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Times of India
24 November 2010
Pune, India

The aging population’s issues and concerns are an emerging world–wide challenge in the 21st century and need to be addressed on a priority basis said former director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Gururaj Mutalik here on Tuesday.

The challenge is especially daunting, in terms of the socio–economic and health conditions, he said, while speaking about the national consultation on ‘Active and Healthy Aging’ to be held at the Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration from Wednesday to Friday. "The national consultation seeks to bring to fore issues being faced by the elderly at the policy–, legislationand programme–levels and discuss realistic ways of improving them," he added.

The national consultation has been organised by the Janaseva Foundation, in collaboration with the International Longevity Centre, India, and the International Federation on Aging, with support from the WHO.

Sharadchandra Gokhale, president of the International Longevity Centre, said, "The ultimate objective of the consultation is to find ways and means to empower the elderly to lead a participatory life of good health, dignity and quality under partnership between the government, non–governmental organisations (NGOs) and the community."

"Representatives of the state ministries of social justice and empowerment and other ministries, like women and child development, which look after the welfare of senior citizens, have been invited to attend and requested to make presentations," said Vinod Shah, president of the Janaseva Foundation The WHO considers this consultation as a major step to facilitate the policies and programmes for the elderly so as to give them healthy and qualitative aging, said Mutalik.

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