A study on social integration and health status of elderly people living in old age homes of Coimbatore
Baskar R, Dwithun Bausmatary
The world in near future is going to experience the major challenge of aging population. Increase in the share of the aged population in the total population is going to be a tough task before the governments and the families supporting the elderly. Old age is a stage marked by physical weakness, psychological issues, loneliness and isolation. Social integration is a major issue that haunts the elderly. With a high prevalence, and an increasing number of older persons, social isolation will have impact on the health, well-being, and quality of life of numerous older adults now and in the foreseeable future. Social integration means a dynamic and principled process where all members participate in dialogue to achieve and maintain peaceful social relations. India like many other developing countries in the world is witnessing the rapid aging of its population. Urbanization, modernization and globalization have led to change in the economic structure, the erosion of societal values, weakening of social values, and social institutions such as the joint family. The last stage is in the life span is frequently subdivided into early old age, which extend from age sixty to age seventy, and advanced old age, which begin at 70 and extends to the end of life. People during the sixties are equally refer to as “elderly”- meaning somewhat old or advanced beyond middle age- and “old” after the reach the age of seventy. This study aims at studying the health status of elderly people in old age homes, knowing the kind of relationship the elderly people maintaining with their relatives, finding out the major problems faced by the elderly people living in old age homes in Coimbatore.