Tata Trusts believes there is an urgent requirement to develop awareness and sensitivity around the issues pertaining to the elderly and promptly address the needs of the elderly. Reports project that by 2020 India would have about 14 crore individuals who are above the age of 60, constituting about 10 percent of the total population. By 2050, the number of persons above 60 are expected to increase to about 30 crore, constituting to about 18 percent of the then population. As per Census 2011, there were 600,000 centenarians and it is projected that India will have the highest number of centenarians in the world by 2050.
Over the past 10-15 years, both the Central and State Governments have initiated many schemes for the care and welfare for the elderly. Continuing with these initiatives, Tata Trusts have put in efforts in conceiving and developing an approach to pilot projects for services to the elderly over the last two years. The focuses of these projects are the following:
Based on the outcomes of previous projects, Tata Trusts has proposed a vision for the next 6 to 8 years. The Trusts intends to increase the scope for direct implementation in the form of pilots over an initial period of 2 to 3 years in regions where they already have a presence. The Trusts can play a transformational role in the geriatric sector by focusing on critical gap areas and creating an ecosystem for convergence of various stakeholders. The overall approach is articulated as below.
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in collaboration with Family Welfare Agency (FWA), Mumbai and Tata Trusts, undertook a research project on Situational Analysis of Elderly to initiate activities at local level……To know more, read the report, ‘A situational analysis of elderly in selected localities of Mumbai’
A rapid increase in the number of older persons in our population has led us to being more conscious of their social, economic, psychological and health problems……To know more, read the report, ‘A situational analysis of elderly in Pune City’
Partners working on this initiative
St. John’s Research Institute, Bengaluru
Family Welfare Agency, Mumbai
Sanctus Rehabilitation and Care Foundation, Pune
Shri Aurobindo Institute of Culture, Kolkata
India Ageing Report 2017 http://socialjustice.nic.in/UserView/index?mid=52569
UNFPA reports on elderly
State of Elderly in India - 2014, published by HelpAge India
Crime in India - 2015, published by National Crime Records Bureau. According to this, about 20,532 IPC cases against senior citizens, which includes cheating, robbery, murder, attempt to murder, grievous hurt, etc.