International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 2, Issue 6, Part M (2016)
Examining socio-economic aspects of ageing: A sociological study
Dr. Sumanth S Hiremath
The demographics of old age (above 60 years) population in the country constitute at 7.4 percent of total population (as per 2011 census) and it is increasing at an unprecedented rate. For a developing country like India, such trends have the potential pressures with regard to socio-economic, medical and psychological problems. Gerontology, the study of ageing and the elderly, deals not only with the physical process of ageing, but also with the related social and cultural factors. Change in socio-economic status and various health problems (psychological) adversely affect an individual's standard of living and their ‘lived-experience’ during old age. The psychology of ageing is clearly influenced by the general attitude towards the elderly. Social psychology indicates the changing attitude towards them. At the same time, social implications of ageing should be viewed in a wider context of their individual well being and their social interactions/ engagement. The present paper attempts to address the following research objectives through primary data of select elderly population of Belgaum city, Karnataka state and secondary data.
• To examine the socio-economic background of the elderly
• To analyse the social problems and health issues of the elderly
• To understand their attitude towards life
How to cite this article:
Dr. Sumanth S Hiremath. Examining socio-economic aspects of ageing: A sociological study. Int J Appl Res 2016;2(6):823-826.