Aasha Australia Foundation, an initiative to fulfill the urgent growing needs of care of increasing population of seniors of Indian and South Asian Sub continent, hosted its third annual forum on 4 November at Pennant Hills Community Centre.
This new initiative from Aasha has been developed with Partners, who provide services and advise to community.
Most seniors in our community suffer due to lack of awareness of aged care and health services available in the community. Other factors for social wellbeing of seniors were pointed out and stressed the need for support as there is the issue of social inclusion, social stigma about mental health, busy lifestyle of the family members and lack of culturally appropriate care options which add to the suffering. The initiatives of Aasha are aimed at helping the seniors and enable a happy life.
Aasha has finalised its focus areas for 2018 and these were shared by Bijinder Dugal, also co-founder and director of the Foundation. “Aasha aims at attracting more volunteers to start more social hubs for seniors. Aasha would like to bring various community organisations to one platform for aged care, to create inclusive communities and to make such services available for our ageing seniors,” said Ms Dugal. “It is important to create awareness of the services and sources available to meet with their needs and ensure all such aged care services provided to them meet with cultural demands,” she added.
The November event attracted about 200 people who got valuable information, great entertainment and delicious home-cooked Indian High tea. Lot of interest was shown in information provided in panel discussion by seniors rights service lawyer Nalika, Christine from Elder Abuse, Mehrdad from Centre link, Jason from police and Dr Valanju from Aasha Australia foundation.
For more information about AASHA and to register your interest to support, volunteer or donate please visit: www.aashaaustralia.org.au