Situation of Older Persons: A Comparative Study of Countries in the SAARC Region
The 2nd International Social Work Conference 2015 – Celebrating Diversity in One World
7 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2015
Date Written: December 17, 2015
This research study deals with health status of older persons living in countries of the SAARC region (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) such as India, Pakistan, Srilanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Maldives. The emerging changes in the age and sex structure of India's population, particularly at old and older ages will have a profound impact on the demographic landscape and are expected to pose multifaceted developmental challenges. While the knowledge base with regard to the elderly in terms of their demographic, social and economic conditions, health needs and their living arrangements are fairly extensive in SAARC countries, it is woefully inadequate in India. This research study mainly focuses on socio-economic status, work participation and benefits, income and asset holding, living arrangement patterns and familial relations, health status, utilisation and financing of health care, and reach and awareness of social security schemes among the elderly in SAARC countries. The rate of population increase of the elderly in SAARC Countries is more than the overall population growth rate. The resulting ever increasing size of older people are likely to raise demands for several specific social services including medical facilities, financial support, family care and improved public infrastructure.
Keywords: Older Persons, SAARC countries
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