Caring for Our Elders : Early Responses India Ageing Report 2017

No. of pages: 128

Publication date: 19 June 2017

Author: G.Giridhar, Consultant, UNFPA - India K.S. James, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi Sanjay Kumar, National Programme Officer, UNFPA - India

Publisher: UNFPA India

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This report takes stock of ageing situation in India, some of the concerns and policy and programmatic responses. It also presents good case studies and practices on elderly care across states.

The report starts with outlaying the demographic, demographic and socio-economic status of the elderly, which include work force participation, income security, living arrangements, health status, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and associated services and cost issues, disability, gender concerns and some key concerns in accessing social welfare services especially those meant for the elderly. The analysis highlights the vulnerability faced by the elderly (particularly the large proportion of widowed women). Poor health and morbidity due to increasing NCDs is one of the concerns. The challenge lies for the society and government to reduce vulnerability and improve overall well-being of the elderly.