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Discuss the factors responsible for increasing marginalization of the elderly owing to the digital literacy. What needs to be done to overcome the challenge?

Topic:  population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.

1. Discuss the factors responsible for increasing marginalization of the elderly owing to the digital literacy. What needs to be done to overcome the challenge?(250 words)

Reference:  Economic Times

Why this question:

The question is amidst the sufferings of elderly around the ongoing pandemic.

Key demand of the question:

The question aims to analyse the marginalization of the elderly owing to lack of digital literacy. The answer must discuss the factors responsible and suggest solutions to overcome the same.

Directive:

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:

Introduction:

Briefly bring out the context of the question.

Body:

To start with, present some facts such as – 74.9 per cent digitally illiterate, suggest that lack of computer skills and digital illiteracy is affecting their life in old age adversely.

According to the Agewell Foundation Survey, approximately 85.8 per cent respondents were found to be digitally and computer illiterate, out of which 76.5 per cent were elderly men and 95 per cent were elderly women.

Quote the factors responsible ,such as-  ever-widening generation gap between the young and the old, lack of facilities to learn, inability of older family members to understand the modern digital language of communication etc.

Conclusion:

Suggest what needs to be done to overcome these challenges, suggest policies and programs of the govt. in this direction.