JNMC dedicates Preventive Geriatrics CME To Dr Stephen Hawking
Department of Community Medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) paid rich tributes to Dr Stephen Hawking, the genius who unlocked secrets of the universe by dedicating a National CME on Preventive Geriatrics to him. The CME held today at JNMC Auditorium was on the topic of ‘Primary Healthcare in Elderly: Graceful Greying’.
Dr Hawking and his groundbreaking research on black holes and the wave function of the universe, among many other developments were given a special mention in the inaugural function of the programme.
Pointing to the solutions for the well-being of the elderly, AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor Tabassum Shahab said that there is a need to be prepared to address the consequences of demographic trends as the population of elderly rises every passing year.
Pointing out that dealing with the increasing chronic diseases requires health promotion and disease prevention intervention at community level as well as disease management strategies within the health care system; the Pro Vice Chancellor added that for ‘graceful greying’, it is imperative to understand the importance of joint families where the elderly can be taken care of.
He further said that all religious scriptures teach people their responsibilities and obligations of taking care of old parents particularly when they are no longer able to work for themselves.
Guest-of-Honour, Prof S B Gupta (President, IAPSMUP and UK) said India has around 100 million elderly at present and the number is expected to increase to 300 million, constituting 20 per cent of the total population, by 2050.
“Since the population of the older persons in India is continuously increasing, there is a need to have appropriate social and economic policies for allowing the rapid increase in the number of elderly, who will make up as much as a fifth of the population by the middle of this century,” said Prof Gupta.
He pointed that multi-disciplinary approaches to geriatric care should be fostered by collaborative training among medical, paramedical and other professionals and community based geriatric services must be envisioned with active participation of all stake holders and players of social, economic and political leadership.
Prof H S Khan (Officiating Dean, Faculty of Medicine) said that ageing increases risk of experiencing depression. “However, timely intervention can help elderly to lead a normal life,” he added.
Prof Ali Ameer (Organising Chairman) said that Dr Hawking was alive when the idea of this CME was perceived. He added that this CME celebrates the long life lived by Dr Hawking, who died the same day that Albert Einstein was born in 1879.
Dr Saira Mehnaz (Joint-Organising Secretary) introduced the guests, while Dr Ali Jafar Abedi (Organising Secretary) proposed the vote of thanks.
A souvenir of the programme was also released on the occasion.