A SOCIOLOGICAL STUDY OF AGED IN DIBRUGARH DISTRICT OF ASSAM

Bornali Konwar
Assistant Teacher, Bastuhara Vidyalaya, Chabua, Dibrugarh, Assam, India


Abstract

Age is one among many causes of social problems. This is because the pure older and the extremely young are more vulnerable than any other age groups in society. Problems related to the elderly include financial instability, poverty, victimization, isolation, dependency, lack of access to appropriate health care and inadequate housing.Ageing in the modern society is a social problem on its own. The elderly individuals in the modern society have less power and lower social status, but they cannot accept ageing as a way in which cannot be avoided at all. Ageing has become a social problem because institutions in the modern society do not meet the needs of the elderly people who are weak. The ageing population is both medical and sociological problem. The elderly population suffers high rates of morbidity and mortality due to infectious diseases. Care for the elderly is fast emerging as a critical element of both the public and private concern. So, in the given research article, the author would try to analyse the problems of ageing among the 150 respondents in the Dibrugarh district of Assam.

Key words: Old age, Physical Health Support, Health Issue

1. Introduction

Old age is a part of human life. Everyone have to go through the old age. Old age refers to ages nearing or surpassing the life expectancy of human beings, and is thus the end of the human life cycle. Terms and euphemisms for old people include, old people (worldwide usage), seniors (American usage), senior citizens (British and American usage), older adults (in the social sciences), the elderly, and elders (in many cultures—including the cultures of aboriginal people).The organic process of ageing is called senescence, the medical study of the ageing process is called gerontology, and the study of diseases that afflict the elderly is called geriatrics (Berger, 2009). The elderly also face other social issues around retirement, loneliness, and ageism. Old age is a social construct rather than a definite biological stage, and the chronological age denoted as "old age" varies culturally and historically.

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