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Friday, February 13, 2015

Cultures That Celebrate Aging And Respect Their Elders: India

In India, elders are the head of the family.

Many Indians live in joint family units, with the elders acting as the head of the household. The elders are supported by the younger members of the family and they in turn play a key role in raising their grandchildren.



"Advice is always sought from them on a range of issues, from investment of family money to nitty-gritties of traditional wedding rituals and intra-family conflicts. And this is not just passive advice; their word is final in settling disputes," Achyut Bihani wrote in Slate. "The elderly are often the most religious and charitable members of the family."

Disrespecting the elders of the family or sending them to an old-age home has a social stigma in India, Bihani adds.
  
Sailesh Mishra of Silver Innings adds 'India is gradually undergoing a demographic change. With decline in fertility and mortality rates accompanied by an improvement in child survival and increased life expectancy, a significant feature of demographic change is the progressive increase in the number of elderly persons. Also due to globalization and migration the disintegration of the joint family system is taking place and the emergence of nuclear families, has affected the care of the aged the most. I feel currently Elderly are the most ignored and neglected segment in India'.



Courtesy:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/25/what-other-cultures-can-teach_n_4834228.html?ir=India

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Jhon David said...

Hi, really a nice topic to discuss on. But still there are more nursing homes like the Old age homes in Bangalore.

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