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Hyderabad: Any technology developed for senior citizens care must be inclusive said Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, Government of Telangana while giving an inaugural address at 3rd UNMUKT Knowledge Series here in the city at T-Hub at IIIT- Hyderabad campus on Saturday.

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Jayesh Ranjan, who was the Chief Guest at the program said elderly people have many pressing and unmet needs. Technology can answer some of those needs. Elderly people have livelihood issues. A survey conducted some six years ago in the city revealed that 60 per cent of people who beg at 100 traffic junctions are elderly destitute.

Some of the other issues that confront the elderly are such as — companionship, recreation, mental health etc and need to be addressed. And in some cases technology can be the best problem solver Jayesh Ranjan, observed. The full-day UNMUKT Knowledge Series, the 3rd in the series was organised by UNMUKT Festival, India’s first comprehensive platform to serve both providers and customers in the senior care community

The theme for the UNMUKT Knowledge Series was “Technology–Driving Growth in Senior Care”. It was organised in partnership with T-Hub, RICH, Action for India, and Assistive Technology Accelerator.

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Ranjan referring to Telangana State Innovative Cell and it’s initiative ‘Intinta Innovation(Innovation in Every Household), he said, The Telangana State Innovation Cell launched its maiden campaign ‘Intintaa Innovator’ to take innovation to every household in the State. We must apply native wisdom to these innovations. So that many gross root problems get solved with a new approach.

Speaking further Ranjan added that quite a lot of developers in the city like Saket have developed separate townships for the elderly. They have elderly retirement homes. Saket Pranaam, was one amongst the first few to have constructed an Active Adult Retirement Community, is a facility-enriched gated community, he shared.

Research and Innovation Circle of Hyderabad(RICH), along with T-Hub and others are a collaborator with UNMUKT, it would be great if the organisers come back to the State Government and state share the outcome of this knowledge series. If you want to implement ideas, test products based on the ideas generated out of the meet, the RICH, T-Hub and State Government will be too happy to support you, he said.

Jayesh’s inaugural address was followed by a Panel Discussion.  Mr Ajit Rangnekar – Director General, Research & Innovation Circle of Hyderabad, moderated the discussion. The panellists included  Monimita Sarkar – Founder, Unmukt Festival & MD, KW Conferences Pvt. Ltd.; Dr KR Gangadharan – Heritage Foundation, Heritage Medical Centre and Heritage Eldercare Services and Mr Ravi Narayan – CEO, T-Hub

Everyone address youth as it is a youth Nation and the majority of its population youth. But, what drives me is Senior Care, Monimita Sarkar shared that everyone transitions through the senior phase of life. The care that is given to Seniors is not what it is supposed to be. It is still in a nascent stage in our country. If we need to develop this care, we also need to develop a Senior Care Ecosystem in India. And that is what is being done by UNMUKT she said.

Ravi Narayan, CEO of T-Hub said, India’s biggest incubator T-Hub is looking for ideas to enable them through technology. Affordable technology is the key and it will be a driver in elderly care. He also observed that Less than 5% of Startups are engaged in Social Space. And very small portion within this social space focus on problems related to elderly care.

Pinoty a startup executive seen showing remote cardiac monitoring solution at Unmuket knowledge series.

The day-long program comprised of many talks, sessions and panel discussion. Dr KR Gangadharan  also took part in the discussion.

Some of the issues dealt were The Changing Face of Indian Seniors, Transformative Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Senior Life, Voice Technology its role in enabling senior the independence they deserve; The Connected Care, Usage of Data in Senior Care; Harnessing AI & Analytics to Maximise Efficacy etc and others.

All in all the 3rd Unmukt Knowledge Series forum focused on the intersection of technology and senior care, exploring the potential of an unprecedented confluence of demographic and technological trends that were creating an opportunity, too compelling to ignore.

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