HOLISTIC APPROACHES TO GERIATRIC CARE IN AYURVEDA: INTEGRATING TRADITIONAL WISDOM WITH MODERN AGING STRATEGIES
Keywords:Holistic approaches, Geriatric care, Traditional medicine, Ageing strategies, Dosha balance, Dietary recommendations, Herbal therapies, Yoga and meditation
Comprehensive methods that consider the many facets of ageing are required to meet the needs of an ageing population, which poses both unique difficulties and possibilities for healthcare. This literature review looks at how Ayurveda, an old Indian medical practice, might be combined with current thinking on ageing to provide more allencompassing methods of caring for the elderly. The multifaceted requirements of the aged are reflected in Ayurveda's emphasis on achieving a state of harmony between the physical, mental, and spiritual realms. This article delves into the fundamentals of Ayurvedic geriatric care, including balancing doshas, dietary suggestions, herbal treatments, Yoga and meditation, massage and body therapies, lifestyle modifications, and the mind-body link. We explore these topics in detail to show how Ayurvedic methods may help seniors live healthier lives and improve their quality of life as they age. This research also explores the complementary nature of Ayurvedic and Western medical practices, demonstrating how combining these methods might enhance care for the elderly. Ayurveda's holistic approach to healing, which includes individualised treatment regimens based on each patient's unique condition, symptoms, and preferences, complements traditional medical therapies. Recognising the importance of cultural ideas and values in defining geriatric care practises, cultural and ethical aspects are also highlighted. The report finishes with a plea for further study and cooperation between traditional knowledge and contemporary science to develop a holistic framework for geriatric care that enables people to age with dignity and maintain their overall health. In conclusion, this review article links conventional Ayurvedic treatments and modern geriatric care, providing new perspectives on the ageing process and its management. To improve the health and vitality of the aged population, it is crucial to acknowledge the importance of holistic care in gerontology.