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Prevalence of medical disorders in 60 – 90 year elderly residing in Mumbai

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Dr. RekhaBattalwar, SaneeshaSahni and MisbahDhunna
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Life Sciences
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Objective: To assess the prevalence of medical disorders in 60-90 year old elderly from Mumbai city, India Methodology: A cross sectional study was conducted in 99 (males 48) elderly with the mean age of 71.2±7.2 years. A pre-tested questionnaire was used to collect information regarding prevalence of medical disorders in elderly. Analyses were performed using SPSS software and P-value < 0.05 was considered to be statistically significant. Results: A very high prevalence of dental problems (49.5%), vision problem (40.4%), bloating (36.4%), migraine (30.3%) and hypertension (29.3%) was seen in the study. Heartburn (26.3%), back pain (24.2%), hyperlipidemia (22.2%), swollen legs, (20.2%) muscle pain (18.2%), impaired memory (18.2%), chest pain (17.2%), claudication (16.2%), dizziness (16.2%), skin rashes (16.2%), abdominal pain (15.2%), numbness (14.1%) and nausea (9.1%) was also high. Diabetes was present in 11.1% elderly and 3% suffered from thyroid disorders. Female elderly had significantly higher prevalence of hyperlipidemia, loss of conscious, dizziness and impaired memory as compared to male elderly (p<0.05). Conclusion: A high prevalence of dental and disorders are prevalent in elderly. Female elderly are at higher risk of developing mental health disorders and hyperlipidemia. Medical awareness camps should be conducted to detect and help elderly with medical disorders.

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