About the Book : India is a country with fine tradition of respecting, loving and supporting the aged. As a result of urbanization and globalization, the values and life styles are changing which are affecting the care of the aged. Though ageing has many aspects but primary ones fall into four major categories, biological-physiological, psychological-behavioral, socio-economic and anthropological. Unfortunately, the researches on ageing has so far concerned itself only with the physiological factors, almost totally neglecting the highly influential intrinsic conditions, which we see now as the problems of the aged. The question is how should we synthesize technological development with human value in Indian society? The experience of the western world caution us to plan for the care of the aged as part of the directed social change, as well as to study the problem. This further strengthens our ideas that the problem is multi-facetted. To solve this multidisciplinary approach is needed for planning for the welfare of India's elderly. The present volume highlights that each applied discipline is important when development plans are drawn at different levels, the potentialities of the contribution of the aged should be taken into account. This will provide them with a will to live with holistic attitude. This volume would provide guidelines to Social Scientists, Gerontologists, Medical Scientists, Life Scientists, Planners, Policy Makers and Social Workers for developing action and academic programmes for the cause and care of elderly population in urban, rural and tribal areas of the country. Our efforts in bringing out this volume will be duly rewarded if the knowledge, understanding and experience of various scholars and experts reflects in it are shared by Thinkers, Freelance activists, Policy makers & Planners, Public men, Trustees, Administrators, Development experts, Technologists, and Social Workers initiating more & more action programmes for the cause & care of the India's elderly. About the Author : Anup K. Kapoor (b. 1954) holds Master's degree and Ph.D. in Anthropology from University of Delhi. A devoted researcher with diverse areas of interest ranging from Himalayan Studies and Human Population Biology to Human Rights, Ageing and Tribal Economy, Dr. Kapoor has carried out field investigations among tribes, castes and communities in different states of India including Andaman & Nicobar Islands, various parts of the Himalayas and Nepal. He has published in addition to his five books 117 research papers and articles in national and international journals. He is honorary consultant to NGOs in India and abroad. He has been the recipient of several scholarships and grants for this work in Himalayan Studies, Population Genetics, Tribal Health, Demographic Aspects and Rural Development Programmes. He got UGC Research Award in 1999 to work on Ageing among Tribes. He has travelled very widely for academic activities. He is currently Professor in Anthropology and Deputy Proctor, University of Delhi/ Satwanti Kapoor (b. 1952) did her post-graduate studies and received her doctorate in Anthropology from University of Delhi in 1978-79. As a researcher, she was awarded Commonwealth Tropical Medicine Fellowship in 1979-80 for post-doctoral research work in the Institute of Physiology, Glasgow University, Scotland and Department of Human Biology, Laugh bourough University, U.K. She has carried out extensive anthropological studies in different parts of the Himalayas and various parts of the country. Her fields of competence and expertise are Physiological Anthropology: Body Composition, High Altitude Adaptation, Ageing and Sports Anthropology. She has to her credit two books and two collaborate research projects sponsored by ICMR and UGC. She has also participated in seminars and conferences on Life Science and Social Science. She was awarded UGC Career Award in 1994 in Anthropology. At present she is Reader in Anthropology, University of Delhi, Delhi.
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