Author: Rita Bhattacharjee

COPD in the Elderly: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

COPD is a deadly medical condition with under-estimated mortality and morbidity rates across the globe. It remains undiagnosed probably because it progresses gradually and shows signs at a very late stage. The National Commission on Macroeconomics and Health (NCMH) has identified India as one of the countries most affected by COPD. The Commission identified about […]

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To Sleep, Perchance to Dream: How to Treat Sleep Problems in the Elderly

Old age causes loss of sleep. Rita tells us all about sleep disorders and how to deal with it, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. An in-depth study. Older adults need the same seven to nine hours of sleep that younger adults do. However, if you are an older adult, you might find […]

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Ten Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s You Should Never Ignore

Rita tells us about the ten tell-tale signs of Alzhemier’s, and what to do in such a case, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Are you worried about your mental sharpness? Or maybe that of a loved one’s? Mild forgetfulness can be a normal part of aging. If you have trouble remembering someone’s […]

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A Guide to Health Insurance Plans for Senior Citizens – II

Here’s the second part of the guide to health insurance plans for senior citizens, by Rita. She looks into the fine prints and reminds us what to be check, when dealing with such policies for the elders, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. With numerous senior citizen health insurance plans available today, comparing […]

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A Guide to Health Insurance Plans for Senior Citizens – I

Health insurance policy is a must for the elders. Rita gives us an understanding of how to look at the fine prints of these policies and how to choose one, in the first part of the series, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Having a health insurance policy is an absolute must nowadays. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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