Old Age and Ageing in India: Traditions, Facts, Outlook
With a population of around 1.3 billion, India faces huge demographic challenges: The number of people older than 65 will rise drastically in the near future. The reasons are: improved health care and nutrition as well as better working conditions. But India has no comprehensive social security and pension system, thus the majority of the elderly has to depend on their families. To provide nursing homes and stations for the whole country is costly, which is also true for health care as well as pension claims and benefits. However, there are also some positive aspects. Old people are respected, even venerated by tradition, and their experience is valued. Particularly the social status of women improves with age. Most Indians would not think of putting their own parents into care, especially because this would result in a loss of reputation. Therefore, care is usually given at home, so that many young women give up their professional activities. The lecture with image presentation illustrates the traditional, cultural concepts of old age and provides insights into current facts, problems and forecasts on the issue of ageing in India. - - - The Tea Talk is accompanied by the Feature Film 'Mayurakshi'! For more information click the picture below.