Mangaluru, Sep 30: "We must list out the students and the needy elders before October 10, and work to a time bound action plan," stressed Dr Rameela Shekar, former dean, Roshni Nilaya.
She was interacting with members of various organisations of People's Association for Geriatric Empowerment (PAGE) at Hotel Ocean Pearl on Friday, September 30.
The World Alzheimer's day was observed at Town Hall recently which underscored the need for focused care towards our suffering elders.
"Each One...Reach One" is a programme where students reach out to the elders. Dr Rameela shared her expertise and volunteered to monitor it.
Dr Prabha Adhikari, head geriatrics,Yenepoya Medical College elaborated on starting a day care centre for the needy elders.
Prateeksha Prabhu, dance director, team UPASANA volunteered to teach dance to the elders, which she is already doing at Vatsalya Dhaama.
Mangaluru Senior Citizens Association (MASCA) president Jairaj Rai, secretary Shashidhar, and other office-bearers shared their views and promised to be active partners in the elders care initiative.
Usha Hebbar, Sudha Shenoy of Spoorthi Trust, Kini of Anantha Soukya, Kavitha, Caregiver, Dr Narayan, community medicine, Fr Mullers Hospital agreed to play an active role in the care efforts.
Students will meet the selected elders in a time frame and inquire over phone.The details and modalities will be worked out.
A great bonding happened between like-minded service-oriented people. It was heartening to watch each one's desire to contribute in some way to our elders well-being.
The district health officer, Dr Kishore Kumar had expressed his full support to any initiative to better the conditions of the elders during the World Alzheimers day meet.
With the district administration assuring its support, PAGE has taken the initiative to make a difference to elders' lives.
All action plans are time bound and will be implemented by October 20.
It was indeed a encouraging path creating meeting to support the senior citizens, said PAGE.