International Day of Older Persons: Make time for older people at home, experts say
Spending a few minutes with the elderly at home can actually benefit two ways: good overall health of the elderly and reduced expenses due to preventable health issues, experts said at an event to mark the International Day. of the elderly, Friday.
“Loneliness is a key factor in mental illness, which also leads to physical illness. If the elderly have time or are engaged in a job, they (the elderly) feel respect for themselves and move away from mental illnesses such as depression, ”said Dr Abhishek Shukla, head of the Center. of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care in Aastha, where a program was organized on the occasion of the International Day of Older Persons (1 October).
“Likewise, good oral health will ward off many other illnesses such as poor digestion. Young people should spend time with the elderly instead of spending on drugs for them (elderly), ”said Dr Pooran Chand, HoD, prosthodontics at King George Medical University, at an event for elderly patients.
“If the younger generation has the energy to work, the older people have the experience. So use their experience and keep the elderly occupied for their good health, ”said Professor Pooran Chand.
During a program at Aastha Hospice, several events including yoga, tambola and quizzes were held to make seniors happy. The volunteers, who arrived early in the morning, remained busy caring for the elderly, haircuts and shaves. “Older people should live healthier, more meaningful and longer lives and they also have the potential to contribute to the younger generation in old age,” said Dr Shukla.
“There are medicines available, but we should not use the stomachs of the elderly as a medical reserve. Instead, give them a chance to live active and productive lives for as long as they want, ”said Professor Pooran Chand.