Almost 50% of Delhi’s elderly are dependent on others

The traditional norms and values of Indian society laid stress on showing respect and providing care for the elderly. Consequently, the older members of the family were normally taken care of in the family itself. The family, commonly the joint family type, and social networks provided an appropriate environment in which the elderly spent their lives. The advent of modernization, industrialization, urbanization, occupational differentiation, education, and growth of individual philosophy have eroded the traditional values that vested authority with elderly. These have led to defiance and decline of respect for elders among members of younger generation.

In Delhi on an average there are about two aged persons per 10 households, and about 71.75 per cent of them are in the age bracket of 60-69 years. the Social Consumption on Health Report 71st, based on data collected between January and July 2014, released recently

About 5.23 per cent of the aged persons were either confined to their homes or bed. As many as 48.29 per cent of the aged depend on others for their day-to-day needs.

The situation is worse for elderly women with 51.85 per cent being economically fully dependant. Men were much better off as only 20.08 per cent were fully dependant on others for their living.

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