Journal of Aging and Geriatric Psychiatry

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Perspectives of social health for silver citizens: a conceptual analysis

This paper is part of the PhD programme based on Gerontological issues and is placed here based on secondary data. The Indian tradition always sticks to the well- being of elderly in terms of physical, emotional, mental, economic, social, and spiritual contexts. But alarming physical and mental hassles of silver citizen in present day society now compel the psychologist and sociologists to think over the issue. The rapid socio-cultural changes in global level put in several problems to the population of ageing. Aligned to the above facts, the objective of the paper is to analyse the four components (physical health, mental health, economic health and social support) of the elderly population, in particular through the support of extensive literature search to enhance their ‘holistic’ health. The paper also aims to study the dimensions of social health for maintaining a healthy social life of the silver citizens in the society, adopted by the stakeholders, policy makers, administrative personnel and the general public, to help and enable the elderly to have a positive well- being within themselves and also in the society.

Author(s): Divi Tara, Dr. Mamata Mahapatra, Dr. Santa Mishra