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PAFMJ. 2015; 65(6): 743-747


GERIATRIC PROBLEMS AWARENESS AMONG ADULTS IN RAWALPINDI

Samreen Misbah, Ehsan Kadir, Rukhsana Roshan*, Iqbal Ahmad Khan**, Mahmood ur Rahman.

Abstract
Objective: To assess the knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) regarding elderly age health problems among adults of Rawalpindi.
Study Design: Descriptive cross sectional study.
Place and Duration of Study: Airport Housing Society Rawalpindi from July 2011 to Nov 2011.
Material and Methods: A total of 200 households of age 50-59 years were included in the study by convenient sampling technique (115 males and 85 females). Adult population of the age 50-59 years with physical and mental disabilities were excluded from the study. Data collected after taking informed consent was analyzed by SPSS 17.
Results: Mean age of respondents was 54.78 3.41 years. Knowledge regarding age limit of senior citizenswas 140 (70%). A total of 174 (87%) knew about increased incidence of fall with increasing age but only 53 (26.5%) did any practical change. About 152 (76%) considered that prior knowledge about geriatric age problems can help plan for old age; efforts to get information about elderly age problems were reported by 170 (85%). There was a significant association between level of knowledge and efforts to stay healthy (p

Key words: Elderly problems, Geriatrics, Gerontology



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