Ageing is an irreversible and inevitable part of life cycle. Old age is considered to be the toughest part for an individual where he or she undergoes several psychological changes. Ayurveda approach to old age with special emphasis on managing old age related health issues.
Physiologically it’s the stage of degeneration associated with joint problems, impairment in general health, diminished vision, loss of muscle tone, loss of skin tone, dementia etc. Incidence or progression of lifestyle disorders like hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidaemia etc are also more in old age. Aged individuals also face many psychological problems like stress, anxiety, depression etc. Nowadays after retiring from a job most people gets confined to their homes with the same routine everyday .They feel insecure and lonely when neglected by dear ones and the society. The current trend of nuclear families forces aged people to lead lonely life causing psychological problems like anxiety, depression etc. Ayurveda considers old age as the stage of life predominant in Vata dosha. Aggravated Vata causes derangement in structure and functions of various organs and systems in the body. Shorty saying it’s the stage of degeneration. Various factors like improper diet , lifestyle, nutritional imbalance, mental agonies etc further triggers the pace of degeneration in old age. So a person in old age requires special care with medications and by adopting healthy lifestyle. Ayurveda advises rasayana (rejuvenation) therapy as a supportive measure to reduce the extent of degeneration and provide a healthy aging. Various herbs, therapies and life style regimens are mentioned in Ayurveda which can manage physiological and psychological ailments due to ageing. This course (Ayurveda approach to old age) will give an idea on how Ayurveda can deal with old age problems.
Unit I – Basic principles & philosophy of Ayurveda
Unit II – Normal Ageing and Preventive measures
Unit III : Ageing: Ayurveda management
Unit IV : Managing old age ailments