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8 keys to happiness at all ages!

image1At Samvedna, we celebrated the start of the new fiscal year with a workshop on Happiness. We started by sharing what happiness means to everyone. Everyone gave their own answers that were all unique and wonderful! However, the happiness researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky defines it as:

The experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense that one’s life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile.

At what age do we start planning for old age and 5 ways to do it

IMG_7632Aging is a time of transition. It happens naturally, but aging well takes careful planning. For many thousands of years, mankind has wondered when old age began. Beginning at the turn of the 20th century, life spans in India started steadily rising, from 32 years to 66.2 years. This is majorly due to availability of a vast array of drugs in the market.

Old is gold – Naturopathy (nature cure) for seniors

ecolive“It is health that is real wealth, not the pieces of silver and gold” — Mahatma Gandhi

When we were young, we never believed in such sayings by our elders. In that phase of our life, we were busy working hard, doing well in studies and then getting a job, buying a house, car etc. We usually do not feel the need to do anything about health till we become sick.

Brain training reduces risk of dementia in elderly

appThe online world is full of apps and games that promise to purposefully engage and stimulate one’s mind. They do so by assigning tasks that work on various aspects like short term memory, visual processing, concentration, reasoning, calculation and problem solving.  A lot of them fall under the category of either ‘brain train’ or ‘brain games’. So what is it all about? Let’s find out!

6 ways to help ageing parents deal with loneliness

monyaEveryone experiences loneliness at times, but it is especially difficult for ageing loved ones. Older people are more vulnerable to loneliness and social isolation. Most elders prefer to remain in their own homes as they age. Loneliness can lead to depression, and with that comes ill health, according to Professor Ian Philip, an advisor to the World Health Organization and an expert on healthy ageing.

Ways to identify and manage geriatric depression in parents

general-wellbeingGeriatric depression is a mental and emotional disorder affecting senior citizens. Feelings of sadness and occasional “blue” moods are normal. While depression and sadness might seem to go hand in hand, many depressed seniors claim not to feel sad at all. They may complain, instead, of low motivation, a lack of energy, or physical problems.

Samvedna gets a visit by Cherie Blair Foundation on its 3rd birthday!

screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-11-42-25-pmSamvedna Senior Care turned 3 on 6th November! To celebrate this joyous day we had a get together at our senior club – Great Times by Samvedna. Our guests, apart from our valued members, included a team from the Cherie Blair Foundation. Our founder Archana, who was earlier associated with their women entrepreneurs programme, invited them to the club so they could learn more about our work and also get a chance to meet our members.

Senior Citizens Club: A new lease of life for my retired parents

id-4Years back my parents shifted to Mumbai for making a living. Now after working for many years, they decided to come back to their roots and shift their base to Gurgaon, our hometown, where I live at present, with my wife and children. Though it was difficult to move back from a place they made their own, they were looking forward to a new phase of being closer to their children and grandchildren. Even we were looking forward to this, as our children as well would get to see a new side of life.

6 benefits of group meditation

Naturopathy 2Socializing has been redefined by the technological innovations. It has made social interaction way too easy, but one which is only virtual and not real. Without realizing we spend a huge amount of our everyday lives on various social media platforms through a host of new gadgets. It gives us a false sense of feeling connected with so people nearby and around the globe by keeping us updated on what is happening with them. We have become so comfortable in this zone that the need and thereby the effort for staying connected by meeting people face to face has declined drastically.

7 ways to ensure emotional wellbeing of elderly parents

 

image3‘Change is the only constant of life’

How rightly this line summarizes what life holds for us. Each transition in life has certain pros and cons, bringing with it new adjustments. The same holds true for those individuals who are now progressing towards old age. While going through this transitory phase, there are a gamut of changes that come along, together with declining physical health adding to stress. At this stage people often have questions about their purpose and meaning of life.