UNFPA India, in collaboration with the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), released the “India Ageing Report 2023” on Wednesday. The India Ageing Report 2023 highlights the challenges, opportunities, and institutional actions related to elder care in India. The report talks about moving forward rapidly towards demographic change in India.
The report emphasises the need for trained manpower in geriatric care to meet the health needs of senior citizens, the implementation of several government schemes related to the health of the elderly population, financial empowerment, and capacity building. Also, the need for digital empowerment of elders through computer and internet usage sessions by community-based organisations and corporate efforts for awareness campaigns on social assistance, old age homes, elder abuse, etc. has been emphasised.
Speaking on the occasion, Saurabh Garg, Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (Government), said that the life expectancy of Indians is increasing. As such, it is important to ensure that our elderly population receives the care and support they need to live healthy, dignified, and fulfilled lives.
Andrea M. Wojnar, UNFPA India Representative and Bhutan Country Director, said the report is a valuable resource for policymakers, social organisations, governments, managers, and all stakeholders involved in elder care. Older people have made important contributions to building society and the country. We have to put in our best efforts to ensure their well-being.
The India Ageing Report 2023 is an in-depth review of the living conditions and well-being of older people in India. The report is based on the latest data available from the Longitudinal Ageing Survey in India (17–18), the Census of India, population projections (2011–2036) by the Government of India, and the United Nations Economic and World Population Outlook 2022. The India Ageing Report 2023, based on real data, analyses the social and economic status of the Indian elderly and highlights the role of all stakeholders.
Read the complete India Ageing Report 2023 here.Website – https://india.unfpa.org/en