Apollo Hospitals launches exclusive center for the elderly

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India's Apollo Hospitals has launched a dedicated center for the well-being and health of elderly people.

The 'Apollo Elder Care' is an exclusive center for the elderly and will be a one stop service to address physical, psychological, medicinal and financial concerns of a patient and his caregivers.

Proficient geriatricians and allied medical professionals provide comprehensive geriatric assessment to address all-round needs of a patient and recommend the best treatment approach.

"Health issues facing the elderly can be very complex and puzzling. The elderly often suffer from more than one medical problem and have conditions that can be obscured by unusual symptoms. At Apollo, we felt that elderly care needs a special environment and attention that can help them improve their functional ability, physical health, cognition and mental health", said Dr. Hariprasad, President, Apollo Hospitals Group.

"In the first phase of the launch, the service will be available across Apollo Hospitals in Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Delhi and Bhubaneshwar.

""Though population ageing is a global phenomenon, India faces a specific demographic challenge with about 8 percent of the population over the age of 65 in 2014, and with this number is expected to grow up to 20 percent by 2050. This necessitates healthy ageing as a chief prerequisite for the Indian population, and a holistic approach to their health needs is one of the current foci of the Indian health sector,"  Dr. Hariprasad added.

"The core treatment facilities available at the center includes care towards preventing and managing fractures, dizziness (vision care), memory loss, depression, psychological revitalization, vaccinations, fatigue, unsteadiness or weakness, physiotherapy, diet counselling and medicine management.

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