the Kerala State Government's commitment to the cause of protecting the elderly has also been studied.

This report’s release is also an opportunity to discuss and bring to light the need for effecting changes at the legislative and policy level that are required to ensure India fulfills its commitment to the Madrid Plan and domestic obligations to protect the dignity and safety of its elderly population. Stree Shakti is advocating for the provision of free transport passes for buses and the metro for women above the age of 58, a move being supported by Kumari Selja, former Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, and Smt. Maneka Gandhi, current Minister of Women and Child Development. “The last decade of a woman’s life is usually tough and presents her with several challenges. It is our obligation as a civilized society to provide her security and adequate facilities- a cause much ignored so far” says Rekha Mody, Founder and President of Stree Shakti, Founding Member of South Asian Forum for Aged Women (SAFAW).

Rekha Mody Dr. Aarati Saxena Naini Singh
President Secretary Press Coordinator
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