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ERIC Number: ED444909
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
The Elderly and Social Change in Contemporary India: Governmental Response to the Needs of Elderly Population in India.
Mohapatra, Urmila
The Indian people are living longer, more women are working, and the country's one billion inhabitants are becoming more industrial and urban. This research paper analyzes the impact of social changes in India upon its elderly population. The paper's specific objectives are to identify some major social changes in India as described by various sociological studies; examine the impact of these social changes upon the elderly population; identify the specific social problems of the elderly in India; document the programs that governmental and non-governmental agencies in India are implementing to serve older adults' needs; assess the effectiveness of these programs based on evaluative studies by Indian researchers; and suggest major public policy changes needed to ensure quality of life for the Indian elderly. The paper discusses the Indian elderly in historical perspective (based upon library research) and develops a needs assessment of the contemporary Indian elderly population. The following conclusions may be derived: (1) there is a large body of research about the Indian elderly, mostly conducted and published in India; (2) social changes in India have adversely impacted the status of the Indian elderly; (3) announcement of a public policy for the Indian elderly in 1999 is a good beginning; (4) more multi-disciplinary research is needed about the Indian elderly; and (5) some international non-governmental organizations operating in India that derive their financial resources from foreign donors are becoming involved in delivering services to the Indian elderly. In addition, public education about the needs of the elderly population is necessary. Contains 3 tables of data and an 81-item bibliography. (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: India