The ugly truth about old age in India

With significant increase in the elderly population, it has been noticed by volunteers that elder abuse has become rampant and that a majority of older people have resigned to their circumstances for sake of well-being of their loved ones and their own peace of mind,” said Himanshu Rath

After retiring from formal employment, scores of the country’s elderly people are forced to live a life of humiliation, abuses and isolation. In such a scenario, one is compelled to think about the living conditions of the aged from the economically weaker sections.

What is more important is that irrespective of their financial status, most old people face abuse in one form or the other, states the report, released to commemorate the United Nations’ World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which is observed on June 15.

On the anvil is to establish, maintain homes for the aged, and provide some relief to the poor, needy and destitute people, so as to improve the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people