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Indian elderly mostly neglected, 'respect' biggest concern: Study

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, May 14 (UNI) With 'joint family' concept on the wane, a study has revealed the dwindling acceptance of the elderly by their families with the overriding concern being of 'lack of respect, regard and love'.

Even as the 'fragmentation of the family' has been linked to the economic condition, the largest number of nuclear families (67.5 per cent) belong to the upper class bracket, says a study by 'Helpage India'.

However, rural India continues to remain largely unaffected with most (64.5 per cent) opting to stay together, though financial security at 92 per cent appeared as the biggest factor amongst rural families.

'Financial independence' and 'giving advice only when sought' are two other factors which largely influence the position occupied by family elders, according to the study that also states that those with 'means to contribute' command a higher standing and connect better with the next generation.

'Help in household chores' and 'tolerance of modern generation' are other factors which influence.

Acceptance is taken to be the highest when the aged 'do not interfere in family matters' and 'respect the independence and space' of others at home.

From the perspective of the elderly, says the study, the most sought after thing by them is 'respect and healthcare' from their families.

While 90 per cent senior citizens from middle class families appear to be the most neglected emotionally with 'lack of respect, regard and affection', 80 per cent in the upper income group, 74 per cent in lower class families and 91 per cent among rural areas have the same complaint, the study added.


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