is growing evidence that more and more
elderly people are falling prey to feelings of loneliness and
depression. Pakistanis who were 60 or more were 7.162 million
in 1998 4.5 million of them over 65. They were 5.5 and 3.5 per
cent of the population, respectively. (These figures according
to the Labour Force Surveys stood at 8.1 million and 5.8 million.)
There were 1.8 million people aged 60 and above in 1951. The
increase in the number of the elderly population is due to a
longer life span as a result of better healthcare.
The elderly population in Pakistan above 60 years of age is
projected to rise to 11.2 million, or 6.1 percent of the total
population, in 2013. It could rise to 9.3 per cent of the population
in the year 2030, or a staggering 22.1 million, out of a total
of 237.6 million. Those above 65 years of age will be around
14.1 million, and those above 75, about 4.4 million. These may
seem to be small numbers compared to the total population. But,
in fact, they are more alarming than the total as most of the
elderly will be heavily dependent upon the gainfully employed
labour force which, due to low figures for women's participation,
tends to be around one-third of the total population.
Foundation established a senior citizen club in 2006 for elderly
people at Youhanabad Lahore to overcome the feelings of loneliness
and depression and to make them active member of this society.
This club provides them the recreational facility, tea, newspaper
and group discussion.
Foundation's Senior citizen club has currently twenty members.
(May 2002-May 2006)