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When children leave, Aura Elder Care comes to rescue: The story of abandoned parents

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

In an era where start-ups primarily focus on generating revenues and pulling down their adversaries, a start-up called Aura Elder Care aims to provide the bliss of happiness to elderly people in their state of isolation.

This noble initiative started by Vikalp Sharma, an Elder Care expert, not only provides homely aids to the old age people, who have been partially abandoned by their children, but also endeavors to bless them with the joys that they eventually deserve.

On being asked about the reason of starting this venture, Vikalp said, “After working in elder care for almost 6 years in India and Australia, I wanted to start this facility in India as many Indian parents are living in isolation and without any support, which might lead to disorders like depression and dementia.”

The service was started in December last year, keeping in mind the psychological imbalances and internal inertia faced by the old age people. Hence, Aura Elder Care provides Intellectual Companionship and Dementia Care.

Vikalp said, “We provide home care facilities to the elderly people by sending our Elder Care Specialists (ECSs), who spend time with them and also fulfill their needs to have a friend, companion and a resource to their elder age.”

“Elder Care Specialists (ECS) accompany the elderly on reading, outings and discussing articles, help them blog about their topics of interest, play games, help them go back to their hobbies / discover new ones, assist with email, Facebook and Skype, and share stories with each other,” he further added.

Apart from all the social and intellectual companionship, ECS also manage elderly people’s medication and read vital signs, which include blood pressure, pulse rate, temperature and blood sugar. The specialists are 24*7 available on a phone call and help in monitoring the home situation and can raise a red flag whenever required.

When asked about the kind of facilities that are usually required by the elders, Vikalp said, “It depends on one’s requirement. Most of them are likely to use Technology like learning Mobile phone, I Pad etc. and few of them ask for medical aid.”

Apart from Dementia Care, Aura Elder Care also provides facilities like Health Monitoring, Home Management, Physiotherapy Care, Personal care, day programs etc.

“Elder care at home can often be taxing and rewarding at the same time. Especially with the conditions like Alzheimer’s and Dementia, a specialized help can do wonders! An ECS is a friend companion and resource to Elderly and Respite for the family,” Vikalp concluded.

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By 2030, African Children to Make ‘Half of the World’s Poor’

African children are being left further and further behind and will make up more than half of the world’s poor by 2030

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The United Nations reports more than a half million refugees have fled to neighboring countries to escape the ravages of war. Wikimedia Commons

African children are being left further and further behind and will make up more than half of the world’s poor by 2030, according to a new report.

The stark warning comes as more than 150 world leaders prepare to attend the U.N. Sustainable Development Summit in New York beginning Sept. 25 to work on tackling global poverty.

The United Nations has agreed on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). No. 1 on the list is eradicating extreme poverty by 2030. But the world will fall well short of that target, according to the report by Save the Children and the Overseas Development Institute, which delivers a devastating verdict on global efforts to eradicate extreme poverty among children in Africa.

“On our projection, children in Africa will account for around 55% of all extreme poverty in the world by 2030,” said Kevin Watkins, chief executive of Save the Children UK.

An estimated 87 million African children will be born into poverty each year in the 2020s, according to the report, which also says about 40% of Africans still live on less than $1.90 a day.

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Children recovering from malnutrition play at the Children hospital in Bangui, Central African Republic. VOA

“On average, women are still having four to five children, and it’s the part of the world where poverty is coming down most slowly, partly because of slow growth but also because of very high levels of inequality,” Watkins said. “A child born into poverty faces greater risks of illiteracy; greater risks of mortality before the age of 5. They’re between two and three times more likely to die before their fifth birthday. They are far less likely to escape poverty themselves, which means that they will become the transmission mechanism for poverty to another generation.”

The report criticizes African governments for failing to develop coherent policies, and also warns that the IMF, the World Bank and other donors are failing in their response.

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Watkins said dramatic changes in approach are urgently needed.

“Transferring more monetary resources to children who are living in poverty has to be part of the solution,” Watkins said. “But we also know that money is not enough. It’s critically important that these children get access to basic nutritional services, the basic health interventions, and the school systems that they need to escape poverty.”

The report warns that if poverty reduction targets are not met, the world will also fall short on other sustainable development goals in education, health and gender equality. (VOA)