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April 12, 2011

Nuclear Families Violate Human Rights of Elderly, According to Study (INDIA)


Nuclear families violate human rights of elderly: Study

Increasing popularity of nuclear families is violating the human rights of senior citizens in India who end up living a lonely life, which in turn has a negative impact on their emotional and physical well being, says a recent study.
There is lack of awareness among older persons about their human rights and they face discrimination due to old age, adds the pan India study conducted by Delhi-based NGO Agewell Foundation, which works for the welfare of the senior citizens.
It is based on a representative sample of 50,000 senior citizens (29000 from rural areas and 21000 from urban areas) spread across 300 districts covering 25 states and Union Territories. "In today's fast paced life, even basic needs and rights of many of the senior citizens are not addressed. Social marginalisation, loneliness, isolation and even negligence in old age lead to violation of their human rights. Our study aims to assess the ground situation and find ways to address it," says Himanshu Rath, founder, Agewell Foundation.



SOURCE:     The Indian Express
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