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IJCRR. 2015; 7(5): 38-42


HEALTH PROBLEMS OF ELDERLY: A CHALLENGE FOR CARE

Solanki S. L., Singhal G., Mishra N., Meharda B..

Abstract
Background: Ageing is a natural process and in recent years, the ageing of population is on increase world over. Ageing brings
about a number of physiological changes, leading to serious public health problems. Although the health care services are advanced
and improved but still the burden of disease of elderly is increasing with a challenge for health care on family and nation.
Objective: Good health is a pre requisite to good quality of life. Considering this fact, this study was planned to assess the health
problems of elderly people for care and prevention.
Material and Method: This cross sectional study was designed, to study 300 elderly people of age 60 years and above from the
urban health training centre of department of community medicine, GMCH, Udaipur.
Results: Majority of the elderly subjects were observed to be illiterate, married, with defective vision and certain addiction habits.
Most of the elderly were observed with non-communicable and communicable diseases, involving almost all body systems.
Among the elderly (13.67%) of the subjects needed physical assistance for carrying out their daily living activity.
Conclusion: Most of elderly people are observed with poor health status affected by multiple social and medical problems.
Elderly people are more likely to have ocular, musculoskeletal, hypertension, hearing problems, insomnia, dental problems, diabetes
and other diseases. The prevalence of chronic diseases in elderly people could be cared by strengthening geriatric health
services for control and health promotion.

Key words: Chronic illnesses, Health problems, Urban health training centre



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