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One of India’s premier hospitals is backing up its research with action. New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) will ‘adopt’ 50 silvers from various old-age homes, facilitating their treatment in the hospital and delivering free medicines to their doorstep. This drive will be undertaken in association with NGO Healthy Ageing India. As media reports tell us, this initiative comes on the heels of a study conducted by the Geriatric Department of AIIMS of over 5,000 silvers, including around 1,200 silvers living in 20 old-age homes. The study revealed that around 80 per cent of silvers living in old-age homes lacked medical care despite suffering from diabetes, hypertension and coronary artery disease. “Further, some age-related diseases like fall, frailty, dementia and depression were highly prevalent and called for medical intervention along with lifestyle and environment modification,” Dr Prashun Chatterjee of AIIMS tells media. “The purpose of adopting elderly persons is not only to provide them medicine or healthcare but also to sensitise them to a better lifestyle, diet management and exercise regime on a regular basis.”

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August 2017