Here are 5 most common winter hazards among seniors:
There is no single ‘must have’ food to prevent memory impairment but there are some important dietary tips that can help seniors maintain a healthy memory. Dietary patterns have long been associated with cognitive decline and reducing the risk of dementia. Researchers have now suggested that those who follow the MIND diet can lower their dementia risk by as much as 50%. MIND stands for Mediterranean- DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. The MIND diet includes two proven diets – DASH and Mediterranean – and zeroes in on the foods in each that specifically affect brain health.
The expression of one’s feelings, thoughts, or ideas, especially through sharing vocally or in writing, art, music, dance or any means of communication is very essential to attain inner peace. As rightly said by Sigmund Freud, “Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.” Revealing your emotions and sharing it with your near and dear ones enhance the idea of ageing gracefully. In senior citizens there is often an empty nest syndrome which fills them with a feeling of grief and loneliness, as their children get busy with their families and life. We often forget that besides physical needs, they also long for love and emotional support from their family or friends.
Doing things that we like is better than doing things we don’ right? When tap into our talents and enjoy doing something we tend to not only do it better and more regularly, but also do it with a smile on our face. So, as much as possible, we should try to spend our most valuable resource – time, in doing something more along the lines of what we want to do.
In the dusk of their life, an alarming number of India’s ninety one million sixty-plus population experiences loneliness, neglect, depression, physical and mental abuse and a plethora of diseases, without proper medical care. Many seniors by this time have lost their spouse. Their social circle of friends and relatives also becomes smaller due to people succumbing to age or disease. In addition the elderly have different healthcare requirements. They often suffer from multiple and chronic diseases and need long-term and constant care, according to the National Programme for Health Care for the Elderly (NPHCE) report. But medication is not their only need – the elderly need emotional support, counselling and often, legal support.
Life is like a camera. Focus on what is important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t work out, take another shot – this is a great reminder for all, that life is precious, and to be enjoyed at every step and stage. For a happy life, it is important to have a positive mindset and be playful. The moment we let go of our worries and problems, even for a short while, they seem less intense.
If so, do not ignore it. We might consider the changes we see as a part of their normal ageing, but that may not always be the case. These changes may be indicative of something more serious, like an alteration in the functioning of the brain.
Mindfulness is living in the moment. It involves openness and curiosity towards our feelings. When we become mindful, we realize that we are not our thoughts; we become an observer of our thoughts from moment to moment, without judging them.
Mindfulness becomes specially useful for the elderly because it focuses on the interconnectedness of mind and body. With age we are more likely to experience physical health problems, and along with it associated psychological issues. Also with the onset of retirement, the life of an elderly changes from busy structured schedules to relaxed ones. For some people it is positively assimilated, leading to reorganization of life; for others, it is significantly damaging, affecting their psychic structure. These effects can manifest through feelings and symptoms like anxiety, depression, irritability, and general dissatisfaction, resulting in a reduction in quality of life. Practicing mindfulness can make it much easier for people to deal with these changes.
The year-end festivities at our senior centre were celebrated with a wonderful Christmas party where everyone sang carols, danced and made merry. It was lovely to see our elderly members celebrate with so much energy and excitement. We shared fond memories of the year gone by and in true Christmas spirit everyone counted their blessings and were grateful for the good times of 2015.
2016 – A new beginning…
A new year, a new start and way to go…. With such beliefs the seniors at Samvedna are ready to open the book of fresh 365 days of yet another year. As beautifully expressed by one of our members, New Year is neither an end nor a beginning but it’s a great opportunity to fill the 365 days with happiness and add another glorious year to the timeline of their life. Read More