Thursday, 22 June 2017

My Father My Superhero

Sharing a heart warming story via Senior Express (www.seniorexpress.in) written and shared by a daughter on 18th June as a Father's day gift for her 69 year old father who is not only a caring and loving father but also a perfect example of active and productive ageing.

In her words her dad Dr. Ashok Mishra, is a 69 year old General Physician (MBBS Doctor) based in Allahabad. For him his medical practise is not only a profession but also a means to do welfare service towards the disadvantaged section of the society. He has been treating patients since 1975 and for him his profession is an essential part of his life which keeps him physically, mentally and spiritually active.
Every day he travels 120 km by road to see his patients and listen to their problems, personal challenges and hardships. Some of his patients are from the economically weaker section of the society who come for free consultation. He treats them with full dedication and never shows any discrimination against them. He believes that this is a part of his professional social responsibility which instills in him a sense of self fulfillment.

Read More to know why he is a superhero for her - http://seniorexpress.in/health-fitness/my-dad-my-superhero/





Tuesday, 13 June 2017

In Memory of My Dad who Lived Gracefully

Sharing an inspirational story via Senior Express (www.seniorexpress.in) which is written and shared by a son in the fond memory of his father who passed away in 1990 at the age of 80 and left behind lots of positivity for the family and society. He strongly feels that his father inspired him to lead a positive and happy life.

Friday, 2 June 2017

80+ Shooter Dadi: World’s Oldest Female Sharpshooter




Ms. Chandro Tomar, an octogenarian from the village of Johri, Bagpat district, Uttar Pradesh is the world’s oldest female sharpshooter. She is popularly known as ‘Shooter Dadi’ or ‘Revolver Dadi’. She learnt shooting at the age of 65 and has won more than 25 national championships. She is an example of Woman Empowerment and many women in her family and village have got inspired by her achievements.

She is an inspiration for both seniors and youngsters and is a perfect example of active and productive ageing. 

Monday, 22 May 2017

Financial Security in Old Age

In old age financial security is a must for healthcare of elderly. With increase in longevity and nuclearisation of families, it is becoming a more serious concern, especially among those belonging to unorganised sector.



As per the latest PFRDA- CRISIL report entitled “Financial security for India’s elderly -The imperatives”, every 5th Indian by 2050 will be 60+ as compared to every 12th at present.  The report emphasised that with such demographic transition, development of the underpenetrated pension market in India be initiated now, when the situation is ripe.

Read More: http://seniorexpress.in/forums/topic/a-report-on-financial-security-for-indias-elderly-the-imperatives/

Monday, 15 May 2017

My Mother - My Inspiration

On the Occasion of Mother's Day, Senior Express (www.seniorexpress.in) published a very interesting article "My Mother - My Inspiration", where people across different generations (age range 25-80 years) shared their feelings and thoughts about their mother's importance in their life and development. Sharing a snippet from the published article along with a link for full article.



Mothers play a crucial role in the growth and development of their children. Right from changing our nappies to making us a self sufficient person, mothers have an essential role to play in our life. Behind every responsible, healthy and lively person there is a loving, caring and conscientious mother who not only brings a life to this world but also instills in that child feeling of empathy, care, love and respect. These teachings in turn influences the way of living and thinking throughout our life. No matter how old we grow our mother will always be an integral part of who we are and we can never thank them enough for their contribution in our growth.


Please feel free to comments on this article or share with us your mother's role in your life.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

105 Year Old Master Chef Granny

Meet Mastanamma a 105 year old great cook who is a master in cooking traditional recipes. She has become an internet sensation these days and is definitely an example of active and productive ageing
This post was originally published on www.seniorexpress.in

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

A Story on Active Ageing: I am 80 years old and my friends call me Superman


Sharing a story on active ageing in India from Senior Express .

This story is of Mr. Pandurangarao Sripathi, an 80 year old superman from Hyderabad who believes in 'simple living and high thinking' and who has dedicated his life for the welfare of others and for the development of society.



Read his full story - http://seniorexpress.in/health-fitness/80-years-old-friends-call-superman/

Saturday, 22 April 2017

101-year-old Mann Kaur aspiring to bring gold medal for India in the World Masters Games


Proud moment for all Indians especially senior citizens as 101 year old Mann Kaur from Chandigarh aspires to bring gold medal for India in the World Masters Games in Aukland, New Zealand.
She entered athletics at the age of 93 after being motivated by her 79 year old son Gurudev Singh, who is also an athlete. In 2016 she won gold medal at Americas Masters Games for her good performance.
She is getting lot of media coverage in New Zealand for her zeal and decision to participate at this age.(Read more: http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/91712662/world-masters-games-welcomes-101yearold-sprinter-from-india & http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11839822).
As a gerontologist and proud Indian I consider it my personal responsibility to spread this good news and thereby acknowledge her strength, motivation, determination and hard work. She is truly an inspiration and a perfect example of healthy, productive and active ageing.
Please feel free to share your honest comment on the article also share it if you like it.
This article was originally published on www.seniorexpress.in

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

60+ Students Practicing Their Right to Education

Felt motivated while reading a news article few days back and thus thought of sharing it with you.

This positive news is from the Barmer District of Rajasthan where many senior citizens appeared in the state open exams for class 10th and 12th not out of any compulsion but just to follow their dreams of completing basic education. Read More: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/no-age-bar-senior-citizens-take-school-exams/articleshow/58039708.cms?from=mdr
I am happy that along with fulfilling their desires these seniors are also practicing their Right to Education. Through this act they are also inspiring the younger generation to educate themselves and become self sufficient.
Right to Education is an important tool for people of all ages, including senior citizens. In my professional and personal life I have met many senior citizens who are very passionate to go for higher education or to do some professional courses. I always encourage them to do so and fulfill their dreams as I am a strong proponent of “Activity Theory of Ageing” (developed by Robert. J. Havighurst in 1961) which emphasises that a person’s life satisfaction is directly related to his/her degree of social interaction and level of activity.
Additionally, I came across news from different parts of India which emphasises on senior citizen’s desire to pursue education, either for seeking professional degree (http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/services/education/with-age-no-bar-even-60-year-old-register-for-mbbs-entry/articleshow/58090827.cms?from=mdr) or for completing basic education in a rural area (http://seniorexpress.in/forums/topic/aajibaichi-shala-grandmothers-school/).
Meeting passionate 60+ students in person and reading news items about more such examples in different parts of India not only motivates me but also makes me hopeful about the future of our country. Who says that only youth are the future? Such passionate seniors are also the future, who are setting a good example for the entire nation.
At Senior Express we keep sharing such positive news about senior citizens which are related to their rights like right to education, right to lead a dignified life, right to avail various facilities by the government, right to express themselves and various other rights which can be practiced by them to lead an active, healthy and productive life.
This article is originally published on www.seniorexpress.in

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Good News for Senior Citizens by Indian Railways


Recently I came across two good news for senior citizens by the Ministry of Railways. They are as follows:

1. Indian Railways will secure lower berths for women and senior citizens in trains by not allotting seat number to anyone even if the ticket is confirmed. (For details: http://www.zeebiz.com/india/news-now-indian-railways-wont-allot-you-a-seat-number-even-if-ticket-is-confirmed-14663)

2. The Ministry of Railways has withdrawn implementation of Aadhaar based ticketing system for senior citizens. So now senior citizens can book tickets without Aadhaar card. However, they have to carry alternate documents for identity proof during their travel. (For details: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/railways-withdraws-implementation-of-aadhar-based-ticketing-system-for-senior-citizens/articleshow/58132148.cms)

I am sure both the steps by Indian Railways will not only bring some relief to seniors but will also make their train journey relaxing.

Mobility is an important issue in old age so if seniors will have access to comfortable travel by public transportation system then it will definitely contribute towards promotion of active ageing in India.

This post was originally written on www.seniorexpress.in