MJM, Vol 70 Supplement 1 September 2015
The Elderly Project: Effective Services Elderly
Jinjang Health Clinics, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Introduction: Statistics show that 12% of the population in Malaysia are elderly. This elderly group is in need of comprehensive care so that they can enjoy their perfect life. Based on data from outpatient department in 2013, 45% of them were from senior citizens. Therefore, allied health from Jinjang Clinics has initiated a holistic and comprehensive health care to them. The objective is to increase healthy lifestyles among elderly. At the end of program they shall achieve optimal blood pressure, control blood sugar, reduce pain, body weight and also healthy minds set.
Method: Participants were randomly selected from among outpatients aged over 60 years. A total of 80 elderly were successfully selected and agreed to participate into this project. Health screening conducted on all participants used BSSK form. Activities were measure independently Body Mass Index, self-examination of vital signs, self-monitoring of blood glucose levels, heath education, cooking demonstration, exercise and fitness activities. Monthly data was collected on the progression of the health and mental status. Data was analysed by the using SPSS 20. All 80 participants successfully completed the project without drop out. The project period was 12 months from January to December 2014.
Results: Of the 80 participants, 43.75% successfully reduced weight while 25% able to controlled blood sugar between normal limits. A total of 28.75% managed to control blood pressure, 17.5% improve the health of mind and 93.75% reduced the score for limbs pain.
Conclusion: Overall, with a structured intervention program, a commitment from committee of the project and cost-effective can control the risk factors of Non-Communicable Disease (NCD). The project achieved 75% of elderly productive, happy and healthy mind. This project has managed to become an example throughout the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur.
Keywords: quality of life, elderly, effective services, hypertension, non-communicable disease among elderly.