Depression 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.
At 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.
Dementia 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.
Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive movement disorder estimated to affect nearly 2 percent of those over age 65. It affects the area in the brain that controls motor movements which in turn causes problems like tremors, rigidity, slow movement, postural instability (balance problems) and difficulties with walking. Read More
As care specialists, we understand the need for appropriate and adequate sensory stimulation for Dementia/ Parkinsons disease patients. However, when we meet people of various professional /social/economic backgrounds, I notice a certain apprehension about understanding the relevance of one of the modalities: Tactile Stimulation, which basically involves relating to your sense of touch. Various textures, sizes and shapes like smooth, rough, hard, soft, furry etc. can be used for this activity. The sense of touch also includes the differentiation and recognition of temperature, pain, and body position.
Dance movement therapy is aimed towards the holistic growth and development of the individual through the integration of various aspects of functioning. It helps the individual to take every step in a very creative and simple way.
According to the American Dance Therapy Association (1970), dance movement therapy is defined as “the psychotherapeutic use of movement as a process which furthers the emotional, cognitive and physical integration of the individual.” People with dementia-related disorders such as Alzheimer’s experience anxiety, frustration and fear, along with physical changes, as memory loss progresses.
Visual art therapy involves using different mediums such as paint, clay, chalk and photography to create something that the participant can use to express themselves easily. Research has shown that encouraging people who are living with dementia to take part in regular creative activities significantly enriches and improves their quality of life, helping many to live well with their condition.
How does one embrace an aging body ? How indeed. Memories of youth come in the way. Memories of when running was easy and fun. Kicking a ball and running after it was fun. Future held promise and dreams were dreamt. There was a thick shock of hair to be styled, muscles to be exercised, skills to be mastered. Memories were to be made and not to be lived in.
I am a dementia care specialist. Dementia as a condition brings a lot of changes in the person, affecting her/him in almost every aspect of life. The transformation during the course of the illness is difficult: physically and emotionally for both the person as well as his or her family members.
Technology has become an essential part of our lives. We have become dependent on various gadgets to make our life easier. This was not always the case, earlier people were more dependent on each other to complete tasks. One important gadget which has taken an important role in our life is our “smartphone”, be it for calling, chatting, shopping, monetary transactions or any other thing – our smartphone manages all.