“I have lived in Siachin for 5 years while I was posted there, everything there is so different from here.” “Jawahar Lal Nehru came to see the play I was performing in and compared it with one such play in London!” – These are just some examples of the experiences that we get to hear of when we spend time with an elderly. Elderly have a treasure of memories and experiences that they wait to share with others.
“Can dementia can be reversed with medicines”
“Will the memory loss progress”
We’ve met caregiver families from diverse backgrounds. The one thing that remains consistent across all these people is the presence of myths, which may come in way of understanding and planning for the loved ones affected by the disease.
“When I started my entrepreneurial journey in 2013, I started with a vision of creating an organization which would provide community and home services for senior citizens. I was looking for someone to help guide me through the various steps.
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.
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.
Illness 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.
Who 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.
Human 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.