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Old and Senior Citizens

Old and Senior Citizens service by Tiwari Healthcare in Noida

Who is called a Senior citizen?

According to the law, a "senior citizen" refers to a person who is an Indian citizen and has reached the age of 60 years or above.

Status in India

According to the 2011 census, India has about 104 million elderly people (over 60 years old). 53 million women and 51 million men. A report released by the United Nations Population Fund and Help Age India predicts that the number of older people will rise to 173 million by 2026. 

According to a report by the Technical Group on Population Projections for India and States 2011-2036, by 2021 there will be nearly 138 million elderly people in India (67 million men and 71 million is expected to increase by about 56 million. In 2031. 

The proportion and size of the elderly population have increased over time. This proportion rose from 5.6% in 1961 to 8.6% in 2011. This share is expected to increase to 10.1% in 2021 and further increase to 13.1% in 2031. It was slightly lower for men at 8.2%, but for women it was 9.0%. 

Interestingly, until the 1991 Census, older women outnumbered older men. However, over the past two decades, the trend has reversed, with older men outnumbering older women. Furthermore, it is predicted that by 2031, the number of elderly women will exceed the number of men.