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Senior Citizens Still Treated by Younger Generation as Rich Source of Wisdom - Survey

66.3% young respondents said that they appreciate wisdom of old age and respect older persons.

New Delhi, India, June 03, 2010 --( In India, older people have always been respected as source of wisdom. Traditionally, knowledge has been passed on orally from one generation to the other for thousands of years in India. Agewell Research & Advocacy Centre has recently carried out a nationwide survey to study and identify / understand the role of Wisdom of Old Age in day-to-day life of older persons in present scenario.

Agewell volunteers' network spread across the country worked as interviewers for the survey. The interviews were conducted during the 2nd & 3rd week of May, 2010. A representative sample of 20000 persons (15000 older persons from 20 states + 5000 younger persons from 14 states).

Major findings of the Study:
- 83.05% older persons said that Wisdom of Old Age is a natural phenomenon. Only 14.36 % older people think wisdom of old age is a myth.
- 86.8% Older people living in urban areas said that Wisdom is reality in old age. In rural areas 79.26% older persons were of the view that wisdom has direct connection with Old Age.
- 3/4th older persons said that wisdom is domain of old people only. Old men think themselves wiser than others (78%) in comparison to older women (73.49%).
- Approx. 1/5th older persons (19.69%) said that they are being constantly ignored /neglected by their family members/society.
- 89.81% older persons agreed that they are playing an important role in their societies / families due to wisdom of their old age.
- 50% respondents from younger age groups said that wisdom is domain of old people only.

"Even after retirement from active service life, I am busy serving my visitors with my life-long medical experience." - Dr. Pradeep Saxena, 71, Andheri (E), Mumbai

- 66.3% young respondents said that they appreciate wisdom of old age and respect their elderly for this.

- 49.42% respondents from younger age groups agreed that older persons are playing an important role in societies / families due to wisdom of old age.

When my son was opening his office for IT solutions he wanted me to tell him about all the Puja related work. He may be modern but traditional values can not be forgotten. -Jatashankar Tripathi, Retired Bank manager, 69, Kanpur, UP

- 80.31% elderly said that they benefit the society/family due to Wisdom of Old Age. Whereas in 40-59 years age group 72.92% & in 20-39 years age group 25.92% people said that older persons contributing something due to wisdom of old age.

In modern fast paced IT age, older persons are widely considered as spent force. This trend is emerging very fast in younger generation and older persons are no longer treated as traditional source of wisdom. There is an urgent need for bringing about perceptional change in younger people’s mindset towards the older persons.

Chairman of Agewell Foundation, Mr. Himanshu Rath said, “Societies always must be respectful towards wisdom of old age, and be wise enough to garner the essence of this wisdom to create a better future.”


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