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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
programme last update: 23 August 2019
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Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.135

Old Age: The Oddball Outlook (A Sociological Study in South Kolkata)


  • Sujata DAS

Primary authors

  • Sujata DAS (Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Government College)


It has often been rumored that as 'progress' and 'development' are becoming the catchwords of this era, the elderly are receding into the dark dungeons of oblivion. A pithy aphorism goes, ""Old age is a curse"" -and this platitude is a mere corollary of emotional deprivation. Emotional deprivation may occur in an individual when he is not shown adequate affection or interest, or when he is impoverished of adequate and appropriate interpersonal or environmental experience. The elderly are often the victims and hence, are blackballed by their own progeny. Time is at a premium these days -one doesn't have enough time to devote himself to the needs of the elderly; the present generation also finds it condescending to acknowledge the elderly with the credit they deserve, and perhaps pine for. This paper intends to show that despite the sardonicism of a fewer number of youngsters to care for the concerns of the elderly, there’s a silver lining to the graying of our society. It aims to evince that many senior citizens of today have taken different deprecation into stride and have been successful in transforming the bane of ageing into a beautiful boon - maintaining a stable, if not a strengthened emotional state. Regardless of the extent to which they are confronted with copious catastrophes, surmounting the same no longer is an impediment considering that they have experienced more of life than the “enterprising” younger ones. They thus, can no longer always be labelled as the nation's most precarious population.