Simple, yet effective tips for healthy aging

Being free of disease or infirmity is not a requirement for healthy ageing as many older adults have one or more health conditions that, when well controlled, have little influence on their well-being

Simple, yet effective tips for healthy agingHealthy ageing is about creating the environments and opportunities that enable people to be and do what they value throughout their lives. Everybody can experience healthy ageing. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines healthy ageing “as the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables wellbeing in older age.” Functional ability is about […]

Jaslok Hospital launches one of its kind geriatric clinic for seniors

Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre launched one of a kind Geriatric Clinic at its hospital premises on Pedder Road on Sunday, September 16, 2018. The event was graced by award winning actress Padma Shri Shashikala who inaugurated the clinic along with other dignitaries

Jaslok Hospital launches one of its kind geriatric clinic for seniorsEven 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 […]

Are elderly addicted to polypharmacy?

Dr Rekha Bhatkhande shares her views on polypharmacy (taking excessive medicines), and how it can be harmful to the elderly

Are elderly addicted to polypharmacy?Firstly, do no harm! Doctors must use the medicines correctly for co-existing diseases and avoid risks often associated with multiple medicine usages such as side effects, drug/ drug interactions, drug/ disease interactions, and inappropriate dosing. Using inappropriate medicine, and polypharmacy are extremely common among the elderly. What is polypharmacy? Is it necessary? Polypharmacy occurs when […]

How to care for bedridden elders

Dr Anand Mishra, an Internal Medicine Specialist, Hiranandani Hospital, shares how crucial role does care plays in recovery and depression for the elderly

How to care for bedridden eldersOld age can be a difficult for many, particularly for those who are confined to the bed, owing to health problems. For those patients, who are completely bedridden, both their mental and physical well-being is at risk, and their loved ones may find it hard to ensure that quality care is delivered, especially, if they […]

A guide to understand and tackle falls among the elderly

Recurrent falls are a critical cause of morbidity and mortality in elderly and a marker of poor physical and cognitive status. Studies in Indian population have shown that incidence of falls in elderly (60 years of age and above) ranges from 14 per cent to 52 per cent

A guide to understand and tackle falls among the elderlyWhen a person grows older, mobility concerns come in to play. Falls are one of the major health problems amongst senior citizens and a common cause of injury in this age group; an event which is most of the times accidental and seen mainly in elderly individuals. Recurrent falls are a critical cause of morbidity […]

On this World Alzheimer’s Day, let’s treat dementia

In various countries of the world, September 21 is observed as the World Alzheimer’s Day. This year, the theme for this day is ‘Remember Me’. Dementia is a disease that commonly affects the elderly. Here in this article, we look at where we have reached so far in terms of its treatment

On this World Alzheimer’s Day, let’s treat dementia“We didn’t realise it was a major illness unless we started noticing behavioural changes in my mother about a year ago. She was just becoming very reclusive. Something like, “You are not giving me food” she would say, exactly 10 minutes after eating. She started getting very violent. My dad, on the other hand, had […]

18 % GST on elderly care services unacceptable: Doctors, activists

Silver Innings, a Mumbai-based organisation working for senior citizens, wrote a letter to Prime Minister and Finance Minister asking them to reconsider the decision of levying 18 per cent GST on Residential or Non-Residential, Elder and Disable Care Service. Activists say that government should understand what these services entail and how important they are for the elderly and it will cause added cost burden on the families

18 % GST on elderly care services unacceptable: Doctors, activists  NGOs working for geriatric care in India have raised concern over the 18 per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST) levied on residential, non-residential or elderly care centres. On Monday, one of the NGOs – Silver Innings, a Mumbai-based organisation working for senior citizens, wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well […]

India to surpass China’s population, experts press on need for elderly care

The report has highlighted that reduction in the fertility level results not only in a slower pace of population growth, but also rise in an older population. It is estimated that compared to 2017, the number of persons aged 60 or above will be more than double by 2050

India to surpass China’s population, experts press on need for elderly careAccording to United Nations’ report, by 2030, the current world population of 7.6 billion is expected to reach around 8.6 billion, and around 9.8 billion in 2050. The report also predicted that, in roughly seven years, or around 2024, the population of India is expected to surpass that of China. The population growth is expected […]