NEW DELHI: Over two-thirds of elderly people in India say they are neglected by their family members while one third of the elderly claimed to have suffered physical or verbal abuse, with those in urban areas bearing the brunt more than in the rural areas, according to a new study. A study titled "Human Rights of Elderly in India: A critical Reflection on Social Development" released recently by NGO conducted interviews of 5,000 elderly people across India. The in-depth study aimed at culling out nuances of social changes as it impacts the life conditions and life standards of the elderly in families. Main respondents of the study were old persons above the age of 60 living with their families. "65.2 per cent of elderly respondents claimed that older persons face neglect in old age. Over half i.e. 54.1 per cent respondents said that older persons suffer elder abuse in their families or society. Every fourth elderly, i.e. 25.3 per cent elderly admit that older persons are being exploited by their family members," the study said. In all, 89.7 per cent respondents out of 2705 respondents facing elder abuse reportedly said elderly face mistreatment in old age mostly due to financial reasons. A total of 96.4 per cent of elderly abused respondents claimed that they face mistreatment due to emotional factors. "Qualitative research methods were used by a group of experienced social scientists of very senior level in the discipline of sociology, social work, psychology and anthropology to understand unique experiences of some of the respondents. The whole focus was interdisciplinary and very holistic," says the study. Out of 5000 elderly interviewed during the survey, it was found 2258 respondents (45.2 per cent) elderly respondents were in the age group of 60 years to 70 years, 1574 respondents were in the age group of 71 years to 80 years and remaining 1169 respondents (23.4 per cent) were in the senior most age group (81 plus years). Total respondents consist of 2490 older men and 2510 older women. Due to rapid modernization, spared of materialistic values and breakdown of joint family system, migration of working population and young to urban areas has further adversely affected elderly care, says the study India after decades of independence is still struggling to provide basic health care facilities to its citizens. Provisions for basic health care services especially in rural India are few and far between. It’s an understood reality that the elderly fall way behind in receiving these services.
Elderly women who are poor and live alone or with dependent children find them vulnerable, powerless and are neglected by their family or grown up children. Many are too old or physically weak and thus unable to find work. They are forced to beg, and are often homeless. Moved by the plight of destitute single women, Ashaa foundation has taken up program of sponsoring elderly women on an urgent basis. Our volunteers and staff members conducted surveys and identified 190 destitute women who are above 60 year of age. These elderly women are widows or have been abandoned by their husbands. Some have children, but the children live apart and do not take care of their mothers. They do not have money for food, medical care and other basic necessities. Ashaa foundation has been supporting 40 such old women by providing food rations and other necessities every month at their door step
They worked hard all their lives, brought up children, and later took care of grandchildren. Now, at the last stage of their life, when they are helpless and lack even food and shelter, they deserve our help. You can help by sponsoring a destitute elderly woman by donating j every month, and enable her to live with dignity. Under our Sponsor an Elder Scheme, the donor will receive regular feedback on how the money was spent and the status and updates on the sponsored senior citizen
In all busy, public places like railway stations you will find them –very old and destitute people begging or simply wandering around. Have you spared a thought as to how they survive how do they get food and shelter for the cold nights? Most sleep in pavements and survive on alms, neglected by their family. If a poor and destitute old person is provided at least one wholesome meal in a day, she has a chance to face the challenges of her hard life. Ashaa foundation has conducted surveys around Delhi /NCR l and identified many such elders who need help. Most are homeless, or live in huts but do have means to cook. Under this program, with our limited resources, we provide nutritious midday meals to 40 poor old people from slums in DELHI/NCR, every day. Word about this program has spread, and people of Delhi /NCR come forward to celebrate their children’s birthdays, wedding anniversaries or occasions with these destitute old persons by arranging special meals, or distributing stuff like clothes.
•All donation will provide nutritious and meal to 150 Elders You may choose to sponsor mid-day meals for one month or year, or any amount you desire. Donate meals to poor elderly people on behalf of some one, birthday gift, on the occasion of wedding anniversary, ceremony of some one.
Ashaa foundation is also running ASHAA OLD AGE HOME (APNA GHAR) for neglected destitute elderly persons. The residents have been identified from different village of DELHI /NCR We aim to provide the best of care to the elderly people in the home. We seek to enhance the quality of health, self sufficiency in each and every individual and ensure a homely atmosphere. We are able to run this old age home with generous contributions from individuals like you, and corporate. You can donate in the name of someone, and for occasions like birthdays, wedding anniversary to provide festive meals in our Ashram. People are welcome to come to the AASHA HOME celebrate special occasions with the warm elders.
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India after decades of independence is still struggling to provide basic health care facilities to its citizens. Provisions for basic health care services especially in rural India are few and far between. It’s an understood reality that the elderly fall way behind in receiving these services.
In these days of nuclear families, the older generations find themselves living alone, lonely and often with no one to speak to or seek help from in cases of medical or other emergencies. On the other hand, those elderly who still live with their immediate family find themselves strangers in their own house, shunned by their near ones and often abused only because they are old and cannot take care of their own needs. In these cases, the old are denied their Right to Dignity. The Toll-free Ashaa Foundation Senior Citizen Helpline offers assistance to older persons in need of care and protection. It links the elderly to services and resources for long-term solution to their problems. Hiplines provide information regarding medical assistance and emergency services; gives advice, guidance and support in calls related to dispute and elder abuse. Through the helpline, senior citizens have easy access to professional help from volunteer medical specialists, financial specialist, legal advisers, family counselors and psychologists. The helpline also coordinates with the police, NGOs, government agencies, Ahaa old age homes and centers working for the older persons. Ashaa Foundation Elder Hiplines operates from diffrents locations across the nation.
India had 90 million elderly persons in 2011, with the number expected to grow to 160 million by 2025. Of the 70 million seniors,20 million are living alone, and 80 per cent work for their livelihood. The number of elderly women is more than that of elderly men. Nearly three out of five single older women are very poor, and two out of three rural elderly women are fully dependent on others for want of appropriate livelihood opportunities towards economic security. With poor social security arrangements for the elderly, it is not surprising that around 85 million elderly in India need to work in order to survive. 80 million elderly today 90 million still working to survive health camps
o 21200 youth trained, 1,500 youth placed
o 23 new centres centres added across five states of India
o 108 employer engagement sessions & 22 industry exposure visits conducted
o 44 % of the total beneficiaries were women