10 ways to improve brain health and stay young!

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.

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Here are some of the easy ways to keep your brain healthy and young:

  1. 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!

Independence and empathy important for self worth, for Dementia patients

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 woAyushirth 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.

8 ways to help parents stay engaged post retirement

post retirementOur Senior Care Specialist Kunzes has listed some ideas to help seniors stay engaged after they retire.

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.

Painting therapeutic for seniors

painting3 copyWhy do we paint? …We paint to communicate an idea and to express ourselves. Just as the physical body requires certain nutrients to survive, so does the human soul. Painting, like other arts, is therapeutic. Through expression, it helps in emotional release. This leads to a general sense of relief and over all better mental health. Several studies show that art can reduce depression and anxiety.

 

 

Helping parents age healthy in today’s fast paced life

Healthy AgeingOur Senior Care Specialist Ayushi has put together a few simple steps for you to help your parents age healthy, within the limited amount of time available to us in today’s fast paced life.

The hectic pace of today’s 24-hour lifestyle may be wreaking even more havoc on our health than we realize. It also leaves us with limited time to care for our ageing parents.

 

Acceptance crucial for people with Dementia

KritikaI am Kritika and I work with seniors who have a condition called dementia, which is marked by memory loss and difficulties in thinking, problem solving and language. I would like to share an experience here, so that other people in a similar situation can learn from it.

Respect, acceptance and love are important in every relationship. This is specially true when dealing with an elderly who has dementia. Acceptance of their condition, and being patient and respectful with them is crucial, as it has a significant impact on their condition and personality.

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.

Our visit to Home for the Aged

img1As a part of our monthly outing program, Samvedna Activity Centre members and staff decided to spread joy and love by visiting an old age home for the less privileged in Mehrauli, and celebrating the festival of lights with them.

We received a warm welcome by the residents of the home. Initially our hosts were a little reserved but with time they developed a comfort level with us and started participating in the activities we had planned. We exchanged stories, and sang and danced together.