Only 29.2% elderly have control over finances: Agewell Foundation

Jul 21 2014, 11:38 IST
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Indian population has approximately tripled during the last 50 years, but the number of elderly Indians (60+) has increased more than four fold: Himanshu Rath, Founder and Chairman of Agewell Foundation Indian population has approximately tripled during the last 50 years, but the number of elderly Indians (60+) has increased more than four fold: Himanshu Rath, Founder and Chairman of Agewell Foundation
SummaryIn a disturbing revelation, every third elderly person suffers from some sort of mistreatment...

In a disturbing revelation, every third elderly person suffers from some sort of misbehaviour or mistreatment at others' hands in Delhi & NCR, indicates a study conducted by Agewell Foundation.

The Agewell Foundation, which conducted a national level survey for the fifth session of Open-ended Working Group on Ageing, says this is the most common form of abuse of the elderly - the even, aimed at strengthening the protection of the human rights of older persons will be held on July 31 and August 1 at UN Headquarters in New York.

The survey sample respondents included 8000 elderly people from Delhi & NCR and concluded that out of 2743 affected elderly respondents, 985 ranked misbehaviour as most common form of abuse. Human Rights of the Elderly: Delhi Survey

“Population aging is a worldwide phenomenon, and India is no exception. Indian population has approximately tripled during the last 50 years, but the number of elderly Indians (60+) has increased more than four fold. The 2011 census has shown that the elderly population (60+) accounted for 98.3 million, which was projected to cross the 100 million mark during that year,” says Himanshu Rath, Founder Chairman of Agewell Foundation said.

Agewell Foundation has also undertaken a state specific report to highlight the plight of elderly people in each state, all over the country. Survey suggests that every fifth elderly (20.8% i.e. 540 out of 2743 elderly respondents) were affected due to restrictions in their social life by their family members or others. According to them restricted social life is ranked most common form of elder abuse by 568 elderly respondents. 690 out of 2743 elderly respondents, suffering elder abuse termed restricted social life as second most common form of elder abuse. Human Rights of the Elderly: India Report

For the survey a representative sample of 8000 older people in Delhi-NCR(3000 from rural areas and 5000 from urban areas) were interviewed by Agewell volunteers spread across 15 districts . During the survey 3900 older men and 4100 older women were interviewed by the volunteers.

“26.5% elderly respondents (2089 elderly respondents) said that they are dependent on their family members for finances while another 14.1% (1016) elderly respondents were depending on others (other than their own family members). The survey found that in rural areas more elderly people were living in their own houses in comparison to urban areas.

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