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Physical and Mental Health Issues of Elderly Women in India: A Review

Physical and Mental Health Issues of Elderly Women in India: A Review
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Author(s): Sameen Rafi (Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India) and Shyna Saif (Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 17
Source title: Handbook of Research on Policies, Protocols, and Practices for Social Work in the Digital World
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Fahri Ă–zsungur (Mersin University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7772-1.ch021

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Abstract

In the 21st century, the aging population is one of the triumphs of humankind. The aging population is now conquering not only developed nations but developing nations too. The inclusion of challenges and problems of the elderly has now been increased, especially for elderly women. It is high time to focus on this vulnerable section, which has been ignored for an extended time. Despite such development of technology, medicines, facilities, and modernization, this weaker section still lay back. Their health and mental status depend on the overall level of care given by their family members and society. Elderly women are facing more health problems than men. Most of them are suffering from chronic diseases. Loneliness is a common psychological problem among all women. The preponderance of widows over widowers among the elderly is a grave issue. Very few of them are taking medical care from medical and non-medical institutions. This chapter explores the physical and mental challenges of elderly women in India.

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