Apart from the overreaching concern that awareness about Alzheimer’s is very low, there is always a greater concern in my mind that even the information available to those who are willing to seek in out on the internet, is unavailable in Gujarati. I was therefore delighted to find that the Alzheimer’s Society of UK has actually published many useful brochures in Gujarati!
The study of the biological, psychological, and sociological aspects of aging is called gerontology. Doctors who treat older people are called geriatricians. However both these are not sufficient to provide support to the growing number of older people in our society. If you think that working with older people is for you, check out this list of careers. There’s something here for all levels of education and for people with varied interests.
The obvious careers that come to mind are those where medicine & nursing are specialized for older people. People providing everyday care for elders and advising them about their medications. But there are many more requirements in other fields where one can specialize in providing services to the elderly.
For a detailed list of careers check out the list here.
When elderly people fall the outcomes can be very serious, such as hip fractures and traumatic brain injuries. Falls may lead to being confined to the bed during the period it takes to recover, which leads to further weakening of muscles and decrease in capability to recover. Seniors who are able to manage their lives independently are often pushed into long term dependence after a fall. Some may even be bedridden for the rest of their lives.
Prevention of falls should be a priority, most falls CAN be prevented. At least one-third of all falls in the elderly involve environmental hazards in the home. Please take note of this and act now...
A checklist list that you can use to asses your home for risk is given here.
Fall prevention advice can also be obtained from the following websites.
Prevention of Falls in the Elderly | Health | Patient.co.uk
Daksha Bhat is interested in the management of ageing. As our society ages we need to create structures that will support the needs of the ageing population. We need to talk about the issues, understand them, and create the social environment that will lead to better services for the elderly. This website is a small attempt to be part of a bigger solution.