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Association of Senior Citizens, Hyderabad

This Association was inaugurated on 18th January 2001 by the then Dy. Chief Minister, Dr. Devender Goud. It stands today as a premier organization of senior citizens in Twin Cities with a membership of more than 350 and with average age of 75 +. It is dedicated to the service of the Elderly, to make their twilight years as pleasant as possible.

We were the first to set up a well equipped Day Care Centre for Elders where they could socialize with others of their age group, play chess/carrom or gossip or just relax with music of their choice. Day Care Centre for Elders was a new concept those days. They were known to be a place where children of working women were looked after. The DCC for the old and retired, made people smile. It took us some time to make people appreciate the Concept and its role.

But our problems were not over. Those days senior citizens were a marginalized and ignored segment of society. The MRO, Begumpet asked our permission to use our premises for a week to conduct a training course. He instead shifted his Office to our premises because his original Office was to be demolished under a road widening scheme. We went to High Court. They passed an ambiguous order and we were literally thrown on road. It was at this stage that the Lions Club came to our rescue. We were allowed the use of the portion belonging to Binjrajka Trust through the efforts of our Lion members like Sri Ramesh Sawhney and Sri VC Dalal, under a lease agreement.

A Multi Service Day Care Centre was again established there where Senior Citizens could spend their spare time in creative activities. Following facilities were provided,

  • Library and Reading room
  • Indoor Games such as Chess, Cards, and Carrom etc.
  • Basic Training in Computer Operation
  • Third Age Learning – Learning for learning’s sake,
  • Medical/Legal Consultation and Periodic Diagnostic Tests
  • Regular meetings and functions such as Satsang, Lectures, etc. in a separate hall.

The Association is devoting itself in its own small way to the welfare of senior citizens to make their last few years reasonably comfortable and productive. It was awarded All India Trophy in 2004 by the All India Senior Citizens’ Confederation for the best Service to the elderly in the entire Country. In 2013 we were again awarded as the best Association of Senior Citizens in the undivided Andhra Pradesh.

The Association has been instrumental in organizing various activities and events to address the major concerns of Senior Citizens during the last few years and undertaking representation to the authorities seeking their redressal. To promote active ageing we organize indoor games and their tournaments which are open to all Senior Citizens in the Twin Cities. Chess and Carrom tournaments are very popular. We have been arranging since 2012 a contest cum exhibition of paintings done by senior citizens to encourage creative activities among them. The fist was inaugurated by Dr. Jane Burton, Secretary General of the International Federation of Ageing.

As an Association we have been making a determined effort to create awareness of the human rights of senior citizens, the contribution which they can make to the welfare and development of the society if an effort is made to utilize their experience, skills and wisdom. With that in view we conducted an International Seminar with a theme “Senior Citizens, a National Resource” The then Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh was the Chief Guest. It was addressed by eminent gerontologists such as Dr.Joseph Troisi, Director – UN Institute of Ageing, Malta, Dr. Phoebe, Professor, Dept of Ageing, University of California, Dr. PV Ramamurty,. Emeritus Director, Center for Research on Ageing, S.V. University, Tirupati, Dr. KR Gangadhar, President IFA.

It was realized that most of the problems of Senior Citizens revolved around Age related health problems and Age related financial constraints. High cost of Health Care has become the major hazard which Senior Citizens face today. To highlight their plight and also to encourage healthy ageing we organized during the last few years 3 public seminars which were presided over by eminent Doctors, senior Ministers and bureaucrats such as Padma Sree Dr. GN Rao, Hon’ble Sri Rosaiah and Sri Danam Nagendra, This effort could move IRDA to appoint a committee under the leadership of Mr.KS Sastry, to design a Health Insurance scheme for the elderly.

The Association is now actively promoting the support to elder-friendly projects under CSR. A National Seminar was organized on 15th December 2014 presided over by Dr. Gayatri Subramanyam, Director IICA of Gurugram through which we tried to draw the attention of the Corporate Houses of the indifference shown by them towards the issues of the Elderly in their contributions under the mandatory Corporate Social Responsibility programmes. The statistics show that in 2014-15 also the concerns of the ageing society were the least favoured social cause. This is a very unfortunate situation and needs correction. This effort has been intensified after the constitution of CSR Committee under the chairmanship of the Chairman Sri RN Mital.

We take pride in claiming that our Association has been recognized as an Association of achievers. In almost all fields of human endeavour our members have received spectacular success particularly in the fields of community service, academics, medicine, sports, and arts to mention a few. Our Founder President R.N.Mital has been honoured by a number of Organizations including the Govt. of AP., Help Age, Central Ministry of Social Justice and was the Founder President of Andhra Pradesh Senior Citizens Confederation (APSCCON) and President of AISCCON. Our Past President, Late Prof Vishweswariah had set an example in dedicated community service which no one can excel. Our immediate Past President Dr. P. Vyasamoorthy was the first recipient in the country of the Karmveer award which was followed by KLN award for service of elders, and which carried a cash prize of 2 Lakhs, again first in the Country.

Our present President, Sri IM Bhalla has been spearheading a programme to clean the society of corruption and has written a book titled "FOR A CORRUPTION FREE SOCIETY" which has been highly appreciated. And above all our Young member Dr. Gurujada Sobha Perindevi (61) is a highly recognized writer and social activist. She has been awarded Doctorate for her research in the field of problems of senior citizens.

We believe in the golden words of Swami Vivekanand. He once said that if a drop of rain water falls on your hand, it is pure water and you can drink it, if it falls in a gutter, it becomes dirty and you would not like to wash even your feet with it, if it falls on lotus leaf, it shines like a pearl and if it falls in a oyster it becomes a real pearl. It is the same drop of water, but the association makes the difference.