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ILC-India organized an online poetry competition on the topic of “Inter-generational Solidarity-Lockdown special” for older people. Entrants were requested to express themselves through their original poems and share their experiences of being with the family during lockdown and under the stressful situation of the Covid-19 pandemic.

ILC-I has always supported the concept of “Intergenerational Solidarity” in every possible way. Hence, the ILC-I team decided to conduct an online poetry competition on the topic of “Intergenerational Solidarity-Lockdown Special” exclusively for older people.

ILC-I received a very good response as well as a good feedback that such motivation through this kind of a competition gave an immense energy to the seniors to write, read, think and express themselves in a creative way. All across the state of Maharashtra we received many poems in Marathi and English. The seniors had written about their routine during the lockdown period, how their family members helped them learn a new skill, how mobile phones and computers kept them active, how Google duo and Zoom calls helped to maintain their connection with other seniors across states. Some poems even expressed their gratitude for this opportunity to spend quality time with their loved ones at home.

It was overwhelming to see different shades of thoughts expressed by the participants for their family members. All the participants were given e-certificates for participating in the competition. The winner of the competition, Ms. Deepa Paradkar from Pune, recorded her poem with her family members. The video is available on the ILC-India YouTube channel.

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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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