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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 6-7

Journey of a journal from Indian journal of geriatric mental health to journal of geriatric mental health


Department of Geriatric Mental Health, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

Date of Web Publication29-Sep-2014

Correspondence Address:
Sarvada C Tiwari
Department of Geriatric Mental Health, King George's Medical University, Lucknow - 226 003, Uttar Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/2348-9995.141915

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Tiwari SC. Journey of a journal from Indian journal of geriatric mental health to journal of geriatric mental health . J Geriatr Ment Health 2014;1:6-7

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Tiwari SC. Journey of a journal from Indian journal of geriatric mental health to journal of geriatric mental health . J Geriatr Ment Health [serial online] 2014 [cited 2019 Nov 12];1:6-7. Available from: http://www.jgmh.org/text.asp?2014/1/1/6/141915

Improvement in healthcare facilities increased the longevity and subsequently, like in other regions of the World, the proportion of older adults (aged 60 years and above) increased in India. The statistics indicate that the growth rate of Indian older adults is comparatively faster than in the other regions of the World. It is reported that by 2050 this segment of population will be similar in proportion to world older adult's population.

Within two decades, the population of older adults has doubled in the country i.e. from 56.7 million in 1991 to 103 million in 2011 [1] and is expected to triple in the next four decades i.e., 316 million. [2] The proportional share of older adults in the population has increased from 6.8 % in 1991 to 8.6% in 2011. [3] The life expectancy at birth has also risen from 49.7 years (male = 50.5, female = 49.0) in 1970-75 to over 63.5 years (male = 62.6, female = 64.2) in 2002-2006 and is 67.1 in year 2012. Feminization in this proportion of population is also on increase. [4]

Deterioration in anatomical, biological and functional strength makes older adults more prone towards diseases and disabilities. Generally, they have to deal with multiple chronic diseases such as problems related to major organ systems like- cardiovascular (heart and arteries), respiratory (lungs and musculoskeletal), gastrointestinal, genitourinary, endocrinological, nervous, musculoskeletal, immunological, special senses (eye, ear, nose, throat) which adversely affects the health of older adults. Simultaneously, rapid urbanization, industrialization, job linked migrations, emergence of new socio-cultural values and nuclear families etc. pose major problems for older adults. They often feel alienated from the main stream and are compelled to stay alone and isolated. And thus, they often have to deal with mental health problems and poor quality of life. It is reported that one in five people over the age of 60 suffer from one or the other mental disorder. [5] In spite of growing requirement for mental health care services for older persons, hardly services are available in the country.

Considering the gigantic needs and challenges of the geriatric mental health services as well as acknowledging its importance and getting the subject geriatric mental health recognized and popular in India, an initiative was taken during the 56 th Annual Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society-2004 to constitute Indian Association for Geriatric Mental Health (IAGMH) by like minded professionals in Hyderabad. The aim of this Association was to provide a platform to professionals for organizing academic, clinical and research activities to improve quality of mental health care of the older adults. This was the beginning of concerted efforts for geriatric mental health in the country. In its initial phase the Association identified office bearers for carrying out different activities of IAGMH and an editorial board for publication of its own official Journal in 2005. Dr. Bela Shah, Dr. S.C. Malik, Dr. N.K. Bohra, Dr. A.P. Patkar, Dr. J.W. Sabhaney, Dr. D.N. Nandi, Dr. R. Ponnudurai, Dr. N. Lal, Col. D.S. Goel, Dr. Mohan Issac, Dr. I. Sharma, Dr. Neena Vohra, Dr. R. Thara, Dr. Harjeet Singh, Dr. P.K. Chaturvedi were in the National Advisory Board of the Journal. Dr. Sanjai Gupta was given the responsibility of editor and the editorial board comprised of Dr. S.C. Tiwari, Dr. K. Shaji, Dr. E Mohan Das, Dr. Rov A Kallivayalil, Dr. N.G. Desai, Dr. T.S.S. Rao and Dr. Charles Pinto. The Journal was named 'Indian Journal of Geriatric Mental Health' (IJGMH).

The first edition of the IJGMH was officially published in 2006 after the 2 nd National Annual Conference of IAGMH. It was dedicated to mentally ailing older adults and meant to provide scientific material and deliberations to upgrade the wellbeing and quality of life of older adults with mental health problems. It was the medium for disseminating research contributions related to geriatric mental health. And that was really a proud moment for all the office bearers and association members.

Various categories of articles were considered for publication, including, original articles, short communications, case reports, review articles, letters to editor, book reviews as well as conference proceedings and award papers of its official association. During its journey the journal experienced many ups and downs. There was a pause during 2012-13 and it could not be published due to unavoidable circumstances. However, in the meantime with extensive efforts of the editor and members of the editorial board, in 2012 the Journal received the ISSN No. 2249-815X. In 2013, during 9 th National Annual Conference of IAGMH -2013 (GERON-2013) its first supplement was launched. The supplement included the abstracts of scientific materials related to the symposium, invited guest lectures, award papers, workshops, poster and free papers.

During the 9 th Annual General Body meeting of the association, which was held on 19 th August, 2013, at Lucknow, the editorial board of the IJGMH was changed with common consensus. Dr. Sandeep Grover was given the responsibility of the editor; Dr. G P Rao, Dr. Shrikant Srivastava became associate editors, Dr. Naresh Nebhinani, Dr. Natasha Kate assistant editors. Dr. T S S Rao was appointed as the chief advisor of the journal. The advisory board comprised of Dr. Ajit Avasthi, Dr. Anand Ramakrishnan, Dr. Charles Pinto, Dr. Debasish Basu, Dr. E Mohandas, Dr. Indira Sharma, Dr. R C Jiloha, Dr. Saroja K Indran, Dr. Shashjit Lal Varma, Dr. Shiv Gautam and the editorial board members were Dr. Alka Subramaniyam, (West Zone), Dr. Debjani Bandyopadhyay (East Zone), Dr. K S Shaji (South Zone), Dr. Nilesh Shah, (West Zone), Dr. Om Prakash (North Zone), Dr. S C Tiwari (Central Zone), Dr. Subho Chakrabarti (North Zone), Dr. Sudhir Kumar (Central Zone). The team resolved to make the journal get the international fame and as the first step, the name was modified from "Indian Journal of Geriatric Mental Health (IJGMH 0)" to "Journal of Geriatric Mental Health ( JGMH )" .

We are happy to bring out the first issue of the Journal with a new name. It is in your hands and is the first volume by the present editorial team. We hope the new garb of the Journal will be appreciated by the learned members, academicians, researchers and clinicians of the field. We also hope to get scientific material and ideas related to geriatric mental health from the contributors which will be one of the vital sources of our energy to publish the journal well in time. We are planning to have a blind peer review process which will not only maintain the quality of the articles but also give everyone an impartial opportunity. We are now striving towards perfection and expect all the support from our erudite readers and profusely thank them for their constant encouragement coming from "Indian Journal of Geriatric Mental Health (IJGMH )" to new "Journal of Geriatric Mental Health ( JGMH )" .

 
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2.James KS, Sathyanarayana KM. Demographic change, age structure transition and ageing in India: Issues and challenges. Yojana 2011;55:28-31.   Back to cited text no. 2
    
3.Das SK. Situation Analysis of the Elderly in India, 2011. Available from: http://www.mospi.nic.in/mospi_new/upload/elderly_in_india.pdf. [Last accessed on 2013 Oct 6].  Back to cited text no. 3
    
4.India Demographics Profile 2013. Available from: http://www.indexmundi.com/india/demographics_profile.html. [Last accessed on 2013 Oct 6].  Back to cited text no. 4
    
5.Tiwari SC, Pandey NM. Status and requirements of geriatric mental health services in India: An evidence-based commentary. Indian J Psychiatry 2012;54:8-14.  Back to cited text no. 5
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