Why Should Elderly Care in India be Holistic and Tech-Enabled?

In India, the elderly population is growing at an alarming rate. The country has a high percentage of older people, which is expected to increase further in the coming years. According to census data released by government bodies such as Census 2011, one out of every four Indians is aged 60 years or older (24%). The average life expectancy of an Indian man today is 68 years, while women live on average for 72 years! 

This means that more people will need assistance with daily tasks like cooking meals or grocery shopping when they grow old. In addition to this problem, we also have issues such as mental health problems among our elderly population, which require attention at an early stage so that they can receive treatment before it becomes serious.

we also have lower literacy rates among senior citizens compared with younger generations meaning that they may not understand how technology works or how it benefits them personally so could benefit from being exposed more frequently through social media platforms such associations would allow us to improve accessibility through providing regular updates on new developments within specific communities. 

In India, there is a need to rethink elderly care – moving away from the current model of providing medical services alone 

As elderly care in India is becoming more institutionalised, technology is helping to bridge some of the gaps that exist across the country. In addition to improving quality of life, tech can help reduce costs by increasing efficiency and reducing waste. When it comes time for an elderly person’s loved ones to make decisions about their health care, these technologies will help them get access to the relevant information quickly and easily. 

Technology has also made it easier for family members and friends who are not living close by but still want to be involved with their loved one’s care plan or medical treatment regimen—such as monitoring vital signs remotely via video conferencing or communicating via text message—and even providing emotional support during difficult times (elderly people who live alone often experience loneliness). 

Challenges faced by elderly people and existing solutions 

In India, there is a lack of access to quality care. This can be attributed to several factors such as: 

  • Awareness about the services available and how they can help you; 
  • Support from family members; 
  • Funds for paying for care; 
  • Right infrastructure to deliver these services. 

A holistic solution can be developed by focusing on the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of the elderly 

A holistic solution can be developed by focusing on the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of the elderly. All three dimensions are interrelated. To ensure that all aspects of well-being are addressed holistically, we need to focus on both physical and mental well-being and their relation with each other. 

To understand this concept better, let us think about a healthy person who is in good health physically but suffers from depression or anxiety issues for which there may be no explanation or treatment available anywhere in our country despite having access to modern technology.

The same applies if someone suffers from high blood pressure or diabetes while they also have poor circulation due to poor diet habits due to poverty status etc., these people may not even know what’s wrong with them until they visit a doctor who suggests medication but later realises after using it for some time that although it helped reduce some symptoms temporarily none gave permanent relief from those conditions because there was something else going on behind them too like lack of proper nourishment leading towards severe malnutrition which could result into death if left untreated for long periods at times! 

Holistic care should be underpinned by digital technologies 

Technology can help improve the quality of care, efficiency and cost of care. 

  • Technology can help to improve accessibility and security for elderly people who are not able to travel easily or safely. 
  • Technology can also be used for monitoring vital signs like heart rate, blood pressure and urinary tract infections in elderly people who may have chronic conditions that require close observation by nurses or physicians (elderly). 

Technology and holistic care improve the medical and emotional needs of elderly people 

Technology can help monitor health and well-being, providing emotional, mental stimulation and spiritual support. 

The elderly need to feel secure in their surroundings. There should be enough space to move freely without feeling restricted or cramped. The home should be equipped with all the amenities required by an elderly person for a comfortable stay at home. 

Help in personalising the diverse elderly care needs 

In the past, elderly people would have to rely on their relatives or friends for support. But now, with the technology available at our fingertips and the internet being a part of everything we do, anyone with an internet connection can get help from experts in any field they might need. 

Having access to this kind of information can make a huge difference in how you deal with your elderly loved ones’ needs: if you know what type of care they need before they even reach out to ask for help, then it will be much easier for them when they do reach out (and also make things less stressful). 

In addition to helping people understand their bodies better than ever before due to medical breakthroughs like genomic sequencing or robotic surgery techniques like the da Vinci Surgical System (which lets surgeons perform minimally invasive procedures safely) 


In India, there is a need to rethink elderly care. Moving away from the current model of providing medical services alone, holistic solutions should be developed by focusing on the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of the elderly. Holistic care should be underpinned by digital technologies that can help personalise their diverse needs. The right technology can help in providing an insight into their health status and thus lead to better decision-making by caregivers or family members. Technology and holistic care improve the medical and emotional needs of elderly people, which leads them to live longer with dignity and comfort. 

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