In a unique initiative, the National Academy of Confronting Multidisciplinary Education (NACME) organised awareness programme with over 100 elderly citizens to make them aware on how to check various diseases and stay healthy.
The programme which was organised on Saturday by the NACME with its media partner Millennium Post has become a great success as it got tremendous response from the elderly citizens who hardly get this type of opportunity of interacting with various doctors at a time to address their queries.
Supriya Bandyopadhyay Director, NACME said: “This was the first such initiative has been taken by the organisation to spread awareness to elderly people about the diseases and how to prevent them.
“More than 100 elderly citizens had taken part in the programme. As most of the people do not often get an opportunity to take part in various health orientation programme we organised a awareness camp at Indumati Sabhagriha, National Council of Education. We have a plan to organise workshops on how to get rid of depression and stress especially for the elderly citizens.” Dietician (Prof) Pratyasha Agrawal gave tips to diabetic patients on how to take balanced diet.
The experts delivered lectures on various topics including healthy eating and menu planning, how to manage blood glucose, the techniques to deal with problems such as fatigue, frustration and isolation, appropriate exercise for managing blood glucose and for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance, appropriate use of medications, communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, goal-setting, and, disease-related problem. Patients had an opportunity to discuss various issues Dietitian and physicians.
Dr Nandini Banerjee, consultant pulmonologist made people aware about the elderly chronic lung diseases. She said that every day, millions of people with chronic diseases struggle to manage their symptoms. About 80 per cent of older adults have at least one chronic disease, and 68 per cent have at least two. Chronic diseases place a significant burden on individuals as well as health care systems. The good news is that people with chronic diseases who learn how to manage their symptoms can improve their quality of life and reduce their health care costs.
The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) has been proven to help older adults better manage their chronic conditions; improve their quality of life, and lower health care costs
Dr (Col) Mrinal Jha had given lessons to the senior citizens on stress management. Topics were designed to help old people to boost their self-confidence in their ability to control their symptoms and learn how their health problems affect their lives .