Caring Relations, Caring for Ageing – Workshop and interactions with Heidelberg University, Germany

It was our pleasure to host the students and professors of Heidelberg University, Germany and JNU, Delhi for a workshop on Caring Relations, Caring for Ageing. This is a part of an ongoing DAAD Project, New directions in Active Ageing and Age Friendly Cultures in India and Germany.

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6 risk factors and 4 tips for prevention of dementia

Dementia is a group of neurological and progressive symptoms which is generally seen in older people. The symptoms worsen over time and gradually the person’s capacity to take care of himself or herself on their own starts to decrease.  A risk factor can be anything that increases the likelihood of developing a particular condition.

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10 benefits of engaging in sports as an elderly


No matter how old we are we can still be 18 in spirit. We can still spin a ball, hit that shuttle cock across the net, or make the perfect goal. There is a huge need for a redefinition of how we see age because not all elderly are aware of the breadth of their capabilitie
s. The term sport for the elderly has a different perspective in the Indian context.

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Diabetes and lifestyle changes – Doctor’s talk by Dr. Satish Chawla

About one third of the people suffering from diabetes don’t know that they have diabetes and millions of people all over the globe suffer from it. It is also one of the most sought after health topics especially for senior citizens. Dr. Satish Chawla, MD, FACP, AIIMS, conducted a talk on Diabetes and its management at our senior centre in Gurgaon.

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Air pollution and elderly

traffic jams in the city, road, rush hour The fact that pollution of our environment is an ever increasing threat to human health and survival is no surprise. Authoritative sources claim that one out of ten deaths today occur due to pollution, either directly or indirectly.  The cost to society is measured in tens of trillions of dollars. While the effect of pollution is universal the poorer and less developed societies suffer the brunt of this scourge.

The degradation of our air in the Delhi/NCR region has raised alarm bells in all sections of our society. The accumulation of vehicular traffic on our clogged roads, unchecked industrial activity, burning of stubble in our neighbouring states, all have been blamed for this impending calamity. Regrettably, this was a totally predictable occurrence. The usual blame game being played out in our political or administrative circles does not alter the fact that we are facing a health catastrophe. Continue reading “Air pollution and elderly”

8 tips for older adults to improve sleep

Old man sleeping“O sleep, O gentle sleep, Nature’s soft nurse, how have I frightened thee. That thou no more will weigh my eyelids down, and steep my senses in forgetfulness?” – William Shakespeare

Sleep really is nature’s soft nurse. We now understand that it is an important function of the body and not a passive state of nothingness. It is during our restful hours of sleep that our body actively restores itself. Sleep is especially important for elderly as it also helps improve your levels of concentration and memory. Sleep also allows the repair of cell damage and positively refreshes your immune system to help prevent diseases. Therefore sleep is essential for our overall health and wellbeing. Continue reading “8 tips for older adults to improve sleep”