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“Ageing & Poverty in India”
“My work in HelpAge India has taken me into different states and communities and I have witnessed the fears and tribulations of the elderly. It is not an armchair exposition but born out of two decades of experience and understanding the plight of economically weaker older people in rural areas and urban areas. At the same time, fear and insecurity among them is becoming more acute in urban areas.
The Book is being written to share experiences with the hope to make life better in old age, averting an old age crisis and to provide better solutions for the future especially for those elderly who are economically deprived and who have become marginalized, unheard and unseen after having worked all their lives!
HelpAge reports on Elder Abuse show that it is a growing trend, although confined presently to the lower, middle and upper classes. However, there have been some innovations in the field of care, livelihoods and building an age-friendly society primarily led by the non-profit sector in India which the state has to take to scale. The book also suggests seven ways to improve the life of 5.5 crore older persons under the poverty line also coping the Corona pandemic. These policy steps will ensure dignity and rights for older persons in future.”
Mathew Cherian, CEO, HelpAge India.