Residents’ forum seeks to improve mental and physical health of seniors

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The Maruthoorkadavu Residents Welfare Association in the capital, which has nearly 400 homes, is planning a host of activities to address the mental and physical health issues faced by the local elderly.

Measures to reduce isolation and maintain interaction with wider society, fall arrest modifications inside homes, training in the use of digital equipment and social media are among the initiatives.

At a residents’ association meeting on Sunday, attendees were enthusiastic about the proposals, which would be implemented by community members themselves, after forming smaller groups to coordinate activities.

Prevent falls

“We have heard of recent reports that indoor falls are a major cause of hospitalization for older people. support in bathrooms and bedrooms. Depression is also a major problem. among seniors, whose interactions decrease considerably after a while. So we decided to identify activities that appeal to each and every one of them and to form groups of like-minded senior residents, whether playing cards or singing. We will also form smaller groups of residents who will regularly visit older people, who cannot leave their homes, and interact with them,” says MP Anilkumar, secretary of the residents’ association.

The meeting chose coordinators for each of the different activities. Health Action by People (HAP), an NGO collaborating with the Kerala Institute of Local Government (KILA) for similar activities in various panchayats, will help them implement it.

“The aim of these initiatives is to improve the quality of life of older people and prevent conditions such as dementia. Constant interactions can help prevent dementia. We have tried similar measures in a few panchayats like Nellanad and Pullampara “said K. Vijayakumar, former Head of Department of Community Medicine at Government Medical College Thiruvananthapuram and Secretary of HAP.

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