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Govt. of West Bengal

Department of Women & Child Development and Social Welfare

Swawlamban Bharosa(Geriatric Care)


Worldwide the size of the elderly population is fast growing and in India as well the scenario is not different. It is envisaged that by 2031, 11.9 % of the Indian population will be geriatric (S.I.Rajan, 2006: Population Aging and Health In India).This segment of population faces multiple medical and psychological problems. Owing to various reasons, number of households with senior citizens in need of skilled external help to manage their daily activities is rising in all metropolitan cities including Kolkata. And, the demand of trained help with proper knowledge of handling the elderly persons suffering with age related ailments and problems are huge in comparison to their availability. At present, mostly untrained and unskilled domestic help caters to this demand. And, occurrence of breach of security by such domestic help is not uncommon especially in metropolitan cities. There is emerging need to pay greater attention to issues related to ageing and to promote /facilitate schemes which will prove beneficial to the senior citizens.