Technology has progressed a long way over the course of an older adults’ lifetime. They have seen everything from dramatic medical advances to the rise of an internet-dependent society. Over the last several years, older adults have been the quickest growing section of the online population. More and more people over the age of 60 are going online and using Facebook, Google, Yahoo and YouTube. They are emailing, texting and blogging—and it has a positive impact on their lives as they are communicating more frequently with family and reconnecting with old friends.
Mental Health has become far more recognized and talked about in recent years. This positive change has led us to become more comfortable with discussing issues related to mental health and seeking out treatments and therapies for ourselves and our loved ones.
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!”
As part of this program, we have included Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST), an internationally recognized therapy that has been shown to be successful for people with dementia. This is an evidence-based therapy in which we conduct group sessions centered around a theme. Continue reading “Cognitive Wellness for early dementia and depression”
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”
Studies have suggested that friendships contribute to social, emotional, physical health and longevity of a person, possibly because friendship and happiness are integrally linked to/ associated with each other. Informal social activities are inherent in promoting well-being in old age, irrespective of whether they are performed with friends or family members.
Board games entertain and bring people together through cooperative and competitive game play. The best thing about board games is that, they are ageless. Everybody from 5 years of age to 95 years of age can enjoy and appreciate them.
As children we try to do whatever we think will make our parents happy and give them a comfortable life. We end up focussing so much on what we think they need that we forget to ask what they want from us.
Samvedna Senior Care Team along with Helpage India conducted a smart phones workshop for the Senior Citizens Association of an apartment block in Rohini Sector 13, New Delhi. Our team taught seniors online payment transactions, WhatsApp and Facebook and answered their queries about these topics. The program started at 11:30 am with a brief introduction about Helpage and Samvedna Senior Care.