According to Population Census 2011 there are nearly 104 million elderly persons (aged 60 years or above) in India comprising of 53 million females and 51 million males. Elderly population is increasing over time both in the share and size. 71% of elderly population resides in rural areas while 29 % is in urban areas.
Very old people, due to their reduced mobility and debilitating disabilities, need other people to do things for them.
With the increasing trend of nuclear families in the society and with fewer children in the family, the care of older persons in the families gets increasingly difficult. To fulfill caring needs of aged persons more and more nursing people with appropriate skills are required.
Population ageing has profound social, economic and political implications for a country. The increasing number of older persons put a strain on health care and social care systems in the country. Old age comes with lot of ailment and diseases. In case of large number of elderly persons in the population,
According to the Longitudinal Ageing Study of India (LASI).
There will be over 319 million elderly by 2050, threefold the number identified by the Census in 2011, the country needs more and more health and medical services, facilities and resources. More and more number of hospitals, doctors and qualified nurses are required.
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