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The elderly population is rising globally and similar trends are being observed not only in Asia but also in Pakistan. A developing country facing several challenges in the form of political instability, lack of economic growth, low savings of the elderly, weak pension system, makes life challenging for the elderly. Pakistan’s demographic trends show that between 1990 till 2010, the population aged 60+ years increased by 75.1 %. It is projected that the life expectancy will increase to 72 years by 2023. WHO report (1998) projected that 5.6 % of Pakistan’s population was over 60 years of age, with a probability of doubling to 11 % by the year 2025.
Pakistan is a socially cohesive society and elders are valued and respected. It
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In followed figure has risen to 759 million over the past three decades and is projected to jump to 2 billion by 2050.

Actual and projected global population aged 60 years or over, 1980, 2010 and 2050

Our Religion stresses a lot on the rights of elderly people and we are asked to serve elderly relatives of our parents if parents are not alive. We make fun of the West that they send their parents to “Old Houses” and do not bother to inquire about them.
Now if we analyze that what is happening to elderly people especially in the poverty struck rural areas it gives us following haunting facts : -
Elderly people die miserably due to lack of food and medical attention.
They develop psychotic disorders due to depression and dejection.
They develop certain diseases by not eating healthy food which is not providing the necessary multi-vitamins needed to survive in the old age.
Employee’s Old age benefits pension money is used by their family members.
They have very limited social life.
Lack of religious and basic education deprived them from doing anything useful to pass the time.
Children of even well settled families tend to ignore grandparents who just need to share love with them and focus.
Sheltered housing provides social contact and a secure environment that appeal to many older people. Sheltered housing has proven to be popular for a minority of people as alternatives to
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