Ageing

Thanks to decades of biomedical research, there are some clear pointers as to how to stay fit and well throughout later life. Our chances of ageing successfully are affected most by lifestyle. You need to keep fit and healthy so as to remain independent and mobile. It is never too late to change your lifestyle and diet or to take up some form of exercise to improve your strength and stamina. Being active and doing exercise can also be enjoyable. Age is no barrier to taking up a new programme to stay fit and healthy.

Quality of life will improve if you take steps to age gracefully and take care of your mind and body. Determine to do your best at slowing the aging process and you will feel better and continue to be able to more activities for a longer period of time. Promoting the healthy lifestyles of older people is vital in helping them to maintain health and functional independence and lead healthy and independent lives.

In this section we have explored various aspect of Physical and Mental Health. We have also tried to look into Diet, Lifestyle, Medical and Alternate Therapies for Ageing gracefully. A separate section is also provided for Alzheimer’s & Dementia to understand it better and provide best care. Please click on below Tabs.

Physical

10 Ways to Improve Your Life With Arthritis

People living with arthritis are often dismayed by how much the disease steals from their lives. Physical limitations imposed by arthritis — caused by chronic pain, chronic fatigue, stress and more — can narrow their world and interrupt living a “normal life.” Read More

Fall Prevention Program for Seniors – Three Steps to Fewer Falls

Did you know that each year one in three people over the age of sixty will experience a fall? Ouch! In this article, we will discuss a fall prevention program that involves balance exercises, leg exercises, and the elimination of tripping hazards in your home. Read More

Adapt Your Home for Arthritis

Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can make it more difficult to perform everyday tasks. Although you may find fiddly tasks such as turning stove dials more tricky, arthritis needn’t stop you from living a normal life. Use these tips to adapt your home and help you enjoy each day. Know More

Ageing and Disability

Disability in old age is not inevitable, but the risk of becoming disabled increases in later years. For many people, becoming old and disabled is a frightening prospect – not just because it means they cannot do things as before, but because of the severe poverty and isolation that it can bring. Read More

Eight Steps to Prevent Osteoporosis

As a teenager, I was pretty good at losing weight, whittling my 5-foot-5-inch frame down to 104 pounds. And although I was never diagnosed with an eating disorder, I stopped getting my period for about four years. Now … I weigh 138 and haven’t dieted in over a decade. I drink milk and eat yogurt, and my periods have been like clockwork since college. So I was stunned to hear from osteoporosis experts that when I hit menopause, I could be at high risk for this silent, bone-weakening disease. Read in Detail

Growing Older, Staying Strong

Sarcopenia is a significant yet overlooked problem in the older population. Analogous to the loss of bone mass commonly known as osteoporosis, sarcopenia is the loss of muscle mass, which results in the loss of strength. Like osteoporosis, sarcopenia can have devastating consequences for an older individual, who can experience difficulty bathing, dressing, or other daily activities. Sarcopenia puts older persons at risk of sustaining a fall or simply being unable to care for themselves. Read more

Hip Protectors Won’t Prevent Fractures in Elderly

The use of energy-absorbing hip protector pads won’t prevent hip fractures, new research suggests. Know more

The Role of Physical Activity in Healthy Ageing

Ageing is an integral, natural part of life. The way in which we grow old and experience this process, our health and functional ability all depend not only on our genetic makeup, but also (and importantly) on what we have done during our lives; on what sort of things we have encountered in the course of our lifetime; on how and where we have lived our lives. Lifespan is defined as the maximum survival potential for a particular species. In human beings, the lifespan is thought to be about 110 to 115 years (Matteson 1997). Life expectancy, then, is defined as the average observed years of life from birth or any stated age. Read in Detail

Arthritis – Info-Sheet for Seniors

There are many forms of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common form and the most frequent joint disorder in seniors. It is also one of the major reasons why seniors limit their activities. Arthritis is due to the wearing down of cartilage, which is the material that cushions the ends of the bones. Some researchers believe that when the joints are unable to react properly to stress, the cartilage is damaged. This leads to the development of arthritis. Read More

Joint pain should be controlled not ignored

Many of us assume that joint pain is a normal part of aging and therefore, the pain is likely here to stay. Nothing could be further from the truth, say medical professionals, especially with the advancement in treatment options that include exercise, foods, and alternative dietary supplements. The first step however is to accurately diagnose the source of your pain. It might surprise you to learn that many people try to ignore it. For example, research data reveals that one in five people say they have chronic pain (such as that caused by arthritis) but nearly half say they don’t know what’s causing it. Many people wait, hoping the body will heal itself, but that’s no remedy. If you do have joint pain, it’s important for a doctor to examine you and tell you why. Read More

Hand Book for Physical Activity Guide to healthy active leaving

It is a Guide to help you make wise choices about physical activity. Choices that will improve your health, help prevent disease, and allow you to get the most out of life. Read More

Exercise Prescriptions for Active Seniors

Exercise is perhaps the best ‘medication’ healthcare providers can prescribe for their geriatric patients. Increasing fitness by participating in a regular exercise program can reduce the effects of aging that lead to functional declines and poor health. By exercising modestly and regularly, elderly patients can substantially lower their risk of death from coronary artery disease, colon cancer, and complications of diabetes. Even for those who start between the ages of 60 and 75, regular exercise can reduce overall mortality rates. Elderly patients can benefit tremendously from a comprehensive exercise prescription. Read More

Active Ageing

Creating Communities for Active Aging: People of all ages can benefit from regular, moderate physical activity. A 67-year old who takes a brisk 30-minute walk most days, and does stretching and strengthening exercises one or two days a week, will not only increase her chances of living a longer life, she will also be less likely to develop the chronic diseases—from diabetes to depression—that can occur in later life. Read More

Toolkit:White paper on Active Aging

The purpose of this Toolkit is to provide specific interventions and programs to improve health and functional ability, to promote independence, and to prevent chronic disease and disability in older adults. The Toolkit allows healthcare providers to more effectively communicate with patients, including specific strategies for changing perceptions and behaviors toward physical activity, guidelines, educational materials, and research to support evidence-based practice. Read More

Senior Marathon Training Program

A special schedule designed for experienced runners, who want to keep their weekly mileage relatively low. Read More

Senior Fitness and Sports

Regular exercise will help protect you from chronic disease, improve your mood and lower your chances of injury. The older you are, the more you have to gain from exercise. All it takes is 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Read More

Natural Beauty:

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Click here for Important links on Excercise & Fitness

Mental

Vitamin ‘may prevent memory loss’

Older people with lower than average vitamin B12 levels were more than six times more likely to experience brain shrinkage, researchers concluded. The University of Oxford study, published in the journal Neurology, tested the 107 apparently healthy volunteers over a five year period. Some studies suggest two out of five people are deficient in the vitamin. Read More

Pain Is Common in Parkinson’s Disease

Nearly 70 percent of patients with Parkinson’s disease report pain, which is significantly higher than the frequency of pain in healthy controls, according to a brief report in the Archives of Neurology. Read more

Ageing and mental health

Old age can be a time for relaxation and reflection, achieving long-held ambitions or taking up new interests. Most older people remain in good mental health until the end of their days. But for many, especially the millions of people living in extreme poverty, old age can bring increasing stress, worry and depression. Read More

The Mysteries and Benefits of Sleep

In a study published in May, researchers at Harvard and McGill universities reported that participants who slept after playing this game scored significantly higher on a retest than those who did not sleep. While asleep they apparently figured out what they didn’t while awake: the structure of the hierarchy that linked the pairs. Read More

You’re Checked Out, but Your Brain Is Tuned In

Even the most fabulous, high-flying lives hit pockets of dead air, periods when the sails go slack. Movie stars get marooned in D.M.V. lines. Prime ministers sit with frozen smiles through interminable state events. Living-large rappers endure empty August afternoons, pacing the mansion, checking the refrigerator, staring idly out the window, baseball droning on the radio. Know more

Memory Loss with Aging: What’s Normal, What’s Not

Information is stored in different parts of your memory. Information stored in the short-term memory may include the name of a person you met moments ago. Information stored in the recent memory may include what you ate for breakfast. Information stored in the remote memory includes things that you stored in your memory years ago, such as memories of childhood.

Are Your Loved one’s Memory Lapses Merely Awkward? Or Are They More Serious?

Are your loved one’s memory lapses merely awkward? Or are they more serious? For the first time ever, your mother forgot your birthday. Back from a recent vacation, your father can’t recall what sites he visited. More and more, your aunt mixes you up with your siblings. Sure, none of us are as young as we used to be. And as we watch our loved ones grow older we expect to see a little decline in memory. Read More

Hard to achieve retirement peace and quiet

Apart from health issues, isn’t anxiety supposed to diminish after retirement?
Well, perhaps it does, or maybe it merely shifts focus. Back when I had a job, lesser irritants hardly registered; I had bigger fish to fry. Nowadays, niggling matters nag at me, loom larger. Indecision hovers. Tasks I used to tackle with fervour I now reconsider and debate with myself about whether or not they’re worth the effort. Read More

Psychological & Mental Health

Unfortunately, late-life depression is usually confused with the effects of the multiple illnesses associated with this age and the medication used for their treatment, or it is consider normal among elders. However, it must be emphasized that depression is NOT a part of the normal aging. Read More

Depression in Older Adults and the Elderly:

The difficult changes that many elderly individuals face— such as the death of a spouse or medical problems—can lead to depression, especially in those without a strong support system. But depression is not a normal or necessary part of aging. In fact, most seniors are satisfied with their lives despite the challenges of growing old. Read More

Age-Related Memory Loss:

For most people, memory lapses are a normal part of ageing, not a warning of serious impairment. There are many ways you can improve your cognitive skills and keep memory loss from disrupting your daily life. Read More

Sleeping Well As We Age:

Age alone does not cause sleep problems. Disturbed sleep, waking up tired every day, and other symptoms of insomnia are not a normal part of aging. Instead, poor sleep habits and conditions such as untreated sleep disorders, medications, or medical problems can accumulate and compound to result in sleeplessness. This article will help you understand the causes of sleep problems and provide tips to help you sleep well. Read More

INDIAN DISABILITY AND ASSESSMENT SCALE (IDEAS)

A scale for measuring and quantifying disability in mental disorders.The Persons with disability act 1995 includes mental illness as disability. The persons with mental illness are eligible to avail all the benefits under the persons with disability act 1995. The disabled people need disability certificate showing more than 40% disability from the competent authority to avail the benefits. Patients with only the following diagnosis as per ICD or DSM criteria are eligible for disability benefits: Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Dementia, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Read in Detail

Alzheimer’s & Dementia

Diagnosis and treatment of dementia

The management of mild to moderate dementia presents complex and evolving challenges. Practicing physicians are often uncertain about the appropriate approaches to issues such as the disclosure of the diagnosis, driving and caregiver support. In this article, we provide practical guidance on management based on recommendations from the Third Canadian Consensus Conference on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Dementia. Read here

NURSING MANAGEMENT OF DEMENTIA

Dementia is the most common psychiatric disorder on the later age. It is an irreversible disorder a general description of dementia is to indicate the minimum requirement for diagnosis of dementia is followed by the criteria that govern the diagnosis of more specific years. The word dementia has been in use for at least 200 years, in 1874, Maudesley used the term “Dementia” in relation to memory impairment.

Dementia Rise Prompts ‘Disaster’ Warning

A Social disaster of mammoth proportions is looming in Moray because of a predicted increase in dementia cases, it has been claimed. A report has claimed that the number of people suffering from the degenerative disease could almost double over the next few years. Know more

Cultural Differences In Attitudes Towards Caring For People With Dementia

People of south Asian or Black Caribbean origin are far more likely to hold a ‘traditional’ view of caregiving than White British people, new research shows. The study, published in the September issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry, found that south Asian and Black Caribbean carers of people with dementia are more likely to perceive their caring role as natural, expected and virtuous. Read here

DEMENTIA IN THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION: THE EPIDEMIC IS HERE

It is evident that dementia already has dramatic effects on the lives of millions of people across the region and on public health costs. There is no cure yet but much can be done to improve the quality of life of people with dementia and the families who care for them. Read more

Active Social Life May Reduce Men’s Alzheimer’s Risk

Cognitive and social activity in midlife may significantly reduce men’s risk of dementia, says a U.S. study that followed 147 male twin pairs for 28 years. Among the twins, higher cognitive activity scores predicted a 26 percent reduction in risk for developing dementia first. Twins who developed dementia first had significantly lower total cognitive activity scores than twins who didn’t develop dementia. Read more

Combining Alzheimer’s Drugs May Offer Sustained Benefits

Physicians often prescribe an Alzheimer’s drug for patients newly diagnosed with the disease. A new study shows that combining two kinds of Alzheimer’s drugs may provide the greatest benefits in helping to delay the progression of symptoms. Know more

‘Pre-Alzheimer’s’ rising, especially in men

A milder type of mental decline that often precedes Alzheimer’s disease is alarmingly more common than has been believed, and in men more than women, doctors reported Monday. Nearly a million older Americans slide from normal memory into mild impairment each year, researchers estimate, based on a Mayo Clinic study of Minnesota residents.

Bright light helps people with dementia

Dementia appears to be associated with a disturbance of circadian rhythms, which leads to problems with mood, sleep and daily activities. A new study shows how exposure to daily bright light can improve these symptoms. Melatonin at night helps with sleep but impairs mood, so needs to be given with the bright light therapy. Read More

Alzheimer’s in the Living Room: How One Family Rallies to Cope

After his retirement as a New York City carpenter four years ago, and before he faded into the incoherent fog of Alzheimer’s disease, Christopher Dillon and his two grown sons renovated a bathroom in the basement of the family’s Queens home. It would be the last multigenerational home-improvement project for the Dillons. But the tiny room with its stall shower would soon become center stage in a family’s determined effort to care for a failing loved one at home. Read More

Dementia and Driving

It is important to raise the issue early, while an individual still has sufficient reasoning ability to make decisions about their driving future, such as selling their vehicle. Sometimes people with dementia will recognise their own limits and accept that they are putting themselves and others at risk. Give the person a chance to make the decision to stop driving. Know More

Diverse Approaches to Alzheimer’s Therapies

Results from clinical trials of three potential Alzheimer’s therapies raise hope for new and better treatments of the disease, according to data reported today at the 2008 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease (ICAD 2008) in Chicago. A related study showed that taking antidementia drugs appears to have a positive impact on extending lifespan in those with Alzheimer’s. Read in Detail

Dementia Information Booklet, Read in Hindi

Staying Social May Keep Dementia at Bay

The key to a healthy mind in old age may lie in an active social life, a new study suggests. “If you are socially engaged, you are at lower risk of dementia,” said Dr. Valerie C. Crooks, a researcher at the Department of Research and Evaluation, Kaiser Permanente Southern California. Read More

A cruel disease, a family in crisis

For any family, Alzheimer’s disease is a cruel diagnosis. The disease attacks the brain, erasing memory, destroying the ability to reason and leading inexorably to the disintegration of the personality and a pitiless death. There is no cure. Know More

Activity for someone with Dementia

Many of these activities require no planning and others may need a little preparation. I’d love to add to the list so if you have any useful activities you’d like to share. Read more about this activities by Sailesh Mishra

Dementia: Info and Advice for Caregivers

Dementia is a brain disorder that makes it hard for people to remember, learn and communicate. These changes eventually make it hard for people who have dementia to care for themselves. Dementia may also cause changes in mood and personality. Early on, lapses in memory and clear thinking may bother the person with dementia. Later, disruptive behavior and other problems can create a burden for caregivers and other family members. Read in Detail

Outdoors has special meaning for those with Alzheimer’s disease

Most of us enjoy being outside on a regular basis … To feel the sun on our faces and the breeze on our skin, to enjoy the sounds of the birds, to catch a glimpse of nature, to plant something and nurture its growth. Whatever facets we enjoy, being outdoors regularly is felt to be necessity to many of us. This feeling is no less poignant to many experiencing the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease as it is to those of us without such challenges. Indeed, it may be integral in maintaining a health quality of life. Read More

Test your knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease affects about 24 million people worldwide. Because of the nature of the disease, caregivers play a very important role, and it is essential for people to understand this role. This quiz will test your knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease itself, as well as some of the challenges that caregivers face in dealing with this devastating disease. So take the Test

Designing and managing care homes for people with dementia

The proportion of residents in care homes who have dementia is rising. Caroline Cantley, Professor of Dementia Care, Northumbria University, and Bob Wilson, consultant in care home design, studied seven recently built specialist homes for people with dementia which have been nominated as examples of good practice. They identified principles for providers involved in setting up or developing high quality care homes for people with dementia. Read More

8 Ways to Preserve Family Memories While You Can if Your Parent Has Alzheimer’s

An often-overlooked reality of Alzheimer’s is that your parent’s memories and knowledge of family history will eventually disappear along with her personality. Fortunately this doesn’t happen instantly. Early in the disease process, even when short-term memory loss is obvious, long-term memories tend to persist.So now’s the time to capture what she knows for future generations. Before you’re left with regrets that you don’t know more about your parent’s past, take steps to preserve them. Read in Detail

End-Stage Dementia Patients Deserve Palliative Care

“We must act now to stop people with dementia from suffering from protracted, potentially uncomfortable and undignified deaths” says Jan Draper, Professor of Nursing for The Open University, UK. “The management of dementia is becoming a major international public health concern because people are living longer which means that more people are likely to develop this disease.” Read More

Alzheimer’s Disease: Tips for Maintaining a Normal Life

Living with Alzheimer’s disease is a challenge for anyone. It’s difficult to remember things, make decisions, and find your way around the way you used to. It can be frustrating a good deal of the time, but there are good days and bad days. Here are some helpful tips and things you can do to make things easier for yourself — to make things feel a bit more normal again. Know More

What is Alzheimer’s and what can be done

Alzheimer’s (AHLZ-high-merz) is a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. It is not a normal part of aging. Alzheimer’s gets worse over time. Although symptoms can vary widely, the first problem many people notice is forgetfulness severe enough to affect their ability to function at home or at work, or to enjoy lifelong hobbies.

What’s the Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Normal Age-Related Memory Loss?

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging or “just what happens when we get old.” If Alzheimer’s was part of the natural aging process, then every person over 65 years of age would have Alzheimer’s disease. While people do experience minor changes in their memory and thinking as they age, these changes don’t affect daily functioning or the ability to live independently. Here are five differences between normal age-related memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease: Read here

Alzheimer’s disease: Did you know this?
Who discovered it?

Dr Aloes Alzheimer, a German doctor, in 1906

Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Dementia is a brain disorder that seriously affects a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. The most common form of dementia among older people is Alzheimer’s disease which initially involves the parts of the brain that control thought, memory and language. Know more

Are You at Risk of Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s disease begins to damage the brain years before symptoms appear. Why pathological changes occur in the brain leading to such profound damage is not clear. Risk factors are things that increase your chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Some are preventable, such as exercise, some not, for example genetic factors and age. Read in detail

Telling Young Children About Alzheimer’s

It is important that children, even young children, are given information about a relative with Alzheimer’s disease. Although they may find it difficult to understand, it helps kids deal with changes in a loved one’s behavior.

Your goal is to inform children — without frightening them — about how Alzheimer’s disease is affecting a person, and to give them information in a way they can easily understand. Read more

Just for Children’s to understand Alzheimer’s, Read here

Reduce your risk of dementia

Dementia is an illness that affects the brain and kills off brain cells one by one. Find out how to reduce your risk of dementia by doing things that are good for you and your brain. Read more

Alzheimer’s disease: Early detection is the key

ON THE OCCASION of World Alzheimer’s Day on 21 September , I take this opportunity to write a few lines about Alzheimer’s disease. This article is in continuation of my earlier article about ‘World Alzheimer’s Day: Let us remember those who cannot remember,’ to spread awareness in the community with regards to Alzheimer’s disease, one of the most neglected areas in the care of the elderly in India. There is hardly any government initiative to take care of dementia patients and there are only two NGO’s in the whole country to address the problem of dementia nationally viz. Alzheimer’s & Related Disorders Society of India (ARDSI) and Dignity Foundation. Read More

Alzheimer ’s disease in India

Research on Alzheimer’s disease in India is still in the initial stages. Medication is expensive. Among the family members care for Alzheimer’s patients, with the best of intentions, is low priority. Professional support systems are non-existent. Against this background general physicians and neurologists try their best to makes things better for AD patients. Dr Deepak Arjundas, a noted neurologist, explains how. Read More

Alzheimer’s Residential Care Detailed Booklet

If you are a person with dementia or are involved in caring for someone with dementia there may come a time when you need to consider, and make, the move to long-term residential care. Learn More

What lifestyle changes can prevent Alzheimer’s disease

Scientists are not yet sure how or why good health habits work to overcome a predisposition to Alzheimer’s; and since we don’t fully understand the causes of this disease, we can’t be sure that everyone can avoid getting it. What we do know is that people can reduce some of their risk factors. Read more

Caregiver tips for saving time and energy

People who care for loved ones who are in ill health typically have a multitude of responsibilities. These include chauffeuring, shopping, running errands, paying bills, co-ordinating medical and other appointments, yard work, home maintenance, housekeeping, preparing meals, managing medication and assisting with personal care. It’s easy for them to become overwhelmed by all of the demands on their time. Read More

Help for caregiver of a person with dementia

Alzheimer’s disease not only affects the person with dementia, it affects the entire family. The greatest burden is placed on the caregiver. The personal and emotional stress of caring for a person with dementia are enormous and you need to plan ways of coping with the disease for the future. Understanding your emotions will help you successfully cope with the person’s problems as well as your own. You are an important person in the life of the person with dementia. Without you the person would be lost. This is why it is essential to take care of yourself. Read More

CAREGIVING CHALLENGES

Some of the specific things that are challenging for patients with AD usually stem from the memory problems that are so predominant in this disease. The lack of memory for events or people can make the individual extremely anxious about daily life. This can be exhibited with asking questions and repeating information, preparing for appointments/day care well ahead of time, and use of notes and reminders endlessly. Agitation can occur often as people become less able to interpret the environment and control or express their feelings. This can be seen in people with dementia who may strike out when people are caring for them. These behaviors are very difficult for caregivers who are trying to provide care and understand the changes in their loved one. Read More

Ways to help an Alzheimer’s caregiver avoid burnout

Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the most common form of dementia, involves gradual breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. Affected persons lose the ability to interpret information and to send messages to their body to behave in certain ways.

Over time they experience mental, emotional, behavioural and physical changes, necessitating increasing amounts of supervision and, eventually, hands-on help with activities of daily living. Read more

A Checklist for Patients and Caregivers

Perhaps your loved one has been exhibiting changes; perhaps they have just been given a diagnosis of dementia. You may be wondering about what steps to take. Read more

Choosing the Right Aged Care Home for People with Dementia

The following checklist can help you to find the home most suited to you or the person with the dementia whom you support. This guide can also be useful when comparing different facilities and the services they offer. When choosing a home, there are many aspects to consider beyond the outer appearance of a newly built, state-of-the-art aged care facility. The word “home” says it all. Is the facility you have in mind home-like? Various levels of care are available from assisted home care to residential care when living at home is no longer possible. The right choice will vary according to each person’s stage of dependence, mobility or dementia. Read in Detail

“Good sense, good design: Interior design in dementia accommodation”

Dementia–specific design: about accessibility, safety & security ,Colour & Colour Contrast. Read in detail

Dementia Management: See the detail guide

Making the Most of Visits to Nursing Home Residents Who Have Dementia

It can be difficult to keep visiting a person in a nursing home, especially if the person may not remember that you have been there. There are many reasons to visit a person in a nursing home who has memory loss: Read More

Management of Dementia in Elderly

Dementia is a progressive, degenerative brain syndrome that affects memory, thinking, behaviour and emotion. Dementia knows no social, economic, ethnic or geographical boundaries and affects people throughout the world. As dementia progresses individuals affected need care with all aspects of daily life, worldwide families mostly provide this care. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia and accounts for 50-60% of all cases and is caused by abnormal brain tissue changes. Read More

Dementia Education through Cartoons: See this nice presentation

Diagnosis and Treatment of Alzheimer Disease and Dementia in Canada: Read Here

Early Stage Engaging people with Dementia

People are being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) earlier in the disease (Bowen & McKechnie, 2001), and many are able to remain at a high level of functioning for long periods of time. Experience is showing us that these individuals are capable of contributing in a meaningful way to shaping our understanding of dementia, their needs, and required supports (Beattie, Daker-White, Gillard, & Means, 2004).The Alzheimer Society of Canada wants to identify strategies that promote the active participation of people with early-stage dementia in our organization and our work, particularly policy, research, and service delivery. Read in detail

Therapies for Dementia: To know about therapies click here

Alzheimer’s Disease To Quadruple Worldwide By 2050

“By 2050, 1 in 85 persons worldwide will have Alzheimer’s disease. However, if we can make even modest advances in preventing Alzheimer’s disease or delay its progression, we could have a huge global public health impact.” Read more

Illuminating a dark path

To be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 46, in the middle of a high-flying career as a senior public servant in the Prime Minister’s department, would be devastating for many people. For Christine Bryden it became a catalyst for a new career and a new life. Read more

10/66 Newsletter

10/66 Dementia Research Group is part of Alzheimer’s Disease International, know more

Alternative Therapies in Alzheimer’s Disease Recourse List

This list is a reviewed collection of items prepared by the Alzheimer’s Association Green-Field Library staff. Contact your local chapter or local library for availability of the items. Get the Detail

Famous people with Alzheimer’s disease: Click here

The Global Impact of Dementia

International studies make it clear that dementia occurs in every country of the world. Dementia affects 1 in 20 people over the age of 65 and 1 in 5 over the age of 80. Worldwide there are an estimated 24 million people with dementia. By 2040 the number will have risen to 81 million. Read more

Dementia in the Asia Pacific: See the Detail

Culture and Dementia: Know more

Remember those who cannot Remember

I am not a Doctor, Psychologist, nor Social worker by profession but have Passion to work for the Elderly and for the cause Alzheimer’s. I got interested with the cause because of my work in Dignity Foundation. Also I with my Colleague Ms. Hendi Lingiah was instrumental in starting India’s first 24 x 7 Dementia Care Center, near Mumbai. Working with the patients, care givers and through net browsing I gained knowledge about Dementia, which I would like to share with the society. Read this interesting story and know more about Dementia

Ten Movies About Alzheimer’s Disease You Shouldn’t Miss: See the detail

2008 Alzheimer’s disease facts and figures

The 2008 Alzheimer’s disease Facts and Figures report is a comprehensive statistical abstract of U.S. data on Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia. To provide background and context for interpreting the data, the next section, Overview of Alzheimer’s disease, defines dementia, summarizes current knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease, and briefly explains other specific types of dementia. The following sections address prevalence, family caregiving, use and costs of care, mortality, and lifetime risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Courtesy: Alzheimer’s Association. Read more

Alzheimer’s Society of Europe: March 2008 News Letter

March was yet another busy period for Alzheimer Europe and our campaign to make dementia a European priority continues to gather pace. Françoise Grossetête, the Chairperson of the European Alzheimer’s Alliance put the finishing touches to a Written Declaration on Alzheimer’s disease. This will be submitted to the European Parliament and will be open for signatures for two months. We hope, of course, that half of all Members of the European Parliament will sign the Declaration to ensure it is adopted as an official European action plan on Alzheimer’s disease. Read in Detail

Click here for useful links for Alzheimer’s

Medical

Milestone Medical Tests in your 60s and Up

You deserve to feel good. Just because you are over 60, don’t think you can’t be independent, vital and healthy. Read More

IAHPC LIST OF ESSENTIAL MEDICINES FOR PALLIATIVE CARE Check the list

Insomnia

Insomnia is a general term that refers to difficulty falling or staying asleep. It’s not really a disorder, but a symptom with many causes. We all have occasional sleepless nights, and insomnia that sticks around for just a day or two isn’t much of a problem, but if you have it for longer periods, you’re likely to pay a high price. Read in detail

Access to pain relief – A Human Right

One essential component of palliative care is pain relief. Freedom from pain allows the highest quality of life possible for as long as possible. As we are all aware, pain increases distress and anxiety not only in the patient but also their friends and family. Pain decreases the ability of a patient, their friends and family to sleep, carry out everyday activities, work, communicate effectively, concentrate, resolve any conflict and address many of the issues which, if thought through, allow peace as the end of life approaches. Read More

Milestone Medical Tests in your 50s

You’re in your 50s. It’s the prime of your life — or it should be. Don’t let illness rob you of your health. When you go for your annual physical, make sure your doctor performs or recommends these simple tests that may save your health — and your life — later. Read More

Older Americans 2008 – Key indicators of Well-Being. Read in Detail

Health Issues of Senior Citizens

Although, according to Dr. Chopra, Body is Ageless and Old Age is a society-created perception only, as all the trillions of cells of Body get renewed from time to time, the present position appears that as one advances towards Old Age, one has to necessarily face some ailments, physical & mental weakness, aloofness etc. depending upon his life style, genes, environments etc. Read this article by M.V.Ruparelia

Life after a Heart Attack

A heart attack changes the lives of both seniors and their caregivers. If your loved one has had a heart attack, it’s essential to understand the medications and lifestyle changes necessary for a successful recovery. According to the American Heart Association, over 1 million people in the U.S. have heart attacks each year, and about half of them survive. Fortunately, because of advances in coronary surgery and patient care, seniors who survive a heart attack can enjoy a healthy, active life for years to come. Read More

Age Gracefully

Quality of life will improve if you take steps to age gracefully and take care of your mind and body. Determine to do your best at slowing the aging process and you will feel better and continue to be able to more activities for a longer period of time. Read More

Promoting Healthy Lifestyles

Great improvements in medicine, public health, science, and technology have enabled today’s older Americans to live longer and healthier lives than previous generations. Older adults want to remain healthy and independent at home in their communities. Society wants to minimize the health care and economic costs associated with an increasing older population. The science of aging indicates that chronic disease and disability are not inevitable. As a result, health promotion and disease prevention activities and programs are an increasing priority for older adults, their families, and the health care system. Read More

Living with Heart Disease

A book to Treasure: Everything You Need to Know to Safeguard Your Health and Take Control of Your Life. Read More

TRAINING PROGRAMME IN CARE GIVING

Increased globalization and modernization has brought about problems of old age, disaster related injuries, mental stress disorders & paucity of trained medical & health professionals etc. In view of these phenomena, the RCI, a registered statutory body has taken a decision to meet the challenge for the need of care giving from the family unit to the community and the institution as an important component of a continuing care and rehabilitation.
The concept of care giving and creation of a cadre of care givers is the need of the country. The availability of trained care givers and operationalizing the programme in care giving, will fulfill the needs of the chronically ill, elderly and persons with disability increasing at an alarming rate. Read in Detail

Emergency Medicine Manual

Based on the guidelines drafted by Dr. Christine Zink of the New York Presbyterian Hospital, USA during her visit to the Community Health Initiative (CHI) in Palghar, Maharashtra, I started my pilot training in August 2006. Dr. Christine has rightly mentioned that different target groups should be given different levels of training depending on their previous understanding and
exposure in handling any emergencies. A must Read document

Global Survey on Geriatrics in the Medical Curriculum

In response to the global challenges of population ageing, WHO launched a new programme on ageing and health in 1995 designed to advance the state of knowledge about health care in old age and gerontology through special training and research efforts, information dissemination and policy development – Courtesy: WHO. Read More

Useful links on Health

Health problems

This section looks at common diseases that can affect elderly people, how they are treated and current research into new treatments.

MEDIC8 HEALTH GUIDE: ELDERLY HEALTH click here

Queries About Health Check

Alternate Therapies

Introduction to Pranayama and Yogic Breathing

Breathing is so simple and so obvious we often take it for granted, ignoring the power it has to affect body, mind and spirit. With each inhale we bring oxygen into the body and spark the transformation of nutrients into fuel. Each exhale purges the body of carbon dioxide, a toxic waste. Breathing also affects our state of mind. It can make us excited or calm, tense or relaxed. Read in detail

How Furry Toys, Animals, and Dolls Help People With Dementia

The hottest tool for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia is a baby harp seal. A robot baby harp seal, that is. “Paro” is soft and cute as a stuffed animal, but it also coos when its fur is stroked, wiggles on the lap, bats its eyelashes, and makes little noises. Paro reacts to warmth and sound, and remembers previous interactions. Read more

Music Could Help Dementia Sufferers

Music could succeed in unlocking memories for dementia sufferers where conversation has failed, Australian researchers say. Know more

The Healing Power of Pets

For elderly pet owners, who often live alone or in group facilities, pets can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, increase social interaction and physical activity and help them learn.

Older Adults Use Alternative Medicine and Its Types

This study found that 71 percent of older adults used some form of alternative medicine in 2000. A study done in 2002, found a lower rate — about 62 percent – among all adults. “The percentage of older adults who used alternative medicine was higher than I expected,” Hong said. “Many types of alternative medicine have not been tested for safety and effectiveness, and yet a large majority of older adults are using them. This tells us there is a serious need for more consumer education.” Read more

Complementary and alternative medicine and dementia

Public interest in complementary therapies is growing at a significant rate, easily outpacing the research conducted into their safety and effectiveness. People are often attracted to the ‘natural’ and safe image of these therapies, particularly in treating chronic medical conditions, for which conventional treatments are often less than completely effective. This sheet addresses some of the issues surrounding the use of complementary and alternative treatments and outlines the current evidence for their effectiveness. Read More

Ayurveda

Ayurveda is a science of life so to know more about it, we must know what is life? Life according to Ayurveda is a Combination of senses, mind, body and soul. So it is clear from this definition of life that Ayurveda is not only limited to body or physical symptoms but also gives a comprehensive knowledge about spiritual, mental and social health. Read More

AYURVEDA AND GERIATRIC CARE

The biggest challenge with geriatric problem is that in most of the cases the condition cannot be attributed to a single cause or in certain conditions of neuro-psychiatric disorders like, Senile dementia, Alzheimer’s depression, the structural cause is unknown. In such cases the conventional medical therapy fails to come out with effective management plan and hence is severely compromised. Another challenge with conventional medical therapy is that it does not have health-promoting agents. Ayurveda on the other hand has interventions like chayavanaprasha, triphala that enhance physiological processes that influence metabolic and immunological status. Such interventions are significant in the context of geriatric care. Read More

How can Aromatherapy Help People with Dementia?

Imagine waking up and not knowing where you are; then strangers come and take you into another room where they take your clothes off, put you into a small confined space on freezing cold tiles and turn on a tap that squirts warm water all over you. No wonder you might resist and want to prevent these strangers from touching you, let alone rubbing you with soap or a cloth. Not surprisingly, you might yell out and use swear words that normally you’d never use. Read in Detail

Pranic Healing

Prana is a Sanskrit word literally meaning “life-force” – the invisible bio-energy or vital energy that keeps the body alive and maintains a state of good health. The Japanese call this subtle energy Ki, the Chinese Chi, while the Greeks refer to it as Pneuma. In Polynesian it is known as Mana, and in Hebrew, Ruah – meaning “Breath of Life.”

Pranic Healing is a form of energy healing which makes use of Prana, or vital energy, in the treatment of a wide variety of ailments. As an art and science, Pranic Healing was widely practiced in ancient civilizations in China, Egypt and India. In Pranic Healing, cure is effected by simply removing diseased energies from the patient’s invisible energy body and by transferring fresh vital energy (Prana) to the affected areas with the use of the hands. Read More

Reiki

Reiki is the technique of tapping into ones “life force energy” to bring about a harmonious balance between the body and mind. An amazingly simple technique, the ability to use Reiki is not taught, but is transferred to the student by the Reiki Master. Its use is not dependent on one’s intellectual capacity or spiritual development and, therefore, is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds. Read more

Tai Chi

Tai chi, pronounced “tie chee,” is a gentle exercise program that is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Derived from the martial arts, tai chi is composed of slow, deliberate movements, meditation, and deep breathing, which enhance physical health and emotional well-being. Read More

The Stress Management and Health Benefits of Laughter

Research has shown health benefits of laughter ranging from strengthening the immune system to reducing food cravings to increasing one’s threshold for pain. There’s even an emerging therapeutic field known as humor therapy to help people heal more quickly, among other things. Humor also has several important stress relieving benefits. Read in detail

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete medical system that has been used to diagnose, treat, and prevent illnesses for more than 2,000 years. TCM is based on a belief in yin and yang—defined as opposing energies, such as earth and heaven, winter and summer, and happiness and sadness. When yin and yang are in balance, you feel relaxed and energized. Out of balance, however, yinandyang negatively affect your health.

Practitioners also believe that there is a life force or energy in every body, known as qi (pronounced “chee”). In order for yin and yang to be balanced and for the body to be healthy, qi must be balanced and flowing freely. When there’s too little or too much qi in one of the body’s energy pathways (called meridians), or when the flow of qi is blocked, illness results.

The ultimate goal of TCM treatment is to balance the yinand yangin our lives by promoting the natural flow of qi. In an interesting analogy, often used to explain its nature, qi is described as the wind in a sail; we do not see the wind directly, but we are aware of its presence as it fills the sail. Read more

What is Aromatherapy

well being and in restoring balance to the body. Essential oils are aromatic essences extracted from plants, flowers, trees, fruit, bark, grasses and seeds. There are more than 150 types of oils that can be extracted. These oils have distinctive therapeutic, psychological and physiological properties that improve health and prevent illness. All essential oils have unique healing and valuable antiseptic properties. Some oils are anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, anti-depressant, stimulating, relaxing, expectorating, support digestion and have diuretic properties too. Read More

Diet

Central Obesity & Dementia; Diet, Vitamin D, Calcium, & Colon Cancer

There is ample clinical evidence showing that obesity is associated with an increased risk of high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis and premature death. Some cancers also appear to be more common among obese patents, including cancers of the breast, pancreas, esophagus, stomach, colon, rectum, uterus and kidney. Read More

Update 1st October –

Brain Food: What to Eat to Boost Your Brain Power

Boosting brain power is big business. You’ll find all types of products from caffeine containing drinks to herbal supplements made with ginkgo biloba to pills with names like Focus Factor claiming to protect your mind and memory. Today, we’re going to focus on brain food. Are there foods you can eat that will help keep your mind sharp? Know more

Calorie restriction: Is this anti-aging diet worth a try?

A diet that has extended the life span of worms, flies and rats is capturing the interest of humans. Believers say the calorie restriction diet, which involves eating less, while still getting enough vitamins and nutrients, makes them healthier. And they hope calorie restriction extends their lives. Read More

Eat a Diet Rich in Calcium

Calcium is the most prevalent mineral in the human body. It plays an important role in maintaining good health. Know More

Healthy Nutrition for Older People

A healthy eating plan can never be outgrown. No matter at what stage of life you may be in, healthy nutrition is vitally important. However, as far as older adults are concerned, while the basic principles of a balanced diet are the same as at any other age, but individual nutritional requirements usually do need to be modified. Read More

Keep fit for life

Given the impact that good nutrition and keeping fit have on health and wellbeing in later life, WHO, in collaboration with the Tufts University USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, organized a consultation to review the scientific evidence linking diet and other factors—especially exercise—affecting nutritional status, disease prevention and health promotion for older persons. Read the Detail Report

The Miracle Diet

Scientists have long touted the benefits of the Mediterranean diet for heart health. But there’s more and more evidence that the diet can keep you healthy in other ways, too. In just-released findings from the ongoing NIH/AARP Diet and Health Study, sticking to the eating patterns of Greece and southern Italy cuts the risk of death from all causes by 20 percent. Know More

Nutritional Recommendations For Seniors

Numerous benefits of a healthy diet and proper nutrition include: increased mental acuteness; resistance to illness and disease; higher energy levels; a more robust immune system; faster recuperation times, and; better management of chronic health problems. As we age, our relationship to food changes along with our bodies. When we’re younger, we might grab fast food on the run and not think twice about it. In later life, however, eating well can be the key to staying mentally sharp, emotionally balanced and energetic, with a strong immune system and a positive outlook. Read More

Nutrition after Fifty Tips and Recipes

Turning 50, 60, 70 or even 80 isn’t what it used to be. Seniors are living longer and enjoying life more than ever. One desire we all share is to feel good and stay healthy. This brochure can show you how good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle can add vitality to your years and help you reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases. It is written for people age 50 and over. Read more

Eating Well As We Age

Many older people have trouble eating well. This booklet tells why. Then it gives ideas on what you can do about it. Using the food label is one way to eat well. There are others. Read More

Nutrition for older persons

In order to achieve the ultimate goal of health ageing and active ageing, WHO has developed a policy framework. Defining the specific nutritional needs of older persons, Read More

Growing Older, Eating Better

Nutrition remains important throughout life. Many chronic diseases that develop late in life, such as osteoporosis, can be influenced by earlier poor habits. Insufficient exercise and calcium intake, especially during adolescence and early adulthood, can significantly increase the risk of osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become brittle and crack or break easily. But good nutrition in the later years still can help lessen the effects of diseases prevalent among older Americans or improve the quality of life in people who have such diseases. They include osteoporosis, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers, gastrointestinal problems, and chronic undernutrition. Read More

ONE HUNDRED & ONE REASONS TO GO VEGETARIAN, Read More

Senior Nutrition & Creative Meal Sharing:

As we age, our relationship to food changes along with our bodies. When we’re younger, we might grab fast food on the run and not think twice about it. In later life, however, eating well can be the key to staying mentally sharp, emotionally balanced and energetic, with a strong immune system and a positive outlook. Read More

Click here for 1 day diet plans recommended by our Dietician for senior citizens

Click here for 1 day diet plan for a Diabetic, High BP senior citizen recommended by our Dietician

Lifestyle

Emergency Medicine: A Manual for Training

Based on the guidelines drafted by Dr. Christine Zink of the New York Presbyterian Hospital, USA during her visit to the Community Health Initiative (CHI) in Palghar, Maharashtra, Impact India Foundation has made this manual for Rural Community. Read in Detail

Fire Safety Tips for Protecting Elders

The other night at bedtime my seven-year-old daughter shared with me the fears that were keeping her up at night: Demon, ghost, dogs, and the fire she feared would consume the house, starting with her room. Read More

10 Ways to Fight Fatigue

Fatigue is different than ordinary tiredness. Fatigue is disruptive and interferes with all aspects of daily living. About 10 million doctor visits each year are attributed to fatigue, and many of those are tied to arthritis-related conditions. Read more

To Live Longer

Voir la vie en rose et conserver une activité professionnelle permet de vivre mieux et beaucoup plus longtemps, affirment des scientifiques spécialistes du vieillir jeune. Article in French, Read here

Ten Tips for the Awkward Age of Computing

Read More about Guide for Aging Computer Users

Fidget Your Way to Longer Life

Even the simplest physical activity may lengthen lives — no sweating required, new research shows. In fact, mundane physical activity like household chores may count. Know more

Lessons From Centenarians

You, Too, Could Live to 100 — Or at Least 80 Know how

Making Roads Safer for Seniors and Others

Whether suffering from arthritis, weakening eyesight or diminished mobility, Canadians will increasingly have the ability to match their ailments to their cars as the transportation industry prepares for one of the biggest shifts in driving demographics on record. Read More

Coping With Old Age

When I think of coping with old age a number of cliches come to mind: “Act your age,” but I don’t want to act old. In fact, it comes to me that I don’t even want to admit that I am old. “Ignore old age” is my motto. Read how to cope

Elders Reveal Keys to Healthy Aging

You’re living, you’re aging, but that’s not such a bad thing, a new study shows. Read More

Poor Memory Tied to Sleep Woes in Aging Women

Older women with memory problems are more likely to have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep than those without memory loss, a U.S. study finds. Know More

Healthy Habits

You might think: I’ve made it this far without paying much attention to my health. I’m too old to become a “health nut” now. There’s no need to become a health-obsessed “nut.” But the fact is, you’re never to old to adopt some healthier habits. If you do, you’ll add years to your life and zest to your remaining years.Practice Health Habits

Ergonomic Tips:

Computer Use by Senior Citizens – Know the important Tips

Adult Day Care

If your Alzheimer’s afflicted dad is dragging his feet about going to day services and you need to get to work, which do you think would be more effective? It’s pretty obvious that the more respectful, dignified question would get the best response. Whether called “day services,” “day care,” “the club” or “volunteer work” – whatever seems right for the sake of the specific elder – these services have been a well-kept secret for years. Far too many people don’t realize they have this care option. Know More

Transportation Options for Older Adults

Have you ever thought about what would happen if the transportation you use is no longer an option? How would you continue to maintain your independence so that you could continue with your daily routines? Who would you turn to for assistance? People often look to friends or relatives to assist with transportation – this may be a good option for you, but it is not always the most
convenient for you or for them. Read More

When making a move might improve your life

As people age, and especially if they have chronic health conditions, at some point they’re likely to find that their current home no longer suits their lifestyle or their needs. It is worth considering a move if it might improve life. Read More

LIVING ON THE EDGE

We humans are always waiting for something to happen in our life and then we decide to make ourselves feel happy. Happiness is a state of mind which we can choose to have all the time. It is our social conditioning that decides when we should be happy or sad. It tells us that getting good grades in school and college, becoming a doctor, lawyer, engineer, chartered accountant, etc. are more important than being good and truthful human beings. By Dr.Swaati Dhawan. Read More

Tips for improving your lifestyle and ageing more healthily

There are some clear pointers as to how to stay fit and well throughout later life. Our chances of ageing successfully are affected most by lifestyle. Read More

Book on Healthy Ageing

A GUIDE TO GOOD HEALTH FOR SENIOR CITIZENS AND THEIR CARERS. Read More

LIVING ARRANGEMENTS

Home is where the heart is. There is no place like home. It is obvious that home holds a special place in each of our lives. It is often a source of comfort and safety for us. It holds many of life’s memories. However, as the person for whom you are caring becomes more impaired, you may need to consider changing things about your home or where you live. Read More

Older people in emergencies

Natural disasters are on the increase worldwide. However the plight of older people is still largely neglected. More emergencies are taking place in rapidly ageing countries. Read More

Older persons in Emergency: WHO Draft Fact Sheet , Read More

The old age Personal Hygiene Of elderly people and Improvements

The personal hygiene is most important of all the issues with elderly person, as the hygienic person will probably not get ill and thus other miseries. We should also think about the old people who are living in rural areas because more than four times as many older persons live in the rural areas of India as in urban areas. Thus considering for old age means focusing on all the issues that come up with this age to find a better solution. Read More

How to Grow Old without Feeling Old

As you sit in the hospital waiting room, waiting for the baby to be born, you think back to the day when you had your first child. Now, here you are, looking forward to your first great-grand child. It’s amazing how time flies, and looking back can leave you feeling old! But just because you’ve got several decades behind you doesn’t mean you have to feel old. Here’s how to stay young in mind and spirit. Read More

Elder care & Wellbeing Guide

Elderly care is not simply a choice between live-in care or a care home – it is about quality of life. Max Tookey, a psychologist with expertise in leisure and lifestyle agrees, “Without quality of life, people can lose their interest in living and it’s important to keep mind and body active whatever our age. Obviously, as we move into the later years our ability to partake in some activities does narrow, but there are still hobbies and interests, which can inspire us, and gentler, active pursuits can be developed and adapted to suit our individual needs. In this sense, there are tremendous benefits for elderly clients who have opted for care in the home, as a live-in carer can devise activities that enhance the individual’s quality of life.” Read More

Your Magical Retirement Plan

Your retirement plan and my retirement plan should have something important in common and it is not what you may think it is. So what’s your retirement plan look like? If you are like most people contemplating retirement, you may have given some thought to the financial aspects of retirement planning but absolutely no consideration to the personal aspects. Read More

The Unparalleled Experience of Elders

To match the extreme weather in other parts of the U.S., the temperature here in Portland, Maine, has recently dropped into the single, minus digits that will continue, according to weather.com, for a week or more. Jack Frost has been painting windows in the manner of Christmas cards, the sound of plastic scrapers on windshields has become ubiquitous in recent days along with the crunch of booted feet on frozen snow. Read More

Beauty Tip Guide: The Best Beauty treatment and solution from your Kitchen, Read Here

Natural Skin Care, Know more

Psycho-social Status of Senior Citizen and Related Factors

Aging is an inevitable developmental phenomenon bringing along a number of changes in the physical, psychological, hormonal and the social conditions (Neuhaus and Neuhaus, 1982). Birren and Renner (1977) define aging in terms of the biology, referring to “the regular changes that occur in mature genetically representative organisms living under representative environmental conditions as they advance in chronological age,”

Old age has been viewed, as problematic period of one’s life and this is correct to some extent. The aged become increasingly dependent on others. As man grows, his reduced activities, income and consequent decline in the position of the family and society makes his life more vulnerable. Read More

Assisted Living

Assisted living facilities offer a housing alternatives for older adults who may need help with dressing, bathing, eating, and toileting, but do not require the intensive medical and nursing care provided in nursing homes. Read More

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

Assistive technology is any service or tool that helps the elderly or disabled do the activities they have always done but must now do differently. These tools are also sometimes called “adaptive devices.”

An Earthquake Preparedness Guide by Government of India, Read More

Improving the oral health of older people

The proportion of older people continues to grow worldwide, especially in developing countries. Non-communicable diseases are fast becoming the leading causes of disability and mortality, and in coming decades health and social policy-makers will face tremendous challenges posed by the
rapidly changing burden of chronic diseases in old age. Chronic disease and most oral diseases share common risk factors. Globally, poor oral health amongst older people has been particularly evident in high levels of tooth loss, dental caries experience, and the prevalence rates of periodontal disease, xerostomia and oral precancer/cancer.
Read WHO Global Oral Health Programme

Elders should live as usual; they should keep themselves busy and active. We age more if our brain is idle. It is no longer inevitable to age and decline. It is entirely in their hands how happily and healthily they can grow older, not “get old.” Its Productive Ageing and Successful Ageing.

Whatever you were in your Junior life, now suddenly you are a part of graying brigade and probably at a loss as what is expected of you, and what to do with suddenly available abundant time. Look at this period as a new opportunity to try or do everything you wanted but could not achieve before.

One of the great advantages of retirement is the extended leisure time; you now have the chance to do all of the things that you may have put off due to work commitments. Senior should keep on meeting people especially of their age, and share and interact with others.

In this section we have tried to explore various option for being active and successful : Activities, Learning Opportunities, Job & Self Employment, Amusement, Travel, Books, Movies\Music / DVD, Games\Puzzles and Jokes. Please click on Links on Top.

Activities

Tourism:

a passion for travel only to issues of age …An article in French

Finland keeps its retiree active

La Finlande sert toujours d’inspiration à d’autres européens pour prolonger la vie active des salariés dépassant 55 ans. Il y a dix ans, le gouvernement finlandais mettait en place un premier plan en faveur de l’emploi des seniors. Read article in French

Emergency Preparedness for Older People

Following the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, older people and persons with disabilities living near the disaster area were trapped for days before being rescued. In response, the International Longevity Center-USA contacted local and citywide organizations that serve older people to find out how they had dealt with the emergency and to discover what resources were available to aid vulnerable sectors of the city in the event of a future emergency. Read More

Activities for Senior Citizens

Are you a senior citizen? Nowadays age doesn’t prevent one from having one’s share of fun. Jazz up your life with some entertaining activities tailor made for senior citizens.Know more about some good activity

Fun Activities for Independent Seniors

When looking for fun activities for seniors, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. An activity doesn’t have to be labeled for seniors! Look to your past for inspiration. Read More

Travel & Knowledge

Travel makes the horizon broader. Some such knowledgeable statement has been attributed to some Francis Pork or Bacon I do not remember whom. I had read this essay while travelling by a local train in Mumbai. Not an ideal environment for study and remembering. Read an interesting sharing Mr. H.R.Shenoy

Keeping Seniors Busy

For the last several decades, Ann has had no problem loading her dishwasher, washing her clothes or making her bed. No big deal, you know? That is until her widowed father moved in with Ann and her family. Now, her father follows her around and tells her just how things should be done. He does the same with Ann’s husband, Jim, though Jim has found ways to out-fox the elder. For Ann – well, it’s her dad, and she doesn’t know how to handle it graciously. Read more

Live & Learn

As a matter of personality and lifestyle, I never do what I’m told. So far, so good. I’m sure I’ll screw it up one of these days. I started flying about 50 years ago — illegally. I just never got around to doing it honestly until about 10 years ago. I stopped for a number of years, but when I was a teenager we used to fly planes from the Winnipeg Flying Club. One of us had a license, and the rest of us would come out and fly these things around. I never banged one up. Read More

List of Activities for seniors

Elders should live as usual, they should keep themselves busy and active. We age more if our brain is idle. It is no longer inevitable to age and decline. It is entirely in their hands how happily and healthily they can grow older, not “get old.” Its Productive Ageing and Successful Ageing. Read in Detail

Seniorgiri

So maybe, you are going to be , just became one or are already a veteran Senior. Whatever you were in your Junior life , now suddenly you are a part of graying brigade and probably at a loss as what is expected of you, and what to do with suddenly available abundant time . Read this interesting document

15 Ways To Keep Your Speaking Inspiring and Creative

When stressed or blocked it is wise to make a change so that we don’t stay in that place. Yet, many times we forget some of the simple things that we can do for ourselves, quickly and easily to bring our inspiration back and increase our creativity. Read more

10 Top Memory Tactics

Improving the memories of people with dementia does not have to involve arduous training, complicated approaches or tough regimes. Quite simply, it requires a caring attitude, an understanding of the needs of elderly people with dementia, and a belief that it is possible to improve both their quality of life and their memories. Read here

Elder Blogging to Give Shape to Our Lives

Back in the olden days when I was growing up, people wrote letters – thoughts laid down on paper with pen and ink – and mailed them to faraway friends and loved ones. Depending on how far away, letters could take days or sometimes weeks to reach their destination and the arrival of a long-awaited postal message was cause for excitement. Letters were read and re-read and saved in pretty boxes, sometimes a collection of them tied with ribbon. When I was a child and a young woman, long distance telephone calls were too expensive except for celebrations and emergencies. Instead, we wrote letters, passing on personal news and commenting on whatever might be affecting our lives, our minds, our choices at that moment. Read More

BUILDING ON GOOD PRINCIPLES & PRACTICE in NGO:

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How to Build a Good Small NGO:

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Recreation Centers for Senior Citizens

See this nice presentation

Senior Driving Tips

Drivers have to make about 15 major decisions for each kilometer driven, each requiring almost immediate action. Experience and mature judgment are important, but older drivers often process information more slowly. Read More

Take a deep breath… and relax

Breathing. It is something you have been doing since you were born and usually without a second thought. The interesting thing about breathing is that it is something that is partially automatic and at the same time, partially within our control. In this article, I explore aspects of proper breathing and how and why it benefits our physical and psychological well being. Read in Detail

Ten Ways to Grow Your Spirit

Growing Your Spirit in A Physical Body, Know More

Two Minute Relaxation Technique

Do you sit at your desk or computer all day and can just feel yourself getting tense or frustrated? Or, do you just find it hard to relax? Well, I’m going to show you a very simple and useful tool that you can use to take advantage of the mind-body connection to reduce stress instantly. You can do it anywhere, you don’t need any equipment, and it only takes two minutes to learn. Let’s get started. Read More

Finding Your Hobby Online Links, Click here

Gifts Ideas Link, Click here

Learning Opportunity

Considering Further Education

One of the great advantages of retirement is the extended leisure time; you now have the chance to do all of the things that you may have put off due to work commitments. Many people who have previously been considering further education but dismissed it due to financial and time constraints can now take advantage of the wide range of courses that are open to adults of any age. Read More

Programme your self for greater success, Read this interesting document

LIFE LONG LEARNING

Across the world, countries are experiencing population ageing. The growth rate of the elderly population is more rapid in developing countries like India than developed countries. Apart from demographic transitions, socio-economic and political changes together with increased individualism have altered living conditions of the elderly. Read More

Click here for important links over Senior Citizens Learning Opportunities

Jobs & Self Employment

We at Silver Innings promote Seniors to be active and independent in their Silver years.

There are many jobs and self employment opportunity available for seniors so that they can still contribute there Talent and Expertise in Nation Building.

In this section we will try to list various income opportunities or job suggestions that might enable senior citizens to obtain additional funds to help them financially through the Silver years.

Let’s march ahead towards a New Innings………

Click here for links over Earning and Volunteer opportunity for Seniors

Job Opening

We are looking for some Silvers who wish to work part time / full time as Financial Advisors. Training & product knowledge would be provided.

Zoher Doctor / Smart Money Inc.
F i n a n c i a l P l a n n e r
www.smartmoneydirect.co.in

402, BholeSai Apt., Bh. Emperor, Fatehgunj, Vadodara 390002
Gujarat India
Tel.: (M) +91-9824063400 (O) +91-265-6454851 / 2789261
Alternate Email ID: zoher.doctor@indiatimes.com, smartmoneyinc@indiatimes.com

Amusement

This section consists of various links for fun, recretion and information about how you can get a quick break from your busy schedule or how you can break ur monotonous routine life or make the most of your free retired life.

You can sit back and enjoy some nice music, movies, books and jokes or engage yourself with brain storming puzzles & games or plan your vacation.

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“Trees grow stronger over the years, rivers wider. Likewise, with age, human beings gain immeasurable depth and breadth of experience and wisdom. That is why older persons should be not only respected and revered; they should be utilized as the rich resource to society that they are”: United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan

Ageing is a natural process that begins at birth, or to be more precise, at conception, a process that progresses throughout one’s life and ends at death.

Ageing is a constant, predictable process that involves growth and development of living organisms. Aging can’t be avoided, but how fast we age varies from one person to another. How we age depends upon our genes, environmental influences, and life style.

Ageing can also be defined as a state of mind, which does not always keep pace with our chronological age. Attitude and how well we face the normal changes, challenges and opportunities of later life may best define our age.

Growing older cannot be prevented. We begin aging at the time of conception and continue aging one day at a time. However, some of the effects of aging can be slowed and even prevented. Prevention in later years requires participating in health education and health promotion activities designed to reduce the risk of disease. Prevention also involves engaging in interventions that improve outcomes in the event an illness does occur and includes efforts that reduce the risk of progressive disability and decline of function. In later life the goals of prevention also include maintaining function, vitality and quality of life.

According to “Towards Enriching Years” during the process of ageing, physical functions of the body slowly deteriorate demanding greater coping skills on the part of the ageing person to adjust to the environment. In addition, there are problems caused by others in the society because of their unfavorable attitudes. Ageism, like sexism or racism, is a concept pertaining to prejudice or a negative attitude towards a particular group. Ageism implies that the old are perceived as sick, unhappy, empty and useless, and are discriminated against.

As ageing is a continuous process in the structure and functions of the body, the physical abilities of the former tend to slow down with the passage of years. It is an impoverished environment, poor nutrition and diseases that break down the nervous system’s natural potential resistance against deterioration. As far as the psychological structures and functions are concerned, there need not necessarily be deterioration. Cicero, the Roman statesman and philosopher of first century BC, writing in his treatise On Old Age said that old people could retain their intellectual abilities by engaging their minds fully and actively and that old age was respectable as long as the elderly asserted themselves and were not dominated by anyone else. He supports his statements by referring to the death of Plato, the fifth century BC Greek philosopher. When death occurred, Plato was writing at his desk, at the age of 81 (Encyclopedia Brittanica, 1963).

According to Wikipedia Ageing is any change in an organism over time. Aging refers to a multidimensional process of physical, psychological, and social change (Hultsch and Deutsch). Some dimensions of aging grow and expand over time, while others decline. Reaction time, for example, may slow with age, while knowledge of world events and wisdom may expand (Schaie). Research shows that even late in life potential exists for physical, mental, and social growth and development. Aging is an important part of all human societies reflecting the biological changes that occur, but also reflecting cultural and societal conventions. Age is usually measured in full years — and months for young children. A person’s birthday is often an important event.

Chronological aging, referring to how old a person is, is arguably the most straightforward definition of aging and may be distinguished from “social aging” (society’s expectations of how people should act as they grow older) and “biological aging” (an organism’s physical state as it ages). Stuart-Hamilton also notes distinction between “proximal aging” (age-based effects that come about because of factors in the recent past) and “distal aging” (age-based differences that can be traced back to a cause early in person’s life, such as childhood poliomyelitis).

International Approach

China an Ageing Nation

China’s young working population (between 15 and 35) swelled substantially in the early 1980s, giving the country what economists call a ‘demographic dividend’. The rise in the number of young workers — combined with moderate social welfare measures and result-oriented economic policies — helped China’s economy grow by about 8 per cent a year for the past two decades as youths rushed to fill factory jobs and then spent their incomes on goodies like motorcycles, mobile phones and even homes. Read more

Convention on the Rights of Older Persons

Speech by Sergei Zelenev, Chief, Social Integration Branch, DESA . Read more

Elderly Want Parliamentary Seat

In Uganda Elderly persons have asked President Yoweri Museveni to allow them be represented in Parliament.The chairperson of the national network for older persons, Cam Peter Ayo, said this during the international older persons day held at Kitatya Primary School in Wabwoko sub-county, Kayunga district, last week. Read here

Elders Have their Day under the Sun

Discussions are being held on the means to improve the living and working conditions of older persons, on developing a coordinated approach, protecting the rights of older persons and seeking the collaboration of other stakeholders as well as ways to support the Focal Point (FP) which was established to promote and protect the rights of older people in Africa. Know more

Proposal for a General Recommendation on Older Women

Human rights are inalienable and all women have the right to grow old with dignity. Older women must not be viewed as victims but recognised for the contribution that they have made and continue to make to the societies in which they live, the knowledge they possess and the strengths that they have. Read more

DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH: Indonesia

Indonesian family systems do not conform to the prevailing image of Asian families, the predominant arrangements being nuclear and bilateral, with an important matrilineal minority. This paper considers the strength of family ties in two communities, focussing particularly on inter-generational flows of support to and from older members. Read in detail

Sick, elderly Iraqis living on edge

Investment in health and geriatric care suffered under Saddam Hussein, who steered government revenues to the security forces and his own pockets even as the country labored under more than a decade of harsh international sanctions. Read more

Ageism in America

Nearly 150 years later, in twenty-first-century America, older people are still being rendered invisible.Instances of this invisibility occurred in the horrific aftermath of Hurricane Katrina when a person’s class (impoverished) and race (black) were dominating factors in survival. Older persons in their own homes and in nursing homes were often abandoned. Older women, in particular, experience the impact of ageism. Living longer and alone and making up some 80 percent of the residents of nursing homes, they are more vulnerable than men to abuse and poverty. Read More

Living and Caring? An Investigation of the Experiences of Older Carers

In 2004, 10 per cent of individuals aged 52 and over had provided active provision of care to someone in the last week and so, for the purpose of this study, were defined as carers. Of these, 39 per cent were caring for a spouse, 11 per cent for a child, 34 per cent for a parent or parent in-law and 24 per cent for a relative, friend or other person. Those caring for a spouse had an average age of 68.4 (men) and 67.2 (women), and the majority were found to care only for that person (86.5 per cent). Read More

Health Care Voucher Scheme for the Elderly

Under the scheme, members of the public aged 70 or above and holding a valid Hong Kong Identity Card or a Valid Certificate of Exemption would be given annually five health care vouchers worth $50 each to partially subsidise primary medical care services they purchase from private sector. Read More

New Plan for Seniors Outlined

Healthy Living and Sport Minister Mary Polak acknowledged Friday the province needs to improve support for seniors who need help to continue living at home, rather than being forced into long-term care. Read More

International Year of Older Persons

A ‘Society for All Ages’ honours traditional leadership role of elders, Secretary-General says, opening International Year of Older Persons in 1999. Read More

Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities: A Guide

In September 2006, the Federal/Provincial/Territorial (F/P/T) Ministers Responsible for Seniors endorsed the Age-Friendly Rural/Remote Communities Initiative (AFRRCI) in Canada. Read More

Ageing Issues in Africa: A Summary

It is now common knowledge that the population of older people worldwide is increasing dramatically.Whereas there were only 200 million of them in 1950, projections are that they will shoot to 2 billion by 2050. Most fascinating about that figure is that the number of older people will, for the first time in the history of mankind, be more than children under the age of 14 years. Read More

Aging Population Doesn’t Mean More Care in CBRM

Cape Breton’s continuing care sector is going to get much busier over the coming years as the region braces itself against an aging population. However, private-for-profit care home operators in the province say that unless the government is willing to subsidize client costs, they will not be setting up shop on the Island anytime in the near future. Read More about Australia

African Union Policy Framework and Plan of Action on Ageing Know More

Older Citizens Monitoring The Experience of Bangladesh

The Older Citizens Monitoring (OCM) project was initially a three year pilot project implemented by HelpAge International .The aim of this project was to ensure that the commitments to inclusion of disadvantaged older people in the benefits of development made at the UN Second World Assembly on Ageing in Madrid were translated into specific public policies and programmes in developing countries. Read More

A generation in transition: East and Central Europe

The current generation of people over 50 years of age in East and Central Europe has been cruelly disappointed and is empowered. Basic services are no longer adequate and the culture is un supportive of older people’s needs. What is needed is an innovative approach. Part of this approach requires that the state recognize and support the analyses and responses of older people themselves to the situation, as well as civil society initiatives. Read More

Guide to the National Implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing

The Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA), adopted in 2002, constitutes a key global policy document concerned with the implications of population ageing and with the well-being and active participation of older persons at all levels. The present Guide offers national policy makers practical suggestions for the implementation of MIPAA. Read More

HEALTH OF OLDER PERSONS, INCLUDING ACTIVE AND HEALTHY AGING: REGIONAL STRATEGY
PAN AMERICAN HEALTH ORGANIZATION Read More
Primary healthcare for older people in Asia

This document was prepared by the HelpAge International network in Asia/Pacific and it summarises the perceptions of older people and health service providers in five countries of the region. Its purpose is to generate discussion and by no means does it represent a scientific study of the primary health sector at a given time. Nonetheless, it is important to note how the needs, gaps and Shortcomings are highlighted by the older people themselves. Read More

Age and security

‘There is no subject of greater importance than the ageing of the population and the provision of social protection for older people. It affects the very nature of our societies and concerns not only older people, but all sections of the population. Read More

MDGs must target poorest say older people

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 1 commit the world to halving Extreme poverty by 2015. The prime candidates for this assistance should be the very poorest, including older people, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and the very young. While the MDGs have specific targets on children and youth they are silent on issues of age, ethnicity and disability. As a result, these invisible groups are unlikely to benefit from the global effort to eradicate poverty. 100 million older people2 live on less than a dollar a day3 and 80 per cent of older people in developing countries have no regular income. Read More

Americans Living Longer, A Federal Report

Average life expectancy continues to increase, and today’s older Americans enjoy better health and financial security than any previous generation. However, rates of gain are inconsistent between the genders and across age brackets, income levels and racial and ethnic groups. Some critical disparities also exist between older Americans and older people in other industrialized countries. These and other trends are reported in Older Americans 2008: Key Indicators of Well-Being, a unique, comprehensive look at aging in the United States from the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics. Read More

THE MADRID INTERNATIONAL PLAN OF ACTION ON AGEING: GUIDING FRAMEWORK AND TOOLKIT

This Guiding Framework was created to assist countries to give effect to the commitments made at the Second World Assembly on Ageing in Madrid in 2002. The Madrid Plan of Action on Ageing provided a fresh perspective on the situation of older persons and presented a new global agenda to address issues of ageing. In acknowledging the demographic revolution taking place in countries all over the world, the Plan of Action called for a new approach to ageing policies and programmes that would promote a society for all ages. This framework provides information and suggestions about how to go about creating those policies and programmes. Read in Detail

WHO’s Campaign for Active Ageing

The Global Embrace is a worldwide intergenerational walk event that takes place annually around the International Day of Older Persons, 1 October.Read More

Why Population Aging Matters

People are living longer and, in some parts of the world, healthier lives. This represents one of the crowning achievements of the last century but also a significant challenge. Longer lives must be planned for. Societal aging may affect economic growth and many other issues, including the sustainability of families, the ability of states and communities to provide resources for older citizens, and international relations. The Global Burden of Disease, a study conducted by the World Health Organization and the World Bank, with partial support from the U.S. National Institute on Aging, predicts a very large increase in disability caused by increases in age-related chronic disease in all regions of the world. Read in Detail

AGEING IN ASIA: A RAPID APPRAISAL

Worldwide, the emphasis of efforts aimed at helping older people is shifting. It is moving away from a welfare approach to a development approach that makes the elderly active participants in programs to help them live less poverty stricken, healthier and more socially supported lives. This paper proposes to take that participatory approach one step farther: enlisting older people to help measure the impact of those programs. It describes a “bottom up” Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) system and the Rapid Appraisal Methodology (RAM) on which it is based. Read in Detail

HelpAge International targets 2005-2010

This paper sets out HelpAge International’s ambitions for 2005-2010. It is organised in eight ‘themes’ to provide a structure for HelpAge International to organise & monitor its work. It also recognised that there are important relationships between these themes. For eg. an older person’s economic security is often dependent on their ability to access a social pension and appropriate healthcare. Our challenge is not only to achieve the aims set out in the eight themes, but also to improve our understanding of how the themes link with each other, as described to us by older people and those with whom we work. Read More

In this section we have tried to present different International approach towards Ageing. Here we have also put forward UN and WHO approach towards ageing. To know more click on Top

We also intend to present Ageing aspect in different countries/continent in future.

Following are some Interesting documents on Ageing:

The Ageing Process

This document provides basic information about the processes that occur throughout life, and particularly in the later years, that are considered normal aging. It also discusses common illnesses in later life and the effects of medications. Ombudsmen must be able to work with older individuals and avoid stereotypes. Ombudsmen should be alert to the difference between the effects of normal aging and the results of diseases that afflict some elderly persons. Read more

Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002

The International Plan of Action on Ageing, 1 adopted at the first World Assembly on Ageing in Vienna, has guided the course of thinking and action on ageing over the past 20 years, as crucial policies and initiatives evolved. Issues of human rights for older persons were taken up in 1991 in the formulation of the United Nations Principles for Older Persons, 2 which provided guidance in the areas of independence, participation, care, self-fulfilment and dignity. Read More

Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing Implementation and Follow-up

This gives insight on UN role and action on Ageing, Read more

International Perspectives on Care for Older Adults

As aging populations increase throughout the world, societies are having to examine the way in which they care for their frail senior citizens.

Globally, nations are grappling with how best to deliver care within the changes and strictures of economic costs and productivity, health provision care and costs, cultural and ethnic differences and traditions, changes in the way societies view their elderly and the increasing political voice that older adults have in planning their futures. Read More

National Service Framework for Older People :UK

Just like the rest of us, older people want to enjoy good health and remain independent for as long as possible. As people get older remaining independent often depends on health and social care services being effective enough to support them. Read More

Various International Initiatives

As the name suggest it contains International Initiatives towards Ageing, Read More

International Institute on Ageing MALTA

Malta was first to raise the question of Ageing as a matter of international concern at the United Nations in 1968. Eventually in 1979 the General Assembly agreed to call a World Assembly on Aging in 1982. In its Resolution 37/51 it recommended inter-alia the promotion of training and research, as well as the exchange of information and knowledge in order to provide an international basis for social policies and action. It unanimously, and without reservation, adopted the Vienna International Plan of Action on Aging which remains at the cornerstone of worldwide policy on Ageing. Read More

Old Age Care in France, personal experience

A clinical psychologist working with community social center for elders 60+. Read Ms Hendi Lingiah: Presentation at NISD-ARDSI workshop

Please click on the additional links UN and WHO

Please Click here for Important links over International Ageing

Indian Approach

Senior Citizens in India: Benefits and Facilities

A comprehensive document for the benefit of Elderly in India, Read in detail

CARE AND SUPPORT FOR THE ELDERLY POPULATION IN INDIA

An attempt is made in this study to present the Governmental and the non-governmental (NGO) care and support that have become available for the elderly population in India and to analyze in some detail the family support for the aged and the changes that are occurring in the same. Attention is also focussed on the factors affecting the care and the support for the aged in the families, and the perceptions of the aged regarding the care and support they are getting from their family members. Read in detail

Morbidity Pattern among the Elderly Population in the Rural Area

A community based cross-sectional study was undertaken in the rural service area of Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) between october 1, 2002 to October 31, 2003. All persons above the age of 60 years residing in the four villages of the area were randomly selected for this study. Read More

Steering Committee on Social welfare,See the Report
Reflections on the Management of the Aged in India

The ageing poses a serious human problem. Since they are considered ‘non-productive’ and as they also do not generate any hope, it is all the more necessary that serious attention be paid to them. They raise moral questions and direct our attention towards transcendental values. In the past, ageing was not a serious issue and societies did not give it priority. They dealt with it as a natural phenomenon. Family members were responsible for the care and management of the old. But now the situation is different. Read More

Facing the challenge of an ageing population in India

All over the world, the elderly population is growing continuously and it is projected that in the next few decades most of the elderly people would be in the developing countries. With improving living standards come better health and more access to medical services, leading to a decline in mortality rates and higher life expectancy.
To cope with this challenge, the National Institute of Social Defense (NISD), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, has launched a National Initiative on Care for Elderlywhich aim to educate and train persons providing care to the elderly. Read an Article by Hendi Lingiah

Elderly Vote power

Elderly have 13% share in Indian Electoral. Average voting percentage in Indian elections is 55 to 58%.

PPT by S.C. Maheshwari, Know more by downloading the power point file. (you will need to have microsoft poweepoint to view this file)

Age Care in India 2008

National Initiative on Care for Elderly in India, Read more

AGEING IN INDIA IN THE 21ST CENTURY: Harmony

Ageing in India in the 21st Century: A Research Agenda is a country-specific report with special focus on priority areas and methodological issues. It is prepared on the lines of the research agenda framed by the United Nations Office on Ageing and the International Association of Gerontology in 2002. The main aim of this report is to focus on the emerging ageing issues in India in the coming decades and to suggest alternative methodological approaches to study these issues in a more comprehensive way. – Courtesy; Harmony. Read more

List of MP’s in Rajya Sabha (Senior Wing of Indian Parliament) above 60 years of Age as on April 2008. Click here
INDIAN NATIONAL POLICY ON OLDER PERSONS (NPOP) :

( Formulated by the Govt. Of India, Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry and adopted by the Union Cabinet on 13th February 1999).The National policy, seeks to assure older persons that their concerns are national concerns and hey will not live unprotected, ignored or marginalized. The goal of the National Policy is the well – being of older persons. It aims to strengthen their legitimate place in society and help older persons to live their last phase of their life with purpose, dignity and peace. Read more

LIST OF MINISTRIES/ DEPARTMENT OF THE INTER-MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE IMPLEMENTING INDIAN NATIONAL POLICIES ON OLDER PERSONS, Read more

Indian Statement on Ageing The Government of India is committed to provide an effective environment to secure the goals of economic and emotional security for the elderly. It also recognizes that all institutions of civil society, individuals and the community at large are equal and effective partners in securing that goal. Read more

THE PROCESS OF AGEING IN INDIA

The multifarious dimensions of ageing in India can sociologically be thought to be a series of transition from one set of social roles

to another and such roles are structured by the social system. According to Bhatia (1983), “age and ageing are equally related to role-taking, value orientations and modes of behaviour of a person the expectation of which varies at different age-stages of members of a society”. It may be mentioned that the process of ageing is not uniform for all individuals in the society. Thus, changes in the life of the old age, which is considered to be the sanyas ashram of the Hindu ashram theory, is influenced by the biological as well as the social and cultural systems. Read more

Implications of an Ageing Population in India: Challenges and Opportunities

Population aging is a worldwide phenomenon, and India is no exception to the rule. Census reports indicate that the Indian population has approximately tripled during the last 50 years, but the number of elderly Indians has increased more than fourfold. When considering the continuation of the trend, the United Nations predicts that the Indian population will again grow by 50 percent in the next 50 years, whereas the elderly population is expected to grow another fourfold. This paper proposes to study the probable impact of ageing population in India, the challenges to be met and the opportunities to be exploited. Read more

The NGO’s commitment to the Elderly in India

The Indian government after many years of debate finally declared the National Policy of the Older Persons in January 1999, the International Year of the Older Persons. The policy highlights the rising elderly population and an urgent need to understand and deal with the medical, psychological and socio-economic problems faced by the elderly. However what the policy did emphasize was on the dominant role the non governmental organizations should play to assist the government in bringing forth a society where the needs and the priorities of the elderly are taken into account. Read more

Should India Promote Scientific Research on Ageing?

History has never witnessed so much information and knowledge about human body and the molecular mechanisms that dictate its miraculous function, as it is now. The two fundamental and awe inspiring natural phenomena, the birth and death had so much influence on human civilization and attracted the capabilities of the best minds to understand these phenomena. Man has gained some significant ground in the case of former. However, even though people are living longer and with the percentage of people above 60 in India is reaching the double digit 10, little is known about the precise mechanism behind why and how we become old and then die. It is a challenge that greets this millennium. It is a challenge whether the rapid advances in science and technology would enable maintenance of good health and the postponement or reversal of that type of old age marked by debilitating diseases and frailty. Would it be possible to preserve youthfulness for the later years in life? Read more

Situation of the Older Persons in India

The official statistics reveal that large segments of the elderly in India are illiterate, out of work force, partially or totally dependent on others and suffering from health problems or physical disabilities. A review of the Indian government’s Five Year Plans shows very limited and inconsistent concern for the elderly. The only welfare measure for the elderly considered by the government until the Seventh Five Year Plan was the running of old age homes. The Eighth and Ninth Plans, however, incorporated fairly more specific and comprehensive welfare measures for the elderly such as provision of old age homes, day care centres, Medicare and non institutional services. However, the issue of older persons’ learning has not been given any importance in the government policies and programs – Courtesy: Ilango Ponnuswami, Ageing Research Foundation of India, South India.Read this Report in detail

CONCESSIONS AND FACILITIES GIVEN TO SENIOR CITIZENS BY DIFFERENT MINISTRIES/DEPARTMENTS OF THE GOVT. Read more

Facts and Issues

International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse:

(INPEA) World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2008 Report by Guest Editor Dr.Mala Kapur Shankardass. by Dr. Mala Kapur Shankardass

THE GRAYING OF THE GREAT POWERS:

Demography and Geopolitics in the 21st Century. This report is about the geopolitical implications of “global aging”—the dramatic transformation in population age structures and growth rates being brought about by falling fertility and rising longevity worldwide. Its viewpoint is that of the United States in particular and of today’s developed countries in general. Its time frame is roughly the next half-century, from today through 2050. Read in detail

Census of India – Household with aged person. Read in Detail
Fighting `Invisible Discrimination’ Against Age

The World Health Organization has outlined the characteristics of an age-friendly city in an 82-page guide, highlighting concerns in eight key areas: outdoor spaces and buildings; transportation; housing; social participation; respect and social inclusion; civic participation and employment; communication and information; and community support and health services. Read more

Census Reference Tables – Total Population. Know more
Census of India – Broad Age Group. Read more
Census Martial status. Know more
Equal treatment, equal rights

Ten actions to end age discrimination, Read here

Guidebook for developing and supporting older persons’ organisations

Moldova, a former Soviet Republic achieved independence in 1991. Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe, however the economy has started growing after years of severe contraction. Moldova has the population of 3.58 million1 of which roughly two thirds live in rural areas. The proportion of older people has seen an incremental increase from less than 10% during 1970s to currently more than 13% of the total population. However with the massive emigration of the working age population the actual proportion of older people in the resident population is much higher. Read more

UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Read STATEMENT BY PAUL HUNT
Elder Abuse its there!!!!!!!

There is a general feeling amongst Senior Citizens that children of to-day do not bother about their parents, their wishes, their happiness, their requirements etc and some children misbehave and/or beat their parents! They do not recollect that their parents had the same feelings for their children!! Not respecting parents is also termed by some as elder abuse, as parents expect that as they have brought up their children well as per their then capacity, children must accept this and feel grateful and respect them. Read an article by M. V. Ruparelia

The old and the ignored

With the population of elderly people rising, their health care has become a matter of concern especially since the family support system is crumbling and there is no comprehensive geriatric care system.Read More

Age Discrimination in 5 continents

Demographic change in Asia is remarkable for its speed. The improvements in survival and the declines in fertility over such a short period of time are unparalleled in other regions of the world. (Linda Martin, Population Council of New York). Even more remarkable are the growth rates of the elderly population and the concomitant increases in the sheer size of elderly populations. Pakistan, the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore with growth rates of over 4.0 per cent per year will have double the number in less than 17 years for their older populations. In 2050, China is projected to have 100 million in the oldest-old category, followed by India with 47 million. Worldwide, according to the UN, older people will increase from 200 million in 2000 to 2 billion in 2050 – with 60% of the older population in Asia. Read More

ISSUES OF CONCERN

Top five issues likely to have the most impact on shareholder value over the next five years. Read Here

10 facts on ageing and the life course:

This document gives facts about ageing, Read More

Ageing and the Aged: Are the aged a liability or an asset, a burden or a social resource? Read More
Covering the silent revolution:

This “silent revolution” has to do with the fact that human beings are living longer than ever before. Twenty years were added to the average life expectancy worldwide in the last 50 years of the 20th Century. In the year 2000 there were 606 million persons aged 60 and above across the globe, making up ten per cent of the world population. By 2050 the total number of “older persons” is expected to rise to 1.9 billion and the proportion to 21 per cent. It is estimated that one in every five persons on the earth will be over 60 half way through this first century of the new millennium. Read More

ELDER ABUSE IN INDIA:

India is growing old! The stark reality of the ageing scenario in India is that there are 77 million older persons in India today, and the number is growing to grow to 177 million in another 25 years. With life expectancy having increased from 40 years in 1951 to 64 years today, a person today has 20 years more to live than he would have 50 years back. However, this is not without problems. With this kind of an ageing scenario, there is pressure on all aspects of care for the older persons – be it financial, health or shelter. Read More

Government plans on age discrimination: a short guide

This guide has been written by Help the Aged to help you make sense of new and important proposals from government. We hope you will use the form that comes with this guide to give the Government your own opinions and experiences. These can be experiences which you have faced, or which have been faced by members of your family or close friends. Read More

Important name for stages of Ageing, Read More

Myths and Realities of Ageing This fact sheet describes some of the prejudices our society has about ageing. Ten of the most common myths of ageing are explored. A description of what is really true follows each myth. Read More

Older people and Primary Health Care (PHC)

Increased longevity is a triumph for public health and the result of social and economic development. However many individuals will face, as they age, the risk of having at least one chronic disease, such as hypertension, diabetes and osteo-muscular conditions. All countries need to be prepared to address the consequences of demographic trends. Dealing with the increasing burden of chronic diseases requires health promotion and disease prevention intervention at community level as well as disease management strategies within their health care system. Read More

SOCIAL SECURITY AND THE INFORMAL SECTOR IN INDIA: Read More
The health and well-being of older people and their families in the tea estates of Sri Lanka, Read More
Today’s Research on Ageing: PROGRAM AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS, Read More
World Ageing Table, Read in Detail

Successful Ageing

Dare To Dream Again

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” Read this and start a new life

GEORGE CARLIN’s view on Ageing

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. Know more and get Inspired

A wonderful Old Age Poem By Edgar A Guest
India’s stride towards Productive Ageing

By NISD – Government of India, know more

With age comes happiness

The study also found that baby boomers are not as content as other generations, African Americans are less happy than whites, men are less happy than women, happiness can rise and fall between eras, and that, with age the differences narrow.

“Understanding happiness is important to understanding quality of life. The happiness measure is a guide to how well society is meeting people’s needs,” said Yang Yang, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Chicago and author of the article “Social Inequalities in Happiness in the United States, 1972-2004: An Age-Period-Cohort Analysis,” published in the April issue of the American Sociological Review, the official journal of the American Sociological Association. Read More

What is successful ageing and who should define it?

A forward looking policy for older age would be a programme to promote successful ageing from middle age onwards, rather than simply aiming to support elderly people with chronic conditions. But what is successful ageing? And who should define it? Read More

Productive ageing: voluntary action by older people

The “grey cloud” on the horizon today – the rapidly ageing population feared by the doom-and-gloom crowd – has several silver linings that have too long gone unnoticed, under-appreciated and under-utilized. One of these is the contribution of voluntary work by older persons, those who choose and who are able to remain active and productive members of society. Volunteering by older persons is a singular and particularly valuable mode of “productive ageing”, because their contribution is the gift of life experience, skill, wisdom and human warmth to other generations. Read More

The Concepts of Successful and Positive Ageing

Ageing Americans increasingly are interested in adding life to their years rather than just adding years to their lives. They are redefining their work careers, learning new skills, developing new leisure pursuits, enrolling in educational courses and volunteering for social causes.Read more

Successful Ageing of the Healthy Brain

In our democratic free society, the human brain has the privilege and capacity to determine its own destiny, most of the time. But no one said it was easy. It has been said that ageing is not for sissies, but, in fact, life is not for sissies. I frequently use the title, “An Optimistic View of Ageing, ” when I present my research. After all, who wants to listen to a talk called “A Pessimistic View of Ageing”? Yet, recently I was asked to speak at a retirement conference and I thought to myself, the concept of “retirement” is contrary to my personal and professional values, so should I accept this invitation? I regarded it as a challenge and said yes. Read More

Positive Ageing

Seniors today are living longer and healthier lives than previous generations. There are real opportunities for current and future seniors to enjoy an improved quality of life. However there are some challenges. Community attitudes to ageing all too often focus on loss of abilities rather than maximising older people’s capacities. Positive Ageing aims to change those attitudes. Read More

How to be happy and well rather than sad and sick

The world’s longest continuous study of physical and mental health has come up with predictors that individuals can use to determine how well they will age. Read More

Towards a Society for All Ages New Zealand Positive Ageing Strategy

The growth in the older population has significant policy implications for all nations throughout the world. In developed nations in particular, much of the debate on the ageing population centres around expected increases in health and retirement income expenditure. However, people are not just living longer; they are also living healthier and can contribute many more years to society. In New Zealand, a feature of the older population is the increasing ethnic and social diversity, with higher proportions of Māori, Pacific peoples and Asians who will have different needs and expectations. Read More

Successful Ageing in Johnson County

As more and more baby boomers reach retirement, the demand for a full array of retirement opportunities will expand even further. Johnson County already offers an abundance of opportunities for persons to age successfully and is considered among America’s best places to retire. In this report, we considered what could be done in the next five years that will help Johnson County continue to be a desirable place to grow older. In particular, we focused on three areas pertaining to successful ageing: education and leisure activities; programs and services offered by faith-based organizations; and opportunities for work and volunteering. Read More

Successful Ageing of the Oldest Old in China, Read More
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How India treats its Elderly

How India treats its Elderly: A HelpAge India National Report – 15th June 2017, Click Here

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