Agewell foundation Study: As there is an exceptional increase in elder adults in the country, there is also a rapid growth in nuclear families. With such growth we can witness contemporary changes in Psychological culture in elderly people. In India number of elderly populations is not taken care by their families. So they are suffering from mental problems due to living in nursing homes and other related problems.
As considering, the new study, out of 100, 43 older adults in India have a psychological disorder. It occurs due to loneliness and thinking about different problems regarding their families etc
A study is conducted by Agewell foundation in the month of June and July 2017; they took a feedback of 50,000 elder people in India, and it was proved that half of the people were not taken care by their families.
The study revealed that “43% the elderly are facing psychological problems due to loneliness, relationship issues. It was also observed that more than 45% elderly claimed that their family members do not care for their needs and interests,”
The foundation people sued the government and other stakeholders to consider this issue seriously and make some allocations in the government scheme. By keeping in mind of empowerment and welfare of older people hoping the government will make provisions for them.
Himanshu Rath, chairman of Agewell Foundation, said, “Today there is an urgent need to include elderly-friendly provisions in all national schemes and programs because their lifespan and their share in national population has increased remarkably… Ignoring their needs and rights and leaving them unaddressed can pose a significant threat to our social development agenda. Older persons need to be brought into mainstream by focusing on their issues and encouraging their active participation in the society,”
Rath added that all over the country there is a quick change in social and economic factors and demographic transition but older people are worst affected in the society. He also said “Issues concerning older people have become a major challenge for all of us. The modern value system is replacing our centuries-old traditions. In modern, fast-paced lifestyle, they are finding it tough to adjust themselves to emerging trends,”
Foundation people said every individual above the age of 60 should have sufficient personal wealth for living without having to work actively for basic needs. Foundation says it is important to strengthen financial inclusion for older adults.
Foundation suggested few provisions like providing free health counselors for older adults who are living alone and to establish a national institute for aged people on basics of AIIMS for treatment and to see age related problems.
Rath concluded by saying, the government is setting up a national commission for older adults and prime minister Employment scheme. It will offer gainful engagement opportunities to retired elder persons.