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Living arrangements and morbidity patterns among the elderly in rural India

Harish C. Srivastava, International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS)
Nihar R. Mishra, International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS)

The present paper aims to study the situation of elderly persons related to their socio-economic profile, living arrangement and morbidity pattern in the three major states of India. Data for the study has been taken from the 52nd round of the NSSO (1995-96) having sample size of 20,995 in rural India. Among the three states it was found that highest percentage of elderly persons having visual problem were in Orissa (33 %) followed by West Bengal (29%) and Bihar (24%). Similarly highest percentage of aged with hearing problem were living in Orissa (17.8%), followed by West Bengal (17.5%) and Bihar (13.7%). The majority of the aged suffering from senility was found in Bihar (14%) while lower in Orissa (9%). Logistic regression analysis shows that joint problems have significant effect on locomotor disability; urinary problems show significant effect on diabetes. The odds ratio's are in expected direction.

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Presented in Poster Session 4: Poster Session 4