Ageing is an inevitable process of life. Global population ageing is a by-product of the demographic transition in which both mortality and fertility decline from higher to lower levels. Sudden spurt in the population of elderly in a country is bound to pose multiple challenges before the human society. Ageing has gone beyond the realm of welfare concern and needs to be viewed as a developmental challenge. Currently there is an estimated 6.9% in the age group of 55-64 years and 5.7% for 65 and above elderly in India (Census of India, 2011). Overall, the elderly percentage is 8.6% (9%) among the population and compared to Census, 2001 which was 7.4%. India is therefore experiencing a demographic transition, which will have impact on the individual, family, community, society at large and the nation.

The aims and objectives of these training are as follows:

  • Develop a cadre of professionals for the care and welfare of the older persons
  • To provide a comprehensive and scientific knowledge base on various aspects relating to geriatric care
  • Generate skilled man power focused on intervention in the family and community settings for the welfare of the older persons
  • Orient the students on techniques/interventions for managing the care of the elderly with focus on programme development and management
  • Identify and promote support systems and networking for care of the older persons
  • Facilitate convergence of services of government/non-government sectors both locally and the national level

Training Curriculum broadly  includes

  • Gerontology
  • Public Policy and Planning
  • Clinical Geriatrics
  • Geriatric Management, ,
  • Psychology and Counselling
  • Research Methodology
  • Academic inputs include
  • (i) Seminar Presentation
  • (ii) Dissertation
  • (iii) Group Project
  • (iv) Field work/Placement
  • Duration of the Training: 5 to 10 Days