Socio-Economic-Demographic profile of elderly population: A study of Chandigarh
Dr. Bindu Duggal
India has attained the label of an ageing nation. Increased longevity is not a proof for better health and less suffering as it brings along many ordeals. The aim of the present study is to analyse the social, economic and demographic status of the elderly living in Union Territory of Chandigarh which also happens to be the capital of two important states of Punjab and Haryana. Veryfew studies on this vulnerable population have been conducted in the city so far although they constitute more than 6 percent of the city’s population.It was thought relevant to conduct the current study not only to understand the society in which we live but to also be alerted to certain processes and problems the society may face in times to come in lieu of the transition that is coming in the demography of elderly population. Elders living alone, ‘Feminization of ageing’, high widowhood, non-working population, disability demanding dual dependency on others are some of the major areas of concern among elderly.