Chennai-based Kauvery Hospital has launched Department of Othrogeriatrics, a first of its kind in India, for comprehensive orthopedic care for senior citizens. The department was inaugurated by geriatric specialist Dr. V. S. Natarajan on June 26.
The department combines the medical specialties of orthopedic and geriatrics to provide holistic care.
Dr. Aravindan Selvaraj of the Kauvery Hospital said, 'United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in its study brought out jointly with Help Age International points to increase of people above 60 years of age to 323 million by 2050 from its present 100 million, which constitutes 20 percent of India's total population by then and it further predicts the number of over 80s to increase seven fold'.
"It is also of concern that the study discloses that around one-fifth of the aged people live alone or only with spouses in both rural and urban areas. All this shows that there is a need to strengthen geriatric care so that healthcare demands of growing senior citizens can be met," he added.
The orthogeriatrics Department houses 15 in-patient beds, senior-friendly amenities for physiotherapy and rehabilitation apart from advanced medical equipment and devices.
As an inaugural offer, the hospital offers arthritis screening package at a special tariff of Rs 750 and Dexa Scan at a special tariff of Rs 15,000 that can be availed on or before July 31,2015.