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Table 16

Suggested Intervention Number %

Organising medical camps in the villages for the elderly (involving specialisation) frequently 698 82.8
Motivation of doctors/others by the Govt. to serve in the rural areas 369 43.8
Starting of more rural hospitals to cater to the needs of the rural people 218 25.9

Family and Social Intervention

The intervention measures comprised careful listening to the family and social problems of the subjects and offering appropriate and relevant advice in respect of the problems of ageing. The subjects were also motivated to indulge in such social and religious activities as visiting friends and families, visiting temples and attending to religious discourses and in recreational activities such as visiting cinema theatres, playing indoor games etc., and to avoid remaining 'idle' as much as possible. Excepting for 9 subjects, who found this type of intervention was of no use to them, all the others (N = 386) accepted family and social intervention in some degree or other depending on their liking.

The table 17 offers various other intervention measures extended to the geriatric subjects.

Table 17
Family/ Social Intervention

Intervention Measures Number %

Patient listening to family/ social problems 339 85.8
Encouraging talk explaining the problems of ageing 176 44.6
Counselling 49 12.4
Motivating them to indulge in various social activities (like visiting temples, hearing religious discourses etc.) not to keep themselves idle 11 2.8

Satisfaction with intervention

Three hundred and eighty subjects (98%) expressed satisfaction over the family and social intervention measures. There were 6 subjects, who could not achieve satisfaction. Three of them stated that the measures were not useful specifically to them, while 3 others stated that family problems could never be solved by such advice. The reasons advanced by the subjects for being satisfied with these intervention measures are as follows: a patient listening to family/social problems (N = 326, 85%), suitable counselling to cope up with family problems (N = 179, 46%), organising recreational activities (N = 9, 2%). Two destitute women were satisfied on admission into the Old Age Homes.

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