Many falls do not cause injuries. But one out of many falls does cause a serious injury such as a broken bone or a head injury. These injuries can make it hard for a person to get around, do everyday activities, or live on their own.
Dementia is a broad category of brain diseases that cause a long term and often gradual decrease in the ability to think and remember. It involves the progressive loss of mental and ultimately physical functions in the individual, which results from the ongoing and irreversible death of brain cells. It is one of the conditions that are seen to be increasing at a staggering rate. India stands among the top 3 countries for the individuals suffering from Dementia housing nearly 4.1 million people out of the 47 million people living with dementia globally. (World Alzheimer’s Report, 2015)
Social interaction is one of the most important needs of human life. Man is a social animal and we all need to be socially active and have meaningful engagement. The joint family system gives people the opportunity to meet their socialization needs within the family. But now slowly the joint family system is reducing in India and more more eople have started living in a nuclear family.
As we age our muscles become shorter and lose their elasticity. Aging can affect the structure of the bones and muscles causing pain and decreased range of motion in the shoulders, spine and hips. It becomes very important for seniors to maintain range of motion and ability to move all joints normally with activities during the day. And thus making exercise an important thing for the people belonging to all age groups.
“People with dementia are still people and they still have stories and they still have character and they are all individuals and they are all unique and they just need to be interacted on a human level” – By Cary Mulligan
21st September is World Alzheimer’s Day. To mark this occassion, we at Samvedna have organized two events in association with Paras Hospital, Gurgaon. One is a panel discussion on dementia and the other a caregiver training for family members. We would like to invite you to come be a part of them. Please call us on 9818421446 to know more. Here are the invites –
Senior citizens are an extremely vulnerable section of the population globally. Vulnerability means not having adequate safeguards or being at risk. Broadly, vulnerability among the senior citizens can be emotional, physical, financial and social. Thus, it is extremely necessary to protect the elderly from such vulnerabilities in order to lead a happy and safe life.
Growing older seems to involve an inevitable loss of strength, energy, and vigor. The frailty and decreased energy we associate with aging, such as difficulty in walking long distances, climbing stairs or carrying groceries are largely due to muscle loss. One of the best ways to keep muscles healthy and strong is through exercises called strength training—sometimes known as weight lifting or resistance training.
No other quote could have summarized the essence of preplanning for emergencies. A crisis or accident never comes announced. It can happen to anyone at any given time and our seniors are no exception. A sudden fall from the bed or in the bathroom, chest pain, difficulty in breathing or a stroke are some of the situations that can happen to any elderly. Seniors may not always have somebody around them and thus, it becomes all the more crucial for being well prepared for the unforeseen situations and uncertainties.