India’s ageing population is growing rapidly; over 60s constitute 7 per cent of the total population and this is projected to triple in the next four decades.
Drawing on a wide range of studies, this book examines living arrangements across India and their impact on the care and wellbeing of older people. Addressing access to welfare initiatives and changing cultural norms including co-residence, family care and migration, it reveals the diversity of living arrangements, cultural customs and the welfare issues facing older adults in India.
This book offers a crucial examination for practitioners, researchers and policymakers seeking to understand and develop the infrastructure required to meet the needs of older people in India.
“A fine compilation of evidence for the place of families in the welfare of older people in India. It reveals family diversities and vulnerabilities, and the precarity of ageing.” Norah Keating, Global Social Issues on Ageing, International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Ajay Bailey is Professor of Social Urban Transitions at the International Development Studies group in the Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning at Utrecht University.
Martin Hyde is Associate Professor in Gerontology and Research Director at the Awen Institute at Swansea University.
K.S. James is Director and Senior Professor at the International Institute for Population Sciences.
1. Introduction: Living Arrangements and Care in India – Ajay Bailey, Martin Hyde and K. S. James
2. Theorising Care and Relationships in the Age of Migration – Ajay Bailey and Martin Hyde
3. Emerging Living Arrangements of Older Adults in India: Patterns and Welfare Implications – K S James and Sanjay Kumar
4. Living Arrangement Concordance and the Well-being of Older Persons in India – T. S. Syamala, Verma Supriya and Sebastian Joseph
5. Family Size and Living Arrangements Among Older Adults in Kerala: Panel Data Analysis, 2004–2019 – S. Irudaya Rajan and S. Sunitha
6. Care Arrangements for Older Adults: Exploring the Intergenerational Contract in Emigrant Households of Goa, India – Allen P. Ugargol, Ajay Bailey, Inge Hutter and K.S. James
7. All My Responsibilities Towards My Children Are Over! Linked Lives and Life Course Obligations Among Older Adults With Migrant Children in India – Ajay Bailey, K. S. James, and Jyoti Hallad
8. Interpreting the Landscapes of Care for Older Men in Delhi and Kolkata: Perspectives From Care Receivers and Caregivers – Selim Jahangir, Ajay Bailey and Anindita Datta
9. The Role of Cultural Meaning System and Place Attachment in Retaining Home Ownership While Residing in Retirement Homes in Kerala, India – Nikhil Pazhoothundathil, Ajay Bailey, and Inge Hutter
10. Decision-Making and Choice or Sine qua Non? Care Home Entry in Tamil Nadu – Vanessa Burholt, R. Maruthakutti and Carol A. Maddock
11. Welfare and Development Programmes for Older Adults in India – S. Siva Raju
12. Lessons and Future Directions for Caregiving Research in India – Martin Hyde, Ajay Bailey, and K. S. James