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The Longitudinal Ageing Study in India, Wave 1, 2017–18

The Longitudinal Ageing Study in India is the world’s largest and India’s first ever survey that provides a longitudinal database for designing policies and programmes for the older population in the broad domains of social, health, and economic well-being, in addition to understanding the science of ageing. In this paper, key findings from the baseline survey of LASI on a range of indicators that cover chronic health conditions, biomarkers (based on direct health examinations), healthcare utilisation, social and economic well-being of older adults in India and its states and union territories are presented.

Wealth and Health of Children in India

What are the relationships between wealth and children's health in India's states that are as populous as many other countries? Presenting a state-level analysis of the association between state net domestic product per capita and three children's health indicators, this paper describes how these relationships differ in the last two rounds of the National Family Health Survey. It finds evidence that the cross-sectional relationships between aggregate wealth and children's health indicators are positive, yet the association was less steep in the mid-2000s than in the late 1990s. It also finds a negative relationship between growth in SNDP per capita and improvement in state-level children's health indicators. These findings are consistent with the hypothesis that the kinds of investments which improve health may lead to economic growth, rather than vice versa.

Population Policy for the Aged in India

This study which explores the needs and demands of the elderly based on a survey in Mumbai highlights the importance of intertwining developmental and social security policies for the welfare of the aged. Besides, keeping in mind the heterogeneous nature of India's elderly, it is more practical to develop a plan of action for a specified group of people, instead of having a single policy directed at the entire population.

A Comprehensive Look at Ageing

at Ageing Growing Old in India: Voices Reveal, Statistics Speak by Ashish Bose, Mala Kapoor Shankardass; B R Publishing Corp, New Delhi, 2004;
APARAJITA CHATTOPADHYAY Fertility decline has already started ringing alarm bells at the top of the age pyramid, indicating the increase in the number and proportion of the grey population. It is a matter of pride for the whole human race to have delayed death through spectacular medical progress. But additional life will bring little cheer if it is burdened with sickness and suffering. Contrary to the long held belief, ageing is turning out to be a major population issue, more so in developing countries because of the deteriorating conditions of the elderly, in the context of an unavoidable demographic transition, a large aged population and rapid societal transformation. Unlike the west, the mechanism that enhanced the ageing of the population of the developing world is somewhat induced. Thus, the designs of ageing policies of countries like India are not supposed to alter the basic process of population ageing, but should be directed to issues that arise from it. The developed world is dealing with the aged by providing adequate social security. Developing countries are on the verge of entering an ageing society, where economic resources are inadequate and modernisation is in progress. Consequently, unlike the so-called first world, developing nations are destined to face neo-ageing problems and thus need to find new paths for a better future. Otherwise, ageing is bound to enhance the gap between developed and developing nations.

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