Chennai

Plea to lay stone for National Institute of Ageing

Senior geriatrician V.S. Natarajan on Sunday urged the State government to lay the foundation stone for the National Institute of Ageing at the earliest, as the project was announced some two years back.

Addressing members of Senior Citizens Bureau at a function to launch his book ‘Healthy Ageing', he said that the Centre had sanctioned around Rs.100 crore for the project and if the State government could start the work by October 1 (World Elders day) it would be a great boon for the elders. The State government had allocated a site for this institute at K.K. Nagar Hospital.

HelpAge India National Director Indrani Rajadurai called for forming Senior Citizen Associations in different parts of the State to help fight different issues using a single platform.

“There are different senior citizen associations in the State such as for teachers, engineers, pensioners and for others. They are taking up individual issues. Hence, we have planned to set up 30 Senior Citizen Associations, of which 15 have already been formed. Once we get the required numbers, we will make into a State Level Federation,” she said.

State Planning Commission Member Secretary K. Arulmozhi released the book written by Dr. Natarajan and the first copy was received by former Cabinet Secretary R.Venkatesan.

In his speech, Mr. Arulmozhi said that the book dwells in detail on how to manage oneself in old age. To make it interesting and encouraging, the author has adopted two simple approaches.

Most of the chapters contain questions and answers and the answers are given in bullet point.

“The book contains 46 interesting topics. The first 30 topics speak about medical related diseases and management of it. It prepares oneself to be aware of the disease before going to the doctor. It also speaks about the importance of mental and physical exercises.

The author has sprinkled plenty of thoughts throughout the book,” he said.

It is a crusading effort by the author to enable elders to maintain good health even at old age, said Mr. Venkatesan.

The 142 pages book is priced at Rs.100 per copy.

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