Delhi’s elderly say their kids look after them: report

June 4th, 2008 - 12:22 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 3 (IANS) In heartening news for the national capital, a study reports that Delhi has the largest number of elderly who say they are taken care of by their children during illnesses. The study released by HelpAge India says in Delhi, 86 percent of the elderly say that they are taken care of by their kids when ill, surpassing Mumbai (63.4 percent), Kolkata (69.5 percent) and Chennai (52.7 percent). The numbers are higher even in comparison with the non-metros.

HelpAge India, an organization working on issues of the aged, in association with TNS, a market research group, released the report Tuesday in which they scanned the living conditions of the elderly in four metros - Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata - as well as four non-metros, Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh), Bhubaneshwar (Orissa) and Ahmedabad (Gujarat).

The study states that 59.5 percent elderly in the metros live alone, while a much lesser percentage live alone in non-metros.

The two most important reasons for living alone cited were that either their children were living in a different city or because they have no support from them.

In this aspect too, Delhi has fared better than the other metros.

Only 33.3 percent elderly in Delhi say that their children don’t support them, while 52 percent in Chennai, 57.1 percent in Kolkata and 50 percent in Mumbai cite the reason for living alone.

What has emerged as one of the primary reason for them living alone in Delhi is that their children live in a different city - which was stated by 20 percent of the elderly. In the other metros, the percentage in this regard was much lower.

Notwithstanding the increasing number of cases of loot and murder targeting the aged in the capital, just 18.9 percent of the elderly say that they feel insecure in the city.

In Kolkata, 19.9 percent, Mumbai 30.4 percent and Chennai 41 percent of the elderly say that they feel insecure in their respective cities.

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