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.
The active aging concept is defined as the process of optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age. It also allows the individual to understand the need to adopt a healthy lifestyle so as to age in a way that they are capable of preventing physical, mental and social disabilities.
On 6th June 2017, Samvedna Senior Care Foundation conducted a workshop on Intergenerational Bonding at the summer camp organized by Desire Society, Gurgaon, www.desiresociety.org. Desire Society is an NGO supporting HIV infected or affected children all over India.
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.
At 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.
Aging 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.
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.
The 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!
Everyone 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.