8 tips for dealing with winter blues in elderly

Dark mornings and even darker evenings with chilly grey days in between means winter is here — and with the cold season comes the winter blues.

If you or your loved one struggle with the “winter blues” you know how difficult it can be to make it through the holiday season. Although winter does bring in the festive holidays it also means less sunlight, shorter days and colder weather. As a result it leads to reduced physical activity, more sleep, less interest in activities, social withdrawal, unhealthy eating and a general sense of feeling low.

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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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Digitizing seniors! My experience of conducting a smartphone workshop

Our new team member Tarun assisted in conducting his first smartphone workshop. Here is his experience!

“Today was my first experience with conducting a “Digital Literacy Programme” for seniors, at Safdarjung Enclave Senior Citizen’s Association. This program was organized by Samvedna Senior Care Foundation, in collaboration with HelpAge India.

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Women make the world a better place! Celebrations at Samvedna

Women make this world a better place, everyone says this but how many feel the same. If the worth of women is understood and acknowledged, our society can truly become a better place to live in. For a moment if all the sacrifice women make for society is erased the story of this world would be different. A woman who can become a pilot, lawyer, traveler or entrepreneur sometimes chooses to raise kids and compromise on her happiness and dreams. To associate her sacrifices as being a part of her womanly duty is what fuels more stereotypes.

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Re-organizing life after children move out

Indian Culture is known for being collectivistic. It is extremely common for young adults in India to continue to live with their parents even after they start working. Although the number of nuclear families is on the rise a good number of adults continue to live with their parents even after they get married. Most commonly, a woman moves in with the family of her husband.

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An insight into how typical Indian senior citizens spend their time

Retirement is a key milestone in a senior citizens life. One is used to a set routine and active life pre-retirement, and it is often challenging to adjust into a post-retirement roles. Most adults were busy spending about 6-8 hours in office and suddenly they are faced with “what to do now?” This question is not limited to the working people but even homemakers who are not officially retired, also feel the gap once their domestic responsibilities reduce. Typically homemakers spent their time looking after the house, bringing up the kids, their education and providing meals for everyone etc. Once the kids are off to college or married their days too become unoccupied.

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Types of relationships and steps for setting healthy boundaries within them

“Relationships are like birds, if you hold tightly, they die; if you hold loosely, they fly, but if you hold with care, they remain with you forever.”

‘Boundaries’ can sound like a heavy word in the context of relationships. It can be difficult to see how setting boundaries can improve any relationship. After all, isn’t it necessary to do away with boundaries when entering relationships? Isn’t a relationship stronger the fewer boundaries it has?

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