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Ageing and Health in India

Edited by C. Shanthi Johnson and S. Irudaya Rajan, Rawat Pub, 2010, x, 238 p, ISBN : 8131602818, $39.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Ageing and Health in India

Contents: Preface. 1. Demographic Ageing, Nutrition and Disease Pattern in India/Irudaya Rajan and C. Shanthi Johnson. 2. Ageing and Well-being/A.B. Dey. 3. Cardiovascular Health/Arvind Mathur. 4. Diabetics/D. Dalus. 5. Arthritis/I.S. Gambhir. 6. Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease/M. K. Thakur. 7. Mental Health/Roy Abraham Kallivayalil. 8. Health Promotion and Protection/B. Krishnaswamy and G.S. Shanthi. 9. Physical Activity and Ageing/Gareth R. Jones and C. Shanthi Johnson. 10. Nutrition for Healthy Ageing/Seema Puri. 11. Nutrition and Health Policy/V.S. Natarajan. 12. Elder Abuse and Adult Protection/Mala Kapur Shankardass. 13. Health Care for the Elderly/Subrata Mukherjee and Jean-Frederic Levesque. Index.

Population aging, which is touted as the humanity’s greatest triumph, is also one of the greatest challenges of our time.  Prolongation of life span does not imply that the extra years bring about continued health and prosperity.  Ageing, marked by these trends, is said to put an increased burden on the social, economic, and health care demands in all countries, especially the developing countries, such as India. When considering the demographic inversion and associated challenges, it becomes evident that investments in ageing and health are necessary to ensure human rights and sustainable development.  Given that people are living longer and the proportion of older adults in our society is higher, understanding the ageing process and facilitating healthy ageing are critically important.  The book seeks to inform the public on a variety of topics related to ageing, with the ultimate aim of promoting good health for elderly people.(jacket)

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