Care and Support During Twilight Years: Perception of Elderly from Rural India
In today’s context of modernization and its associated developments, it is necessary to know not only the perceptions of elderly about the care and support provided by their children but also those of the younger generation with a view to understanding the current situation particularly in rural areas. Present paper focuses on care and support that elderly gets in family and their perceptions towards the younger generation in rural Maharashtra. Issues like respect and care, how the elderly and their subsequent generation perceive ageing, elderly’s views and opinions about young generation have been explored in this study. Further, the impact of various socio-economic characteristics on the perceptions of elderly towards younger generation is discussed in detail. Data for this study were collected from rural Maharashtra using semi-structured interview schedule. A total of 600 males and females were interviewed using systematic sampling technique and use of multivariate analysis. Result reveals that one-third of elderly in rural area were not getting proper care and support from their children/family and many of them perceived ageing as a problem. The study highlights the need for company of either married or unmarried children to make elderly feel more secure.
KeywordsElderly Perception Younger generation Maharashtra
This paper is based on the author’s Ph.D thesis ‘Health, Family and Social Adjustment of Elderly in Rural Maharashtra’, 2007. At International Institute for Population Science, Mumbai 2007.
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