The word “AASHA” has its origin in Sanskrit, which means “Hope”. AASHA Australia Foundation continually thrives to instill hope in minds of seniors from South East Asian, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities. The vision of AASHA is to facilitate retirement and well-being of seniors, of which Dementia Care will be an integral part. AASHA is equally driven by their core values of trust, compassion, collaboration and inclusion.
Ms Bijinder Dugal, one of the Director of AASHA organised bollywood music and morning tea at Crows Nest Centre on 19 April 2017. Popular singer, Vinod Kumar Rajput was the leading singer. This was the first meet for the seniors of Indian background in the Crows Nest area to connect Indian community.
Due to school holidays some children also enjoyed the bollywood music and morning tea with their grand parents. Ms Dugal informed that the venue was given by the Crows Nest Centre free of cost for seniors and also offered free tea for guests in the first meet. The seniors enjoyed the old songs of their time and danced on the tunes of bollywood songs. The future similar meets are planned for 17th May and 21st June between 10.00 am – 11.30 am at Crows Nest Centre, 2 Ernest Place, Crows Nest.
AASHA Australia Foundation will provide free health check and flu vaxs at Glenwood Gurdwara on Saturday, 22nd April 2017 between 11.00 am – 3.00 pm. Also there will be community consultation to find solutions on Elders issues in the Indian community at Baba Buda Hall, Glenwood Gurdwara at 11.15 am on 28th April 2017. Interested persons may contact Ms Bijinder Dugal on 0412 786 569 for more details.
AASHA provides the following services:
– The organisation aims to bridge the gap between My Aged Care, NSW Health Services, other Govt. agencies and NGOs for services to seniors from ethnic background.
– To act as a facilitator, to ensure families and such persons with dimentia are identified and assisted and placed appropriately.
– To provide emotional and cultural support to families and such persons.
– To provide culture based activities, so that transition and ongoing progression can be smooth and practical.
– Register on My Aged Care and create awareness for it.
– Social Hubs so that seniors can get help, meet others and get stimulating cultural activities.
For more information, please refer www.aashaaustralia.org.au