Residential Care for Elders
With the rapid changes in demographic indicators in the 21st century, it is certain that India will move from being a young country to an old country over the next few decades. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and HelpAge International made clear in their 2012 report, Ageing in the Twenty-First Century: A Celebration and A Challenge, that while important progress had been made by many countries in adopting new policies and laws on ageing, more needs to be done to fulfil the potential of older people as ageing gives us cause for celebration: longer lives throughout the world are a triumph of development.
The core of Aruwe’s work is its constant engagement with the Destitute Elderly Women as this was the concern that had got Aruwe started. The elderly women hailing from the urban poor communities are more neglected by their kith and kin and more likely to stay on pavements and engage in begging. Today, Aruwe has residential care service for 30 such destitute elderly women. Besides, Aruwe refers many needy elders to other organizations as it cannot house many elders due to limited infrastructure.
To feed, clothe, shelter, and care destitute elderly women as they have a right to quality of life.
Aruwe provides its inmates shelter, food, clothing, medical care, recreational opportunities and legal aid referrals which are facilitated to optimize their capabilities towards meaningful living.
Besides, they are given income generation options to keep them engaged and to have self-esteem. Picnics and outdoor activities are a common event for Aruwe’s elderly.