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    March 31, 2017 at 4:32 pm #26019

    This week, one of my paper on HEALTHY LIVING OF SENIOR CITIZENS – SERVICE MODELS has been published in SOCIAL VISION, an International journal (Jan-march 2017).


    Senior Citizens (60+) who contributed significantly for their Family, Community and the Nation are the most valued human resources. They are the key facilitators between the older generation and the younger generation for better transformation of systems, traditions, and values with connectivity. Their population is 8% of the total population of the Nation and at present it may be much more. Among this group majority lives in rural villages. In view of better health care, the elders have got longevity and have strength to contribute for others. They are retired from the job or services but not from life. Due to various reasons, elders are living away from their families and thus marginalized including isolation and are facing the consequences by leading unhealthy poor quality of life. This group needs to be seen as two faces of the same coin where on one side they need care and rehabilitation and on other side can contribute for the people and community. The challenges of this group can be transformed into opportunities so that a healthy environment can be created at Home, Community and Care Homes. The proposed model home of providing care and rehabilitation services to the Senior Citizens and Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities under a single roof will satisfy the needs of both the groups in inclusive and accessible environments with improved quality of life. There exist several service models and RWAs & CSOs can work on partnership basis with Government and Private with better DIME and PART. The suggested service channels are simple, replicable, scalable and sustainable matching to the dynamics of the environment given.


    In addition to their healthy living Senior Citizens can also support other targeted group which is most marginalized. The Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in general and particularly the Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (PWIDDs) are the most marginalized both socially and economically which includes isolation from the community. In addition, the parents of PWIDDs are more worried about the future of their child and expect a solution to their concern that “what will happen to the child after us?” The model home conceptualized and designed to cater the needs of both the targeted groups.


    1. The model home works for Senior Citizens on one side and on other side for PWDs / PWIDDs.
    2. Both the groups have got similarity of lacking the one who can take care of them.
    3. For Senior Citizens, their children are away and needs companionship of family / children.
    4. The parents of PWDs / PWIDDs expect someone to take care of their children when they are old or no more.
    5. One way or the other way, both the groups need support of other group with a concept of give and take policy.
    6. Home needs the support of Professionals like: Physiotherapist, Psychologists, Doctors, and Social Workers along with Managers and supporting Staff.
    7. The combination of such groups with multidisciplinary approach helps the Service Providers / CSOs to develop Supportive, Healthy, and Protected Environment so that both the groups can live with better harmony.
    8. Such environment helps the groups to live with dignity and respect.
    9. CSOs are legally constituted service organizations with specific guidelines of the Acts under which it has got registered.
    10. This model home is the last option when home based, community based and other such options were not providing suitable solution.
    11.Such models will get support from Government, Private, Financial Institutions, Funding Agencies both National and International, Foundations, Philanthropists and other Donors. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is the priority area to get the support both for development and maintenance.


    1) Encourage and motivate Students and Educational Institutes to take up Research Study.
    2) Create channels with better access for utilizing the services of Senior Citizens at all levels.
    3) Empower RAWs and CSOs to shoulder the responsibility of Care and Rehabilitation of the targeted groups.
    4) Develop platform to work Government, Private and CSOs on partnership basis tuning to the model of DIME.
    5) Support the Model Home for better implementation by CSOs preferably at Mandal Level and later to Village / Panchayat.

    I will be happy to share more on this for Students, Researchers, NGOs, and Interested Groups.

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    April 11, 2017 at 12:43 pm #26063

    Interesting paper. Thanks for sharing.

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