Senior citizens in distress, time to act: NGO An NGO report prepared after surveying nearly 50,000 people has urged the Centre to provide support to the elderly by setting up exclusive institutes and creating welfare funds.

The elderly line up outside a bank in Mumbai in the wake of demonetisation. Photo: PTI
The elderly line up outside a bank in Mumbai in the wake of demonetisation. Photo: PTI

A vast majority of the elderly in the country are in great distress at an age when they are most dependent on others for support.

Agewell Foundation, an NGO, conducted a study across the country that revealed that about 71 per cent of them suffer from health related problems, 65 per cent from financial distress, 63 per cent from social problems and 43 per cent from psychological issues like loneliness and marginalisation.

The NGO has urged the Centre to step in by focussing on the elderly in all their schemes.

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