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Ageing : Indian Perspective

The old and aged in a society represent the bedrock of its existence: symbolising the past. They are the carriers of tradition, values and experience, the guiding light for the young without whom society is not total and lose i....read below

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The old and aged in a society represent the bedrock of its existence: symbolising the past. They are the carriers of tradition, values and experience, the guiding light for the young without whom society is not total and lose its stability. And progress that a society makes, culturally and morally, is reflected in the way it treats its aged.

This volume, comprising presentations at a national seminar on issues of ageing of current importance, takes up crucial problems faced by the old, suggests ways to address them and discusses the future scenario viewing ageing and the aged in the context of increasing modernisation. The well-researched papers, reflecting clarity in thought and language, deal with aspects like inter-generational problems of the old, the environment's effect on them and their nutritional status and health problems. They examine how the age-old institution of the family and the newly-evolved concept of the old-age home cater to the needs and comforts of the elderly persons, with investigations into care of the aged in specific homes and institutions. They also focus specially on the plight of the poor aged and old women who are debilitated by the social environment and conditions as well. They study the priorities of action where the welfare of the aged is concerned, reviewing policies and programmes in operation including the National Policy for Welfare of the aged.

The book would prove invaluable to scholars of gerontology and sociologists and be of interest to general readers as well.

  • Foreword By :
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788186921197
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8186921192
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2002
  • Pages : x, 350 p.
  • Bibliographic Details : Indices
  • Size : 23 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 800 gm

Acknowledgements 

-- L. Thara Bhai

Introduction 

-- P.K.B. Nair

Section I
Society And The Old

1. Intergenerational Problems of the Old 

-- L. Thara Bhai

2. Adjustment Problem of the Old with Younger Generation 

-- M. Thavamani

3. The Influence of Environment on Later Life 

-- T. Karunakaran

4. Linking Ageing and Society Response 

-- D. Selvaraju

-- A. Murugan

5. Religion as a Solace to the Old 

-- R. Sridharan

6. A Society for Old Ages 

-- Kala Rani Rengasamy

7. Is Old Age a Calamity?  

-- C.R.W. David

8. Role of People's Participation in Empowering  Familes for Care of the Elderly

-- D. Sivakumar

Section II
Problems And Prospects Of The Old

9. Integrated Approach to Old Age Care: Problems and Prospects

-- B. Suguna
-- Sandhya Rani

10. Problems and Prospects of Old Age 

-- R. Moorthy

11. Elderly Life Span: Enigma and Viewpoint  

-- R. Shankar

12. Problems of the Aged -- A Sociological Analysis

-- Padma Mohanan

13. Aged -- Problems and Prospects  

-- Usha John  

14. Deprivations of the Elderly in Slums 

--  Joni C. Joseph

15. Health Problems and Health Needs of the Aged in the Villages of Tamil Nadu

-- C. Karuppiah

Section  III
Institutional Care

16. Home away from Home: A Survey of Old Age Homes in Kerala

-- S. Irudaya Rajan

17. Caring for the Aged: Emerging Alternatives 

-- L. Packiam

18. Institutional Care for the Aged 

-- I. Sobha

-- Vijayalakshmi Ramamohan
-- M.S.N. Reddy

19. Comparative Study of Elderly Care by Families and Institutions in Kerala, India

-- Jacob John Kattakayam

Section IV
Gender Perspective And The Old

20. Are the Elderly Women the Most Deprived among the Deprived?: A Micro level Investigation in Rural Tamil Nadu

-- N. Audinarayana
-- J. Sheela     
-- N. Kavitha

21. Status of the Aged Women in Modern India : Priorities for Action

-- G. Sandhya Rani
-- B. Suguna

22. Mystique of Ageing : Constraints on the Autonomy of the Elderly Widows

-- B. Dharmalingam
-- K. R. Murugan

Section  V
Old Age Policies

23. Old Age Programmes and Policies in India

-- R. Mangayarkarasu

24. National Policy for the Welfare of the Aged in India 

-- N. Saraswathy

25. Old Age Programmes and Policies in India: A case of Elders in Indian Railways

-- M. S. Kitchlu

List of Contributors   
Subject Index     
Name Index

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