43 out of 100 elderly people in India are victims of psychological problems due to loneliness, and other relationship issues, a new study has said.
Based on the feedback from 50,000 older persons across the country during the months of June and July this year, the study by Agewell Foundation revealed almost half of the elderly population were not taken care of by their families.
"43 per cent older persons are facing psychological problems due to loneliness, relationship issues. It was also observed that more than 45 per cent
"Today there is an urgent need to include elderly friendly provisions in all governmental schemes and programs because their life span and their share in national population has increased remarkably.
"Ignoring their needs and rights and leaving them unaddressed can pose a great threat to our social development agenda. Older persons need to be brought into mainstream by focusing on their issues and encouraging their active participation in the society," Himanshu Rath, Chairman of Agewell Foundation, said.
Rath added that with the fast changing
"Issues concerning older people have become a major challenge for all of us.
Suggested provisions included free health counsellors for the elderly living alone, establishment of a national institute
Rath also said setting up of a national commission for the aged, a prime minister's self-employment scheme for old people, would help in offering gainful engagement opportunities to