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Monday, September 19, 2011

Geriatric Physiotherapy in India. (extracts of article)

SEPTEMBER 19, 2011

INDIA: Pune doctors helping the elderly stand on their feet

PUNE, Maharashtra / The Times of India / Life & Style / September 19, 2011

By Umesh Isalkar, Times News Network

"Some physios in the city are slowing but steadily building up facilities that help improve balance, strength, mobility, and overall fitness in old people, besides helping them maintain their independence for a longer period of time. This at a time when there is no formal course in geriatric physiotherapy and subsequent lack of such a facility in hospitals across the country."
"Archana Phansalkar, a member of the Team Physiotherapy Services at Nivara old-age home says, "We have a sizable number of people above 60 years of age. They suffer from illnesses that restrict them to bed. Physiotherapy in form of gentle stretches, mobility training or ambulatory aids helps them walk again and conduct every day activities." A total of 13 physiotherapists work at Nivara's physiotherapy centre in Navi Peth."
"Besides regular physical limitations, the elderly suffer from heart ailments, diabetes, osteoporosis, to name a few. Parkinson's, balance, respiratory disorders need to be taken into consideration when looking at them in a broader term."
"A 76-year-old woman had undergone bilateral total knee replacement five years ago. She was diagnosed with pneumonia and hypertension and was also obese. She has now recovered completely with physiotherapy. She used to walk only with the help of a walker, that too inside her home and had the 'fear of fall' hence she didn't even attempt to climb stairs or go out of the house. Regular motivational counseling improved her confidence and helped her exercise better. This was possible majorly because of the support she received from her family members and people around," said Venkataseshan, who is a life member of the Indian Association of Physiotherapists (IAP) and also a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (USA)."

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