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To mark the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, ILC-India conducted an online Essay Competition for Senior Citizens. Around fifty essays were received, majority of them were from the state of Maharashtra.

For this essay competition, the older persons were asked to share their experiences of how they have been able to stop the abuse of elders in their vicinity. Those who wrote the essays have described how they dealt with the situation and helped in stopping it. The seniors had a lot of their own solutions on how to deal with such sensitive situations of abuse and neglect. Almost all participants have felt the need to make seniors aware about abuse and what actions (legal, psychosocial support etc.) can be taken in such a situation of elder abuse.

The most five relevant and effective essays have been shared on the Facebook page of ILC-India. Majority of the essays are in Marathi, followed by Hindi and English.

The essays were obtained from the participants through Whatsapp and email.

All the participants were given computer generated e-certificates for participation in this competition.

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After a successful first edition in 2019, almost one hundred participants (ranging from 50 to 74 years) started on 14 January 2021 with the free learning program Silver Starters, which was developed by Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing and Aegon. In 12 weeks, the participants will lay the foundation for converting their idea into their own company through online learning and coaching.

On the last day of 2020, the 300th story milestone was accomplished and published on Wij & corona (translated into Us & corona). On this Dutch story platform experiences of older people during these trying corona times are shared. With this we give the voice of seniors a stage and support and inspire each other! For example, Willem (71) tells how he tries to stay fit at home and Maarten (77), who is a heart patient and must be extra careful.

This year we have been celebrating our 30th anniversary.

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