Pre-budget survey Jan 2022

With an ever-increasing population of older persons and a longer life span in old age, the profile of older people has changed remarkably. Old age-related varied needs and requirements are now emerging as new challenges. For most elderly in upper age groups, taking care of their health is becoming an increasingly difficult task. On the other hand, a huge population of older persons in lower age groups (60-70 years) is struggling to keep themselves active, engaged, and productive as well.

In view of the demanding lifestyle in old age, a large number of old people seek gainful engagement so that they can meet their growing needs and also participate in the mainstream economy. On the basis of its latest survey among 5000 older persons across the country, Agewell Foundation found that the budgetary provisions can address the issues concerning older persons to a larger extent. According to the survey, 81% of elderly respondents were found to be optimistic about the forthcoming budget and believe that government will consider issues concerning older people.