With nearly 104 million elderly persons (aged 60 years or above), India is a fast ageing country. The exponential rise in the geriatric population has been predicted to reach 34 crores by 2050. This probably justifies the increasing need of geriatric physiotherapy but is the Indian Physiotherapy community ready to handle this huge influx of ageing clientele?
The ageing population presents with numerous ailments. As physiotherapists, we are well versed with the rehabilitation protocol that helps us deal with any physical ailment that they present with. Unfortunately, it is not enough. The simple reason is we as physiotherapists often consider the physical and cognitive deficiencies as two separate entities. During the comprehensive assessment, Physiotherapists have the tendency to minutely thresh out the things we can treat from the things we believe we cannot treat.
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