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Do children really understand the needs of their silver parents? Consider the results of Jug Jug Jiyenge, a survey conducted by IVH Senior Care in partnership with Wellness Health and You (Age-Friendly India). The survey was conducted (via personal, telephone and email interviews) on a gender-mixed sample size of 1,000 silvers each from Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh, Delhi-NCR, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal as well as their children, who have lived away from them for at least five years. The results revealed that only 10 per cent of silvers consider physical health as a concern while 66 per cent are worried about maintaining their social life and meeting their daily needs. Contrast this to the perspective of their children—67 per cent are worried about their parents’ health, with only 18 per cent apprehensive about their parents’ social life! “The disparity in thinking of children living away from home and their elderly parents raises many red flags,” G S Grewal, elder care specialist and consultant at Max Hospital, tells The Hindu. “While children worry about the physical health of their elderly parents, the parents’ key concerns highlight underlying mental health issues. Living a socially secluded life in the absence of children often predisposes elders to a feeling of loneliness, which can later transform into depression.”

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Featured in Harmony — Celebrate Age Magazine
November 2018