The fact that pollution of our environment is an ever increasing threat to human health and survival is no surprise. Authoritative sources claim that one out of ten deaths today occur due to pollution, either directly or indirectly. The cost to society is measured in tens of trillions of dollars. While the effect of pollution is universal the poorer and less developed societies suffer the brunt of this scourge.
“O sleep, O gentle sleep, Nature’s soft nurse, how have I frightened thee. That thou no more will weigh my eyelids down, and steep my senses in forgetfulness?” – William Shakespeare
Mental Health has become far more recognized and talked about in recent years. This positive change has led us to become more comfortable with discussing issues related to mental health and seeking out treatments and therapies for ourselves and our loved ones.
As children we try to do whatever we think will make our parents happy and give them a comfortable life. We end up focussing so much on what we think they need that we forget to ask what they want from us.
Studies have suggested that friendships contribute to social, emotional, physical health and longevity of a person, possibly because friendship and happiness are integrally linked to/ associated with each other. Informal social activities are inherent in promoting well-being in old age, irrespective of whether they are performed with friends or family members.
Board games entertain and bring people together through cooperative and competitive game play. The best thing about board games is that, they are ageless. Everybody from 5 years of age to 95 years of age can enjoy and appreciate them.
Tambola fund raiser game for “Alzheimer awareness among underprivileged elderly.”
It was an enjoyable event for all, while raising funds for a good cause. We started the evening with some songs to bring in cheer and excitement amongst the participants. Prizes were set for first, second and third line and two houses.
Samvedna Senior Care Team along with Helpage India conducted a smart phones workshop for the Senior Citizens Association of an apartment block in Rohini Sector 13, New Delhi. Our team taught seniors online payment transactions, WhatsApp and Facebook and answered their queries about these topics. The program started at 11:30 am with a brief introduction about Helpage and Samvedna Senior Care.
India’s 70th Independence Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm at Samvedna Senior Care Foundation’s Senior Centre in Gurgaon. Members and staff were dressed in national flag colours and it was a pleasant mix of orange, white and green signifying peace, valour and prosperity. Members shared their most memorable independence day from their past. While some of them had painful memories of the partition there were others who recalled the excitement of the day, they had experienced as young citizens of a new India in 1947. It was interesting to note that many of our members were born post-independence !
Ageing is inevitable, but to grow old gracefully is a choice. While we know that getting old is unavoidable, how we perceive this natural process depends greatly upon us. It is important to keep a positive, even humorous, perspective on aging.