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National Policy on Senior Citizens (2011)

Government of India Country Resources Older Persons General Policies, Laws, Strategies & Plans and service standards India 1 March 2011 Policy document community, social services, women

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This policy addresses issues concerning senior citizens living in urban and rural areas, special needs of the “oldest old‟ and older women.

The policy values an age-integrated society. It endeavours to strengthen integration between generations, facilitate interaction between the old and the young as well as strengthen bonds between different age groups. It believes in the development of a formal and informal social support system, so that the capacity of the family to take care of senior citizens is strengthened and they continue to live in the family. The policy seeks to reach out in particular to the bulk of senior citizens living in rural areas who are dependent on family bonds and intergenerational understanding and support.

Areas of intervention include:
1. Income security in old age;
2. Healthcare;
3. Safety and security;
4. Housing;
5. Productive ageing;
6. Welfare;
7. Multigenerational bonding; and
8. Media.


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