LAUNCH OF MOBILE ACTIVE AGEING PROGRAM
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The age old saying holds good for old age too as ageing is invariably associated with disabling conditions such as Diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol, arthritis, stroke, dementia etc. Hence, active ageing is a unique concept promoted by Nightingales Medical Trust that equips elders to maintain and practice physical and mental well- being. An engaged lifestyle during the 60’s has also been associated with enhanced longevity and better quality of life.
Nightingales Trust - Bagchi Centre for Active Ageing based in JP Nagar is a multimodal activity Centre based on the ThinkingFit program and has benefited more than 350 senior citizens in the last two years. The Centre has been able to modify lifestyle, substantially reduce cardiovascular risk factors and improve cognitive performance through a combination of physical, cognitive and social activities.
In order to enhance the impact and to reach out to elders who cannot come to the Centre, we are taking the active ageing program to the neighbourhood of the elders. The Mobile Active Ageing program will make prevention and risk reduction accessible to elders. A well-equipped vehicle with trained professionals will go to different places to deliver this evidence based risk reduction program.
Dr Shalini Rajneesh, IAS, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Dept. launched the Mobile Active Ageing program on 26th Nov 2016. The launch was attended by more than 300 elders. Dr Rajneesh highlighted various policies initiated by the government for senior citizens while addressing the gathering. She also talked about the Helpline and preventive health services made available by the government.
She concluded by emphasising that these types of mobile programs will make preventive health care accessible to a large number of elders.