Author: Rita Bhattacharjee

Annual Nirvana

Reading Time: 1 minuteRita’s poem shakes us from the complacency and the taken for granted attitude. Here’s the sensibility of a compassionate social activist, in verse, as a special feature, in Different Truths. Cotton candy clouds, beats of dhak, smell of shiuli announce Her presence, a chimera of happiness floats like gossamer over an illuminated city, masking dark […]

Elderly Urinary Incontinence: The Feeling of Being Tied to the Toilet

Reading Time: 6 minutesRita talks about one of the embarrassing problems that elders or their families face, urinary incontinence or lack of control of the bladder. Read more in the regular column, exclusively in Different Truths. A trip to the bathroom is something most people can easily delay. But for the millions who suffer from urinary incontinence, delaying […]

Eye Care Tips for the Elderly

Reading Time: 5 minutesRita tells us about the necessity of eye care for the elders, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Problems with eyesight can occur at any age, but chances of acquiring vision disorders are more common in seniors. This possibility significantly increases for a person after the age of 65, which is why it is […]

Using Home Cameras to Monitor the Elderly

Reading Time: 5 minutesRita tells us how technology can be used to take care of the elders, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. We’ve always had our parents keep tabs on us and that’s something we often take as a given. But what happens when our parents become old and require medical care? It becomes our responsibility to keep […]

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

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn 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 […]

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

Reading Time: 5 minutesKolkata-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 […]

Seven Tips to Help Your Aging Parents Battle Loneliness

Reading Time: 4 minutesAs 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 […]

Recognising the Warning Signs of a Stroke FAST

Reading Time: 4 minutesThere 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 […]

High Blood Pressure in the Elderly: Causes and Prevention

Reading Time: 7 minutesRita 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, […]

COPD in the Elderly: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Reading Time: 7 minutesCOPD 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 […]