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The Grey Area Of Social Policy

Old is not just an adjective to age, it's a stage of life our planners have to take note of

The Grey Area Of Social Policy
The Grey Area Of Social Policy
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Everyone knows that South Asia is a growing population. But that it is a population that is growing old very fast is a reality not too many have had time to focus on. As people over 60 rise to a significant proportion of our population, their unmet needs, the lack of resources to meet these needs and, most importantly, society’s inability to use them as a productive resource is already becoming a nightmare for the economists of the developed world. And judging by the evolving demographics in India, the nightmare is likely to acquire Godzilla proportions.

The reality beyond the economy is even tougher. How does an old person integrate his or her experiences and make sense of life? How do old people assert their right for a good enough quality of life? How do they as a group acquire a voice so that society grows continuously and not seem to treat its history as a black hole where all memories, relationships, learning and experience can get consigned to? There is a complete vacuum of accessible knowledge to understand old age in the Indian context. Stereotypes thrive and...

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