Topic: Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
2) The “Elder Abuse Study Report-2018” shows the grim condition of the old-aged in the country. How far do you think that modernization is responsible for this condition? Also discuss the steps taken by the government to provide geriatric care.(250 words)
Why this question:
The question intends to evaluate the connection between modernization and the elder abuse in the country.
Key demand of the question:
One must discuss the situation of the old-aged population in the country, issues and challenges of elder abuse and what needs to be done to overcome the same.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
State facts from the report and highlight the current problem.
Explain in what way the advent of technology has adversely impacted the lives of the elderly in the country, contributing to abuse and their feelings of isolation.
Quote that recent surveys have revealed while 73 per cent elders felt their adult children were too busy on the phones even when at home with them, over 60 per cent of them agreed quality time spent with their children and grandchildren has decreased with the increase in usage of phones and computers. Social media, in particular, 78 per cent of the respondents said, had decreased the family time spent together.
Explain what needs to be done? How can these concerns be overcome and suggest solutions.
Conclude with way forward.