ISOLATION IN OLD AGE - A study by Agewell Research & Advocacy Centre
01/21/2010

Agewell Research & Advocacy Centre has carried out a nationwide survey in the month of January 2010 to study, identify and understand the problem of isolation in Old Age.

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The experience of isolation or loneliness occurs in all human beings but it becomes a complex problem in Old Age. It is known that isolation is not a necessary accompaniment to ageing and that ageing is not solely responsible for the progress of isolation in older persons. However, there is a deep relationship between ageing and isolation. Feeling of isolation and alienation with a sense of social marginalization is becoming a major problem for majority of the older persons. Agewell Research & Advocacy Centre has carried out a nationwide survey in the month of January 2010 to study, identify and understand the problem of isolation in Old Age.

MAJOR FINDINGS
 83.7% older persons (60+) were found isolated in old age. Level of isolation in old age of older persons living in urban areas was quite higher upto 89.8% in comparison to older persons of rural areas, where 77.6 % people reportedly feel isolated.
 44.2 older persons said that no/less social interaction is major cause of their state of isolation or loneliness.
 37.8% elderly feel isolated because they were living alone or with their spouse only.
 In rural areas 36.8% older persons were reported isolated socially as well as emotionally.
 In rural areas 21.7% older persons were found socially isolated and 19.1% older persons were emotionally isolated. Whereas in urban areas 39.1% older persons were reported isolated socially as well as emotionally. Here older persons were much affected by emotional isolation (26.4%) than social isolation (24.3%).
 42% of older persons reportedly complaining about isolation & loneliness in old age said that they are facing depression due to isolation & loneliness.
 21.3 % older persons reportedly accepted that they feel nervousness and anxiety when they feel isolated.
 36% of isolated elderly accepted that they are happy otherwise with their kind of life. Whereas 38.9% of isolated elderly said that they are somewhat happy with their life in old age.
 21.6% isolated but happy older persons like living alone or isolated because they don’t like modern life style. They want to live within their own set parameters
 Older persons in urban areas have limited access to social interactions, due to various reasons; consequently they face lower self-esteem and decline in interpersonal skills. They are also found to be more self-conscious.

Older generations never left alone their children, when they were in crisis, how can younger generation leave their elderly alone, when they need them urgently? Study concludes that older persons need to be motivated and encouraged about how to live happily in isolation.

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