Heritage Foundation and the Global Ageing Network organized an “International conference on Services to the Elderly – Current Challenges & Emerging Trends” in Hyderabad, India from 23 to 24 February 2017. This conference brought together 11 keynote speakers, 130 participants, and 63 oral presentations, with 6 posters displayed – and additionally, a special interactive session with Caregivers of Persons with Dementia. Government officials, academicians, researchers, senior citizens, caregivers, media and volunteers comprised the participants.
Ms. Tahrima Khan, Program officer of Partners in Population and Development (PPD) presented two papers on “An inter-governmental alliance of 26 south-south countries for ensuring active and healthy Ageing in developing countries’” and “Elderly health care situation in Bangladesh”.
The 2-day conference was filled with systematic discussions and dissemination of existing models, networking of various stakeholders, lobbying for the rights of elderly, promoting healthy ageing, creation of an age friendly environment leading to social connectedness, social capital, infrastructure and constructive use of technology. After successfully concluded with each attendee carrying home the knowledge and best practices shared during the two-day deliberation and vibrant passion for ensuring health and well-being for the elderly.