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Almost half of the elderly in Chennai are financially dependent, and 14% face abuse: Survey findings

- June 14, 2022

Chennai, June 14 (BPNS)

A national-level survey done by Help Age India conducted in 22 cities across the country has found that 49% of the elderly in Chennai city were dependent on their families for their financial needs. The survey also revealed that 14% of the elders in the city are facing abuse including verbal abuse, disrespect, neglect, and physical abuse.

The survey report titled ‘Bridge the gap: understanding elder needs” was conducted ahead of the World Elder Abuse Day that falls on June 15th. The report was released by D. Rathna, Director of Social Welfare and Women Empowerment. She said that 14% of the population were senior citizens in the state and that the percentage would steadily increase in the coming days.

She also said that the state of Tamil Nadu has understood the challenges faced with respect to caring for the elderly and an exclusive policy for the welfare of the elderly would be soon released.

The survey was done with the participation of 4399 elders and 2200 caregivers from middle-income families. The opinion of 200 elders and 100 caregivers of Chennai city was taken for the survey.

Chennai was the only city in Tamil Nadu where survey was conducted.

The findings of the survey revealed that methods must be taken for improving the financial independence of the elders from the present position.

The survey also found that 67% of the elderly in Chennai were not working and of this 27% said that they were willing to work.

HelpAge India officials stated that the elderly who are willing to work in Chennai wanted a conducive environment to work and most of them are looking for work-from-home options.

Anupama Datta, Head Policy research of HelpAge India in a statement said, “ The elderly must be given a chance to work and prove their mettle, and the employers must take off their ageist glasses and provide them the opportunity.”

The survey also found that several elders who were interviewed don’t want to be dependents and instead want to contribute to society.