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The Journal of Community Health Management


Socio-demographic and morbidity profile of elderly in national capital region, district Ghaziabad


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Author Details : Sonisha Gupta, VK Arora, L Satyanarayana, OP Sharma, S Asthana

Volume : 3, Issue : 2, Year : 2016

Article Page : 49-54


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Abstract

Background: Ageing is an inevitable physiological process. Old age is characterized by multiple physical and psychological ailments. To understand social and physical problems of elderly a cross-sectional study in a lower middle income society of Ghaziabad was carried out on 1000 elderly.
Method: A questionnaire covering socio-demographic profile and physical morbidities was used as a tool.
Results: Eighty two percent elderly belonged to 60-69 year age group. Forty one percent elderly were illiterate and 66% were financially dependent on others. Almost all elderly (96.3%) were affected by at least one physical ailment with joint pain and hypertension being most common morbidity. A large number of elderly (41.9%) were affected by some disability interfering with daily life, walking difficulty being most common disability.
Conclusion: Changing social structure and continuously increasing elderly population makes it imperative for Government to make policies to ensure dignified care of elderly considering their special needs.

Key words:
Morbidity Profile, Elderly, Socioeconomic Status

How to cite : Gupta S, Arora V, Satyanarayana L, Sharma O, Asthana S, Socio-demographic and morbidity profile of elderly in national capital region, district Ghaziabad. J Community Health Manag 2016;3(2):49-54

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