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Informal Care Received by Elderly Residing in Slums of Tiruchirappalli District, Tamilnadu, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Social Work, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, Tamilnadu – 620023, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 1, Issue (1), Pages 15-18, September,14 (2012)


The purpose of this research paper is to examine the concept of informal care among elderly residing in slums. Population aging is a global phenomenon. Though it is commonly agreed that caring for an increasing older population is the responsibility of the government, the private sector and individuals themselves, it is till assumed the families should take up the major role in caring for the elderly. India is poised to become home to the second largest member of older persons in the world. The traditional norms and values of Indian society laid stress on showing respect and providing care for the elderly. The advents of modernization, industrialization, urbanization, occupational differentiation and growth of individual philosophy have eroded the traditional values the vested authority with elderly. These have led to defiance and decline of informal care for elder’s mong members of younger generation. Although family support and care of the elderly are unlikely to disappear in the near future, informal care of the elderly seems likely to decrease at the nations develop economically and modernize in other respect. Hence, this study has focused on the quality of informal care received by the elderly residing in slums in Tiruchirappalli district, Tamilnadu.


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