A study on health profile of geriatric population in an urban slum of bijapur

Santosh M Biradar1, Mallikarjun K Biradar, V S Kamble, Shrinivas Reddy

Abstract


Background: Advances in medical field have increased the longevity of people by reducing
morbidity and mortality to a great extent. With the increase in longevity, problems related to old
age have also increased. These problems are more confounded by social factors. Objective: To
assess the various health problems faced by elderly people and suggest the remedial measures so that
effective preventive and promotive measures can be implemented. Methodology: Community
based cross-sectional study of the elderly persons residing in an urban slum of Bijapur. Results:
Among acute health problems most common were arthritis (39%) and bronchitis (20.8%). Most
common chronic illness observed was respiratory illness 19% (COPD and asthma) fallowed by
visual impairment (11.5%), arthritis (11.1%), and hypertension (9.1%) Mini Mental State
Examination (MMSE) showed that majority of respondents 297 (60%) were having the normal
score. Conclusion: The pattern of geriatric health problems have different characteristics and hence
require a specific type of screening programme based on the finding of various geriatric health studies

Keywords


Elder, Geriatric, Health, Urban slum

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30750/ijpbr.2.4.5

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