Indian Approach

Update 15th November -

Senior Citizens in India: Benefits and Facilities

A comprehensive document for the benefit of Elderly in India, Read in detail


An attempt is made in this study to present the Governmental and the non-governmental (NGO) care and support that have become available for the elderly population in India and to analyze in some detail the family support for the aged and the changes that are occurring in the same. Attention is also focussed on the factors affecting the care and the support for the aged in the families, and the perceptions of the aged regarding the care and support they are getting from their family members. Read in detail

Morbidity Pattern among the Elderly Population in the Rural Area

A community based cross-sectional study was undertaken in the rural service area of Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) between october 1, 2002 to October 31, 2003. All persons above the age of 60 years residing in the four villages of the area were randomly selected for this study. Read More

Steering Committee on Social welfare,See the Report

Update 1st September

Reflections on the Management of the Aged in India

The ageing poses a serious human problem. Since they are considered ‘non-productive’ and as they also do not generate any hope, it is all the more necessary that serious attention be paid to them. They raise moral questions and direct our attention towards transcendental values. In the past, ageing was not a serious issue and societies did not give it priority. They dealt with it as a natural phenomenon. Family members were responsible for the care and management of the old. But now the situation is different. Read More

Update 1st August

Facing the challenge of an ageing population in India

All over the world, the elderly population is growing continuously and it is projected that in the next few decades most of the elderly people would be in the developing countries. With improving living standards come better health and more access to medical services, leading to a decline in mortality rates and higher life expectancy. To cope with this challenge, the National Institute of Social Defense (NISD), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, has launched a National Initiative on Care for Elderlywhich aim to educate and train persons providing care to the elderly. Read an Article by Hendi Lingiah

Update 1st July

Elderly Vote power

Elderly have 13% share in Indian Electoral. Average voting percentage in Indian elections is 55 to 58%. PPT by S.C. Maheshwari, Know more by downloading the power point file. (you will need to have microsoft poweepoint to view this file)

Update 1st June

Age Care in India 2008

National Initiative on Care for Elderly in India, Read more

Update 15th May -


Ageing in India in the 21st Century: A Research Agenda is a country-specific report with special focus on priority areas and methodological issues. It is prepared on the lines of the research agenda framed by the United Nations Office on Ageing and the International Association of Gerontology in 2002. The main aim of this report is to focus on the emerging ageing issues in India in the coming decades and to suggest alternative methodological approaches to study these issues in a more comprehensive way. - Courtesy; Harmony. Read more

List of MP’s in Rajya Sabha (Senior Wing of Indian Parliament) above 60 years of Age as on April 2008. Click here

( Formulated by the Govt. Of India, Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry and adopted by the Union Cabinet on 13th February 1999).The National policy, seeks to assure older persons that their concerns are national concerns and hey will not live unprotected, ignored or marginalized. The goal of the National Policy is the well - being of older persons. It aims to strengthen their legitimate place in society and help older persons to live their last phase of their life with purpose, dignity and peace. Read more


Indian Statement on Ageing The Government of India is committed to provide an effective environment to secure the goals of economic and emotional security for the elderly. It also recognizes that all institutions of civil society, individuals and the community at large are equal and effective partners in securing that goal. Read more

The multifarious dimensions of ageing in India can sociologically be thought to be a series of transition from one set of social roles

to another and such roles are structured by the social system. According to Bhatia (1983), “age and ageing are equally related to role-taking, value orientations and modes of behaviour of a person the expectation of which varies at different age-stages of members of a society”. It may be mentioned that the process of ageing is not uniform for all individuals in the society. Thus, changes in the life of the old age, which is considered to be the sanyas ashram of the Hindu ashram theory, is influenced by the biological as well as the social and cultural systems. Read more

Implications of an Ageing Population in India: Challenges and Opportunities

Population aging is a worldwide phenomenon, and India is no exception to the rule. Census reports indicate that the Indian population has approximately tripled during the last 50 years, but the number of elderly Indians has increased more than fourfold. When considering the continuation of the trend, the United Nations predicts that the Indian population will again grow by 50 percent in the next 50 years, whereas the elderly population is expected to grow another fourfold. This paper proposes to study the probable impact of ageing population in India, the challenges to be met and the opportunities to be exploited. Read more

The NGO’s commitment to the Elderly in India

The Indian government after many years of debate finally declared the National Policy of the Older Persons in January 1999, the International Year of the Older Persons. The policy highlights the rising elderly population and an urgent need to understand and deal with the medical, psychological and socio-economic problems faced by the elderly. However what the policy did emphasize was on the dominant role the non governmental organizations should play to assist the government in bringing forth a society where the needs and the priorities of the elderly are taken into account. Read more

Should India Promote Scientific Research on Ageing?

History has never witnessed so much information and knowledge about human body and the molecular mechanisms that dictate its miraculous function, as it is now. The two fundamental and awe inspiring natural phenomena, the birth and death had so much influence on human civilization and attracted the capabilities of the best minds to understand these phenomena. Man has gained some significant ground in the case of former. However, even though people are living longer and with the percentage of people above 60 in India is reaching the double digit 10, little is known about the precise mechanism behind why and how we become old and then die. It is a challenge that greets this millennium. It is a challenge whether the rapid advances in science and technology would enable maintenance of good health and the postponement or reversal of that type of old age marked by debilitating diseases and frailty. Would it be possible to preserve youthfulness for the later years in life? Read more

Situation of the Older Persons in India

The official statistics reveal that large segments of the elderly in India are illiterate, out of work force, partially or totally dependent on others and suffering from health problems or physical disabilities. A review of the Indian government’s Five Year Plans shows very limited and inconsistent concern for the elderly. The only welfare measure for the elderly considered by the government until the Seventh Five Year Plan was the running of old age homes. The Eighth and Ninth Plans, however, incorporated fairly more specific and comprehensive welfare measures for the elderly such as provision of old age homes, day care centres, Medicare and non institutional services. However, the issue of older persons’ learning has not been given any importance in the government policies and programs – Courtesy: Ilango Ponnuswami, Ageing Research Foundation of India, South India.Read this Report in detail