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The report covers a primary survey carried out in seven states - Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal - having a higher percentage of population in the age group 60 years and above compared to the national average.

The information gathered in this survey includes socio-economic status, work participation and benefits, income and asset holding, living arrangement patterns and familial relations, health status, utilisation and financing of health care, and reach and awareness of social security schemes among the elderly.
The study was undertaken by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), India, in collaboration with the Population Research Centre (PRC), Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore, the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), Delhi and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai.