A report by the United Nations Population Fund found the number of people over 60 years in India will increase from around 100 million today (approx.) to more than 324 million by 2050. The organsiation has further warned the government to prepare for the additional strain this will put on families and health and welfare services. It also predicted the number of people over 80 years will increase sevenfold.
Officials said they were particularly concerned about the impact on elderly women, who will outnumber men, and be more vulnerable in Indian society.
- India has the second largest aged population the world.
- 75% of persons of age 60 and above reside in rural areas.
- One third are below the poverty line and majority of them are illiterate.
- 90 % have to continue to work if they have to survive.
- 55 million elderly sleep on an empty stomach every night.
- 1 out 8 elderly feel no one cares whether they exist or not.
- 12 million people in India are blind 70 - 80% of these are elderly 62.6 % are blind due to cataract.
- Only about 11% of India’s workforce participates in any sort of guaranteed retirement income.
- Within the next five years, the number of adults aged people above 65 will outnumber children under the age of 5.
- It is estimated that by year 2015, nearly 7 lakh elderly in India within the age bracket of 60 – 69 will die of coronary Heart Diseases.
- More than two third of the Oldest Old (80+) are financially dependent on others.