Elderly abuse a growing concern in India

• Longitudinal Ageing Study in India (LASI) is a national survey of scientific investigation of the health, economic, and social determinants and consequences of population aging in India.

Key highlights of report include:

• At least 5% India’s elderly population (aged 60 years and above) experienced ill-treatment (physical, sexual, psychological to financial) in 2020.

• Ill-treatment is relatively more frequent among elderly women and those living in rural areas.

• No income source or economic activity makes older people vulnerable. Further, a lot of women lose their partners to old age which adds to their vulnerability.

• In 2019, 6% of India’s population was of the age 65 and above. By 2050, proportion of Senior Citizens (aged 60 years and above) is projected to increase to nearly 20%.

Government measures for elderly:

• National Policy on Older Persons, 1999 for State support to ensure financial and food security, health care, etc.

• Maintenance Act 2007 provides a legal framework for maintenance of the elderly parents and grandparents.

• National Social Assistance Programme; Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Scheme; National Programme for the Health Care of Elderly; Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana etc.

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Mains Paper 2: National

Prelims level: Longitudinal Ageing Study in India

Mains level: Key highlights of the study

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