International Conference on Healthy Ageing and Mental Health
Date: 4th January, 2017 – 6th January, 2017.
Venue : Rajagiri College of Social Sciences (Autonomous) , Rajagiri Valley Campus Kakkanadu, Cochin, Kerala, India
DYUTI, Developmental Yearnings for a United and Transformed India.
Rajagiri College of Social Sciences (Autonomous) 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.
- Promotion and prevention of mental health in micro, messo and macro levels
- Identify cost effective, full cover strategies for screening the population
- Consolidate evidences of physical, psychological and social interventions through systematic analysis of scientific researches in the area of mental health of the elderly
- Gather evidences of practice with the elderly through systematic analysis of experiences of the GOs and NGOs
- Identify suitable statutory positions within the system in comparison with other countries to ensure protection of the rights of the elderly persons by Professional social workers
Major Sub themes of the Conference
- Adding health to ‘years’: Ageing, health and development – Population ageing: Demographic and epidemiological changes and implications
- Health characteristics of older persons – Key behaviours that influence Healthy Ageing; Key environmental risks
- International legal and policy frameworks – The challenges to policy development; Geriatrics – geriatric medicine – conditions and management
- Healthy Ageing: Ageing, health and functioning – Trajectories of Healthy Ageing; Public-health framework for Healthy Ageing; Demand for and barriers to health services; Health economics
- Family – care systems – Current approaches to long-term care; Evidence based interventions; Evidence based models of building workforce capacity and supporting family caregivers
- Towards an age-friendly world – Elderly persons can Learn, grow and make decisions; Be Mobile; Build and maintain relationships; Contribute; Have access to Basic needs
- Evidence based Action on Healthy Ageing – Creating age-friendly environments; Models of optimizing trajectories of ageing; Older-person-centered and integrated family care; Models of aligning health systems
Indian Professionals/ Academicians
- Early Bird : ₹2500
- Late / Spot : ₹2000
- Early Bird : ₹1200
- Late / Spot : ₹1500
Foreign Professionals/ Academicians
- Early Bird : $300
- Late / Spot : $350
- Early Bird : $200
- Late / Spot : $250
SARRC Countries Professionals/ Academicians
- Early Bird : ₹3000
- Late / Spot : ₹3500
SARRC Countries Student
- Early Bird : ₹1500
- Late / Spot : ₹2000
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, programs, 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 well being of elderly person at international, national and regional levels.
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