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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 27-31

Age-Friendly Primary Health Care Services: Emerging Need in India

1 President of Mera Swasth Physician Consortium, New Delhi, India
2 Director Professor & Head of Department, Community Medicine, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College & Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India
3 Senior Resident, Department of Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India

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Senior Resident, Department of Community Medicine Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi
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The population of elderly is growing at a faster rate all over the world. India's population aged 60 and older is projected to increase dramatically over the next four decades, from 8 percent in 2010 to 19 percent in 2050. Increasing age has serious consequences on health status, social support mechanism and financial condition of the individual and the family. Primary health care providers can play a critical role in providing elderly health care services in India. Age-friendly primary health care services can be a cost-effective option for elderly health care services in India. Age-friendly primary health care services foster health and well-being. They envisage accessible, equitable, inclusive, safe, secure and supportive health care services. They provide people-centered services and support them to enable recovery or to compensate for the loss of function so that people can continue to do the things that are important to them. There is a need for improvement of health care infrastructure at primary level, training of health personnel, improving the quality of health care services for elderly and to strengthen the provision of home-based health care for bedridden patients. Policy makers should take immediate measures to establish age-friendly primary health care services with wide range of interventions to promote and implement the concept of active ageing in India.

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