Author: Rita Bhattacharjee

Road Safety for Senior Citizens

Elders and senior citizens need to be very careful while walking and crossing streets. They account for nearly half of all pedestrian fatalities. Rita tells us the safeguards that seniors must take, in the regular column, exclusively for Different Truths. Senior citizens account for almost half of all pedestrian fatalities, meaning that seniors are almost […]

Five Older Women Characters in Fiction who do Feminism Proud

Rita remembers five older women characters in fiction, who are strong feminist characters, in the weekly column, as part of the special feature on International Women’s Day (IWD), exclusively for Different Truths. Books are instrumental in shaping us into the people we become and the best part is that they never leave us. They continue […]

Rights of the Elderly: Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens

More and more couples are working full time, families have become smaller and nuclear, migration, and consumerism have become the order of the day. At the same time, life expectancy of the elderly has gone up from 32 years, in 1947, to 67 years, in 2001. All these factors cause pressures on families resulting in abuse, neglect and […]

Rights of the Elderly: Government Policies and Schemes for Older Persons

The precise onset of old age varies culturally and historically. It is a social construct, rather than a biological stage. The persons in India, who have attained the age of sixty years and above, are defined as elderly for the purpose of availing old age benefits. Over the years, the government has launched various schemes […]

Human Rights of the Elderly

As per the analysis of census 2011 data, the population of older persons in India has already crossed the unique mark of 100 million. The study records that with increasing popularity of nuclear family system and continuous migration, elderly people are constantly being marginalized and isolated, particularly in urban areas. Emotional, social, financial, medical and legal security structure is […]

Old is Gold: These are few of my Favourite Films about Aging and the Elderly

Rita revisits seven sensitive films that break the stereotypes of the elderly – grumpy old men or kindly, self-sacrificing grandmothers. Only once in a while does a movie with interesting senior characters comes along and when it does, bravura performances by the elderly cast are an added bonus. Here are the thumbnail reviews, by the columnist, of the films […]

Volunteering and the Elderly: Seniors Helping Seniors

Senior volunteerism isn’t just beneficial for those being helped – research shows that volunteering confers mental and physical health benefits for those doing the helping. It also fosters positive social and family relationships and contributes to a positive image of seniors as a healthy and vital part of our society. Senior volunteers are a great asset to their communities. […]

Types of Caregivers for the Elderly

The number of old age people have increased phenomenally, in India. Children and family members stay in different cities or countries, thousands of kilometres apart. It’s at such times that caregivers come into the picture. There are many types of caregivers that work with seniors. If you have an ageing parent, being aware of their roles and responsibilities […]

Caring for the Caregiver

It’s easy to get burned out when you’re caring for a loved one, whether it’s a spouse with a chronic illness or a frail older relative. Taking time for yourself every day–even just a few minutes–is one way to help you recharge. You may try yoga before breakfast, slip out for a walk, go to the movies, or […]

Alzheimer’s: What Causes the Irreversible, Progressive Brain Disorder?

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimer’s, symptoms first appear in their mid-60s. Such people need our care and compassion. Rita tells us more about the dark and despondent world in which those affected are trapped, in the […]

Battling Blood Pressure: A Guide for the Elderly

Blood pressure is a silent killer. For the elderly, the risk factor is even higher. Which is why, senior citizens should take special care to maintain healthy blood pressure to ensure good cardiovascular health. In many seniors with high blood pressure, a single specific cause is not known. This is called essential or primary high blood pressure. Research […]

Depending on the Kindness of Strangers

The benevolence of strangers have time and again helped hapless people. Rita tells us about ‘crowdsourcing’ and ‘crowdfunding’ and how these have become a popular way for people to give a boost to charitable causes and social campaigns. She cites three case studies. First, Arian Chowdhury, a 12-year- old boy suffering from Hunter Syndrome, a rare lysosomal storage disorder. […]

Making a Home Safe for the Elderly

Rita cautions us about the hazards that elders face at home. She details the dos and don’ts at the home of elder(s). These invaluable tips help us avoid major problems. Elders need our love, compassion and care to keep them safe. Here are the details, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. A large number of elderly people […]

Watch your Step: The Importance of Fall Prevention among the Elderly

A fall can cause a senior person to suffer fractures, including broken spine, hip, arm, leg, ankle, and pelvis. Falls are also responsible for brain injuries in older people. They are also the number one cause of hospital admissions for injuries in older adults. As one grows older, it is more likely that a fall might result in […]

16 Common Preventive Health Screenings for the Elderly

Though a cliché, prevention is better than cure, it’s true as well, particularly for elders. Rita details 16 common preventions for our seniors. Often, they ignore their preventive health cares, which cause major problems later. Here’s an insight into health care of elders, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Periodic health check-ups and screenings can help […]

Loneliness and the Elderly: Where do they all Belong?

Loneliness may be described as a feeling of emptiness or sadness that is triggered when there is a lack of communication or a feeling of companionship with other people. Loneliness can affect anyone of any age, but older people are more likely to feel lonely. As people grow older, they are more likely to lose loved ones and […]

Dementia: The New Age Dementor

Dementia is a condition that describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes. Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms will gradually get worse. Rita came in contact with elderly people […]

They Quit Lucrative Jobs in the US to Realise the American Dream in Kolkata

Rita’s husband was the director of IT for a leading food company. She had started her communications consulting company after their son was born. They had a lovely home in Florida. Rita and her husband quit their high-paying jobs, moved back to Kolkata, India, from Florida, US, to start a social enterprise in healthcare. After the initial glitz […]