Focus on healthcare at senior citizens' meet

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD : There is a need to activate the State council for implementation of National Policy on Old Persons and to recognise a representative of the organisation of senior citizens for regular consultation. This resolution was adopted at the concluding session of a two-day conference organised by the All-India Senior Citizens' Confederation and Federation of AP Senior Citizens' Organisations.

The city-based International Foundation for Human Development coordinated various activities. The conference demanded an insurance mechanism to cover healthcare and medical risks of old persons. The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) should design and propose schemes to cover healthcare needs of several categories of these persons. It recommended formation of district-level advisory committees of senior citizens to coordinate with the administration in delivering welfare measures, particularly in rural areas.

The conference suggested formation of senior citizens' councils at mandal and district levels for mobilising them at the grassroot level to exercise `grey power' for the benefit of society, as well as their own well-being.

It envisaged a senior citizens' welfare fund, with or without the collaboration of the State Government, to meet the emergency needs of the elderly and support their insurance schemes.