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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

"Service delivery to the geriatric population is a challenge...", India, 2012.

"Demographic explosion in the greying population", Vidya Krishnan, Live Fri, Apr 6 2012. 

"Population of people aged 60-80 to increase by 326% between 2000 and 2050 and those over 80 years by 700%"

‎..."Mint’s Vidya Krishnan says India will have to brace itself for a social transformation, with the population greying faster than policy makers had envisaged." (watch Video)

..."As for the elderly poor, Cherian [chief executive, HelpAge India] said there was no concept of retirement. “For them, the government needs to step in, enact laws that provide them social and financial security,” he added."

...“Service delivery to the geriatric population is a challenge but we intend to address the policy gaps first and then look at implementation,” said Sujaya Krishnan, joint secretary, health ministry."...

...“The policy will create a tiered, national geriatric care with focus on outpatient care, palliative, rehabilitative as well as respite care” he said. Besides giving tax incentives to families caring for older members, the senior citizens policy calls on the ministry of personnel, public grievances and pensions to reconsider the retirement age in the context of increased longevity."


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