Elderly Population In Bangladesh

By: Sanchoy Kumar Chanda  

Bangladesh has a long tradition of looking after the elderly by offspring or family. But rapid socio-economic transformations and changing social values have broken down traditional extended family systems. Many elderly people now stay in old-homes, mainly based in Dhaka, run by NGO, or as charity. This paper explores the scenarios: reasons for living in a home, coping with new environments and satisfaction in home. It aims to sensitize policy makers for designing and implementing appropriate programs for elderly in Bangladesh Elderly (65+yrs) living in two old-homes (n = 56) in Dhaka were interviewed. Reasons for staying in home and satisfaction etc. along with socio-demographic information were collected Almost all came from better-off family, 47% male and 53% female. 68% of men and 36% women were retired mid and high level official. Reasons for coming to elderly home were problem with kin (63%) or with children (9%), children living in abroad (5%), no one to take care at home (67%), burden in the family (24%), properties occupied by others (27%). Children or relatives visit them (87%). 92% are satisfied with overall management of the home. Elderly people living in homes are mainly from better-off urban middle-class and rich family backgrounds that do not reflect the situation of many elderly in the society. The home is a new idea or one answer of the elderly in a society in transition. It demands further wide-range research; however findings reflect the indication of the growing rift between generations.

Economic and Demographic Perspectives on Aging
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Sanchoy Kumar Chanda

Director- Training and Research, Program Management , SARPV- Bangladesh, Bangladesh

Sanchoy K Chanda is a Bangladeshi national, a Public Health Physician by profession and Researcher, currently working with an NGO named Social Assistance and Rehabilitation for the Physically Vulnerable (SARPV) in Bangladesh. Being a Medical Graduate, also completed MPH from Umea University in Sweden and Diploma in Health Care and Management from Swiss Tropical Institute, Switzerland. His research area encompass health and social issues, currently working with the Rohingya poplation those who are evicted from Myanmar to Bangladesh