Back
Home » Health
  •  
    Filmi Bollywood
    • Varun Dhawan Starrer Street Dancer 3D Creates Waves At The Box Office, Performs Incredibly Well!
    • Shah Rukh Khan To Collaborate With ‘Stree’ Writers Raj And DK
    • Amitabh Bachchan Pays Tribute To His Make-up Man, Says He Never Missed A Day In 47 Years
    • Grammy Awards 2020: Priyanka Chopra Gets A Thumbs Down For Sporting The Most Dangerous Dress
    • Shikara: Makers Drop New Poster, Announce Second Trailer’s Release
    • Here’s Why Chhapaak Makers Failed To Credit Laxmi Agarwal’s Lawyer!
    • WATCH: Riteish Deshmukh Shares Hilarious TikTok Video to Wish Bobby Deol Happy Birthday
    • Bachchan Pandey: What Changed In Akshay Kumar's New Look?
    • Akshay Kumar Takes A Dig At Himself While Announcing New Release Date Of Bell Bottom
    • RIP Kobe Bryant: Rishi Kapoor Shares Son Ranbir Kapoor's Fan Moment With Basketball Legend
    • Kangana Ranaut On Karan Johar's Padma Shri Honour: 'He Totally Deserves This Award'
    • Aamir Khan's Laal Singh Chaddha BO Clash With Akshay Kumar's Bachchan Pandey Averted
    • Panga Vs Street Dancer 3D Third Day Box Office Collection: This Is How Both The Films Fared At BO
    • Padma Shri: Rangoli Chandel Mocks Alia Bhatt For Sending Flowers To Kangana Ranaut
    • Tigmanshu Dhulia's Niece Allegedly Harassed By 'Four Drunk Boys' In Train; Director Calls For Help
    • Mission Mangal Director Jagan Shakti Critical; Hospitalised For Blood Clot In Brain
    • Ala Vaikunthapuramloo Day 14 Box Office: Collections Slow Down As Week 2 Comes To An End
    • Shah Rukh Khan Says Being Indian Takes Precedence At His Home Over Religion. WATCH NOW!
World Senior Citizen Day: Top 5 Problems Faced By The Elderly
Boldsky | 21st Aug, 2019 04:00 PM

Every year on 21 August, World Senior Citizen Day is celebrated across the world. It is celebrated to show heartfelt gratitude to older people who have contributed to society and recognise the services that they continue to give throughout their lives.

It also intends to encourage the older people to participate to the fullest and thereby, find acceptance and assistance they need to continue to lead their independent lives with dignity.

Their skill, knowledge, and experience contribute so much to the family and society. They are pioneers in the field of science, psychology, medicine, civil rights and so much more, yet they are ignored in many ways.

Here are the top 5 problems faced by the elderly.

1. Social isolation and loneliness

Senior citizens have fewer opportunities for social engagement than younger age groups. They feel lonely when their children move away to another place, friend or spouse passes away, and retire from jobs and soon they become housebound. According to a report by the Changing Needs and Rights of Older People in India, almost every second elderly person suffers from loneliness.

2. Elderly abuse

It is a harsh reality that many elderly people are abused. It is estimated that between 9 per cent and 50 per cent elderly people have gone through verbal, physical, and financial abuse . They are neglected by their relatives or children, which in serious cases increases their chances of dying.

3. Financial insecurity

Elderly people who have retired from their jobs or those who are poor have fewer job opportunities. After retirement, most seniors lived on a fixed income, and the constantly increasing cost of living can pose many financial restrictions. Besides, if they are experiencing health problems, there comes in extra medical expenses that make it much more difficult for them .

4. Physical and mental health problems

Ageing affects the body as it weakens the muscles, bones, hearing, and eyesight and mobility often become limited. According to the National Council on Aging, about 92 per cent of seniors suffer from at least one chronic disease and 77 per cent suffer from two. These chronic diseases include heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer.

In addition, mental health problems affect a large number of elderly people. These mental health problems include Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and depression. It is said that approximately 47.5 million people worldwide have dementia, which is predicted to triple nearly by 2050. Over 15 per cent of adults above the age of 60 suffer from a mental disorder, according to the World Health Organization.

5. Malnutrition

Malnutrition in elderly people above the age of 65, often goes undiagnosed and can lead to health issues, such as a weakened immune system and muscle weakness. The causes of malnutrition stem from depression, dietary restrictions, health problems (seniors suffering from dementia may forget to eat), limited income, and alcoholism .

   
 
Health and Life
  • Top 10 Vegetables To Relieve Constipation
  • 8 Amazing Health Benefits Of Birch Water
  • Flaxseeds For Weight Loss: Ways To Add It To Your Diet
    • 12 Home Remedies For COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
    • 8 Bedtime Teas That Help You Sleep Better
    • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS): Causes, Symptoms, Risk factors, Treatment And Prevention
      • 10 Foods You Should Avoid Eating In The Morning
      • 10 Diseases Linked To Physical Inactivity
      • Study Shows How Blue Light From Mobile Phones Damages Your Eyes
        • Dehydrated? Eat These 15 Hydrating Foods For Relief
        • 7 Surprising Benefits Of Working Out With A Partner
        • How Does Alcohol Affect Your Workout?
          • 10 Best Foods To Keep Your Lungs Healthy
          • 11 Healthy Lifestyle Tips For Entrepreneurs
          • 11 Health Benefits Of Doing Pushups Daily
            • Did You Know These Benefits of Drinking Green Tea Before Bed
            • Why Should You Keep A Sliced Lemon Next To Your Bed?
            • Osteoporosis Diet For Women: Foods To Eat & Foods To Avoid
              • Menopause Weight Gain: Causes, Risks And Prevention
              • Bangalore Hospital Performs Karnataka's Youngest Heart Transplant
              • Benefits Of Ginger, Garlic And Honey With Warm Water