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Old Age Care Last Updated Date : 25 Aug 2016

Brief Introduction about Old Age Care

Ageing is an inevitable process of life. Global population ageing is a by-product of the demographic transition in which both mortality and fertility decline from higher to lower levels. Sudden spurt in the population of elderly in a country is bound to pose multiple challenges before the human society. Ageing has gone beyond the realm of welfare concern and needs to be viewed as a developmental challenge. Currently there is an estimated 6.9% in the age group of 55-64 years and 5.7% for 65 and above elderly in India (Census of India, 2011). Overall, the elderly percentage is 8.6% (9%) among the population and compared to Census, 2001 which was 7.4%. India is therefore experiencing a demographic transition, which will have impact on the individual, family, community, society at large and the nation.
The National Institute of Social Defence (NISD), has been actively involved in imparting training in the field of social defence including care of older persons for over a decade. The Old Age Care Division of the Institute runs a series of programmes/certificate courses . The aims and objectives of these programmes/certificate courses are as follows:

  • Develop a cadre of professionals for the care and welfare of the older persons
  • To provide a comprehensive and scientific knowledge base on various aspects relating to geriatric care
  • Generate skilled man power focused on intervention in the family and community settings for the welfare of the older persons
  • Orient the students on techniques/interventions for managing the care of the elderly with focus on programme development and management
  • Identify and promote support systems and networking for care of the older persons
  • Facilitate convergence of services of government/non-government sectors both locally and the national level
  • The Institute conducts the courses by itself and in collaboration with Regional Resource Training Centres and other reputed organizations Training centre (RRTCs). There are  presently four RRTCs in the field of  Old Age Care, designated by the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment.Click List of 4 RRTCs

The Long term, Short term and Thematic Based Courses that are presently being carried out by the NISD/Collaborating organisations are:

1. PG Diploma in Integrated Geriatric Care

2. Certificate Courses in Geriatric Care