Health MinistryLaunches Longitudinal Ageing Study In India

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare launched the Longitudinal Ageing Study in India (LASI), here today. Launching the project, Shri B P Sharma, Secretary (HFW) stated that this is the largest surveyof its kind. It will survey more than 60,000elderly over 25 years plan. He further added that this survey will provide scientifically validated data on various issues of the elderly. 

The 2011 census revealed that around 6% of the total population of India is elderly people and with increase in life expectancy it will grow further in future. Currently there are no clear databases on elderly people in India. 

According to Dr SoumyaSwaminathan, DG, ICMR,  there is a tremendous opportunity as this will lay the foundation for other studies on social justice issues also. She further added that this will be a strong study which will help in designing key interventions. 

According to the 2011 census, the 60+ population accounted for 8.6% of Indias total population or 103.84 million elderly. With currently 1.3 billion people, India is projected to become the worlds most populous country within a decade.There are several forces driving Indias population growth and changing age structure, including an upward trend in life expectancy.

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As a result, Indias population will rise from 1.3 billion today to an estimated 1.7 billion by 2050, with a much larger elderly share of around 340 million. Including the pre-retirement phase (i.e., population age 45+), the proportion will rise to over 30%, or almost 600 million persons. Between 2011 and 2050, the number of oldest old people of age 75 and above is expected to increase by 340%. 

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Source – The Hindu

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