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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day:

On the eve of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD – 15th June), the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry has released a report on the state of Elderly People in India.

  • The report was based on a survey conducted by a Non-Governmental Organisation across 22 cities.
  • WEAAD occurs every year on 15th June.
  • It was officially recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 66/127 in 2011.
  • Theme for 2022: Digital Equity for All Ages.
  • Aim:
    • To raise awareness about the plight of elderly people who are abused and harmed.
    • The primary goal is to develop a better understanding of elder abuse and neglect by raising awareness about the cultural, social, economic, and demographic factors that influence such abuse and neglect.

Highlights of the Report:

  • India has shown that 47% of elderly people are economically dependent on their families for income and 34% relied on pensions and cash transfers, while 40% of the surveyed people have expressed a desire to work “as long as possible”.
  • 71% of senior citizens were not working, while 36% were willing to work and 40% wanted to work “as long as possible”.
  • As much as 30% of the elders were willing to volunteer their time for various social causes.
  • 87% elders reported there is availability of healthcare facilities nearby, however 78% elders mentioned unavailability of app-based online healthcare facilities and a significant 67% elderly reported they do not have any health insurance at this critical stage in their lives and only 13% are covered under government insurance schemes.
  • 59% of elders felt that elder abuse was “prevalent” in society, but 10% reported being victims themselves.