The Indian elder: factors affecting geriatric care in India

Abhimanyu Mahajan, Anushree Ray
2013 unpublished
The Problem of Elder Care As of 2011, India is a population of 1.21 billion people. It is the second most populous country in the world, only to China 1 . In 1997, the number of people aged 60 years and above, was 63.64 million. As of March 1, 2012, the projected number stands at 98.5 million 2 . The number of "elder" people in India (60+ years) has increased by 54.77% in the last 15 years. In comparison, the working population (15-59 years of age) grew from 532.6 million to 758.61 million
more » ... 758.61 million during the same time period 2 , increasing by 42.34% in the last 15 years. As of March 1, 2012, the old age dependency ratio, which measures the number of elderly people as a portion of those of working age, stands at 0.13 2 . By 2050, India's old age dependency ratio is projected to cross over 0.20.This editorial aims to put in perspective the plight of the Indian elder with respect to the changing demographics, the changing social structure and the near absence of specialized geriatric care.