Ageing and quality of life of the aged with special reference to Himalayan tribes 
Sujit Surroch (Government Post Graduate College Palampur, H.P., India)
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Short Abstract:

Converge scholars to share their perception on the quality of life of Himalayan Tribes. Amidst mischievous global demographic transition and globalizing world, understanding quality of life of Himalayan tribes, is of vital significance from the point of view of strtegic planning for their welfare.

Long Abstract

Of late, Himalyan tribal communities in India and world over, have witnessed a dramatic increase in human longevity. Almost all tribal communities in India have been pulled on to the path of social development. India's emphasis on socio-economic development and distributive justice has not only brought macro level changes in social structure, but have also changed attitudes, values, and orientation of people. Over the years there has been tremendous transformation in social, economic, political and cultural life of Indian society in general and the tribal people in particular.

The tribes known for their socio-cultural isolation and stability, no longer, exhibit uniformity in their socio-cultural milieu. Younger generation, that is, boys and girls, is moving away from their parental units for reaping the benefits of educational and employment opportunities outside their homes. The new aspirations and career prospects have acted as a catalyst in hastening this process.Hence, quality of life of ageing tribals has become a critical issue. Some other issues, such as, care, family support, psychosocial security, health,nutrition, discrimination, problems etc., also deserve special attention.

India's aim to bring tribal communities in mainstream of national development seems to have made significant dent in overall quality of life. However,it cannot be taken as complacent, because there are enough indications of disturbances. The weakening of family support system amidst overall changes taking place, may have multiple implications for the quality of life of the aged tribals.

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