Old Age Care
The aging of our population is one of the glaring consequences of the demographic transition. The percentage of elderly people in Kerala accounts for 8.9% and is therefore the highest among all Indian states. We recorded more than 12% (4793) senior citizens in our two project panchayats. The number of elderly people who are living alone has also increased recently due to various socio-economic causes. Childless and spouselsess as well as the seniors with NRI Non-Resident Indianchildren are forced to live alone. Even though ageing is a natural stage of the human life, it brings several problems for senior citizens like financial, physiological, housing, abuse, isolation and a lack of care and support services.
Among the identified 4793 senior citizens from the age group of 55+, 500 people were selected as primary project beneficiaries based on their socio-economic, physical and family conditions in the Chakkupallam and Erattayar panchayats in the Idukki district.