Ashima shifted to another city almost 10 years ago to make her life. While life was shining bright at her, it was the exhaustive work schedules and commitments that made it stressful, and it was a daunting task for her to juggle her family life here and her parents living in the other city. Her parent’s health, safety and wellbeing were definitely her concern. There were times when she would worry and wonder late into the night about what they may be doing… were they happy… whether they were facing any form of trouble…was everything being taken care off well.
With life of an individual being work centric for the past 35-40 years, a step down from the work life may leave a deep void. With the average life span of an individual increasing, it becomes all the more imperative to plan and prepare oneself for yet another life transition: Old age.
As we age, we become more susceptible to dehydration for several reasons: Our body’s ability to conserve water is reduced, our thirst sense becomes less acute, and we’re less able to respond to changes in temperature. These problems are compounded by chronic illnesses such as diabetes, dementia, and by the use of certain medications.
Learning a new language at an older age can be like opening a door to another world, one in which both the social and cognitive faculties are refreshed and invigorated. The greatest obstacle to older adult language learning is the doubt in the minds of both learner and teacher if older adults can learn a new language, but it’s vital to realize that it is absolutely an attainable goal. Those who cast aside doubt and embrace the benefits are guaranteed to find success, often sooner than they expect.
“A healthy outside starts from the inside” – This quote by Robert Urich stands true for all. Maintaining a sense of emotional wellbeing is as crucial as one’s physical health and it was only apt to have someone like Dr. Seema Rekha talk on this often sidelined aspect of wellbeing with our members.
A caregiver is anyone who provides care and support in daily routine activities to someone because of an ongoing disease or terminal illness. India majorly has an unpaid workforce of caregivers i.e. it is usually the family members who take up the role of nursing their loved ones. Caregiving can be a very rewarding and fruitful experience for quite a few. However, in the quest of serving their loved ones, one tends to overlook the consequences that a complex care giving situation brings with it. Being unprepared for such a role in terms of knowledge and resources can lead to later life issues.
Technology has come a long way over the course of older adults’ lifetimes. They have witnessed everything from men landing on the moon to dramatic medical advances and the rise of an Internet – centric society. Seniors also bear witness to the ways technology is changing the face of aging.