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Natl J Community Med. 2014; 5(2): 236-239


Health Status of Elderly in A Rural Area of North East Region of India

Arun Ghosh, Arun Singh.




Abstract

"Background: The health status of elderly people is neglected in dif-ferent parts of the Country. This study will reflect the condition of health status of elderly people of rural areas of remote hilly state like Tripura.
Material and Methods: This is a cross sectional study of elderly people having the age 60 years. The study was carried out among the elderly people of a Bridya Ash-ram, named “Sandhyanir” at Gandhigram Village in a rural area of West Tripura district, 10 km from Agartala City during the year 2010-2011.
Results: Out of the total 90 subjects, females are dominant having 63.33% and literacy rate among elderly males and females were 22% and 12% respectively. Peoples residing in home from different parts of district are having maxi-mum in rural background 86.67%. All the subjects were unmarried with low economical status. 60% elderly belongs to 60-65 years of age group. 70% of total samples are having moderate disability and 93.33 % are not having any psycho-logical distress. The commonest problems of the elderly are visual impairments, 73.33%. Hearing dec-lination was there in 63.33%, oste-oarthritis in 13%, hypertension in 53.33%, insomnia in 46.67%, RTI in 43.33%, Heartburn in 23.33%, His-tory of operations in 10%, and Ky-phosis in 6.67%.
Conclusion: This cluster study gives a bird’s eye view about the health status of elderly of the state. The elderly should receive the ad-equate medical facilities, social support and treatment irrespective to gender discrimination, financial debt and status to live an active and social productive life.

Key words: Ageing, disability, mental state, visual impairments, Medical problems.






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