Chennai, Aug. 23:
‘Solutions for Empowered Elder Living’ was the theme of the Unmukt Knowledge Series seminar which was held in Chennai on Wednesday. The sessions held in the seminar were designed to educate, engage and deliberate on key areas that impact seniors and caregivers.
This seminar brought together knowledge leaders and over 100 key stakeholders across NGOs, healthcare organizations, HR heads, senior citizen forums & associations, builders, technology experts, architects, academia and the media.
This day long forum provided a unique opportunity to businesses, individuals and NGOs who work in retirement planning and senior living to build connections and develop collaborations with others in their area of work.
“Unmukt Knowledge Series is a B2B platform to address the demand -supply gap in senior care and create a collaborative cross-industry ecosystem of support and empowerment to senior citizens,” said Monimita Sarkar, Founder – Unmukt Festival and MD – KW Conferences Pvt. Ltd.
Dr. K R Gangadharan, Chairman Heritage Foundation, speaking on Ageing in India, emphasized that when it comes to senior care there needs to be a balance between emotions and rationality. The keynote address on “Silver Years – The Sunrise Industry” by Ankur Gupta, Chairman of the CII Taskforce on Senior Care and Jt. MD Ashiana Housing highlighted that awareness of senior living products and services is increasing, creating a rapidly changing market.
Neha Sinha, Founder & CEO of Epoch Eldercare pointed out that dementia care is exhausting for a family members and needs an ecosystem of support for themselves as well. “At the same time, Dr. Pritika Chary Neurologist and Neurosurgeon said – “The market for formal dementia care is still very young as people are yet to accept the financial cost of this very specialised service”.
Dr. B Vivekanand, Founder, Naimisha mentioned, “Mental well-being taking a hit because of work pressure and social demands to be successful. India is in denial on ageing and unless we get out of this, things will only get worse. Stigma on mental health problems needs to be removed.”