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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100 Days of Cognitive Wellness Programme – Accomplishments, challenges and learnings

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.

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7 benefits and ideas for group activities for your loved one with dementia

People of all ages and abilities need fun and variety in their day. Engaging in such activities in a group is even more rewarding and enjoyable. People with dementia also need the same kind of socialization as everyone else.

Social group activities benefit people with dementia since they are stimulating and uplifting. They enhance their overall well-being by giving pleasure, entertainment, and companionship. The greatest benefit of all is engagement within a peers group.

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6 tips for organizing outings for dementia patients

Alzheimer’s can bring in some unsettling behavior that make it stressful for a caregiver to go out in public with someone who has the disease. As a family caregiver, one is always looking for ways to improve the quality of life of their loved one. With the weather quickly turning towards warmth and sunshine, one great way to do so is to take trips into the outdoor world.

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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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My first experience working with Dementia : An insightful journey !

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.

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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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