There has been a steady rise in the population of the elderly in India. The number of elderly persons has increased from 19.8 million in 1951 to 76 million in 2001, and projections indicate that the number of people above the age of 60 in India will increase to 198 million in 2030. (Source: Government of India, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment).
Delhi-NCR has a total population of over 2 crore and more than 8 per cent of this consists of elderly persons (above 60). The elderly population in Delhi is over 12 lakh.
In the absence of proper medical aid and social security the elderly are facing many issues.
In an effort to address these issues, Billion Hearts Beating Foundation (BHB) has identified 34 old age homes in Delhi NCR till date, where medical needs are assessed through health checks and free of cost medications are also provided to the deserving old age homes on a monthly basis.
The aim of the programme is to assess the medical conditions of the residents and to provide the required medication in old age homes across other cities in India where Apollo Hospitals have a presence. Similar institutional facilities would be adopted and all the medication requirements of the residents would be met by Billion Hearts Beating Foundation (BHB). BHB will be leading the programme with the support of Apollo Pharmacy.
Cardiology Camp: Screening test such as ECG are done for the elderly people for prevalence of cardiac diseases (based on doctor’s consultation & advice). Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar Check & BMI Check are also done.
General Examination: Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar Check, BMI Check, Medical History Taking & Physician Consultation are done.
Eye Check-up: Visual Acuity, Refraction & Primary examination done as needed. And for any serious cases, BHB advices the patient to refer for any eye specialist.
Bone Density Test: Bone Densitometry is done for the estimation of bone strength. It is used primarily to detect osteopenia or osteoporosis, diseases in which the bone’s mineral and density are low and the risk of fractures is increased. Medicines such as Calcium Supplements were also provided to them (As per Requirement)
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