Healthy Ageing: Our Flagship Initiative

Healthy Ageing’, focuses on building an age friendly ecosystem for the elderly population in
India.

The Pillars of the initiative are

  1. Improving reach by implementing community-based projects for bottom of the pyramid elderly population
  2. Creating helpline, day care centres, physiotherapy clinics for providing support to elderly people.
  3. Advocating for building age-friendly cities/ localities
  4. Sensitizing the younger generation on the issues of elderly people and creating inter- generational dialogue
  5. Offering a robust, City or District specific plan of action for healthy ageing with the involvement of all stakeholders;
  6. Providing and sharing local and global perspectives on a wide variety of healthy ageing issues
  7. Providing a multi-stakeholder platform that supports the successful implementation of concrete activities and programmes and enables partnering to achieve more together than any organization or institution could achieve alone.

Community based field project providing comprehensive support in Pune

Healthy Ageing’ field project in Pune works with 620 elderly people in 2 slums (Kasturba & Indira Vasahat) of Aundh area in Pune city , wherein we focus on building an age friendly ecosystem for the elderly residents of slums. The project activities pertain to:

  1. Generating dialogue
    • One on one counselling; Discussion with family members
    • Creating enabling environment within the family: (Restoring balance between family members, bridging the communication gap, restoring dignity) Creating enabling environment within the family: (Restoring balance between family members, bridging the communication gap, restoring dignity)
  2. Creating enthusiasm to be active
    • Weekly group sessions; Picnics and Games
    • Lunch meetings and recreation
  3. Promoting independence
    • Assisted devices; Physiotherapy
    • Income generating activity
  4. Ensuring physical & emotional well-being
    • Weekly health check-ups at the center; Home check-ups hyper-tension, diabetes
    • Multivitamins for the fragile
    • Diapers, backrest and joy-rides
    • Putting the house in order
    • Distribution of raw ration
  5. Garnering support for the most vulnerable and needy
    • Creating peers in the neighbourhood
    • Sensitizing community
  6. Cross cutting
    • Linkages with government schemes of various departments, nearby hospitals and clinics for immediate care

COVID-19 Response for the elderly

  1. Providing essential supplies: raw ration kits, hygiene kits, face covers, medicines, multivitamins & adult diapers
  2. Tele-Health
  3. Individual Care Plans based on the Saving Life Checklist for the patients with chronic illnesses

Scaling up of Comprehensive Support Model to 40 slums of Pune in partnership with Pune Municipal Corporation

While we have been extending our support to the elderly people with chronic illnesses in 2 slums of Pune which comprises: Tele-health services; Individual care plans based on Saving Life Checklist; and Essential Medicines. This approach of ours has been appreciated by the Pune
Municipal Corporation (PMC) and we have now been given the role of scaling this up in all the slums of Pune city. PMC has also requested WHO to extend technical guidance to us, specifically in micro-planning. Accordingly, we have started working with the PMC and WHO teams, and have identified community based NGOs in identified slum clusters for field support.

Work with WHO and Government of India

SCHOOL developed an implementation framework for ‘Multi-Sectoral Engagement in Healthy Ageing’ so as to translate priorities for Decade of Healthy Ageing (2020-2030) into Action along with WHO, country office and GOI.

The key aspects were to

  • Gather inputs on specific needs of various socio-economic-cultural-geographical subgroups of elderly
  • Garner commitment from different stakeholder groups for mainstreaming healthy ageing into their mandates,
  • Formulate an implementation framework for multi-sectoral engagement of health and non-health sectors.