Health conditions and socio-economic status of elderly in rural Tamil Nadu
Dr. S Gunasekaran
The present study based on a representative sample of 900 elderly aged 60 years and above selected from three different districts of rural Tamil Nadu revealed that the disease prevalence is more among female than male and age related diseases like vision, frailty, Alzheimer are more among elderly aged 80 years and above while the life threatening diseases like blood pressure, diabetes, lung problems and heart ailments are more prevalent among young old. Young old are more prone to diabetes compared to old old (80+). Female are more prone to heart ailments, high blood pressure, arthritis and diabetes. Education played a significant role in increasing the chances of blood pressure and diabetes. The results suggest community based geriatric services through primary health care system for an improved health and dignified life of elderly in rural areas.