Elderly population of the country is increasing with increase in the life expectancy. Government of India defines senior citizens as population of 60 yrs or more. India has second largest elderly population in the world ( 100 millions ), and is expected to rise to 323 million ie 20 % of population by 2050.
A recently published by UNFPD and Helpage international reveals that Indian population likely to increase by 60 % by 2000 to 2050 but the number of elderly will increase by 360% by 2050.
Senior citizens in India are mostly dependent on their children for financial and emotional help.With increasing nuclear families and changing family traditions and lifestyle of Indians, the elderly population are being neglected and left to take care of their own.
Negative attitudes towards old age and older people are deeply ingrained in minds of people. This leads to widespread marginalization of older people. As a community, people should endeavour into activities for those elderly individuals, who so often are neglected and made to feel unwanted.
Older people are an invaluable resource in the community and their contributions to people’s homes and lives should not be taken for granted. Devik Sparsh is a move for like-minded members of the community to embrace and support the elderly and to value them as important members of their families and communities.