Longitudinal Ageing Study of India (LASI) Wave-1, India Report released

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Longitudinal Ageing Study of India (LASI) Wave-1, India Report released

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In news 

  • Longitudinal Ageing Study of India (LASI) Wave-1,India Report was recently released. 
  • Released by: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare 

Key takeaways 

  • LASI will provide an evidence base for national and state level programmes and policies for elderly population. 
  • A unique feature of LASI is the coverage of comprehensive biomarkers. 
  • No other survey in India collects detailed data on health and biomarkers together with information on family and social network, income, assets, and consumption. 
  • LASI is a full–scale national survey of scientific investigation of the health, economic, and social determinants and consequences of population ageing in India. 
  • The LASI, Wave 1 covered a baseline sample of 72,250 individuals aged 45 and above and their spouses including 31,464 elderly persons aged 60 and above and 6,749 oldest-old persons aged 75 and above from all States and Union Territories (UTs) of India (excluding Sikkim).
  • It is India’s first and the world’s largest ever survey that provides a longitudinal database for designing policies and programmes for the older population.
  • The evidence from LASI will be used to further strengthen and broaden the scope of National Programme for Health Care of the Elderly. 
  • It will also help in establishing a range of preventive and health care programmes for older population and most vulnerable among them.

Do you know? 

  • In 2011 census, the 60+ population accounted for 8.6% of India’s population, accounting for 103 million elderly people. 
  • Growing at around 3% annually, the number of elderly age population will rise to 319 million in 2050.
  • 75% of the elderly people suffer from one or the other chronic disease. 
  • 40% of the elderly people have one or the other disability and 20% have issues related to mental health.

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