Old age is like the final frontier in a person’s life, and it comes with many challenges. Deterioration of physical strength, weakening of senses, diminishing of mental capability, financial difficulties along with various illnesses are certain inevitable challenges one has to face in his or her old age.
People entering in the twilight of their lives are wary of impending physical and mental changes associated with old age. Illnesses like diabetes, congestive heart failure, and some forms of dementia are the main health issues faced by elderly. Decreased strength coupled with slowed reflexes make older people accident prone as well. Perhaps the emotional aspect of people gets affected the most as a decline in their mental ability makes them dependent. They no longer have trust in their own ability or judgments. Moreover, due to generation gap the youngsters do not pay attention to their suggestion and advice. As a result, this may create a feeling of deprivation of their dignity and importance.
As a matter of fact, this phase of life is often viewed as an unavoidable, undesirable and problem ridden with uncertainties. Today, there are many countries in the world that are witnessing an increase in ageing population. This is why, it is imperative to find innovative and sustainable ways to address these issues of elderly.
Even premier intergovernmental organizations, like WHO, have time and again highlighted the need for addressing the challenges experienced by elderly people. It has emphasized the need to create age-friendly environments
and policies to engage older men and women. It has also been instrumental in encouraging ways for governments, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders to perceive, interact with, and care for their older citizens.
Here are some of the main age related challenges for elderly people and their solutions.