There are over 81 million old age people in the country. In old age people start facing problems both physical and mental. Old people often have limited regenerative abilities and are more susceptible to disease, syndromes, and sickness than younger people. The older people also face other social issues like loneliness and neglect too. Sanghar Jetha Naran and Sanghar Ranbai jetha is also one old age couple facing these issues.
Sanghar Jetha Naran is an 86 year old and his wife Ranbai is 75 years old. They are living together since last 50 years. They have one son and 4 daughters. All are married. Their son is not living with them, and also not supporting them economically.
Jetha bhai was a farmer. He had a farm. Farming was his family occupation. All of the family members were involved in farming. The income from farming wasn’t sufficient. So he decided to go to abroad for labour work. He spent more than 5 years there and was involved in construction labour. Ranbai was also doing labour work to help Jetha bhai and her family. There was a time when they were getting food for only one time. After his marriage their son decided to live separately. He went to another village to live.
After that Jetha Bhai and Ranbai did labour work for some times. Problems of aging usually appear after the age of 60. Physically they get weaker. They can’t perform hard work. Also their mental ability makes them dependant. Weak health restricted their participation in social activities and their home became the centre of their social life. Due to loss of most of the social roles they once performed, they were feeling isolated and lonely that lead them into hypertension.
What is hypertension?
Our heart pumps blood. Blood pressure is the force of blood against blood vessels as it circulates. This force is necessary to make the blood flow, delivering nutrients and oxygen throughout your body. Hypertension is also called high blood pressure, means there is too much pressure in your blood vessels. This can damage your blood vessels and cause health problems. Anyone can develop high blood pressure, but it can become more common as one get older.
Ranbai got this problem 2 years ago. And Jetha bhai didn’t even remember from how long he is been suffering from this problem.
Dependency- economical and mental:
In old age physical strength deteriorates, mental stability diminishes, financial power becomes bleak. It is the period in which one has to depend on some one. If nobody is there to look after you it becomes really difficult to do your day to day transactions. Jetha bhai and Ranbai both can’t work now due to their age. They had a farm they sold it and now they have to spend their whole life with that amount.
When they came to know that both of them are suffering from same problem they started buying medicines from medical shop. They don’t visit doctor as they have to travel for that.
In MHU service we provide health service at the door step of needy people. When Jetha Bhai came to know about the service he visited MHU. And then after become a regular beneficiary of our MHU. Jetha Bhai first visited MHU on 24th Feb 2016. And Ranbai visited on 1st June. They were facing lots of problem due to their high blood pressure. But now both of them are fine. Their blood pressure is in complete control.
Nowadays what we are observing in our society is that the children are not willing to take care of their parents they do not want to spend money on them. They don’t want to share an emotional bond with them. Same thing has happened with this couple, there is no one to look after them and they also don’t have any source of income. In old age people need care and emotional support family life is very important and necessary for them and for parents to lead a life of security, care and dignity.