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Association for Nature Conservation & Social Upliftment
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PUBLICATIONS
Inclusion of incorrect information in a snakebite first-aid curriculum in schools and universities in Nepal
Date: 2010-07-20
Author/s Deb Prasad Pandey
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PUBLICATIONS
Health Problems of Geriartic Age Group In Chitwan District
Date: 2009-08-10
Author/s Laxmi Subedi, MPH
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Education, campaigning and awareness program
Date: 0000-04-22
Author/s The F.A Team, Ancsu
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Violence Against Women in Nepal -- An Overview
Date: 0000-00-00
Author/s Dr. Sunil kr. Joshi & JN Kharel
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PUBLICATIONS
Vermicompostingfor Sustainable Resource Utilization
Date: 2008-12-01
Author/s The Envt. & BC Team, Ancsu
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Health Problems of Geriartic Age Group In Chitwan District

The Geriatric population is defined as population aged 60 years and above. The World Health Organization categorizes “elderly” as all persons over age 60, which is half the maximum human survival age of 120 years. This study elicits health problems of Geriatric age groups in Chitwan district of Nepal. The problems of the aged in Nepal are different from those of other developed countries. It is an accepted fact that a major part of older persons in Nepal are poor or economically dependent. With the change in traditional joint family norms, as the younger generation very often move away from their parents in search of lucrative employment , makes elderly lonely, helpless and insecure.

The ageing of the population has presented new challenges for meeting the rapidly increasing needs of the elderly and has become a global issue. The socioeconomic problems of the elderly are aggravated by the lack of social security, inadequate facilities for the health care, rehabilitation and recreation. At the last stage of life inspite of Love and care, Geriatric people are treated as burdensome. Most of the Geriatric people are suffering from the ill health due to Social and Cultural problems in Nepal. This study only tries to show the tip of iceberg which reveals the pathetic condition of the Geriatric people who are infact the treasure of the home and the society as have accumulated stocks of human capabilities and experience, and their contribution to society must be recognized.

           The elderly also faced with a multitude of stressors in the form of physical illness, retirement and loss of ability to support oneself, poor family support, widowhood, homelessness and the inevitability of death. These issue themselves or in combination with other social, political or economic factors can trigger health problems. Chronic and debilitating illness like Ophthalmic problems (44%), Cardiovascular system problems (33%), ENT problems (23%), Gastrointestinal problems (43%), Musculoskeletal (35.67%), Urinogenital (38.33%), Respiratory illness (30%) etc not only cause severe distress and dysfunction by themselves but are also causes of associated psychiatric illness like depression and anxiety.

Since Ageing – getting older – is not a disease but a normal part of the process of life, no one can stop or reverse the ageing process – but in itself ageing does not lead inevitably to poor health or disability. Many of the disabling conditions associated with ageing can be prevented or delayed if people have decent living conditions and suitable health care throughout their lives

 

 

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