Well Age Foundation (WAF) WellAge Foundation, India is a not for profit company which is working for the welfare and empowerment of older & destitute persons of India. Well age foundation is setting up a network of volunteers spread across India and interacts with older/destitute persons on daily basis through its volunteer’s networks. Old age is an unavoidable part of our life cycle and should be lived gracefully rather than grudgingly. In today’s fast paced world we only start noticing signs of old age much after the gradual process is well under way. The foundation is a platform that initiates a better understanding of the problems of ageing from a social perspective and provides a platform for the aged as well as those concerned to come together to share and care.
Since there has been a gradual increase in the population aged 60 and older, a developing country like India is unable to cope with the needs and problems of its aged populations. While the government continues its efforts to introduce programs for the elderly, the non-governmental organization (NGOs) have played a key role in bringing to the forefront the socioeconomic and health problems of older people in the society at large. This paper looks at the role of the NGOs though their various welfare activities and beneficial programs in carving out a place for the elderly in India.
The work of Well Age India is highlighted to examine how voluntary organization have worked in the field of aging in India and made an impact on the lives of the senior citizens, especially those below the poverty line who are economically and socially deprived.