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.

8 benefits of art and music therapy for dementia patients

home-visitsDementia as we know is a condition where the person exhibits a cluster of symptoms from problems with language, speech, memory to personality, behavior and mobility. Despite Dementia being a progressive condition, treatment has never been ‘curative’ in nature. It has always required a balance of both: pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches, including use of behavior modification techniques for slowing down the progression of the disease.

A checklist for the surviving spouse

I can help you.

Losing a spouse is one of the most painful experiences one can go through. You may feel completely numb, or  in shock; the world may pause around you. Losing a loved one changes your entire life, especially when the loved one was also your best friend. You may feel lost and stuck, uncomfortable making even the most minor of decisions. But your life does not stop there; many things have to be handled and closed which the surviving spouse may find overwhelming.

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.

My experience as a dementia care specialist: Shezmin

memory-clinicMy journey of being a Care Specialist began in the rural parts of Goa where I used to screen seniors with memory loss and mild confusions. I have also worked with their families and made them aware about the condition called Dementia. Now since last two years, I have been with Samvedna Senior Care and have been visiting people with dementia and closely working with them. In both the settings, be it rural or urban the common need amongst the patients is love, assurance, support and care. Despite the cognitive decline, the underlying needs of our loved ones are the same. The emotional security which we as caregivers often have difficulty understanding.