IAPC’s Special Feature on Geriatric Palliative Care

IAPC’s Special Feature on Geriatric Palliative Care 1. A current update on Geriatric Palliative Care in India      Dr. Prince John, Pune, Maharashtra 2. Geriatrics and Palliative Care Bonhomie: A Geriatrician’s perspective      Dr. Dominic Benjamin, Bengaluru, Karnataka 3. Palliative Care needs of older persons at home (including End-of-Life Care)      Dr. Stanley C Macaden, Bengaluru, Karnataka 4.…

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Palliative Care needs of older persons at home

Palliative Care needs of older persons at home (including End-of-Life Care) – Dr. Stanley C Macaden, Bengaluru Let’s begin with a short case summary: Mr. Raju (name changed), was 80 and a known case of Diabetes, Hypertension and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). He had good family support and was under the care of a…

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Elderly Care: Nursing perspective

Elderly Care: Nursing perspective – Mr. Sudip Rudra Paul, Pune Geriatric Palliative Care (GPC) is a field of inter-specialty collaboration unifying competences from geriatric medicine and palliative care to respond to the socio-demographic changes and challenges of older adults with severe and life-limiting conditions. Geriatric Palliative Care can be provided when there are indications for…

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Equal access to palliative care – Leave no older person behind

Equal access to palliative care – Leave no older person behind – Dr. Amy Siew, Bengaluru India had nearly 104 million older persons (60 years and above) in 20111. The size of this population is increasing over time. While the average life expectancy has increased due to medical advancements, it is important to note that…

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Experiences in caring for the elderly in a rural hospice

Experiences in caring for the elderly in a rural hospice – Dr. Preethi Chandramohan, Kumbakonam Context: The Annai Adhuragam Hospice, is a charitable trust, situated in a village, Thimakudi, that is approximately 5 kms away from the nearest town, Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu. The 20 bed cancer hospice is currently managed by a physician, 3…

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Transition: Learning, Unlearning and Relearning

Transition: Learning, Unlearning and Relearning A personal experience in caring for the elderly – Dr. Rajashree K C, Thrissur Encounters in continuum… Mom: “Why didn’t you tell me that”? I drew my gaze from the WhatsApp chats to my mother. She was staring at me in a rather displeasing manner. Me: “What”? Mom: “That Suraj…

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Geriatrics and Palliative Care Bonhomie: A Geriatrician’s perspective

Geriatrics and Palliative Care Bonhomie: A Geriatrician’s perspective – Dr. Dominic Benjamin, Bengaluru The world is growing grey. The life expectancy in India, at birth during 2009-13 was 69.3 for females as against 65.8 years for males. At the age of 60 years, the average remaining length of life was found to be about 18…

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A current update on Geriatric Palliative Care in India

A current update on Geriatric Palliative Care in India – Dr. Prince John, Pune The Elderly population is an integral part of any country to whom we owe respect and must extend equal attention like any other section of the population. Changing family dynamics and modern living arrangements which are usually accompanied by a host…

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