If so, do not ignore it. We might consider the changes we see as a part of their normal ageing, but that may not always be the case. These changes may be indicative of something more serious, like an alteration in the functioning of the brain.
Mindfulness is living in the moment. It involves openness and curiosity towards our feelings. When we become mindful, we realize that we are not our thoughts; we become an observer of our thoughts from moment to moment, without judging them.
Mindfulness becomes specially useful for the elderly because it focuses on the interconnectedness of mind and body. With age we are more likely to experience physical health problems, and along with it associated psychological issues. Also with the onset of retirement, the life of an elderly changes from busy structured schedules to relaxed ones. For some people it is positively assimilated, leading to reorganization of life; for others, it is significantly damaging, affecting their psychic structure. These effects can manifest through feelings and symptoms like anxiety, depression, irritability, and general dissatisfaction, resulting in a reduction in quality of life. Practicing mindfulness can make it much easier for people to deal with these changes.
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.
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. Read More
Christmas is a time to celebrate the joy of giving. Though, the really valuable gifts are not tangible gifts. The Christmas spirit is more about spending quality time with family and loved ones, celebrating, feasting and creating memories to cherish forever.
For our elders, Christmas, like other festivals, is yet another opportunity to shower their blessings and unconditional love on their family. It is also a chance for the children to make their elderly loved ones feel special and loved. No matter if we are living with them or away, we can always plan something special for them.
With the increase in longevity and need for financial independence it is now becoming imperative to plan for a second career for people who are nearing retirement. For the vast majority of people, who are at this stage of life sets in quietly, but suddenly, and few are prepared to deal with its issues. Most people living busy lives during the young and middle age periods may prefer to turn away from, and not consider, the possible realities of their own impending old age.
We’ve all heard the old saying “Health is Wealth”. In our daily diet we take a mix of vegetables, fruits, nuts, milk products and so on. But more often than not, we don’t consciously balance the type of food we consume and its quantity and nutritional value. Our body needs specific quantities of proteins, carbohydrates and micro nutrients i.e. vitamins and minerals, to remain healthy.
Our latest doctor’s talk at the Samvedna Activity Centre focused on one of the most important micro nutrients the body needs – calcium.
Our Senior Care Specialist Shezmin shares her experience of working with the elderly.
My experience as a Senior Care Specialist has been full of new experiences and challenges. Since I come from a Clinical Psychology background, I had multiple options to start my career with, but I chose to work with the elderly. I am close to my grandparents and try to understand them and their needs, which in turn has helped me understand my clients better.
In my interaction with the elderly, I’ve observed that they are keen and have a lot to share, as their lives have been full of experiences. They want someone who can listen to them patiently. In today’s world all of us are leading busy lives and that leaves us with little quality time for our elderly at home, which somewhere makes them lonely. Most of them just want a little time from their children and grand children to be happy.
One of the elderly I visit asks me to call her ‘Nani’, as it makes her feel good.
She always calls me before my visit to confirm if I am coming.
One of the most expected fears that comes along with ageing is a decline in cognitive functioning and ability. Though as we age brain changes are inevitable, the good news is we can always maintain good brain health by adopting a healthy lifestyle.
Here are some of the easy ways to keep your brain healthy and young:
- Know the magic of working out
Physical activity increases oxygen to your brain and reduces the risk of disorders that lead to memory loss, diabetes or cardiovascular disease. Even a 30 minutes’ walk helps to keep the brain young!
Our Senior Care Specialist Aayushi shares her experience of working with elderly with Dementia, and what she feels makes a difference to their quality of life.
It’s hasn’t been very long since I started working in the elder care sector, but this short period has given me insights that are worth sharing. My journey as a care specialist is interesting and at the same time challenging. I would like to share my experience about one of my elderly clients, who I visit every week.
She is a 67 year old lady, with vascular dementia. She had been a very independent and authoritative person all her life. But now, because of her condition, she is dependent on full-time nurses and maids for her daily living. Her son lives abroad. He is very much concerned about her and keeps a regular check on her health and well being.
When a person retires, a new stage of life begins. In some ways its good, as it gives the senior time to relax, live without deadlines and pursue their hobbies and interests. But at the same time, a life without a regular routine or idleness starts worrying them as the days pass by. Having a purpose can add life to the years of aging parents. With retirement often our elderly parents suffer from a sense of role-lessness, which further adds on problems like isolation, depression, withdrawal and other health issues.