The United Nations sustainable development goal aims to promote health and wellbeing across all ages, however, focus on elderly populations is hugely limited. The number of elderly in India is expected to be 340 million by 2050. Annual growth rate of the 60+ population is projected to be around 3% by 2050 and shows an increasing trend thereafter. In contrast, growth rate of the younger age group is expected to show a decreasing trend from 2050 to fall below 3%.
Longevity, urbanizations, lack of support structures, lack of trained caregivers will pose huge challenge in elderly care in the coming years unless we build and strengthen support systems now. Although longevity has increased, ageing related biological changes such as deterioration in vision/ hearing and reduced mobility have led to increased dependence on others for activities of daily living. Changing family structures and limited social support networks further lead to social isolation, emotional neglect and loneliness making the elderly vulnerable to mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.
We believe it is important to create awareness and essential to develop systems for early detection and diagnosis of age related disorders such as neurological and vascular diseases which are the most common cause of disability in older age. Resources to identify, diagnose and manage care of the elderly are grossly inadequate resulting in huge burden of care. Awareness of the risk factors is important so that the elderly are able to take preventive measures for a better life style.
It is to bridge this gap we setup Samvedna Senior Care in the year 2013. Our initiatives are focused on promoting better physical as well as emotional health of the elderly across socio economic classes. Our work focuses in the areas of Active ageing and Dementia Care.