NATIONAL INDO-AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR SENIOR CITIZENS

7 Roberta Avenue, Farmingville, NY 11738            E-mail: niaasc@aol.com     Web site: www.niaasc.org 

NIAASC ELECTS 2005 NEW OFFICERS and BOARD MEMBERS 

A. Election of Members of the Board of Directors: 

Dr. Ashvin Doshi, chairman of the Nominating Committee of NIAASC presented the Committee Report for electing members of the Board of Directors of NIAASC. As per NIAASC Constitution one-third Board members retire every year, but they are eligible to be reelected for a period of three years. In 2004 six Board members retired and five of them opted to continue as Board members. The Nominating Committee presented these five members to the General Body for approval for a period of three years ending December 31, 2007. The General Body approved all five Board members: Satya Malhotra, Satpal Malhotra, Manoj K. Patel Esq., MK Ramasubramanian, Suprabhat Sengupta. The Board can have a maximum of 21 members, currently, it has 19 members. 

B. Election of NIAASC Officers: 

The National Indo-American Association for Senior Citizens (NIAASC) at the organizational meeting of the Board of Directors on October 30, 2004 elected new officers. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Ashvin Doshi, chairman of the Nominating Committee. Doshi informed the members that as per NIAASC Constitution and Bylaws, an officer can serve a maximum of two consecutive 2-year terms. In this regard he announced that Mr. Rajeshwar Prasad (president), Dr. Ashwin Pandya and Dr. Ashok Satkalmi (Vice Presidents) and Mr. Romesh Tewari (Treasurer) have completed their two terms in their current positions and therefore will not be eligible to contest for the same position this year. Tara Kotecha (Secretary) is filling up the position of former secretary, Mathew Koshi who died in 2003, and thus is eligible to contest. After seeking nominations, duly moved and seconded, the following officers were elected for a term of two years starting January 1, 2005:             

President                    Ashwin Pandya MD

Vice Presidents: (2)    Mr. MK Ramasubramanian

                                    Samir K. Dutta MD

Secretary                    Ms. Tara Kotecha

Treasure                    Mr. Satpal Malhotra 

In his remarks, Ashwin Pandya, President -Elect, thanked the Board of Directors for their confidence and assured them he would do his best to discharge his responsibilities and sought their cooperation. He underscored the fact that NIAASC has come a long way under the leadership of Mr. Prasad. Prasad who remains a member of the Board of Directors assured the incoming officers that he would do whatever is possible to keep the organization viable and also assured members of his deep commitment to the mission and objectives of NIAASC. 


NIAASC Recognizes two HONOREES at its General Body Meeting on October 30, 2004

 

The National Indo-American Association for Senior Citizens (NIAASC) recognized the following two distinguished honorees at its General Body Meeting on October 30, 2004 held at the Kerala Center in Elmont, New York.

 

The LATE PURUSHOTTAM KARRA: Purushottam Karra had worked in India for about 30 years as a Regional Marketing Manager for a leading pharmaceutical Manufacturing Company. In India he was the Cofounder and Secretary of Federation of Medical Reps. Association, and was actively associated with various social, cultural, educational, political and community service-oriented associations. In the USA, since his arrival in 1986, Mr. Karra had been involved  as a  community activist in providing various services to Indian community. He was the founder president of Indo-American Senior Citizen Association of New Jersey, member of Edison Township Senior Citizen Board. He actively lobbied for various issues pertaining to seniors with local, state and national politicians and government  officials. Recently, Mr. Karra had been appointed by the then New Jersey Governor Whitman on the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission. He had also been selected as Advisor to the Middlesex County Human Services Advisory Board. Mr. Karra was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Indo-American Association for Senior Citizens (NIAASC) since its inception, and served as its liaison for senior programs in New Jersey. NIAASC would miss him as an active live voice for seniors and New Jersey state would have a vacuum hard to fill at the state level. In giving this award NIAASC recognized the fact that his work with seniors was not going to be laid on the side. In remembering him we all remembered his contributions and sought Almighty's blessings for empowering us to be as effective an advocate as Mr. Karra was. He has left his prints in many parts of New Jersey. We remember representatives of  more than two dozens governmental and non governmental entities offering their condolences in February 2004 at his last rites in New Jersey.

Mr. Karra's son, Vittal with his wife and son accepting the award: L to R: Ashok Satkalmi, Romesh Tewari (presenters), Vittal, his wife and son, Rajeshwar Prasad

 

Representatives of the Senior Citizen Center of NY accepting the award: Seen in the picture are L to R: Satya Malhotra (presenter), Ashwin Pandya, Rajnibhai Shah, Ramesh Shah, Champakbhai Parikh & Rajeshwar Prasad

SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER OF NEW YORK at VAISHNAV TEMPLE: This program was started about 8 years ago at Gujarati Samaj Community Center. It was aimed at meeting the needs of retirees who had so much time on their hands and were looking forward to some activities. A small number of retirees, mostly from India and some from here, developed a working group. They decided that this program is going to be developed by and for Indo-American Gujarati retirees. With a couple of small breaks, this program has slowly expanded and it is currently located at the Vaishnav Temple in Queens, New York. On average there are sixty attendees to the program, meeting twice per month. A typical program includes a social hour, a presentation by some speaker, a celebration of birthdays and marriage anniversaries, light snacks, tea and coffee. Special programs include singers, garba groups, Independence Day and Republic Day of India celebrations. The group has organized numerous bus tours to religious places and sites such as Niagara Falls and Canada. The group is willing to help develop similar programs when requested by other groups. The Center in celebrating national holidays and festivals has collaborated with a number of organizations: notably the Hindu Temple Society of North America, National Indo-American Association for Senior Citizens, United Hindu Cultural Senior Citizen Center, Long Island Gujarati Cultural Society, Indian American Kerala Center, India Association of Long Island, Guru Gobind Singh Senior Program at the Plainview Gurudwara, Nav Nirmaan, and Gujarati Samaj of New York.    


NATIONAL INDO-AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR SENIOR CITIZENS

7 Roberta Avenue, Farmingville, NY 11738    E-mail: niaasc@aol.com                   Web site: www.niaasc.org

                                               

CONFERENCE ON SENIORS:

“SOCIAL AND CULTURAL INTERVENTIONS & ELDERLY ABUSE” 

The National Indo-American Association for Senior Citizens (NIAASC) held its ninth interactive Conference on Seniors on October 30, 2004 at the Kerala Center in Elmont. The subject of the conference was “Social and Cultural Interventions and Elderly Abuse”. The keynote speaker was Dr. Ashok Satkalmi, Clinical Director of the Transitional Services of New York -- a leading mental health clinic in New York area. In introducing Satkalmi Mr. Satpal Malhotra, NIAASC Board member emphasized Satkalmi’s voluntary work with the Queens District Attorney, Flushing Hospital and as NIAASC vice president.  

Section of the audience

In addressing this emotional and sensitive perspective of the issue Dr. Satkalmi underlined as to how elder abuse happens, different aspects of elder abuse, and how it can be controlled and mitigated. His presentation dealt with the following aspects:

                Social: Isolation, loneliness and lack of inter generational communication;

                Economic: Lack of control or participation in economic decision making process;

                Cultural: Non availability and/or accessibility of an environment for expressing cultural and faith-based desires;

                Intellectual: Inability to express their thoughts and views on essential issues leading to sort of a mental torture; and

                    Physical: Bodily harm in confrontation with family members, neighbors and others.

 

Dr.  Satkalmi felt that though among Indian families elder abuse is not that prevalent as in other communities in USA, he, however, hinted its emergence in various forms. Suggesting that it is a two-way attempt, Satkalmi illustrated various processes to redress abuse through creating social network, adaptation to the new way of living in a foreign country, understanding and incorporation of traditional social and cultural values normally practiced by seniors to an amicable situation, involvement of seniors in social, economic and other appropriate decisions.

 

The key note speech was supplemented by three panelists: Jugraj Kaur, president of Nav Nirmaan, and specialist in crisis intervention by virtue of her work in the public school system; Ashwin Pandya, a practicing psychiatrist, NIAASC vice president and founder of Senior Citizen Center of New York; and  Sarveshwari Asnani, with extensive corporate business experience and spiritual knowledge of integrated living. All the three panelists had direct or indirect experience in the area of elder abuse and they invoked a serious interactive and positive discussion among all the participants. During the interaction on the issue many other aspects of elder abuse were manifested. It was also believed that at times it is the reverse abuse when for example a daughter in law is abused by her mother in law. The panel determined that there is more abuse in India than in the United States, and rarely there are cases of reverse abuse.

 Adele Klenk of AARP speaking: Panelist listening L to R Satkalmi, Jugraj Kaur,  Pandya & Savi Asnani

In introducing the panel, Mr. Rajeshwar Prasad, NIAASC President, reiterated that NIAASC as an information, referral and advocacy entity has brought this issue in the forefront. He appreciated participation by some 40 seniors including representatives from AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) and Asian American Federation of New York (AAFNY). Brief presentations by Adele Klenk, a dedicated volunteer from AARP, focused on various services  her nationwide agency provides to seniors. In enumerating services of  AAFNY, Lai-Wan Wong, Associate Executive Director,  reported AAFNY’s interactive relationship with so many organizations in the New York area. She also brought to the attention of participants a comprehensive study on elders undertaken by the AAFNY. The conference was also addressed by Vijay Kapoor, President of East West Cultural Society which is engaged to recruit teachers from India particularly in math and science and he urged participants to volunteer to identify such needs in the schools in USA.