In this episode of Mano Churchae, RJ Padma Priya interviews Dr. H. Chandrashekhar about maintaining good mental health in old age.
Dr. Chandrashekhar talks about the statistics of old people in India, the rate of life expectancy, and about the fact that most senior citizens do not experience any mental illness. The actual problems people encounter as they grow older are the after effects of retirement – moving past 60 years of age, marital misunderstandings, social life imbalance, financial issues, loneliness, poverty, generational gaps, nuclear family conditions, harassment for money by family members – which can lead to a plethora of health situations like reduction in the amount of blood in the body, blood pressure ups and downs, diabetes, cancer, heart diseases, asthma, and depression.
The most common mental illness among the aged is depression which can sometimes lead to suicides. Memory-related conditions like dementia, bipolar disorders, and anxiety issues are common as well.
Dr. Chandrashekhar’s tips for ensuring good physical and mental health include maintaining self-confidence, taking proper medicines on time, exercising, and eating good and healthy food.