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Problems of the Elderly in Assam: A Study from the Perspective of Changing Family Structure

Bikash Deka


Socioeconomicchangesinthetraditionalsocialstructureof Assamesefamilies have resulted in changes in the roles of the ‘elderly’. These changes have important implications for the status of the elderly in families. Their status in turn varies depending upon their gender and the type of family. This paper is based on an empirical study conducted on a sample of 400 elderly covering the rural non-tribal population of Assam. Findings highlight the changing status of the elderly in the contemporary Assamese family, indicating the necessity for new roles and functions to engage the elderly in a useful manner.

Keywords:elderly, welfare, traditional family


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