Issues related to Elderly People


The needs and problems of the elderly vary according to their age, socio-economic status and other such characteristics. Healthy ageing is a complex issue. In order to address the elderly care effectively, collaboration between government and private sector is required.

The elderly should be seen as a blessing, not a burden. The elderly are becoming the fastest growing, but underutilized resource available to humanity. Rather than putting them aside, physically (and mentally), to be cared for separately, they should be integrated into the lives of communities where they can make a substantial contribution to improving social conditions. The benefits of turning the ‘problem’ of the elderly into a ‘solution’ for other social problems is being demonstrated in several countries.