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Ageing, Indian Perspective

by: L. Thara Bhai

This volume takes up crucial problems faced by the old, suggests ways to address them and discusses the future scenario by viewing ageing and the aged in the context of increasing modernisation. The papers deal with intergenerational problems of the old, the environment’s effect on them and their nutritional status and health problems.

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ISBN: 9788186921197
Year Of Publication: 2002
Edition: 1st
Pages : x, 350
Bibliographic Details : Indices
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: Decent Books
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 650

Overview

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.

Contents

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

Meet the Author
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Dr. L. Thara Bhai, Ph.D., has been associated with the International Sociological Association as Vice President of RC22 and is a member of the Managing Committee of the Indian Sociological Association. She has specialised in religion and state, women’s studies and gerontology and her research works include Woman in New Professions and Status of Widows in Contemporary Tamil Nadu.
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