Elderly Care in India

Societal and State Responses

  • S. Irudaya Rajan
  • Gayathri Balagopal

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. S. Irudaya Rajan, Gayathri Balagopal
    Pages 1-36
  3. Debasis Barik, Tushar Agrawal, Sonalde Desai
    Pages 37-52
  4. S. Irudaya Rajan, S. Sunitha, U. R. Arya
    Pages 95-116
  5. Robert Mathew
    Pages 207-222

About this book


This volume highlights a range of issues underpinning elder care in India, with particular focus on the challenges that India faces in caring for the elderly. In addition to the very limited state support and near total dependence on the family for long-term social care and economic support, the changing dynamics between generations and in the family structure and privatization of health care in general create new challenges that need to be addressed.  

Although care plays a significant role in the well-being of the elderly, there is not much research available from India. This volume draws on field-based evidence and the legal framework in India to understand the ways in which care is organized for the elderly and to locate the main sources of care provision. The book addresses key themes such as shrinking of traditional support base of the elderly, trajectory of old age homes in India and care arrangements for the elderly within the community. Written by academics and practitioners in the field of gerontology, this book is an informative resource for demographers, gerontologists, social scientists studying aging, and human rights and legal experts working with the aged.


aging and social vulnerability the elderly in policy and law old age homes in India medicalization of old age family-based care for elderly social support for elderly elderly widows dependency on caregivers multiple marginalizations aging in rural India legal discourse on elder care coping mechanisms in old age

Editors and affiliations

  • S. Irudaya Rajan
    • 1
  • Gayathri Balagopal
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Development Studies ThiruvananthapuramIndia
  2. 2.Independent Researcher ChennaiIndia

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