Due to continuous increase in the life expectancy, there is an increase in the population of senior citizens. It is remarked that the population in the age group of 60 years and above has tripled in last 50 years. In order to ensure financial, food security, health care, shelter and other needs of senior citizens and to find their equitable share in development and protect them from abuse and exploitation with a view to improve their quality of lives; MDSM provides promotional, preventive, curative and rehabilitative services in their favor.
Senior Citizen Home
MAHARSHI DAYANANDA SERVICE MISSION (MDSM) has established and maintaining Homes for Senior Citizens in 3 rural locations of Dhenkanal district in Odisha i.e. at Gobindpur, Joranda and Laulai. Each home has the capacity of housing 25 beneficiaries that provides food, health care, shelter, recreation and other needs in an integrated manner and free of cost. Most commonly older persons who are poor, distressed, destitute, widow and in need of care & protection are admitted here. The organisation has engaged qualified staff to provide the beneficiaries specific and time bound services together with counselling and complementary health services like Yoga, Pranayam etc. There are arrangements for simple and stress free production activities in the Homes to keep the senior citizens active and productive. Periodical outing and excursion trips to different places of spiritual and cultural importance are arranged to keep them happy. They participate in different observance days and get involved in social activities as a token of return to the society.
There are hundreds of issues related to aging that can be prevented, treated, or managed by physiotherapy. Senior citizens may suffer from a range of issues including arthritis, back pain, joint pain, muscle stiffness, ligament damage, inflammation and lack of mobility. To get relief from these age related problems; physiotherapy in musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiovascular assessment is advisable. Looking at the need of the senior citizens MDSM has established and running physiotherapy clinic having therapeutic instruments and qualified staff in Dhenkanal, Odisha.