DYUTI — Developmental Yearnings for a United and Transformed India Rajagiri with its vision of 'becoming a centre of excellence in learning for enriching and fulfilling LIFE' has been regularly providing an annual forum for deliberations on vital issues of development from a Rights perspective. This annual series of deliberation (started in 1998) is named DYUTI meaning 'spark of life’.Dyuti 2017 is the 17th in it's series
Older people form an age group in which the increase in number is maximum when compared to younger age groups. By 2050, two billion people — or nearly one out of every four people — will be older than 60 years. 80% of the world's older people will be living in less developed countries, which have consequently less time than developed countries to build the infrastructure to deal with this major social transition. Currently 55 million Indians are aged over 60, projected to rise to 146 million by 2025. India seems ill-equipped to deal with this change. Very few elderly persons are entitled to pension. Most do not have access to health and social care services. Family care for older people is more and more difficult as intergenerational relationships are in transition in the context of rapid social and economic change.
As people age, they are more likely to suffer mobility difficulties and chronic health conditions such as cancer, diabetes and coronary heart disease, stroke and dementia, largely attributing to various risk factors and life style changes. They are also vulnerable to loneliness, poverty and depression.
To promote healthy ageing, socio-economic determinants and inequalities need to be dealt with. Mental Health care should be an important constituent of health care of the elderly. Involving civil society, non-governmental and non-profit organizations, and public-private partnerships could facilitate the implementation of health promotion strategies for older adults. Professional Social workers are in a unique position to create, implement, and advocate policies, programmes, services and research for the benefit of older adults.
This conference is an effort to bring together the academicians, practitioners, researchers and policy makers to identify, discuss and consolidate intervention modules for the health and mental wellbeing of elderly person at international, national and regional levels.