A Gerontologist, with a Ph.D. in Psychology and a passion to work for Senior Citizens. Have recently launched my dream project. Through this page I would like to share views, experiences and researches in the area of Psycho-Social Gerontology with special emphasis on healthy and productive ageing.
Sharing another inspiring story via Senior Express on Active Ageing in India. This is the story of Mr. Shivnandan Ramrao Rao, an 86 year young and enthusiastic professional from Thane, Maharashtra.
Do read his fitness mantra in his own words
My day begins at 6 am sharp. The first thing I do is Pranayam followed by Yoga every day. I have also been doing Jala Neti for 30 years which helps keeps my sinus clear, no headaches and mental stress as it benefits us by removing the excess heat out of our brain.
My house is at 3rd floor and I need to climb at least 3 to 4 times a day. We do not have a lift. Every morning I go for a walk of 3 km. I prefer to walk as it is faster in the traffic and it helps me keep active. Besides exercising I feel a good and balanced diet is very essential for anyone to keep fit.
I have been suffering from Diabetes since 1976 but due to exercise and controlled diet and leading a disciplined routine, I have been able to keep my sugar level under control. I feel that to lead a Healthy and Active life one must eat everything in moderation, exercise regularly, think positive and must go for regular health checkups.
When I retired at the age of 61 from Colour Chem, I had thought of continuing to work for few more years. But didn’t realised that I would be working even today at the age of 86. I will continue to do so as long as my health permits and I can travel alone. My consultancy work also requires travel outside Mumbai 4 to 5 days in a month.
My wife passed away in March 2012 and since then I live alone at Thane. Both my daughters wanted me to come and live with them but since my health permits and all my friends, my bank related work etc is all based in Thane I decided to continue living here. Living alone means maintaining the house which is a full time job. I am enjoying this new role though I do miss my wife and other family members.
I am a very social person and have lots of friends and most of my friends have been there with me in all stages of my life. I still meet my school, college and Colour Chem friends and often go out for picnics with them.
Earlier I was not very fond of the new technology maybe because I thought I would not be able to cope with it but since the time I have been using the smart phone, I have been able to keep in touch with family and friends through WhatsApp. I surf the internet for interesting news articles, and work related material. All this keeps me socially and mentally active.
Today on National Doctor’s Day, Senior Express wishes all dedicated and passionate doctors a very happy Doctor’s Day as they are the one who are spending an essential amount of their time and energy in the promotion of our health and wellbeing.
On this occasion we would like to thank our active contributor Dr. Ashok Mishra, a 69+ General Physician (MBBS Doctor) from Allahabad. For him his medical practice is not only a profession but also a means to do welfare service towards the disadvantaged section of the society. He has been treating patients since 1975 and for him his profession is an essential part of his life which keeps him physically, mentally and spiritually active.
Every day he travels 120 km by road to see his patients and listen to their problems, personal challenges and hardships. Some of his patients are from the economically weaker section of the society who come for free consultation. He treats them with full dedication and never shows any discrimination against them. He believes that this is a part of his professional social responsibility which instills in him a sense of self fulfillment.
We salute him and other doctors like him who are dedicating their time and energy in the development of the society.
Today on International Yoga Day, Senior Express wishes everyone a very healthy and fit life ahead.
On this occasion, we would like to thank our active contributor Mr. Amrendra Narayan Pandey, a 72+ Retired Senior Nuclear Scientist from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, who is actively running a project in Hyderabad, called “Spiritual Awareness Programme” (SAP) through which he is creating awareness on yogic practices, its importance in healthy living and its utility in the promotion of welfare of society.
Mr. Pandey strongly believes that “Yoga and Meditation Explores the Divinity Within”. Sharing his recent photograph while doing yoga, which was featured in our 2018 calendar.
Sharing a positive story of Mr. and Mrs. Waman Jog who are voluntarily staying in an old age home and are living a happy and active life together.
They say :Though we have children, we took a decision to spend rest of our life in old age home. For the last 15 years we are staying in an old age home in Pune. Both of us and our children are very happy with that decision and we are going to stay here till the end.
They make conscious efforts to enjoy their life in the old age home and also try to involve other residents in making everybody’s stay more enjoyable.
The United Nations has designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to any kind of abuse and discrimination against senior citizens in our society.
On this occasion sharing an informative video on Elder Abuse which is designed by Senior Express (www.seniorexpress.in) to create awareness on this topic and to further guide people across different generations about the various ways in which Elder abuse can be prevented and controlled.
Please do watch the video and share it to create awareness on Elder Abuse, so that our seniors can live a healthy and dignified life ahead.