March 20, 2016

UMANG a unique talent platform for Senior Citizens created by Silver Inning Foundation

Has anyone ever wondered what goes on in the minds of seniors as they sit in a garden or on a swing in the garden as the watch the world go by? Surprisingly, much more enthusiasm to live their silver years fruitfully and happily. However, as life moved on, so did things become fast paced and suddenly "time" became the most expensive commodity to acquire from children. There began to mushroom organisations that reached out to seniors to help them channelize their time and experience. When I retired I too began to look for opportunities to do things that I had never had the time to during my work life. That's when Sailesh Mishra and Ramaa Subramaniam found me. Ramma, my old friend who having found purpose in her life to work for senior citizens reached out to me to participate and I did.

When I was invited to host UMANG, a platform to encourage 55+ seniors to showcase their talent organized by Sailesh's Silver Inning Foundation last year, I honestly did not know what to expect. How important it is to meet seniors of your age and what's more to get inspired is something I never imagined. The capability to dance and sing at 55+ and what's more express themselves taught me the true meaning of "abhi toh main jawaan hun". Of course, I  myself am an over-enthu senior citizen myself who loves doing a host of crazy things to keep me happily engaged but I must admit I was in complete awe hosting the event that day. The feeling of achievement and the pat on the back that I got elevated me to euphoria that day and every comment / appreciation I got on social media made me feel ten feet tall. It is then that it struck me as to how important such moments and events are for seniors like me.

Seniors need a platform to express themselves and if it is on a stage, then that's even better as it brings an added feeling of contentment and achievement. UMANG, of course is not a competitive event but what's an event without a bit of 'I can do it better' or probably 'as well as you' spirit.  I found, at UMANG seniors felt a great sense of motivation and pride in trying to outshine each other with their perseverance to perform.

Since year 2010 UMANG is sponsored and supported by Rotary Club of Nariman Point Mumbai and Rotaract Club of Rizvi Law College.

What can I say about Sailesh Mishra, the Founder of Silver Innings Group who conceptualized UMANG which today has become a much awaited event by senior citizens. Since  its inception in 2008, every year it sees more and more seniors wanting to participate and the event boasts of around 125 seniors performing to an audience of over 900 people. All I can say is that when such opportunities are made available, it just transforms the lives of so many seniors whose families then begin to sit up and take notice. I totally agree with Sailesh's mantra of  “Hum toh woh recycled teenagers hai, joh rewired hai not retired”. His dream of encouraging and providing seniors an opportunity to participate in such a journey is something to be thankful for. Seniors today are also not just sitting back because they grew up in times when technology was not a means of fun and time pass. They just need for someone to acknowledge their talent, life experiences and expertise.

That amazed look on their children's faces, a pat on back and a handshake to say you were awesome, is all that seniors want today........ and "UMANG" is that one of its kind platform, just around the corner every year, waving out to seniors to put on their dancing shoes and show the world what they've got.

Iam so excited, this year again I will be hosting UMANG on 16th April 2016, See you'll ......

About Writer: 
Hira Mehta
Write short stories, articles and blog; Freelancer - Hosting, VO and acting; Hon.Secretary of ARUNIMA, a women's forum; Looking for work behind the scenes in the entertainment industry and a Retired from ICICI Bank.

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December 14, 2015

A SILVER AMORE: Assisted Living Elder Care Home

A SILVER AMORE is team who has passion and commitment to provide best services and facility to fast growing “Silver Population”.

A SILVER AMORE Home is not an old age home or nursing home. It is a 24 x7 assisted living elder care home for Senior Citizens, where we provide care in activities of daily living and basic nursing supervision, care and medication management. It is strategically located in the coastal town of Uttan, near Gorai beach, just north of Mumbai in Thane district of Maharashtra state, and comes under the jurisdiction of the Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation (MBMC), as well as the MMRDA (Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority). The home is spread across a property of approx 1 acre with proximity to a scenic beach.

Possa Hospital and Stella Maris Hospital, both being at Uttan are within a radius of 1.5 km from A SILVER AMORE Home. The well-known Multi Specialty Bhaktivedanta Hospital, Wokhardt Hospital and Thunga Hospital at Mira Road are at a distance of 15 km from our home, and also approachable in case of medical emergency.

We have endeavored to create a holistic, peaceful, scenic environment in pollution free atmosphere, with ample provision for greenery, a Common Activity cum Dining Area, camp site and a calm and soothing environment, which will help residents to live happily in their silver years.

At A SILVER AMORE home our mission is to provide Philosophy of care and services promoting independence and dignity to our Elders and commitment to deliver a person centric care plan, so as to improve the quality of life, thereby promoting recovery and healing and giving hope to all our senior residents. 

We will monitor and supervise daily activities of residents to ensure their overall health, safety and well being (physical & emotional). Assistance may include individualized administration or supervision of  medication as per medical advice and services for personal care will be provided by our trained staff.

Our vision is to create a chain of structured and secure elder friendly homes and facilities where ageing becomes a graceful and rewarding experience.

To provide quality housing and holistic elder care 
To provide medication management round the clock    
To provide nutritious meals as suggested by qualified dietician  
To provide dignity, respect and planned social, emotional and recreational activity 
To maintain the highest level of skilled and knowledgeable staff
To demonstrate the highest level of ethics and care in and outside of the facility

Core Values
* Integrity * Compassion * Excellence * Teamwork * Trust*

*Assisted Living Elder Care*          *Respite Care*                  *Dementia Care*
*Parkinson’s Care*          *Pre & Post Operative Care*  *Nursing Care*

We have tried our best to make rooms and overall ambience to be pleasing and elder friendly. It has 12 self contained rooms, plus 2 luxury rooms, staff quarters, office space, Living room with TV and Music system and a Common Activity cum Dining area.  Each room is well furnished with two single beds, a cupboard, a common side table and an attached WC. It is well equipped with ramps and railings wherever required, fire-fighting equipment, trained care takers and round the clock security with CCTV surveillance.

We have created package of integrated amenities that is designed to provide our residents with most of the services required to lead a normal homely life. We offer both personalized and group programs and services (paid/free) with a convenient month-to-month room rental that includes the following:

1. Comfortable room including basic utilities
2. Three VEG meals a day (As per nutritional requirement)
3. Common dining facility (with option for room service, if required)
4. Care giver and Nursing 1, 24 x 7 
5. Daily housekeeping and weekly laundry service
6. Daily activities and exercise programs
7. Transportation to doctor's appointments
8. Medication management, assistance with pill box
9. Weekly medical checkup
10. Doctor on call
11. Grooming and Hygiene
12. Incontinence care
13. Bathing & Dressing

Non-refundable and Refundable deposit Plus Monthly payment from 1 year to 10 year living option. Short Stay/Respite care option will also be available, provided availability of rooms. The Cost does not include Medical Diagnosis, Treatment & Consumables (Medicine, Diapers, Toiletries etc ).  

Co Founders
1) Ankit Shah: MMS (MBA), First Generation Entrepreneur
2) Sudhir Kadam: Real Estate Entrepreneur

Project Advisors
1) Sailesh Mishra: Elder Care Expert & Gerontology Social Entrepreneur
2) Rajesh Shah: Pharma Business Entrepreneur

Networking Partners:
A Galaxy Pharmacy

List of Available Faculty of Doctors/ Consultants on paid basis:
1) Physician
2) Orthopedic
3) Ophthalmologist
4) Dermatologist
5) Gynecologist
6) ENT Specialist
7) Dentist
8) Cardiologist
9) Neuro-physician
10) Physiotherapist
11) General Surgeon
12) Radiologist
13) Dietician
14) Psychiatrist

For More Information Contact:
Resident Manager
A Silver Amore, Survey. No. 237, Hissa. No. 18, Next to Emerald ISLE Resort, Shire Road, Bhate Bunder, Above Vailankani Church, Uttan Village, Bhayandar (West), Dist Thane, Maharashtra 401106.
Tel: 022- 65651199 Mob.: +91 99672 70587. 
Email: /

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June 21, 2015

Old and vulnerable: Senior citizens await national policy to safeguard rights: Pakistan


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan lacks a national policy and legislation to safeguard the fundamental rights of around 12 million senior citizens.
Though a national policy has been finalised, it remains pending with the Capital Administration and Development Division for the last one year. Only the K-P government has approved Senior Citizen Act 2014. The Punjab government has finalised the bill but its cabinet has stalled progress while the Sindh government has presented it in its assembly.
On the World Elder Abuse awareness day, Waqas Qureshi, advocacy and communication coordinator at Help Age International, said the policy was drafted with a two-year delay.
Talking to The Express Tribune, he said it was still waiting to be presented before the National Assembly for a year. He believed that the major reason behind the delay was the government’s attitude as the issue was not on its priority list.
“They do not have dedicated health care centres or proper public transport facilities. They do not even shelter homes where they can live in respect and dignity after being deserted by family members. We can see many senior persons begging on the road as they do not have any source of income,” he said.
According to UNFPA and HelpAge International report, there are 11.6 million people over 60 in Pakistan. This figure will rise to 43.3 million by 2050, making it 15.8% of the total population.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 21st, 2015.

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