Dr. Shah is the founder and chairman of the Janaseva Foundation. He is International Director of the International Federation on Ageing and has participated in 4 Global Conferences of IFA, at Pune, Perth, Melbourne, Prague etc. He is a renowned gastroenterologist, associated with a number of prominent hospitals, a highly accomplished physician, and a teacher of medicine. He presently serves as Honorary Physician to the Governor of Maharashtra.
Founded on 15th January 1988 Janaseva Foundation is involved in activities mainly in health care, elderly care, disabled care and Research in Rural Aging etc. and it has been given Special Consultative Status by United Nations and is also accredited to UN Open Ended Working Group on Ageing. Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India, has sanctioned a Regional Resource Training Centre (RRTC) to Janaseva Foundation for the states of Maharashtra (Vidarbha), Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh in India. NGOs doing exemplary work in the field of age care have been identified and recognized to be the RRTC in a specified region of India. RRTCs are expected to be key collaborating partners for ensuring effective implementation of the policies and programmes of the Ministry. At present there are only 8 such centres in the country.
The Foundation under his guidance arranged National Seminar on Active & Healthy Aging in collaboration with WHO – SEARO in Pune, India. Dr. Shah has participated in many national and international workshops, seminars on ageing and has submitted papers, posters, written research papers and articles for newspapers, gave presentations and has written a book ‘Healthy Ageing and Longevity’ based on the data collected during research project ‘Rural Ageing’.
In the year 2014-2015 Janaseva Foundation along with Duke University of North Carolina, USA, has completed a Research Survey on Socio Economical and Health Assessment of elderly in rural villages in Maharashtra and Research article titled Fifteen Dimensions of Health and their associations with Quality of Life among Elderly in Rural Villages in Maharashtra, India, co-written by research team of Janaseva Foundation and Duke University was published in January 2017 in Indian Journal of Gerontology, Vol. 31, No. 1 Jan 2017. Similarly another manuscript entitled “Generativity among Elderly in a Rural Area of Maharashtra, India: Correlates and Relationship with Quality of Life” is accepted for publication by Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health. Dr. Vinod Shah is selected as renowned expert member by the department of lifelong learning and extension of Savitribai Phule Pune University.
He participated as an expert in ageing in expert group meeting in New Delhi to review the document on long term and palliative care for elderly from 17-18 March 2016 and invited as an expert to “Regional Meeting on Healthy Ageing” in Bangkok, from 26-28 October 2016 both arranged by WHO South East Asia Regional Office. He had organised Third U3A International Conference 2012 of ISU3A from 12th – 14th October 2012 in district Pune and gave presentation on ‘Art of Meaningful Ageing’.
Janaseva Foundation has received Vayoshreshtha Samman National Award under the Category of Best Institution for providing Services to Senior Citizens and Awareness Generation by the Ministry of Social Welfare and Empowerment, Govt. of India on 01/10/2016 at the hands of President of India His Excellency Pranab Mukherjee.
Dr. Shah was a member of the Planning Commission of India’s steering committee on the Ageing and it’s disabilities for the formation of the country’s 12th Five Year Plan. He is actively involved in forming and executing state policy for senior citizens with the government of Maharashtra.
Dr. Vinod Shah had arranged conferences on combating elderly abuse and protection of elderly through misuse of Domestic Violence Act and 498 A Act, in Pune India, in which Dr. Sharadchandra Gokhale, former President of IFA, eminent lawyers had participated and a draft of amendments was prepared and was sent to law minister, home minister and other concerned officials. He even met then President of India Hon’ble Pratibhatai Patil regarding this in Rashtrapati Bhavan, Delhi. Recently, Supreme Court has laid guidelines to prevent misuse of Domestic Violence Act and 498A Act regarding automatic arrest of senior citizens.
Abstract of Study on Elder Abuse in the community in 2017 by Janaseva Foundation
Population of elderly is increasing rapidly worldwide and is expected to be 200 billion and India will have nearly 300 million in 2050. One elderly out of three is regularly abused. Elder abuse and neglect is a problem that occurs globally. Most cases of elder abuse and neglect are observed in domestic environment and it’s incidence is also increasing in institutional care, in community and public places. The victims are generally above 75-80 years old and hence dependent on others for care and protection. The abuse always leads to physical and psychological health problems and is independently associated with significant morbidity and premature mortality. The major incidences of abuse are material and financial exploitation. Though Elder abuse is a serious issue it receives less attention than other forms of domestic violence, and fewer than 10% of cases are reported because of reasons like family attachment, frailty, dementia, depression etc. As the population continues to age, the problem of abused individuals is going to increase. Majority of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation, occurs in the home and in institutionalised care. Elder Abuse is also occurs at the communities in places like hospitals, transport, banks, govt. offices, municipal corporation, stations, malls, public places etc. (study by HelpAge India 2012, HelpAge India National Report 2017 and we at Janaseva Foundation decided to do similar study in Pune city) The objective of this paper is to ascertain the scale of elderly abuse in the community in the urban Pune city. This will help us to develop appropriate social and legal intervention strategies to prevent and curb this anomalous behavior. To conclude, the visibility of Elderly mistreatment is yet to be achieved. Suppression of such problems are wide and given that population ageing and elder mistreatment are emerging issues globally. Major stakeholders like Senior Citizens’ Organizations, NGOs, Government Departments, members of National and State Human Rights Commissions, academicians in the field of social science, health, demography and other experts associated with ageing issues need to work together