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.
Mr. Sharma (name changed), a retired Grade A officer with one of the departments of the Government of India, now 78, lives with his wife in the home that they built after his retirement.
Mrs. Sharma has always been a home maker , and feels that she is now taking care of another child at home referring to her husband of 51 years. Mr. Sharma was diagnosed with dementia in late 2016, making Mrs. Sharma his primary care giver.
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.
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.
On 10th April, 2018, Samvedna Senior Care’s Dementia café, ‘D – Socialites’ opened its doors to people with Dementia. The purpose of a Dementia Café is to provide socialization and companionship in a warm and caring environment. Open to Caregivers and their family members, the Café provides more than coffee to its guests. It is run by Dementia experts who conduct various activities and also support the caregivers with their queries.
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.
Socialization is important for all of us. Throughout our lives, we interact with friends, family, and strangers on a daily basis. We are a social species and our brains are designed to yearn for relationships and other social interactions. The need and the habit of mixing with people stays till the end because it comes naturally to us.
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.
Isolation or loneliness is the major underlying problem of seniors in India. The trend of nuclear family has impacted the social life of seniors. The situation becomes even worse in case of senior with dementia.
On 24th March, 2018 we complete 100 successful sessions of our Cognitive Wellness Programme, based on the principles of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy designed by Dr. Martin Orrell, Aimee Spector, Bob Woods and other from University College of London. This is a non-pharmacological group therapy based programme for people with initial to mild stage dementia.
Our journey through the program so far has been full of excitement, evolution and new insights.