Why your elderly loved one should own fewer things

driveSimplifying yourself and your life is always a positive step ahead and it is never too late for it. It not only means simplifying it emotionally and psychologically, but also de-cluttering our surroundings and environment. This is specially important when we have elders around. Here are some points why it is healthier for us to own fewer material things in the golden years.

5 tips for bathing a person with dementia

dementia-bathingPersonal hygiene has always been a topic of much stress and concern among the caregivers of dementia. As care specialists too, we often hear instances of how making their loved ones bathe becomes a daily hassle causing strain and tensions. We all understand the host of infections and problems that can crop up with not maintaining proper hygiene. Our persistent effort in explaining and making them bathe is often met with strong resistance, often accompanied with them being aggressive: verbally and physically. Some of the tips that come handy in such times are.

6 tips for breaking a dementia diagnosis to your parent

vision-missionInforming patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) of their diagnosis is hard. Family members often ask physicians not to inform the patient about it, as they are not in the favor of disclosing the diagnosis of dementia to their loved ones. This could be because their loved ones may not be in the condition to understand it or it may create more anxiety in the patients regarding their future. Family caregivers may also experience fear thinking about their loved one’s reaction to it, or they may not know how to break the news to them. Physicians are also reluctant to disclose AD diagnosis to their patients.

Impact of air pollution on the elderly and 5 ways to tackle it

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senior-air-pollution-lAir pollution is the term that describes harmful gases or particles in the air. It is one of the leading causes of deaths across the globe. A latest research conducted by BBC shows that around 5.5. million people die every year due to Air pollution. Most of these deaths occur among senior citizens in rapidly developing economies of China and India. The main culprit is emission of small particles from power plants, factories, vehicle exhausts and from the burning of coal and wood.

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.

Mr Chadha’s finds a sense of purpose through Samvedna’s community outreach programme

community-service-2Little Abhishek, Divya, Priyanka and Shiva were very happy to get admission to a good public school to pursue their education. These children of HIV infected parents live in an orphanage in Gurgaon. However, because of starting their educational journey at a slightly later age they were finding it difficult to cope with their science and math syllabus at school. As a part of Samvedna Senior Care’s  Community outreach program our club member, Mr. Chadha, a retired Government Servant, decided to volunteer his time to teach these kids mathematics. Ever since he has started teaching these kids, they are able to do their homework and they are  also grasping the concepts.