Simple and effective ways to reduce fall risk in elderly people

A guide to understand and tackle falls in an #OlderPerson

When 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 […]

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Hormone released during exercise might protect against Alzheimer’s, suggests study

Simple, yet effective tips for healthy ageing

Healthy 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 […]

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Jaslok Hospital launches one of its kind geriatric clinic for seniors

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 […]

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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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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

According 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 […]

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