619.1 Plight of the aged population in rural India: Care and support implications

Saturday, August 4, 2012: 9:00 AM
Faculty of Economics, TBA
Oral Presentation
S.Gurusamy SELLAMUTHU , Sociology, Gandhigram Rural Institute - Deemed University, Dindigul, India

The demographic scenario in India implicates that the longevity is increased over the years. Sequel to this life expectancy the percentage of aged population has been tremendously increased paving the way for policy and program implications. India being conventionally marked  by traditions and value based social life got struck up in the event of the compulsions of structural changes and functional compromises in social institutions like family and community which has disturbed the continuity of tradition based value oriented social life. Consequently, the disintegration of joint family, separation of couple, inappropriate care to children, and self dependence of individual, parochial tendencies penetrated into social institutions. All of these have affected the care and support forth coming from aged towards young and vice versa. The victims of these changes are obliviously the aged persons who were previously identified with family now pushed to the institutional care and support homes outside family. The children remain affected in the absence of aged person’s familial care and support while they were in family once.

                This paper is an outcome of an empirical research conducted in a selected district of south Tamilnadu with cross sections of old age people and children of various age groups. The findings of this study shows that there is increasing need for cohesion, understanding, accommodation with all age p\groups in family in larger interest of promoting harmony, prosperity family based homely feeling within the framework of individual care and support. The children longing for nurture by their natural parents and grandparents seen to reflect certain abnormal and disorder in their personality and behavior. The policy of the aged and acre and support programmes which remain in paper should be translated into action programmes in the letter and spirit.