March 30, 2010

INDIA: Health mission takes up old-age related health problems

. MYSORE, Karnataka / Star of Mysore / News / March 30, 2010 A two-day campaign on 'Geriatrics- Health for the Aged' organised by the Government Ayurveda College under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) began at JSS Educational Institutions auditorium in Suttur this morning. The NRHM envisages to bring AYUSH forms of ancient medical practices to the mainstream of public health sector. Experts in the field of medicine, education, administrative officers of the AYUSH departments, doctors, representatives of various voluntary organisations and PG students of various Ayurveda colleges in State are participating. They will be presenting papers on safeguarding health of the aged persons, food habits, mental and social problems faced by elderly, role of Ayurveda and other ancient forms of medicine in preventing age-related ailments and their treatment etc. MP Dhruvanarayan inaugurated the function in presence of Suttur Seer Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji, as the Health Minister Ramachandra Gowda did not turn up. MLA Siddharamaiah was chief guest. Zilla Panchayat President Dharmendra, AYUSH Director G.S. Srikantaiah, Mysore Ayurveda College Principal Ashok. T. Sathputhe and others were present on the occasion. About Geriatrics: is a sub-specialty of medicine that focuses on health care of the elderly. Geriatrics was separated from internal medicine as a distinct entity in the same way that neonatology was separated from pediatrics. There is no set age at which patients may be under the care of a geriatrician. It is determined by a profile of the typical problems that geriatrics focus on. The term geriatrics differs from gerontology which is the study of the aging process itself. The term comes from the Greek geron meaning 'old man' and iatros meaning 'healer'. [rc] © 2003-2004, Star Of Mysore