Elderly In Metropolis
The elderly are not necessarily helpless and hapless. Their physical capacity might have wanted but most of them are mentally alert and agile. Given this,they should be taken as participants in the process of change and development rather than recepients of welfare. On the other hand,the proportion of senior citizens in general population is growing. Those in urban settings often find themselves out of place and even irrelevant.. This is ;what comes out through the present study. In two contrasting neighbourhoods, in Delhi, 933 aged persons(a half of them women) have been interviewed. They do differ in their economic background,nature of problems and coping style yet they have much in common, insofar as their psychosocial perceptions and problems are concerned . The book provides incisive information on thesituation of the elderly in urban setting. It forcefully underlines the need for evolving innovative and effective policies and programmes to make the life of senior citizens a little more meaningful and satisfying and happier than what it is at present. The book is likely to be of much interest to policy makers, programme planners,social work practitioners and research workers.
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ELDERLY IN A METROPOLIS
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40 per cent adult age-group aged persons ailments anxiety assets attention average centre condition coping mechanism daily-wage Delhi demographic differences economic hardship elderly persons elderly women elderly's engaged expected expenditure family and community family members Friends Colony grand-children hand Haryana health complaints health needs Hindus hospitals household India interaction issue joint family joint family groups lakhs large number living look Madhya Pradesh Manipur medicare mental health Muslims Nagaland name is camouflaged nearly need-pattern neighbourhoods neighbours NF Colony nuclear family nutrition observed occupation old age older paneer perspective pointed out earlier population position Pradesh present programmes proportion Punjab regard relatively relevant remunerative reportedly retired role rural score senior citizens Sikhs situation sleep social sons and daughters spouse standard deviation status superannuated Table Tamil Nadu trend union territories upkeep urban areas Uttar Pradesh welfare Zakir Nagar