A Study on the Socioeconomic Status of Senior Citizens in Chennai’s Urban Habitats


  • John Kaviarasu Assistant Professor, School of Human Excellence, Loyola College (Autonomous), Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • M. P. Richard Assistant Professor, Department of Service Learning (Outreach), Loyola College (Autonomous), Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Arokia Sahaya Melson Assistant Professor, Department of Service Learning (Outreach), Loyola College (Autonomous), Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India




Elderly Population, Social Support, Physical Health, Urban Habitats, TN Slum Clearance Board


The world’s demographic situation reveals how rapidly the population of the elderly is ageing. Despite developed and emerging countries, the old population around the world is a worrying trend. According to a United Nations demographic estimate, there may be 1,171 million elderly people worldwide in 2025. Additionally, for the first time ever, the world’s elderly population will outnumber its young population. According to the 2011 Census of India, 5.5% of the country’s population would be 65 years of age or older, with a male population of 30, 831, 190 and a female population of 33, 998, 613. Although there are numerous disorders that affect the elderly, according to reports, their main issues are more psychological than physical. (a) To study the respondents’ demographic details (b) To examine the socio- economic status elders and document the support system of study subject. This study is based on actual data gathered from 150 respondents from six slums recognised by the TN Slum Clearance Board. A simple random sample technique and a descriptive study design were used. The universe of this study was formed by individuals above the age of 60. In addition to the interview schedule, non-participatory observations were used as a primary source. According to the report, the vast majority of the aged people experienced more physical and psychological issues. The elderly were treated as if they were a burden to their family members.


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How to Cite

Kaviarasu, J., Richard, M. P., & Sahaya Melson, A. (2023). A Study on the Socioeconomic Status of Senior Citizens in Chennai’s Urban Habitats. Asian Review of Social Sciences, 12(1), 48–52. https://doi.org/10.51983/arss-2023.12.1.3430