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The elderly population (60+) in India is a fast growing phenomenon. In India, the culture of sending elderly persons to Old Age Home is fast developing. In 2002, of the total 1018 old age homes in India registered with the Help Age India, 186 are from Kerala. The old age population in 1961 was 25.6 million while after 30 years i.e., in 1991 it was more than double which comes to 56.7 million.  In percentage terms it was 5.83% in 1961, 8.82% in 1991 and 9.79% in 2001 which is much higher than in other states. It is also to be noted that majority of old age people in Kerala are widows. In 1991, among the old age people in the range of 60-69, 53.8% are widows and among those above 70 years it comes to 69.20 percent.  

Statistics showed that nine percent of our population is the elderly and sixty seven percent of those elderly are widowed. By 2021, about 20 percent of our population would be elderly and the demand on the social security system would be really enormous.So, it is very important to remember that social security to the senior citizens is not charity instead it is their basic human right.

During 2009, it is reported that there are 11 Old Age Homes and 1 Day Care Centre & Old Age Home with 516 inmates and a sanctioned strength of 1150 as against 454 inmates in 2008.


Senior Citizens Related Schemes / Programmes - STATE

Assistance to Local Self Government Institutions to start Old-Age Homes and Day Care Centers.

Senior Citizens Related Policies / Acts / Rules



GRANT IN AID TO NGOS - Central

 

GRANT IN AID TO NGOS - State

Financial Assistance to NGO Institutions to Protect the Sick, Helpless Destitutes in the Streets and Hospitals

 

AWARDS

Vayoshreshta Samman Award for the Aged

 

WELFARE INSTITUTIONS FOR ELDERLY

 
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