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Keep yourself busy,docs advise senior citizens

“Learn to live,don’t just survive,” said Dr Gurbir Singh,Medical Director,Fortis Hospital,Mohali while interacting with senior citizens of Mohali.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh |
June 20, 2013 1:33:34 am

“Learn to live,don’t just survive,” said Dr Gurbir Singh,Medical Director,Fortis Hospital,Mohali while interacting with senior citizens of Mohali. He was delivering a talk on ‘Ageing Gracefully’ in the Fortis Auditorium here on Wednesday.

The talk,which was organised by Fortis Hospital,Mohali as a part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme saw about a hundred senior citizens from the Mohali Senior Citizens’ Association coming down to attend it.

Speaking at the event,Dr Gurbir said,“India as a country is ill-prepared to cater to the health needs of senior citizens as compared to countries like Japan and USA”. He also suggested methods and techniques for happy living to the audience. “Keep yourself busy,happiness will certainly fall in your way,” he added. He stated that as per a report of the Technical Group on Population Projections,the population of people belonging in the 60-80 age group in India is to soar over 14 crore by 2021.

In his talk,he also touched on issues like memory loss and other health-related issues like hypertension.

“Memory loss is generally caused by stress,” he explained. Other than this he also spoke about emotional and spiritual well being,saying,“Studies show that people who believe in god live longer than those who are atheists”.

Rajvansh Singh,a retired Under Secretary of Punjab Government,who attended the talk said,“It is very helpful to come down here and get informed about things we generally ignore”. He also demanded that the administration and police hold such talks with senior citizens to ensure our safe living as many cases of assault on elders have come up in the recent past.

Talking about the need of such interactive sessions being organized by hospitals,Dr Gurbir said,“We try to disseminate our knowledge for happy living of elders”. He stated that the hospital organizes such a session for senior citizens once every month.

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