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ENSURING
BETTER TOMORROWS FOR
     THE AGED….
        Dr. Jayakara Bhandary M.
              Department of Botany
       G...
Increase in life expectancy…
Life expectancy –
Males
• 42 years in 1951-60
• 58 years in 1980-90
• 67 years in 2011-16
• A...
More population aged….
•   8 crore now
•   10 crore in 2013
•   19.8 crore in 2030
•   32.6 crore in 2050 - 21%
    of tot...
Current Condition of the Aged ….
            Gloomy!

• Food - 5.5 crore no
  two meals a day
• Exclusion – 3 crore
  lone...
The Worse….. yet to come….
• Modern life styles –working couples
• Pressure-Fissure in family - Changing
  family values
•...
Caring the aged….
• Constitutional Duty (Article 41 of
  Directive Principles of State Policy)
• Section 125 of CPC – Righ...
Caring the aged…
Policy statement by Indian Govt.
• Concern of the aged is the
  concern of the nation.
• Ensure living la...
How to Achieve? Ensure?
• Strengthening Family/societal
  support
• Sensitisation of the young about
  old age situation a...
Catch them YOUNG….
            ….. For the OLD

• Issues of Old age Situation/ Old age
  care need to be integrated into
 ...
Value (based) Education…
If a man cultivates values in his conduct, he may
   still err a bit. But he may not be far from ...
Universal Values:

•    Peace
•    Truth
•   Love
•   Non-Violence
•   Righteous Conduct.
•   ……….. For / towards the
    ...
Models…
Remember…
• Imposing/preaching right or wrong – not
  effective/ rejected.
• Values are caught (from parents, teac...
Possibilities….
• Knowledge- Lessons on process, causes and
  consequences of ageing, old age care,
  family/social respon...
Old age in curricula…
• Better tomorrow’s
  for the aged

• Tomorrow’s ageing
  may be better

• Preparing for Active
  ag...
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Caring the aged - Sensitising the Youth

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Caring the aged - Sensitising the Youth

  1. 1. ENSURING BETTER TOMORROWS FOR THE AGED…. Dr. Jayakara Bhandary M. Department of Botany Government College, Karwar - 581301 Uttara Kannada District, Karnataka jaikarb@yahoo.com Presented at the Principals Meet/ Seminar on Value Education in Schools on Age Care Organised by HelpAge India
  2. 2. Increase in life expectancy… Life expectancy – Males • 42 years in 1951-60 • 58 years in 1980-90 • 67 years in 2011-16 • At 60, 15 years Females • 58 years in 1980-90 • 69 years in 2011-16 • At 60, 16 years
  3. 3. More population aged…. • 8 crore now • 10 crore in 2013 • 19.8 crore in 2030 • 32.6 crore in 2050 - 21% of total population
  4. 4. Current Condition of the Aged …. Gloomy! • Food - 5.5 crore no two meals a day • Exclusion – 3 crore lonely • Finance - majority have to work to live • Health – 1.2 crore blind
  5. 5. The Worse….. yet to come…. • Modern life styles –working couples • Pressure-Fissure in family - Changing family values • Child care at the cost of Parental care • Gratification of personal desires Vs moral responsibilities • Personal Privacy / Right based, individualistic outlook • Myths, negative images, stereotypes about aged ………Senior citizens….. Secondary citizens!
  6. 6. Caring the aged…. • Constitutional Duty (Article 41 of Directive Principles of State Policy) • Section 125 of CPC – Right of parents to be supported by children • UNO resolution on Principles for Older Persons( 1991) – Independence, Participation, Care, Self fulfillment, Dignity • Senior citizens Bill- 2007 • HP Maintenance of Parents/dependants Bill 1996
  7. 7. Caring the aged… Policy statement by Indian Govt. • Concern of the aged is the concern of the nation. • Ensure living last phase of life with dignity, peace and purpose • Choices and opportunities for independent, active, creative, productive and satisfying life
  8. 8. How to Achieve? Ensure? • Strengthening Family/societal support • Sensitisation of the young about old age situation and care • Strengthening inter-generational bonding • Dispelling myths, negative images
  9. 9. Catch them YOUNG…. ….. For the OLD • Issues of Old age Situation/ Old age care need to be integrated into academic curricula • Curricular / Extra-curricular Activities / Value- moral Education • No separate Classes. Part of the objectives behind forming of curricula / functioning of the school.
  10. 10. Value (based) Education… If a man cultivates values in his conduct, he may still err a bit. But he may not be far from the standard of truth - Confucius. Children of the Global Village – midst of a value crisis (Personal, Social, Cultural) . Education for Employment, money making. NOT man making. Providing Life Value models a must
  11. 11. Universal Values: • Peace • Truth • Love • Non-Violence • Righteous Conduct. • ……….. For / towards the AGED.
  12. 12. Models… Remember… • Imposing/preaching right or wrong – not effective/ rejected. • Values are caught (from parents, teachers, peers), not taught. • Actions speak louder than words
  13. 13. Possibilities…. • Knowledge- Lessons on process, causes and consequences of ageing, old age care, family/social responsibilities, etc, at appropriate levels/ strategies (Story telling ?) • Experience – Activities to interact with aged (Introduce ur grandparents, Day out with aged..) • Value modeling – Skills and tools to evaluate / decide their actions • A day / week for the Aged? (Intn day Oct. 1)
  14. 14. Old age in curricula… • Better tomorrow’s for the aged • Tomorrow’s ageing may be better • Preparing for Active ageing/ Ageing with success Greying gracefully
  15. 15. Thanks

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