Presented by: Sanchoy Kumar Chanda
Background: Bangladesh has a long tradition of looking after the elderly by offspring or family. But rapid socio-economic transformations, changing social and religious values have broken down the traditional extended family system. Many elderly people now stay in old-homes, mainly based in Dhaka, run by NGO or as charity.
Objective: This paper explored the scenario of elderly, reasons for living in old-home, coping with new environment and satisfaction about old-home, and to sensitize the policy makers for designing and implementing appropriate programs for elderly in Bangladesh.
Methods: Elderly (60+ yrs) living in two old-homes (n = 56) in Dhaka was interviewed. Reasons for staying in home and satisfaction etc. along with socio-demographic information were collected.
Results: Almost all came from better-off family, 47% male and 53% female. 68% of men and 36% women were retired mid level or high official. Reasons for coming to elderly home were problem with kin (63%) or with children (9%), children living in abroad (5%), no one to take care at home (67%), burden in the family (24%), properties occupied by others (27%). Children or relatives visit them (87%). 92% are satisfied with overall management of old-home.
Conclusion: Elderly people living in old-homes are mainly from better-off urban middle-class and rich family doesn’t reflect the actual situation of elderly people in the society. However, the old-home is a new idea and one solution of the elderly in a society in transition and it is an indication of the growing rift between the generations