Author: Rita Bhattacharjee

Bad to the Bone: How to Effectively Manage Osteoporosis – II

In the second part on Osteoporosis, Rita tells us the precautions, care and effective management of the disease, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Treatment Although you can’t completely reverse osteoporosis, there are ways to manage it. Once you know you have osteoporosis, you have many options for treating the condition and strengthening […]

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Bad to the Bone: Everything You Need to Know about Osteoporosis – I

Kolkata-based Rita, who works with the elders, tells us about a geriatric problem, osteoporosis. Here’s part one of her write-up. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.    What Is Osteoporosis? Osteoporosis means “porous bones.” Our bones are strongest at about age 30, then begin to lose density. More than 25 million […]

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Seven Tips to Help Your Aging Parents Battle Loneliness

As children leave the nests for greener pastures, aging parents are often left behind, battling loneliness. Rita gives us seven invaluable tips to help aging parents deal with the deep problem. Read more in the regular column, exclusively in Different Truths.    Is your aging parent lonely? It’s a sad fact that our elders often […]

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Recognising the Warning Signs of a Stroke FAST

There are four identifying factors in stroke as stated by the World Stroke Organisation, using the acronym FAST–Face, Arm, Speech and Time. Stroke or brain attack is now the second commonest killer in the world after a heart attack and the first and foremost cause of permanent disability. In India alone, 4,500 people get a […]

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High Blood Pressure in the Elderly: Causes and Prevention

Rita dwells on the issue of high blood pressure among the elders. She tells us about its causes and preventions, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Blood pressure can be seen as a barometer of overall circulatory health. Someone with high blood pressure is at a significantly greater risk for heart failure, stroke, […]

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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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