Elder Abuse and Quality of Life: A Study Among Elderly in Rural and Urban Households of Maharashtra

Abstract

The irreversible and inevitable process of ageing, initially seen as a concern of the aged persons and their families alone, has now gained wide public attention. For nations like India with a higher percentage of older cohorts, care and safety of elders have become one of the emerging concerns in Public Health which rationalises the need for in depth studies on ‘elder abuse’ to safeguard and uphold the pride, integrity and dignity of India’s ageing population. An extensive literature review also supported the need to identify the underlying hidden aspects of elder abuse. This study was aimed towards interlinking these multiple dimensions of elder abuse with QOL undertaking gender concerns too. It also aimed to explore the role of power dynamics on elder abuse, the coping strategies and support needs of the elderly. The study utilised both primary as well as secondary data to meet the objectives. While the secondary data (based on UNFPA study) revealed a high prevalence of elder abuse among the oldest elderly coupled with the lowest scores of QOL, the primary data via interviews threw light on to the darker sides of power dynamics and exploitation of elders within their own households.The findings also reflected the interlinkages between gender and abuse. This study underscores the need for further studies which can explore the inextricable linkage between these three aspects, which would definitely be beneficial in designing gender based policies and strategies to safeguard the health and life satisfaction of the aged population.



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Biji Mohan, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India

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Conference: AGen2020
Stream: Aging and Gerontology

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