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Health of the Elderly in India:A Socio-Legal Study


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1 Ph.D. Research Scholar under the Supervision of Professor. J.K Mittal, Professor Emeritus, Amity Law School, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Professor. J.K. Mittal, Professor Emeritus, Amity Law School, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, India
     

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Context: To study the health and social problems of the elderly and their attitude towards life. Materials and Method: Descriptive study carried out in the Field practice area of the Department of Community Medicine in South India. A total of 213 elderly patients (60 years old and above) who attended the outreach clinics were interviewed using a pre-tested schedule. Findings were described in terms of proportions and percentages to study the socio-economic status of the samples and its correlation to social problems. Results: Around 73% of the patients belonged to the age group of 60-69 years old. Nearly half of the respondents were illiterate. Around 48% felt they were not happy in life. A majority of them had health problems such as hypertension followed by Arthritis, Diabetes, Asthma, Cataract, and Anemia. About 68% of the patients said that the attitude of people towards the elderly was that of neglect.

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Elderly, Morbidity, Social and Health Problems.
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Ph.D. Research Scholar under the Supervision of Professor. J.K Mittal, Professor Emeritus, Amity Law School, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, India
J. K. Mittal
Professor. J.K. Mittal, Professor Emeritus, Amity Law School, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Context: To study the health and social problems of the elderly and their attitude towards life. Materials and Method: Descriptive study carried out in the Field practice area of the Department of Community Medicine in South India. A total of 213 elderly patients (60 years old and above) who attended the outreach clinics were interviewed using a pre-tested schedule. Findings were described in terms of proportions and percentages to study the socio-economic status of the samples and its correlation to social problems. Results: Around 73% of the patients belonged to the age group of 60-69 years old. Nearly half of the respondents were illiterate. Around 48% felt they were not happy in life. A majority of them had health problems such as hypertension followed by Arthritis, Diabetes, Asthma, Cataract, and Anemia. About 68% of the patients said that the attitude of people towards the elderly was that of neglect.

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Elderly, Morbidity, Social and Health Problems.



DOI: https://doi.org/10.37506/v11%2Fi2%2F2020%2Fijphrd%2F194836