Keywords : Urban Slums
Evaluation of Health Profile of Geriatric Population in Urban Slums of Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2022, Volume 9, Issue 3, Pages 1996-2003
Background: Ageing is a normal process. There has been an expansion of geriatric age
group due to increased longevity. In developing countries the prevailing socio-economic
conditions of elderly, the process of ageing along with suffering from various health and
social problems definitely affect the day to day of an individual’s life during the old age.
Objectives: To evaluate health profile of geriatric population, To describe the various
types of morbidity with the advancing age.
Materials and This study is a prospective cross sectional study design conducted in
slums of Rajahmundry city for 3 months. The sampled population (484) is divided in to
three categories as per division of age i.e., 60-64 yrs, 65-74 yrs and ≥75 yrs. Medical
problems, psychological problems and other problems are being assessed through
administered study questions.
Results: In the age group of 60-64yrs Hypertension is the major health problem present
in respondents. Next to hypertension individuals have reported to be suffering from
Diabetes. Fatigue is the major psychological problem present in respondents. Next to
Fatigue Lack of Sleep is found to be second major psychological problem. Tobacco
consumption is found in all age group whereas lack of physical exercise followed next.
Conclusion: This study highlighted that majority of the elderly people are affected by
medical and social problems, thus the focus should be on strengthening of geriatric
health services along with social support so that the elderly people may be looked timely
and regularly for their morbidity care so as to deal a happy daily life.