"National Conference on Ageing Addressing the Issues and Problems of Senior Citizens" Tuesday, November 06, 2012.
This scheme seeks to provide basic amenities like shelter, food, medical care as well as entertainment opportunities to encourage productive and active ageing.
Under the Scheme, financial assistance up to 90% is provided to Governments/Non-Governmental Organizations/Panchayati Raj Institutions/local bodies etc.
The assistance is provided for running and maintaining Old Age Homes,
About 350 NGOs are being supported every year for running and maintaining around 550 projects under the Scheme.
The demand for Caregivers for Older Persons has been increasing in the recent past. To cater to this requirement, the National Institute of Social Defence (NISD) is implementing a project called the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly.
The main objective is to create a pool of skilled care givers, and to enhance the capabilities of service providers in the area of old age care.
The Institute conducts One-Year Post-Graduate Diploma Courses on Integrated Geriatric Care,
Six-Months Certificate Courses on Geriatric Care and One-Month Basic Courses on Geriatric Care.