03/06/2008

Chennai is the worst in caring for its urban elders

This report is in sharp contrast to the image which governs the Chennaite. He is considered a conservative, traditionalist and respectful to elders.

The 'Need Assessment Study Among Urban Elderly' was conducted in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai and four non-metros Lucknow, Vijayawada, Bhubneshwar and Ahmedabad among 2019 elderly people aged above 60. Out of the 2019 members, 1001 were males and 1018 were females.

Chennai has fared worst in the study with the lowest proportion of elderly (52.7 per cent) reporting support and care from their children in times of illness, the study pointed out.

The 29. 3 per cent of the elderly interviewed in Chennai felt that the biggest change brought in by modernity was that the children no longer liked to stay with parents.


However, do you think that children's reluctance to stay with elders is the main reason?