Elderly Care - Vridha Mitr

The 2011 Population Census estimates that there are nearly 104 million elderly persons (aged 60 years or above) in India and a report released by the United Nations Population Fund and Help Age India suggests that this number is expected to grow to 173 million by 2026.

Puttaparthi and its surrounding areas have a high population of elderly people, many of whom live alone. Old age brings many challenges – physical and emotional. Many seniors are bedridden or suffering from chronic illnesses like dementia, cancer, Parkinson’s, etc. Some are unable to perform simple day to day tasks; even managing to take medication on time can be a chore. Some are just plain lonely which can lead to a plethora of other ailments. The elderly require care, service and support in order to get through their days with some level of ease and comfort.
The Vridh Mitr initiative provides a mutually beneficial solution to better the local community and raise the standard of living of both those serving and those being served. At MITRAz we believe everyone is entitled to live with dignity and self-respect and this endeavour ensures just that. Everyone wins!

While some of the elderly are able to pay for home caregiving services, others are not. This proposed unit will be partially sponsored by donations and CSR activities to subsidise care for destitute seniors. Initially, we plan for the unit to employ ten caregivers who have completed their GDA course under MITRAz Skills. To ensure job security and a regular income they will be employees of and paid by the MITRAz Foundation.

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Free Vegetables delivered at home for the needy

In May 2021, we initiated a free service to purchase and deliver fresh vegetables to underprivileged COVID+ patients in quarantine or isolation in the village areas surrounding Puttaparthi. We also started supplying medicines and serving Sai Protein to patients admitted at the Dharmshala Covid Care Centre in Puttaparthi. Both initiatives have significantly contributed to the well-being and successful recovery of dozens of poor patients.

Free online yoga and wellness classes

On May 18th 2021, the Foundation started free online wellness classes. Classes include yoga, breathing exercises and acupressure sessions and take place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 5 pm for 30 minutes. These fun-filled interactive sessions are aimed at improving the physical health and emotional well-being of participants and are open to all. We are thrilled that the classes are being attended regularly with such an overwhelming number of enthusiastic participants. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81089339228

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On May 6th, 2021, in partnership with Sai Krushna Trust, MITRAz Foundation set up the Andhra Pradesh COVID Helpline ( 040-48213300). This service provides verified news related to COVID-19 and authentic information on oxygen support, hospital bed availability and ambulance services. It also provides tele-consultation and counselling to Covid patients with the help of volunteer doctors and certified counsellors. We have helped hundreds of needy people since setting up this helpline and have been widely appreciated for this service.

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