When I set out to start Samvedna in early 2013, honestly, I had a hazy picture of what I wanted to do. The only thing that was clear to me was to make a difference in the lives of seniors, break the mundane routine and do something about their loneliness and social isolation. The idea of an activity centre, a platform for seniors to socialize and also channelize their energy in a positive way, was thus born. Soon we realized that a lot of seniors cannot come to the centre because of mobility issues, hence the home services were developed.
This month Samvedna Senior Care completed 5 years. Here are some pictures from our celebration of this beautiful landmark in our journey, made possible by our vibrant members and compassionate team! Many more to come
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.
The first two weeks of this year gave me the opportunity to observe and co-facilitate the rare kind of work that Samvedna Senior Care, located in Gurgaon, India, does in its Cognitive Wellness Programme. Culturally and contextually adapted from the evidence-based (Woods, Aguirre, Spector & Orrell, 2012) Cognitive Stimulation Therapy, what I found most remarkable about it is the philosophical paradigm used by the facilitators. Indeed it provides space for the participants to engage and be mentally stimulated, which has been found to delay the progression of dementia. However, it has an even more important aim: to improve their quality of life.
I started Samvedna with the idea of creating a go-to place for senior citizens to spend quality time and engage themselves constructively during the day.
The idea was seeded into my mind probably in 2009, when I was looking for some meaningful community projects as a part of a self-development program I was doing. However, it remained an idea for some more time as I remained busy working my way up the corporate life. In 2011 on a sabbatical from work, I began to research more and more about senior citizen services and facilities and what the elderly needs were. Continue reading “Samvedna Senior Care turns 4!”
“When I started my entrepreneurial journey in 2013, I started with a vision of creating an organization which would provide community and home services for senior citizens. I was looking for someone to help guide me through the various steps.