Background: Ageing is a part of the development sequences of entire life span. India is going to be having highest number of geriatric in the world by year 2025. Morbidity among elderly is a serious problem for health service utilization in India due to increase in elderly population. Results: A total of 18,309 new patients were seen in the Government Doon hospital within the period under review. Out of these, 4054 were geriatric patients (aged 60 years and above) made up of 55.6% (n=2252) males and 44.4% (n=1802) females with male to female preponderance ratio of 1.8:1. Most of the system disorders were found to be almost equally distributed among elderly men and women. A statistically significant (p>0.05) was observed among morbidity and mortality of gender inequality in hospital admission. Out of 4054 geriatric patients, 297 (7.3%) elderly deaths were registered during the study period. Conclusion: Awareness among the elderly population should be created for regular medical check-ups to ensure prevention and early detection of the chronic diseases. It is also essential to have geriatric units with specialised professionals along with subsidized health care services in order to address geriatric morbid conditions in a proper manner.
Brij Bhushan Tyagi, Shilpi Singhal, AS Haroon, Narendra Kumar Bhardwaj, Vijay Kumar Negi. An epidemiological study of the morbidity and mortality pattern among the elderly people of Uttarakhand state. International Journal of Medical and Health Research, Volume 2, Issue 9, 2016, Pages 49-56