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Knowledge of whys and hows of healthy aging of women, essential amongst health professionals

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S. Chhabra

Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sewagram, IN
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Department of Obstetrics Gynaecology
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Background: Happenings in world have impacted elderly women by changes in health care systems, decline in fertility and mortality. There is an increase in life expectancy with significant changes in numbers and structure with rapid growth of the elderly population, needing attention of governments and policy planners. Health of elderly has remained neglected in health systems and in health professionals’ education. The present article is an attempt to update and share the current context on the subject.

 

Disorders: Neurodegenerative disorders are common in elderly. Parkinsonism, difficulty in walking, talking, completing simple tasks etc. are most common, followed by Alzheimer’s complex. In elderly women, both being overweight and underweight are seen more than in men in the same age group. Osteoporosis is common but is mostly identified following fractures. Pelvic floor dysfunction is a major health issue globally. Women with polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD) during peri-menopause often have hyperlipidaemia, hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus, impaired glucose tolerance, but these are under researched. Since women in this century are expected to live 30 to 40 years beyond menopause, risk of developing cancers is high but the most common cause of death above 60 is stroke.

 

Challenges: Elderly women lack quality life. Health systems and educational systems have gaps. Awareness of health professionals about health issues and health seeking problems is lacking.

 

Possibilities: Care of elderly women needs to be an important component of health professionals’ education. Adequate training with vision beyond routine stream of individuals passing through examining rooms for prevention, therapy for elderly for best of health and quality life of women is essential.
How to Cite: Chhabra, S., 2015. Knowledge of whys and hows of healthy aging of women, essential amongst health professionals. South-East Asian Journal of Medical Education, 9(2), pp.3–8. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/seajme.v9i2.76
Published on 28 Dec 2015.
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