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Ways to celebrate Christmas with your elderly loved ones!

christmas with elderlyChristmas is a time to celebrate the joy of giving. Though, the really valuable gifts are not tangible gifts. The Christmas spirit is more about spending quality time with family and loved ones, celebrating, feasting and creating memories to cherish forever.

For our elders, Christmas, like other festivals, is yet another opportunity to shower their blessings and unconditional love on their family. It is also a chance for the children to make their elderly loved ones feel special and loved. No matter if we are living with them or away, we can always plan something special for them.

Helping parents do financial planning for retirement

With the increase in longevity and need for financial independence it is now becoming imperative to plan for a second career for people who are nearing retir5ement. For the vast majority of people, who are at this stage of life sets in quietly, but suddenly,  and few are prepared to deal with its issues. Most people living busy lives during the young and middle age periods may prefer to turn away from, and not consider, the possible realities of their own impending old age.

Calcium – importance and requirement

We’ve all heard the old saying “Health is Wealth”. In our daily diet we take a  mix of vegetables, fruits, nuts, milk products and so on. But more often than not, we don’t consciously balance the type of food we consume and its quantity and nutritional value. Our body needs specific quantities of proteins, carbohydrates and micro nutrients i.e. vitamins and minerals, to remain healthy.

Our latest doc talkdoctor’s talk at the Samvedna Activity Centre focused on one of the most important micro nutrients the body needs – calcium.

Listening and sharing make life joyful for elderly

Our Senior Care Specialist Shezmin shares her experience of working with the elderly.

My experience as a Senior Care Specialist has been full of new experiences and challenges.  Since I come from a Clinical Psychology background, I had multiple options to start my career with, but I chose to work with the elderly. I am close to my grandparents and try to understand them and their needs, which in turn has helped me understand my clients better.IMG-20150817-WA0001

In my interaction with the elderly, I’ve observed that they are keen and have a lot to share, as their lives have been full of experiences.  They want someone who can listen to them patiently. In today’s world all of us are leading busy lives and that leaves us with little quality time for our elderly at home, which somewhere makes them lonely.  Most of them just want a little time from their children and grand children to be happy.

One of the elderly I visit asks me to call her ‘Nani’, as it makes her feel good.
She always calls me before my visit to confirm if I am coming.

10 ways to improve brain health and stay young!

One of the most expected fears that comes along with ageing is a decline in cognitive functioning and ability. Though as we age brain changes are inevitable, the good news is we can always maintain good brain health by adopting a healthy lifestyle.

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Here are some of the easy ways to keep your brain healthy and young:

  1. Know the magic of working out

Physical activity increases oxygen to your brain and reduces the risk of disorders that lead to memory loss, diabetes or cardiovascular disease. Even a 30 minutes’ walk helps to keep the brain young!

Independence and empathy important for self worth, for Dementia patients

Our Senior Care Specialist Aayushi shares her experience of working with elderly with Dementia, and what she feels makes a difference to their quality of life.

It’s hasn’t been very long since I started working in the elder care sector, but this short period has given me insights that are woAyushirth sharing. My journey as a care specialist is interesting and at the same time challenging. I would like to share my experience about one of my elderly clients, who I visit every week.

She is a 67 year old lady, with vascular dementia. She had been a very independent and authoritative person all her life. But now, because of her condition, she is dependent on full-time nurses and maids for her daily living. Her son lives abroad.  He is very much concerned about her and keeps a regular check on her health and well being.

8 ways to help parents stay engaged post retirement

post retirementOur Senior Care Specialist Kunzes has listed some ideas to help seniors stay engaged after they retire.

When a person retires, a new stage of life begins. In some ways its good, as it gives the senior time to relax, live without deadlines and pursue their hobbies and interests. But at the same time, a life without a regular routine or idleness starts worrying them as the days pass by. Having a purpose can add life to the years of aging parents. With retirement often our elderly parents suffer from a sense of role-lessness, which further adds on problems like isolation, depression, withdrawal and other health issues.

Painting therapeutic for seniors

painting3 copyWhy do we paint? …We paint to communicate an idea and to express ourselves. Just as the physical body requires certain nutrients to survive, so does the human soul. Painting, like other arts, is therapeutic. Through expression, it helps in emotional release. This leads to a general sense of relief and over all better mental health. Several studies show that art can reduce depression and anxiety.

 

 

Helping parents age healthy in today’s fast paced life

Healthy AgeingOur Senior Care Specialist Ayushi has put together a few simple steps for you to help your parents age healthy, within the limited amount of time available to us in today’s fast paced life.

The hectic pace of today’s 24-hour lifestyle may be wreaking even more havoc on our health than we realize. It also leaves us with limited time to care for our ageing parents.

 

Acceptance crucial for people with Dementia

KritikaI am Kritika and I work with seniors who have a condition called dementia, which is marked by memory loss and difficulties in thinking, problem solving and language. I would like to share an experience here, so that other people in a similar situation can learn from it.

Respect, acceptance and love are important in every relationship. This is specially true when dealing with an elderly who has dementia. Acceptance of their condition, and being patient and respectful with them is crucial, as it has a significant impact on their condition and personality.