Thursday, February 15, 2018

Turkey's elderly keep sharp at Senior Citizens University

Very interesting story from Turkey.

They have a 10% of population as seniors; Due to efforts of a single enthusiastic senior, the university   for seniors has come up. Already having many campuses. The response from senior community is amazing. We need at least one or two dedicated people like Tufan to promote LLL in India vigorously. I am still dreaming that some day someone will enthuse IGNOU to take up LLL among senior citizens seriously. I am including the photos as an exception you may also see the enthusiastic seniors as students in a formal class.

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Turkey's elderly keep sharp at Senior Citizens University

MIRAÇ GEYIK
ISTANBUL
Published 20 hours ago
Two elderly men knit sweaters as a part of one of the classes taught at the Senior Citizens Univeristy in Antalya.
Two elderly men knit sweaters as a part of one of the classes taught at the Senior Citizens Univeristy in Antalya.

With an ageing population, Turkey is now focusing more on its senior citizens' life after retirement with the Senior Citizens University, founded by the head of Turkey's first gerontology department, Professor İsmail Tufan

Once having Europe's youngest population, Turkey is now growing old. Projections made by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) show that the elderly population will increase to 10.2 percent by 2023 and is expected to rise even further in the following decades.

When we are young, advanced ages seem like they are ages away until you discover your first wrinkle. With a population over 80 million, Turkey is now thinking more about the future and focuses on its senior citizens, especially about their care and place in society.

Within this scope, gerontology - although it is a new branch of science and unknown to most - gains crucial importance. Gerontology is the comprehensive study of aging, the problems of the elderly and a multidisciplinary study that incorporates biology, psychology and sociology.

The first Department of Gerontology in Turkey started with a small room with four grey walls. However, from this room, Professor İsmail Tufan, the founder of the department, created a movement that inspired hundreds of senior citizens around Turkey.

Professor Tufan founded Turkey's very first gerontology department within the body of Akdeniz University in Antalya. After struggling with various obstacles (lack of academicians, academic publishes, budget etc.) for three years, Professor Turan who has been focusing on gerontology studies since 1992, managed to gather up a team to start up Turkey's first academic initiative solely focusing on the elderly.

In fact, the science gerontology can be seen all around the world. Each department is shaped by the culture of the country they are founded in. Professor Tufan and his team first started with the motto "lifelong learning" and reached out to elderly citizens though workshops and finally founded GeroAtlas60+ Senior Citizens University in May 2016. At first, the department initiated the Senior Citizens University as a pilot program that continued until November 2016.

Turkey's elderly keep sharp at Senior Citizens University
Senior Citizens University students plant trees during a field trip.

"We thought the program would not attract much attention and expected 100 applicants at most," said Professor Turan and continued: "However, 847 applied to the first program. Suddenly, we realized that this program - Senior Citizens University - is something that this society is in need of. By the time the first program ended, we received more than 1,300 applications. Last year we had around 5,000 students and right now, we have more than 11,000 students waiting to be enrolled to the program."

The university accepts people between ages 60 and above. Currently, the university has 2,572 enrolled students and 866 of these students attend classes regularly.

The Senior Citizens University has a variety of classes shaped according to the demands of the students including anatomy, medicine, psychology, law and physiotherapy and many more. However, students cannot get away with easy classes: To pass, men have to learn how to cook and knit while women have to learn to repair things. There are several courses at the Senior Citizen University including field trips. They acknowledge how to make their time worthy while learning new skills to help them in this period of their lives.

Professor Tufan said the students of the Senior Citizens University love all the classes and show the same attendance to each of the classes.

"All the lessons are the favorites of the senior citizens. I sometimes have chance to observe them during classes. They have a will to learn more than the young students. If you have a chance to see their notebooks, you would be amazed."

What makes the Senior Citizens University unique is that all the instructors who are guiding and teaching the students are volunteers.

"Our instructors are doing it without wanting anything in return. They can spend this time with their families and friends but they choose to spend with the elderly. In the end, they are making history and break new grounds through this university," said Professor Tufan.

The science of gerontology is gathering pace in Turkey. Currently three universities have gerontology departments and the interest in this science grows with the accomplishments of the Senior Citizens University. The Senior Citizens University also has campuses in Alanya, Nişantaşı, Muğla Sıtkı Koçman and Ege universities besides the groundbreaking campus at Akdeniz University. Moreover, Adnan Menderes University is currently working on opening another campus in the future.

It seems like the trend of lifelong learning will continue to grow in Turkey and senior citizens will continue to enjoy retirement while learning new skills.



Dr P Vyasamoorthy
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Sunday, November 12, 2017

: Linkage November 2017 Final 8 Pages


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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Fwd: [sss-global] lifelong learning


Learn Something New Every Day

Dustin Wax

Most of us have one or two areas of knowledge that we strive to know very well — things related to our jobs, of course, and maybe a hobby or two. But while it's important to develop a deep understanding of the things that matter most to us, it is just as important to develop a broad understanding of the world in general.

A lot of unfortunate people think that learning for the sake of learning is something for schoolchildren, and maybe college students. All the things there are to learn and know that don't impact directly on their immediate lives they dismiss as "trivia". Out in the "real world", they think, there's no time for such frivolities — there's serious work to get done!

There are a lot of good, practical reasons to make learning something new a part of your daily routine, but the best reason has nothing to do with practicality — we are learning creatures, and the lifelong practice of learning is what makes us humans and our lives worthwhile. If that idealistic musing's not enough, here's some more down-to-earth benefits:

  • Learning across a wide range of subjects gives us a range of perspectives to call on in our own narrow day-to-day areas of specialization.
  • Learning helps us more easily and readily adapt to new situations.
  • A broad knowledge of unfamiliar situations feeds innovation by inspiring us to think creatively and providing examples to follow.
  • Learning deepens our character and makes us more inspiring to those around us.
  • Learning makes us more confident.
  • Learning instills an understanding of the historical, social, and natural processes that impact and limit our lives.
  • And, like I said, there's the whole "making like worth living" thing.

There is, after all, a reason the term "well-read" is a compliment.

With the entire world of knowledge just a few mouse-clicks away, it has never been easier than it is right now to learn something new and unexpected every day. Here are a few simple ways to make expanding your horizons a part of your daily routine:

  • Subscribe to Wikipedia's "Featured Article" list. Every day, Wikipedia posts an article selected from its vast repository of entries to it's Daily-article-l subscribers. If you were a subscriber today, you would have recently discovered that Daylight Saving Time was first proposed by William Willett in 1907 and adopted during World War I as a way to conserve coal. You might have also been interested to find out that Kazakhstan discontinued Daylight Saving Time in 2005 because of alleged health risks associated with changed sleep patterns.
  • Read The Free Dictionary's homepage or subscribe to its feeds. The Free Dictionary has several daily features on its front page, including Article of the Day (RSS), In the News (RSS), This Day in History (RSS), and Today's Birthday (RSS). One recent day's stories told the history of the Hell's Angels, the identity of the new "7 Wonders of the World", the origin of the first cultured pearl, and the life story of one of the world's most prominent tenors.
  • Subscribe to the feed at Your Daily Art (RSS). Every day you'll be confronted with a classic work of art to contemplate, along with a few notes about the piece. If you were subscribed right now, you might have recently seen Man Ray's intriguing and playful "Le Violin d'Ingres" and Frank Weston Benson's luminous "Red and Gold".
  • Subscribe to the feeds at Did You Know? and Tell Me Why?. These sites are both run by an R. Edmondson, who certainly knows a lot of stuff about a lot of stuff. Updates are slightly less than daily, but I like the two sites so much I couldn't leave them off this list. If you were a subscriber to these sites, you'd have recently learned why clouds are white, what the European Union is, the French terms for the days of the week and the months of the year, and the history of the development of public health efforts in response to the hazards of the Industrial Revolution.
  • Listen to podcasts like In Our Time and Radio Open Source. Radio Open Source is a daily interview/panel show covering everything from politics to science to art and literature to the greatness of the movie Groundhog Day. (At the moment, Radio Open Source is on summer hiatus, but subscribe anyway — they'll be back!) For a history of the events and ideas that shaped the present, In Our Time is ideal: a weekly gathering of scholars discussing subjects as diverse as the life of Joan of Arc, theories of gravity, and what we know about the Permian-Triassic boundary. Subscribe to a handful of good, literary podcasts and get smart while you drive!

Check the directory at Elite Skills for more sources: there are college course podcasts, online documentaries, foreign language lessons, and more — all free. Believe it or not, your head will expand to fit whatever you try to stuff into it!

Which is really the whole point.

​Courtesy: Justice TNC Rangarajan ​


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Chattisgarh senior ladies learn computers

Javdekar, Raman congratulate senior citizens learning to operate computers

cm, javdekar

Women in rural areas of Chhattisgarh are taking keen interest in computer literacy along with the conventional literacy, under Sakshar Bharat programme. Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh and Union Human Resource Development Minister Mr. Prakash Javdekar were pleasantly surprised to see senior rural women operating computers during an exhibition, organized at Akshar Samman Samaroh held at Indoor Stadium of capital city Raipur. The women of village Uparwah of Rajnandgaon district are being provided computer training at Public Instructions Centre under Sakshar Bharat programme.

Chief Minister and Union Minister congratulated Mrs. Geeta, Mrs. Sunita and other many rural women for their interest in learning to operate computer. Union Minister Mr. Javdekar said that this shows the growing awareness among rural women of Chhattisgarh state under Sakshar Bharat Programme. This also reflects the consistent efforts of Dr Raman Singh's Government, which have resulted in growing computer literacy in state.

On the occasion, State Government's School Education, Tribal Caste Development Minister Mr. Kedar Kashyap, Agriculture and Water Resource Minister Mr. Brijmohan Agrawal, MP Mr. Ramesh Bais, Parliament Secretary Mr. Ambesh Jangade, and many senior public representatives along with thousands of workers from across the state, who are associated with Sakshar Bharat Abhiyan, attended the programme. On the occasion, School Education Department and State Literacy Mission Authority had organized Mukhyamantri Akshar Samman Samaroh and Akshar Sammelan. In the programme, two districts of state- Raipur and Balrampur, three development blocks- Lakhanpur (Sarguja district), Chhuikhadan (Rajnandgaon district) and Bastar (Bastar district) and seven Gram Panchayats- Khairjhiti (Kabeerdham district), Sukhridabri (Mahasamund district), Manikota (Sukma district), Tilkeja (Korba district), Ligiyadih (Bilaspur district), Chhote Kalua (koriya district), Bhakurra (Raigarh district), were felicitated. Public Instructions Institute Sarguja was also awarded Mukhyamantri Akshar Samman on the occasion. Panchayat Representatives of districts concerned received the award at hands of Chief Minister and Union Minister.




Dr P Vyasamoorthy
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Some do commendable job and the rest are just comment-able. 

Friday, June 30, 2017

An Appeal for sake of Lonely Elders


No doubt, living at old age in a joint family, commanding respect as well as old age care from children and grand children is a great joy. I personally wish each one of us to be fortunate of getting this great joy of life. But in today's technologically advanced world, for sake of high profile career, parents are compelled to encourage their children for higher education at far off places, where they get finally settled depriving parents from joy of joint family and leaving them behind lonely. Also, in many cases, for sake of peaceful living, the generation gap compels elders to stay away from children.

The proposed Old Age Home Project of BHAVANA, the first of a self sustaining chain of Dignified Old Age Homes is meant for such unfortunate highly placed & educated but lonely elders for a dignified community living. 

I make an Appeal to all (elders as well as youngsters) to come forward and donate at least a token amount of Rs One lakh only for paving the way for the cause of such unfortunate elders. 

Your contribution of Rs one lac and above will be duly acknowledged with name and amount boldly displayed on Wall of Fame prominently displayed in Old Age Home building when completed.

You may donate by depositing cheque in any branch of ICICI Bank Ltd or by online transfer in favour of BHARATIYA VARISHTHA NAGARIK SAMITI in SB A/c No 157701000812 in ICICI Bank Ltd, Noida Sector 30 Branch, Noida-201303. 
Important Notes: 
1. Donation of Rs 1 lakh/ 4lakhs/ 8 lambs/ 10 Lakhs by members of BHAVANA, if deposited respectively till 30 June'17 ( today)/ 30 Sept'17/ 31st Dec'17/ 31st March'18 will entitle them to become Founder Member with benefit of life time ownership of a suite in Old Age coming up at Yamuna Expressway Authority (Delhi NCR), 50 Km from Delhi and less than 100 km from Vrindavan
2. This donated amount is eligible for exemption under Section 80G of Income Tax Act.

Anil K Sharma, President,
Bharatiya Varishtha Nagarik Samiti-NCR Branch
Also Currently:
Consultant-Projects, Delhi Public School Society, New Delhi
Chairman, Indian Concrete Institute - UP West Ghaziabad Centre
Director in BoD, India Chapter - American Concrete Institute
Formerly:
Spl. Director General, CPWD
Postal Address: B-99, Sector 30, Noida-201303
Mob: +91 9868525057

 
Prof Anil K Sharma, 
Former Spl. Director General, CPWD
Consultant-Projects, Delhi Public School Society, New Delhi
Faculty, JSS Academy of Technical Education, Noida-201301
Chairman, Indian Concrete Institute - UP West Ghaziabad Centre
Director in BoD, India Chapter - American Concrete Institute
President, Bharatiya Varishtha Nagarik Samiti - NCR Branch
Postal: B-99, Sector 30, Noida-201303
E-mail (Pers): aksharmacpwd@yahoo.com
Mob: +91-9868525057

Thursday, June 22, 2017

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY (8 days left) for Lonely Elders interested in Dignified Community Living - BHAVANA HOME - A luxurious destination on Yamuna Expressway Authority - Close to Vrindavan



To

All Lonely Elders,

Golden opportunity for lonely elders available only till 30th June 2017 (8 days left) by becoming 'Founder Member' at just Rs one lac for 1st of the Old Age Home of BHARATIYA VARISHTHA NAGARIK SAMITI (BHAVANA).

This is to avail life time ownership of dignified air conditioned twin sharing room (super area varying from 431 sft to 646 sft) fully loaded with age-care facilities in a lush green campus of about 3000 sqm for community living in company of 75 to 50 elderly couples on plot No OAH-1, Sector 18 of Yamuna Expressway Authority. Donations to iBHAVANA are eligible for exemption from Income Tax u/s 80G.

Balance Rs 11 lacs could be paid on completion, commissioning (in 2-3 yrs) and after one month's free trial stay every year.

Those not availing this opportunity till 30th March 2017, will be required to pay a minimum of Rs 4 lacs (Four times of current) for becoming 'Founder Member'. Balance Rs 8 lacs payable on completion & commissioning afte four months' of free trial stay every year.

For spouse you may pay @ 50% after completion & commissioning
Running & Maintenance charges payable on no-profit & no loss basis.

Special rights of Founder Members for transfer of their rights in Old Age Home to any of their kins, friends or relatives during their life time.

Detailed Rules have been notified and circulated(Attached) on 23rd Apr 2017. (copy attached)Membership of BHAVANA is Essential: Membership can be obtained by submitting completed form (attached) to Shri Anil K Sharma, President, BHAVANA-NCR Branch, B-99, Sector 30, NOIDA. Three categories of life time memberships are: Volunteer @ Rs 1500/-(<50 yrs age), Life Membership (> 50 yrs with spouse) @ Rs 3000/- and Vishishta Membership (> 50 yrs with Spouse) @ Rs 7000/-. Membership forms attached.
The preparation of architectural plans are in process. Cost of construction to vary from Rs 3000 to Rs 4000 per sft of super area. Donations are being attempted from Corporates under their CSR , wherein Companies are mandated to apportion part of their profits for projects of Social importance.
Details in Brief about BHAVANA's Old Age Home Project:
Each Room:
To accomodate: Two elders
To have: fully furnished Air Conditioned with an attached kitchenette plus toilet with Intercom, Emergency button         including ICT/ CCTV/ sensor system to monitor incapacitated elders.
Common Facilities:
Common dining, atleast 4-bedded dispensary cum hospital, ambulance,
    Coffee room/ Restaurent, General store, Barber,
    a 24x7 helper, of course on payment basis.
Those interested, are requested to please deposit by 30th June 2017 the membership fees of Rs 1500/ 3000/ 7000/- as above and donation of Rs 1 lac favouring BHARATIYA VARISHTHA NAGARIK SAMITI-NCR BRANCH in Savings Account No 157701000812 at ICICI Bank Ltd, Noida Sector 30 Branch

Expecting response
Enclosures: Membership Application Forms
                    Detailed Rules notified on 23-4-2017




Anil K Sharma, 
Former Spl. Director General, CPWD
President, Bharatiya Varishtha Nagarik Samiti - NCR Branch
Consultant-Projects, Delhi Public School Society, New Delhi
Chairman, Indian Concrete Institute - UP West Ghaziabad Centre
Director in BoD, India Chapter - American Concrete Institute
Postal: B-99, Sector 30, Noida-201303
E-mail (Pers): aksharmacpwd@yahoo.com
Mob: +91-9868525057






Friday, June 16, 2017

Re: [indian-society-for-u3a] New Newsletter on CSR for Elderly launched

Respected Sir
                     Kindly add me as subscriber.
Regards
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Respected Sir
                     Kindly add me as suubscriber.
Regards
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On Friday, June 16, 2017, 10:49:46 AM GMT+5:30, CJ Koul <cjkoul@gmail.com> wrote:


Dear Vysamurthy Garu

Thanks for the initiative. Please add my name in your mailing list.

Regards

Chand Ji Koul


On Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 10:26 AM, Jayakumar Sambandam <jayakumarsambandam34@gmail.com> wrote:
Dear Dr,Vyasamoorthyji
Kindly include my name  as  subscriber to the issue. thanks
S.jayakumar,
Secretary General  Senior Citizen Bureau, ( U3a )
Chennai-34
93818 01446

On Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 9:38 AM, 'Anil Kumar Sharma' via Indian Society for U3A <indian-society-for-u3a@ googlegroups.com> wrote:
Dear Dr Vyasamoorthy Ji.

It would be great if my eMail aksharmacpwd@yahoo.com is also included in subscribers list to receive bi-monthly e-Newsletter
 
Anil K Sharma, 
Former Spl. Director General, CPWD
Consultant-Projects, Delhi Public School Society, New Delhi
Chairman, Indian Concrete Institute - UP West Ghaziabad Centre
Director in BoD, India Chapter - American Concrete Institute
President, Bharatiya Varishtha Nagarik Samiti - NCR Branch
Postal: B-99, Sector 30, Noida-201303
E-mail (Pers): aksharmacpwd@yahoo.com
Mob: +91-9868525057



From: Gyanendra Khare <kharegk.ald@gmail.com>
To: indian-society-for-u a <indian-society-for-u3a@google groups.com>
Sent: Friday, June 16, 2017 8:20 AM
Subject: Re: [indian-society-for-u3a] New Newsletter on CSR for Elderly launched

Dear Vyasamoorthy Ji,
It will indeed be a privilege to receive the bi-monthly Newsletter. Kindly include my name in the subscribers' list.
Thanks and regards,
G K Khare
On 15 Jun 2017 17:49, "Padmanabha Vyasamoorthy" <vyasamoorthy@gmail.com> wrote:
Dear Friends

I am privileged to attach a copy of the inaugural issue of a new newsletter called "CSR & Elder Care". It is a bimonthly e-newsletter initiated by AISCCON, Mumbai. If not for anything else, you [members of sss-global group and ISU3A group] will find at least seven members known to you who are connected with this newsletter in various ways. Find them out, better read the issue!
Others will find at least one person known to them.

If you are interested in getting the newsletter regularly or know of friends who may like to be on the [free] mailing list please let me know. Even if just learn what CSR stands for, I am happy.

If you are replying kindly do not use "Reply All" button, as you may not be a member of other groups or have rights to send them any message. 
Regards

Dr P Vyasamoorthy
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