Even though India is a young country, it’s important to understand and combat the healthcare issues faced by the elderly.
According to statistics, in Asia as a whole, the proportion of the elderly is expected to increase from 10.5 per cent to 22.4 per cent during 2012–2050. India is situated in the grip of an ageing crisis; reskilling the services provided by the hospital care will help change the scenario in the healthy way.
Padma Shri awardee, actress Shashilkala said “At the age of 60 there are things which seniors cannot manage on their own, that’s the time when they need assistance. It is one of the proud moments for me to be a part of the launch of Geriatric Clinic at Jaslok Hospital which is one of the best known super specialty hospitals in town.”
According to the Indian Ageing Report 2017, based on the 2011 Census, the overall old age dependency ratio shows that there are over 14 elderly per 100 working age out of which 7 are termed as dependent.
As one of the only geriatric practices within South Mumbai, Jaslok Hospital with the help of the newly inaugurated department is set to provide an innovative alternative to those seeking integrated care for their living.
Highlighting on the importance and needs of such clinics Dr Naganath Narasimhan Prem, Consultant Geriatric Medicine specialist Head of Geriatric Medicine Department, said “The dedicated Geriatric Care department will have four zones – Out-Patient Care, In-Patient Care, Emergency Care and Home Health Care. It will offer physical, cognitive and psycho-social assessment, a personal care plan, recommendations to improve health and functional ability, rehabilitation, safe use of medicines and will address home and emergency care for the elderly. As Geriatric is need of the hour Jaslok Hospital planned to be the one stop for elderly care.”
Geriatric care management integrates health care and psychological care with other needed services such as: homecare services, nutritional services, assistance with activities of daily living, socialisation programs, as well as financial and legal planning.
The whole and sole aim of the event was to evaluate and manage the unique healthcare needs and treatment preferences of older people but it also focused in providing specialized and professional consultation for the elderly.