Elderly health and care
The old age dependency ratio is slowly increasing in both rural and urban areas. Both for men and women, this figure is quite higher in rural areas when compared with that of urban areas. More than half of the elderly populations were married and among those who were widowed, 64 percent were women as compared to 19 percent of men. Among the old-old (70 years and above), 80 percent were widows compared to 27 percent widowers. Out of the main workers in the 60+ age group, 78 percent of the males and 84 percent of the females were in the agricultural sector. Since women's economic position depends largely on marital status, women who are widowed and living alone are found to be the worst among the poor and vulnerable.
Given the level of urbanization and industrialization of India, economic factors and diminishing value system are likely to make welfare of the elderly as the most critical area for intervention.
How your Donation can help?
A small donation of Rs 365/- can go a long way in mitigating the suffering of the elderly in India, especially among the rural poor.