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Mushtaq N, Ali R. Challenges to Elderly People in Quetta City (Balochistan) Pakistan. Elderly Health Journal. 2020; 6 (2) :91-97
URL: http://ehj.ssu.ac.ir/article-1-163-en.html
Department of Sociology, International Islamic University Islamabad, Islamabad, Pakistan , rabi.aly@gmail.com
Abstract:   (456 Views)
Introduction: The present study aims to examine challenges encountered by elderly people in Quetta city of Balochistan. The socio-economic problems faced by elderly and the attitude of family members towards them were explored in this study.
 Methods: A random sample of 200 respondents comprising both women and men of age 60 years and above was selected and data was collected through semi-structured interview schedule. The data collected has been processed through SPSS and simple frequency designed tables.
Results: The results show several problems were encountered by elderly including discrimination (65%), limited decision making power (44%), acts of neglect and maltreatment from families (42%), verbal and physical abuse (41%), reduced social interaction (68%) and economic dependency (55.5%). These challenges were reported to have serious implications on the lives of elderly.
Conclusion: The findings of this study imply that the majority of problems faced by elderly were largely due to breakdown of traditional family system of the country. To address these issues the attention of the state is needed especially in providing alternative means of living for the elderly who spend their lives in serving the nation. This may include setting up elderly homes, introducing elderly allowances and increasing pension amounts.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: General
Received: 2019/06/28 | Accepted: 2020/09/26 | Published: 2020/12/28

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