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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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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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”