Wednesday, January 16, 2008

International Longevity Centre (ILC)- India

Establishment of The Longevity Centre (TLC) in Pune: a CASP Initiative:

Community Aid and Sponsorship Programme (CASP), a national level organization which addresses child and community development issues, believed that promoting healthy ageing is an important aspect of development and therefore it took the initiative to establish TLC, which is now recognized as ILC-I. CASP has been in the forefront of organizing a number of seminars and consultations on these issues, including the SAARC Consultation on Ageing held in Pune as a prelude to the UN Conference on Ageing held in Madrid in 2002. The then President and now President Emeritus of CASP, Dr. S.D. Gokhale was the UN Consultant to prepare the Madrid Declaration on Ageing, and in response to this Declaration, CASP established The Longevity Centre (TLC) in collaboration with University of Pune, Athashri Foundation and Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University.

The Longevity Centre (TLC), was set up on May 4th, 2003, with a view to understanding and addressing the problems of the senior citizens, providing them with a forum to voice their thoughts, opinions, and suggestions, to sensitize the society to the concerns of these senior citizens, as also to establish their role in society as a major resource of knowledge and experience that could be tapped for the benefit of society in general.


It is a matter of great pride that within a year and a half, TLC and the valuable work that it did, got international recognition and was admitted into the network of International Longevity Centres. International Longevity Centre (ILC)- India, became a member of the network of six ILCs (at that time) - (UK, USA, France, Japan and the Dominican Republic and India), TLC has come to be known as ILC- India and will cover the entire South-Asia region. Under the guidance of the internationally renowned social scientist and gerontologist, Dr. S. D. Gokhale, who has also been the President of the International Federation of Ageing (IFA) and is the President- Emeritus of Community Aid and Sponsorship Programme (CASP), ILC-India has embarked on its path breaking career.

The mission of ILC-India is to function as a not-for-profit organization in the areas of Education, Training, Research, Media, Documentation and Advocacy and also undertaking Pilot Projects for the benefit of the population ageing.

The Objectives of ILC-India :

The primary objective of ILC-India is to work towards healthy, productive and participative ageing, to promote and support all activities which would upgrade the quality of life of the ageing population. The detailed objectives are:

To work towards promoting better understanding of the issues and concerns of population ageing at all levels, including those identified by the UN in Madrid and Shanghai Plans of Action, in collaboration with the government, corporate sector, NGOs and civil societies,

To seek adequate reflection of this understanding in all development plans and programmes of the government and in non-governmental interventions and community actions,

To promote and support all activities to upgrade the quality of life of population ageing and ensure fulfillment of their human rights,

To work towards healthy, productive and participatory ageing.


Contact:
International Office
CASP Bhavan
132/2, Plot # 3,
Pashan-Baner Link Road,
Pune 411 021
India.
Tel: 91(20)25862844-46/49 ;56611509 & 56611510


Programme Office
1779/84, Sadashivpeth
Gurutrayi Smarak
Bharat Scout Ground
Pune 411 030
India.
Tel :91(20)24450067

Email : longevitic@vsnl.net

Website: http://www.ilcindia.org/index.html



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