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World Elder's Day -1st October 2005

Back Pain 

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. - Mark Twain

How much ever is being said about aging gracefully, back pain still remains one of the significant health problems haunting the older generation. Four out of five adults will experience at least one bout of back pain at some time in their lives. It remains a significant health issue that demands high priority as of today. In some cases, a change in the lifestyle, reassurance, accompanied by medication and or physiotherapy can be seen to work wonders.

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A cataract is a clouding of the eye's natural lens. It is the most common disorder among the elderly. More than quarter of all Indians aged 65 and older have a cataract. There are certain misconceptions about cataract in general. Cataract is not formation of a film over the lens, nor is it caused by over usage of eyes. It does not spread from one eye to the other. The most common cause of cataract is aging process related to the eye. The introduction of the intraocular lens has revolutionized cataract treatment.

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Lifestyle and Osteoporosis

In the olden days, most of the work was done manually and walking was the major means of transportation. Urbanization in a way has been held responsible for the ever-increasing problems associated with the aging population. The age of technology has made life easier and made people more prone to diseases like osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is often known as "the silent thief" because bone loss occurs without symptoms and the progressive loss and thinning of bone tissue happens over many years. 

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Alzheimer's disease

In 1901, a 51-year-old woman, Auguste D, was admitted to the state asylum in Frankfurt. She was suffering from cognitive and language deficits, auditory hallucinations, delusions, paranoia and aggressive behaviour, and was studied by Alois Alzheimer (1864-1915), a doctor at the hospital. The disease has been named after him and retains it's glory even today because it is used to refer to the most common cause of senile dementia. From, what was known at that time, we have come a long way in understanding the disease process. Work is also being done to exploit the potential of stem cells, in the treatment of this degenerative disorder. 

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