Understanding the nature of thoughts and 9 tips for keeping them positive

happyOn 12th May 2017 we organized a workshop on The Art of Positive Thinking. The aim of the workshop was to understand thoughts and their impact on our emotions.

So, what are thoughts? According to many participants, thoughts are little conversations in our head, are our opinions, they can be difficult to deal with, and many participants also commented on how thoughts seem to just barge into our mind and one should try not think too much.

10 benefits of intergenerational relationships

IG bondingThe chains of relationships between aging parents, adult children and grandchildren are known as intergenerational relationships.

As society has changed and evolved, so have the family ties changed over time. All families are different, and therefore different families interact in different ways. Some families are close-knit, and have frequent contact with each other and give importance to providing care as it becomes necessary for aging loved ones. Other families may feel simply an obligatory sense of duty when it comes to caring for each other, but may not share the same emotional bond.

6 ways to help grandchildren understand dementia

11336963_400820266775853_2868600213091949438_oIllness of any kind always has an impact on family members. This specially holds true for dementia.  The effects it has on the children and spouse of the person affected is often discussed and researched about. However, there’s always a ripple effect that is not limited to the immediate family members. It also passes on to the tiny tots of the family: the grandchildren.

7 things to consider when a loved one is ageing in place

mrs dasWho does not love their home sweet home and especially if you ask an elderly, they have spent a good number of years there and are habituated to it, the environment, the familiarity, etc. The freedom and dignity that comes from staying in your own home, the ability to make your own decisions, the maintenance of friendships and community ties are a few reasons behind why it is a good idea to stay at your own home while you grow old.

7 aspects of cognition, and its link to dementia

smart phoneHuman brain is complex, yet beautiful in the way it performs and executes so many distinctive functions that are crucial to our daily living. Right from helping in our routine work to as simple as picking up an object placed at a distance.  The advancement in technologies and development in neuroscience has enabled the scientists, practitioners, students and general population in understanding a complex set of pattern and activities involved in making sure everything functions smoothly.

8 self-care tips for depression caregivers

blogDepression has become an increasingly common illness affecting almost 1 in 5 persons. This means that all of us either experience Depression or witness it in someone close to us. When a loved one has Depression, it can be hard not just for the person, but for his or her entire family and friends circle.

This is especially true when we are living with someone who suffers from it. Although, the caregiver role is an important one in the depressed person’s road to recovery, it is a challenging task requiring immense patience and perseverance.

5 dos and dont’s for helping an elderly with depression

dementia care 2Depression is a mood disorder that affects our emotional and mental functioning. While sadness is a major symptom of depression, many elderly with depression claim to not feel sad. Moreover, many assume that feeling low is a part of ageing and many are reluctant to talk about it. These are some reasons for why depression in the elderly is so often overlooked.

8 keys to happiness at all ages!

image1At Samvedna, we celebrated the start of the new fiscal year with a workshop on Happiness. We started by sharing what happiness means to everyone. Everyone gave their own answers that were all unique and wonderful! However, the happiness researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky defines it as:

The experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense that one’s life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile.

Younger onset dementia – 7 challenges and caregiver tips

IMG_7595Dementia is a syndrome, a cluster of symptoms that affects almost all the domains of life: intellectual, behavioral, social abilities, and that interferes with daily functioning. It affects an individual’s ability to function at work, in social relationships and in their daily activities. Younger onset dementia, early onset dementia and pre senile dementia are all terms that refer to dementia developed before the age of 65.