Role Of Elderly On Indian Society

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A close examination of the social and ethnic reality of India divulges the fact that the elderly person is always revered and respected for the virtue which is deeply rooted into the social and ethical realities of social domain. The elderly have always enjoyed the decision making power in the context of Indian society. They have provided the entire fabric of the social reality with proper care and concern which have played a nurturing role in the society. The colossal events of industrialization, urbanization and globalization have troubled the fabrics of social realities and hence they have not only affected the decision making power of elders but have also helped in bringing a number of problems before them. CHARACTERSTICS OF POPULATION OF ELDERLY Senescence, functional disabilities, financial insecurity and sickness characterize population of older persons. These characteristics make elderly highly susceptible to crime and elder abuse and render their plight miserable. Out of 81 million elderly in India, 51 million are poor. In metros, 60 per cent suffer from one or more diseases. Eighty seven per cent of them have no health insurance. Medicines and food often compete in spending for elderly. Fear of crime haunts elderly who are rich. The gravest fears of most elderly are health problems followed by shortage of money. Elderly are highly diverse group. They reside interspersed. These factors make service delivery including provision of security to them a challenge. Today,

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