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‘Indian parents and children have varied views on health & well-being’, reveals Aditya Birla ‘Indian Parental Care Survey’

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A recent survey commissioned by Aditya Birla Health Insurance Co. Limited (ABHICL), the
health insurance subsidiary of Aditya Birla Capital Limited (ABCL), a significant non-bank
financial services’ conglomerate, reveals that increasing geographical distance between parents
and children are adding to health-related concerns in Indian families.

The survey, which was conducted across 10 cities (METRO & Tier I), further deep dived, into
relationships, communication and emotional anxiety amongst several family generations living
in separate locations. Despite modern technology that enables unprecedented levels of inter-
generational connectivity, Indian children continue to feel anxious about their parent’s health
while living away from them.

Almost 86% of Indian children feel concerned about their parent’s well-being and 60% of children shared that their parents do not take much effort to keep themselves fit. As opposed to the findings from children respondents, 59% of parents said that they walk regularly to keep themselves fit, 30% are involved in doing household chores and 18% practiced yoga or workout. 

Commenting on this survey, Mr. Mayank Bathwal, CEO, ABHICL said, “These days many youngsters leave their parental homes, to build a career and for their growing professional aspirations. However, there is a constant sense of concern towards the parent’s health and wellbeing. The Indian Parental Care Survey provides a unique insight into the rising concern of parental health and wellbeing among children living away. As a caregiver to my parents, I understand how big a priority this is and being able to provide for their needs”. Although the study brings forward differing views of parents and children on health wellbeing, 54% of Indian parents still miss their children while going for a routine health check-up. Merely 33% of Indian parents go for routine health check-ups once every six months. On asking, how the children are dealing with their concerns? 65% of children living away said that they would first turn to friends and neighbors in a medical emergency. 11% of children said that they would reach their parents as early as possible. Whereas, more than 50% of parents admit that their children may not necessarily be able to attend to them personally.

Interestingly, when it comes to financial considerations – while, 71% of children expressed the intention to make provisions for their parents’ medical contingencies, only 28% are prepared to purchase senior citizen health insurance cover for them.  According to the research, 47% of the respondents have done financial planning for their parents’ medical emergencies and necessities. The most common form being cash left behind for emergencies and a debit card for use in such situations. Aditya Birla Health Insurance’s ‘Indian Parental Care Survey’ conducted among 2000
people, featuring Parents (998 respondents) – Men and women in the two age categories of 60-65 years & 66-70 years with at least one offspring/children living away. And Off-springs (Adults) (1002 respondents) – Earning men and women in the age group of 30-36 years & 37-45 years with at least one surviving parent and living far away.

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