Manipal Academy of Higher education (MAHE) starts new initiative to address rapidly increasing older population
News Desk, News Nation 360: Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) has started a new initiative recently, called The Centre for Studies on Healthy Aging (CSHA). The initiative, started in May 2020, was taken up in response to international and national initiatives to address the rapidly increasing population of older adults. The overarching aim of CHSA is to promote health and participation in old age. Besides the older population, CSHA will also address younger age groups and encourage them to be healthy and independent, so that they are able to participate in valued activities as they age. One of the main objectives of the centre is to support safety and maximal functional abilities among older people with or without health problems. CHSA would provide a platform for researchers, practitioners, technical experts, and others to work together so they can identify and address the needs of the older population of the country and help them in to achieve healthy ageing. CSHA includes members from different disciplines from across MAHE institutions. The team has already started activities related to dementia, fall prevention in older adults and activities to encourage physical fitness. They are planning to expand their scope of work. Dr Sebestina Anita Dsouza, Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Manipal College of Health Professions and the coordinator of the centre, told the main aim of this centre is to develop a healthy older population. People are now living longer but with multiple health problems. The family structure is also changing, with the number of joint families decreasing and nuclear families are on the rise. These issues have significant socio-economic consequences especially in a developing country like India. Population in the next decade will see a rise in the number of older people and they need to help their older generations to achieve healthy ageing and happy lives. They are looking forward to work with interested members of the community, especially older adults and organizations that help older adults to achieve their aim. With co-operation from society and their team of interdisciplinary experts, they hope to solve issues of the older generation and help them lead a happy and healthy old age.
Report: Anustup Kundu