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7 benefits of being social for seniors

Elderly being social benefitsWe know how important it is to stay physically active, but are we aware of the importance of being socially active and its benefits, specially as we age? Social contact can be just as effective as exercise at improving our mood and quality of life. If we aren’t maintaining social interactions, we may be putting ourselves at risk for depression or even dementia.

5 benefits and 7 ways to be playful for elderly

senior elderly playfulAs play is crucial for a child’s development; it is also beneficial for people of all ages. Play can add joy to life, relieve stress, supercharge learning, and connect one to others and the world around you.

Seniors are more likely to watch TV or sit behind the computer, than engage in fun and rejuvenating play like they did as children. It is important for the elderly to engage in fun activities as it has many physiological and psychological benefits. We have listed some benefits of being playful here –

10 memory boosting foods for seniors

Meditterenian-diet-CopyThere is no single ‘must have’ food to prevent memory impairment but there are some important dietary tips that can help seniors maintain a healthy memory. Dietary patterns have long been associated with cognitive decline and reducing the risk of dementia. Researchers have now suggested that those who follow the MIND diet can lower their dementia risk by as much as 50%.  MIND stands for Mediterranean- DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. The MIND diet includes two proven diets – DASH and Mediterranean – and zeroes in on the foods in each that specifically affect brain health.

Finding our passion later in life

pic7 copyHave you asked yourself, “What is my passion?” Ever wondered, “What is that one thing I love doing and I am good at?”

Doing things that we like is better than doing things we don’ right?  When tap into our talents and enjoy doing something we tend to not only do it better and more regularly, but also do it with a smile on our face.  So, as much as possible, we should try to spend our most valuable resource – time, in doing something more along the lines of what we want to do.

A reminder – Life is to be enjoyed, not endured!

entertainment for seniorsLife is like a camera. Focus on what is important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t work out, take another shot – this is a great reminder for all, that life is precious, and to be enjoyed at every step and stage. For a happy life, it is important to have a positive mindset and be playful. The moment we let go of our worries and problems, even for a short while, they seem less intense.

Farewell 2015 and Welcome to a New Year – A fresh beginning

The year-end festivities at our senior centre were celebrated with a wonderful Christmas party where everyone sang carols, danced and made merry. It was lovely to see our elderly members celebrate with so much energy and excitement. We shared fond memories of the year gone by and in true Christmas spirit everyone counted their blessings and were grateful for the good times of 2015.

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2016 – A new beginning… 

A new year, a new start and way to go…. With such beliefs the seniors at Samvedna are ready to open the book of fresh 365 days of yet another year. As beautifully expressed by one of our members, New Year is neither an end nor a beginning but it’s a great opportunity to fill the 365 days with happiness and add another glorious year to the timeline of their life. 

Computers and the elderly

general wellbeingThe computer classes at Samvedna Senior Centre are a big hit with our members. From grand dads to great grand moms we have a whole generation of seniors coming to our centre for the computer classes. Seniors want to learn computers for various reasons, while for some it is a learning experience for others it is a way of staying in touch with their families and friends.

For the slightly younger seniors learning computers is important so that they can enable themselves technically for second careers and also setup their business online.