Helpage India aims to serve elder needs in a holistic manner, enabling them to live active, dignified and healthier lives.
In a country of 104 million elders, 51 million live below the poverty line. By 2050 the number of senior citizens is estimated to rise to 324 million. With more than half the country's elderly living below the poverty line, even day to day survival is crucial.
Where quality of life is concerned for these elderly, there is much left to be desired. Inadequate healthcare, minimal or no pension and a depleting source of income, often force the destitute rural elderly to continue working despite physical hardships.
HelpAge India is a leading charity in India working with and for disadvantaged elderly for nearly 4 decades. HelpAge advocates for their needs such as for Universal pension, Quality healthcare, Action against Elder Abuse and many more at a national, state and societal level with Central and State governments.
HelpAges focus over the years has moved from welfare to development. They provide elderly relief through various age-care interventions.
They conduct cataract surgeries to restore sight of elders, looks after their basic needs though its Support-a-Gran program, runs Elder Helplines across the country, provides relief & rehabilitation for elderly post disasters and provides active-ageing opportunities.
They run one of the largest mobile healthcare programs through its Mobile Healthcare Units. These units operate across the country providing free healthcare services to destitute elders.
They also help elders earn their livelihood through the formation of Elder-Self-Help Groups making them self-reliant.