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I am Piali and I live in the US. My aging mother lives alone in Delhi. I am very grateful to have found a service like Samvedna Senior Care for my mother, since it is a service that does not impinge on her independence or sense of self but supports her (with kindness and caring) in some of the minutiae of daily life that have started to get overwhelming with age and her failing health.

Mother has no other relatives local to her who are able to help her out in a bind or look after her when she is ill – which has become more frequent. She has some friends / neighbours who are kind and helpful and while she is mostly independent, I desperately needed to have an infrastructure in place for both her and me to have peace of mind in case of emergencies and for her to have someone available as a resource to her for a multitude of things on a weekly basis in the way that I would be available to her (everything from a cell phone question to local pharmacy research/resource help). Lastly, I needed someone to go with her to her various doctors and report to me accurately about her health since she is reluctant to worry me with these details or sometimes forgets them. Samvedna Senior Care has helped to bridge these gaps for me and provided me with much peace of mind and has eased my mother’s anxiety around a lot of these issues.

My mother’s social worker Saad, who has built a relationship with her over the last year and has gone over and beyond to help her out in all kinds of small and big ways. I appreciate that attention and care he provides weekly – particularly when my mother is unwell and therefore has a hard time accessing everyday things like getting medicine from the local market or help with things that overwhelm her like filling out official forms. I also very much appreciate the reports after every visit.

Samvedna Senior Care was established in October 2013 with two primary goals – dementia care and active ageing. Our aim is to cater to the intellectual and emotional wellbeing of seniors in Delhi NCR. We help them live happy, active and independent lives, in the comfort of their home and community through interactive caregiving.

Our aim is to provide quality home care services to seniors with limited mobility or dementia, and to facilitate stimulating community interaction and participation.

Emergency and Respite Care:

Our emergency support service is for times when an elderly needs assistance in a hurry. In case of an emergency like a fall, sudden illness or unplanned travel, we are one phone call away, ready to step into action and deal with things. The services include ambulance assistance, an on-call helpline (8am-8pm), hospitalization support and more.

Respite care services give caregivers an opportunity to leave home for a few hours for errands, appointments or simply to unwind, with the peace of mind that comes with knowing their loved ones are in capable hands.
More – http://www.samvednacare.com/emergency-respite-care

General Wellbeing:

With our General Well Being Services we aim to raise the quality of life of seniors, specially those who may have limited mobility and social interaction due to various constraints. Our interactive programme keeps them active and engaged through physical, mental and social activities, all in the comfort of their home.
More – http://samvednacare.com/general-wellbeing

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More and more people are moving from place to place today either for higher education or for better job opportunities. Earlier people used to live in joint families, the children were with their parents so it was easy for them to manage their needs. But now the children are mostly staying away from their homes, which make it difficult for them to take care of their aging parents remotely.

The biggest concern for those children is to check on their well-being and manage health of their parents and are often termed as “long-distance caregivers.”

Here are some common ways to manage your parent’s health remotely :

1. Virtual counseling

Seniors do not want to visit hospitals for multiple reasons, it can be an issue with mobility, fear, hesitation of facing a doctor, financial limitation, etc. If you are living away from them, you can talk to them over telephone or video calls and can get to understand their problems and concerns. Not only motivate them for hospital/doctor visit but also encourage them to eat properly, maintain a balance diet, have a set routine, exercise, socialize etc.

2. Book appointments online

Organizing doctor visit has become easy in this era of internet. One can find specialized specific doctor; take their appointment through hospital’s website to relieve their parent’s from booking hassle. Other arrangements like arranging cabs, bill payments, downloading tests reports etc. can also be done through internet. It is important to remember that sending them to the doctor is one part; we must also keep an eye on follow ups. Depending on the condition and situation, other things like doctor’s home visit, groceries shopping, food delivery can also be arranged from a distance.

3. Get their medicines organized

The new easiest way to track the elderly’s medication is a pill box. It could be done once a week or monthly. If you are visiting your loved one frequently, then it should be done when you visit them. Otherwise, you can also ask your trained attendant to help you in filling the pill box/ managing their medicines through an audio or video call.

4. Prepare for emergencies

Maintain healthy relations with neighbors so that they regularly check with your parents and can be contacted in case of any need. One can also register their loved ones with their respective RWA’s, nearest police station and also have the contact details of nearby hospitals and dispensaries that can be used in emergencies. Make a list of those emergency numbers and put them somewhere where it is easily accessible  for your loved one and others in times of emergencies.

5. Video calls

Regular video calls with children or grandchildren will give seniors the feeling that they are still connected with them. It will also give a chance to the grown up children to keep an eye on their parent’s hygiene, their upkeep, their appearance etc.

6. Senior friendly home

To reduce the chances of falls and to prevent seniors from any other hazard, one must make their home more senior friendly.  Put more lights, install hand rail and grab bars in the important areas of the house, anti-skid mats or carpets should cover the shiny floors. You can also use contrast colors for walls and doors, walls and switch boards, plates and mats etc.

7. Hire professional help

These days you can also hire professional services from organizations like ours, Samvedna Senior Care, which provide oversight for your parents’ emotional and physical well-being. These organizations have Geriatric Care Managers and Care Specialists to help you take care of your parent’s needs. They can assist you with you hospital visits and tending to emergencies as well as providing quality companionship to the elderly.

8. Tech Gadgets for remote monitoring

These are some of the tech gadgets we found to be promising in helping elderly live alone while at the same time keeping their children updated on their physical health. These are currently available in the US market and hopefully over a period of time the Indian elderly will also accept them !

  • The Life Bracelet (https://www.comarch.com/healthcare/products/remote-medical-care/remote-care-services/bracelet-of-life/)

This is an element of the care system that increases patients’ security and give them greater independence. It never needs to be removed, it is waterproof, and the battery lasts for years. It has an SOS Life Button which enables the patient to contact the caregiver and request help. The sensor in the bracelet detects loss of consciousness and falls, and automatically alerts the center of care in the event of either. It can also built in health card which can contain personal information, age, blood group, allergies, major illnesses, medications and contact details of kin, which can be used in case of wandering.

  • Fitness Trackers
    It is similar to hand bands or wrist watches. The primary function of these devices is to track metrics from your heart rate to sleep patterns and to monitor all the vitals like blood sugar, blood pressure etc.  Moreover, some trackers help users to track their food intake which can be useful for seniors with dietary restrictions or specific nutrition goals. Cholesterol levels can also be reviewed over the stored data of weeks.
  • A digital pill dispenser (Med minder) https://www.medminder.com

It is an electronic device similar to our 7 day pill box model. The caregiver has to refill the medicine tray that goes and get locked in the device. Afterwards, the pill time has to be set up. It will get automatically unlocked when its pill time and then device will beep if the medicine is not taken. After some time, a pre-recorded voice will remind the patient, to take medicine.  Such electronic dispenser is really helpful for the patients having memory diseases like Alzheimer’s.

  • Sensory gadgets https://www.alarm.com/productservices/wellness.aspx

It is a sensory based technology that helps senior and family members to keep in touch.  The wireless sensors which run on battery can be placed in different parts/places of the home and it will help in monitoring the day routine of senior. Caregivers can have a look on them/ check on them anytime through a private, secured web page. Apart from monitoring, if the senior fall into any emergency or face any disruptions, then remote caregivers will be alerted through a call, email or message. As the device is wireless and the sensory works on battery, the system is easy to set up and operate.

  • Grand care systems (https://www.grandcare.com/)

This innovative wireless system is a set of different gadgets that help a family to monitor health of senior remotely, as well as to improve their quality of life. The most important gadget is a (TV like) large touchscreen device in the residence which performs multiple functions. It can monitor daily activity, store health data, keep reminders, medicine prompts and also web based entertainment like music, videos, and social networking is available. It is senior friendly; no computer skill is required as it works on single touch.

The stored data is secured and can be retrieved remotely only through a care portal or by creating a caregiver’s user account. Moreover, it’s a two way communication, a caregiver can retrieve data as well as they can check health records, view graphs, set up notifications, utilize care notes, and add social communications to the resident’s touchscreen through a care portal.

 Samvedna Senior Care was established in October 2013 with two primary goals – dementia care and active ageing. Our aim is to cater to the intellectual and emotional wellbeing of seniors in Delhi NCR. We help them live happy, active and independent lives, in the comfort of their home and community through interactive caregiving.

Our aim is to provide quality home care services to seniors with limited mobility or dementia, and to facilitate stimulating community interaction and participation.

Emergency and Respite Care:

Our emergency support service is for times when an elderly needs assistance in a hurry. In case of an emergency like a fall, sudden illness or unplanned travel, we are one phone call away, ready to step into action and deal with things. The services include ambulance assistance, an on-call helpline (8am-8pm), hospitalization support and more.

Respite care services give caregivers an opportunity to leave home for a few hours for errands, appointments or simply to unwind, with the peace of mind that comes with knowing their loved ones are in capable hands.
More – http://www.samvednacare.com/emergency-respite-care

General Wellbeing:

With our General Well Being Services we aim to raise the quality of life of seniors, specially those who may have limited mobility and social interaction due to various constraints. Our interactive programme keeps them active and engaged through physical, mental and social activities, all in the comfort of their home.
More – http://samvednacare.com/general-wellbeing

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 One of the biggest challenges for people who are taking care of a spouse or elderly parent with any form of dementia is dealing with sudden outbursts of agitation and aggression. Most people with dementia undergo behavioral changes during the course of the disease. Depending on their personalities and experiences they may become anxious or repeat the same question or activity many times.

These changes can be stressful for caregivers and are very unpredictable. As the disease progresses, your loved one’s behavior may seem inappropriate, childlike or impulsive. Aggression is one common behavior among dementia patients. Cursing, hitting, grabbing, kicking, pushing, throwing things, scratching, screaming, biting, and making strange noises are some ways through which they express their negative emotion.

“The public thinks Alzheimer’s is a memory disease” says Dr. Ramzi Hajjar, a geriatrician at St. Louis University in Missouri. “But, in fact, there are lots of neuropsychiatric symptoms. Alzheimer’s patients often develop delusions. They think their family is stealing things from them, for example. And they get very aggressive and irritable towards their spouse.” He adds that the family needs to remember that it is the disease that is causing the behavior. “The children always want to take it personally, which causes unnecessary anxiety,” Hajjar says.

Although the behavior of a person with dementia can be unpredictable it can be hard to understand why they act the way they do. If we see the explanation is attributable to their disease and the changes it causes in the brain.

Understanding the aggression

Anticipating behavioral changes and understanding the causes can help you deal with them more effectively. Most of the times there are certain things that we can say are the “triggers” that brings out aggressive behavior in the patient with dementia. Working and understanding what brings out what sort of behavior from your loved one will help manage the outcomes.

Some of the common triggers are given below:

1) Environmental triggers

Unfamiliar places, loud areas, dark rooms, too cold or hot temperature, etc. can put them in unpleasant environment which can bring out the aggressive side of their nature when they are not able to express. Often the agitation is related to a particular time of the day, especially evenings (Sun Down syndrome).

2) Physiological triggers

The changes that happen in the brain due to the disease also trigger anger for the elderly with dementia. For example

  • Confusions – Because of the changes in their brain and the loss of the memory, people with dementia often get confused with the simplest things resulting in them lashing out with anger sometimes as a defense mechanism and sometimes because of the inability to do the tasks.
  • Helplessness – It is often observed that anger or frustration also comes when the elderly with dementia are not able to express themselves. The feeling that they get, when they are not able to communicate with others their needs, agitates them, resulting anger for the caregivers.
  • Change in medication or side-effect of a medicine can cause aggression
  • Emotional Triggers – Any trauma or any unpleasant situation can cause anger in the elderly.

Managing anger in dementia

Once the caregiver has identified and understood what are the things or the “triggers”  that bring out the anger in their loved one with dementia, various steps can be taken to avoid them or decrease the frequency. Some of the tips are given below:

  1. Avoid the discomfort as far as possible
  2. Comfort them, all they need is your love. Do not forget who they were before the disease.
  3. Think and plan ahead if you are aware of the triggers.
  4. Minimize the confusions.
  5. Give memory cues, help them in doing things by giving small memory cues. Breakdown the task for them into smaller parts so that they can follow one instruction at a time.
  6. Approach calmly and softly, they may be angry for some reason but they need your love and attention.
  7. Maintain a routine, setting up a routine helps the patient being engaged and doing the things that are familiar to them.
  8. Focus on the emotions rather than the behavior.
  9. Do not argue.
  10. Validate and distract, sometimes your loved one with dementia may be doing one thing repeatedly or responding in a particular way over a period of time. One effective method for managing a difficult or annoying behavior is to validate and distract.

For example, if your loved one constantly asks to take them home, trying to just distract him/her may not work. You will not understand what is is the underlying emotion beneath the behavior. Rather you may say something like, “I know you miss your family.” And you can sit with them and talk about the family and probably look through the family album. This way you are accepting their emotion and then distracting them positively.

Dementia is not just a disease of the brain but it also effects a person in whole. Personality changes, they forget, become childlike, sometimes act strange but none of it is predictable, you see it as it comes. As a caregiver it is very stressful to manage so many abrupt shades of one person especially the angry one. But one should never forget, “The disease might hide the person underneath but there’s still a person in there who needs your love and attention” – Jamie Calandriello.

We at Samvedna Senior Care aim to help seniors live happy, active and independent lives, in the comfort of their home and community through interactive caregiving.

Samvedna Senior Care was established in October 2013 with two complementary goals – firstly to provide quality home care services to seniors with limited mobility or dementia and hence social interaction, and secondly to facilitate stimulating community interaction and participation.

Our Dementia Care services are

At-home services –
Dementia intervention activities by trained Care Specialists (already mentioned above). These services are available in Delhi NCR
More – http://www.samvednacare.com/dementia-care
Please call us for more info – Delhi NCR – 98184 21446, 124 4229659

Dementia Support Group –
Our Dementia Support group in Delhi NCR is a platform for caregivers to share feelings and support each other.
More – http://www.samvednacare.org/our-work/dementia-care
Please call us for more info – Delhi NCR – 98184 21446, 124 4229659

Cognitive Wellness Programme, Sector 57  Gurgaon  –
Samvedna’s Cognitive Wellness Programme is designed for seniors with mild cognitive impairment, early dementia or Parkinson’s, and elderly lacking in enthusiasm and motivation. The aim is to stimulate the mind of the elderly to slow the progression of the disease or impairment. The sessions are 3 days a week, 11AM-1PM.
More – http://www.samvednacare.org/our-work/cognitive-wellness-programme

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Technology has progressed a long way over the course of an older adults’ lifetime. They have seen everything from dramatic medical advances to the rise of an internet-dependent society. Over the last several years, older adults have been the quickest growing section of the online population. More and more people over the age of 60 are going online and using Facebook, Google, Yahoo and YouTube. They are emailing, texting and blogging—and it has a positive impact on their lives as they are communicating more frequently with family and reconnecting with old friends.

We at Samvedna Senior Care are now coming across more and more 90+ seniors wanting to learn technology, and they are taking to it with increased enthusiasm and self-motivation.

One such senior, Mrs. Sahai, a 93 year old home maker, decided to learn how to use a tablet, when she was gifted one on her 92nd birthday. She shared that her children always want her to grow and keep learning something new. She feels that learning how to use the tablet also keeps her busy and informed about the changing world.

According to Mrs. Sahai, elderly should not hesitate to learn technology at any stage of their life.  She believes that it is important that all of us as a part of society should adapt with the changes in technology, the elderly being no exception. She feels elderly are at a risk of social isolation if they keep away from technology. Then there are some seniors who perceive they cannot learn, understand or adapt to technology. With gentle nudging and encouragement any senior can learn, some sooner than others, but the key is to keep trying and working at it. For Mrs. Sahai, one of the biggest motivations for choosing to learn technology was to increase her social interaction. Learning the tablet has helped her bridge the geographical gap between her children/relatives who are living abroad, she said.

In an era where everything is moving online, there is a wealth of benefit in digital literacy for aging adults.It allows seniors to stay in touch with family and friends through Whatsapp, Skype or email which can have a significant impact on their emotional well-being. It lessens isolation, feelings of loneliness and depression, and enhances one’s sense of independence. It gives them the opportunity to engage in mind stimulating games, listen to their favorite bhajan or songs.

Seniors do tend to utilize technology differently than the younger generation. They use their cell phones for more basic communication purposes, while younger adults use them more for social media purposes that relieve boredom.

Seniors find Facebook quite useful for staying connected to family and friends who do not live nearby and they love to see the pictures of their loved ones! Additionally, seniors are also turning to the web more frequently to get the latest news. Of course, many still read the newspaper daily or watch the evening news on TV. Some recognize that online news offers a quicker way to get latest coverage about what’s happening around the world. With time, seniors are learning to understand the contributions that technology can make to help them live a positive, engaged lifestyle.

Another encouraging case study is that of Mrs  Oberoi who recently turned 90. She uses technology in her everyday life for online shopping, watching movies, listening to songs and viewing the latest episodes of her favorite serials on her smart TV. For her technology has helped her get rid of her boredom and provided the means for spending her time in a fun way.

Mr B.S Phool, retired from Air India in 1987, he is 88 now, during his work life he never had to use computers but now he thinks technology is the “need of the day” as one can’t live without it. He feels connected with the outside world and uses his smartphone to spend his time. He also feels empowered with technology and is less dependent on others for reading his emails, sending messages and keeping up with the latest news.

One more inspiring instance is of Mr. Jain, 91, a retired senior bureaucrat. He beautifully explained how smart phone is helping him in orientation of the current scenario, date and time. He further mentioned how he has connected to his family abroad through audio and video calling. He spoke about his fondness for listening to poetry on YouTube on his smart phone. He also gave a powerful message to other seniors and suggested them to learn technology. He said “the time of monarchy has gone, the time of literature has gone, if you want to live and lead a comfortable life then you must learn technology.”

Samvedna Senior Care was established in October 2013 with two primary goals – dementia care and active ageing. Our aim is to cater to the intellectual and emotional wellbeing of seniors in Delhi NCR. We help them live happy, active and independent lives, in the comfort of their home and community through interactive caregiving.

Our aim is to provide quality home care services to seniors with limited mobility or dementia, and to facilitate stimulating community interaction and participation.

General Wellbeing:

With our General Well Being Services we aim to raise the quality of life of seniors, specially those who may have limited mobility and social interaction due to various constraints. Our interactive programme keeps them active and engaged through physical, mental and social activities, all in the comfort of their home.
More – http://samvednacare.com/general-wellbeing

Great Times Club, which is a part of the Samvedna Senior Care Foundation, is our social and recreational club in Sector 57, Gurgaon, for members 55 years and above.Its a place where members come to get fit, meet like minded people and share their life experiences and give back to the community.

Activities at the club include fitness exercises, group meditation, mind stimulation, tambola, dancing, book reviews, movies, community outreach, and talks on health management. The club has a library, computer room, visits by physiotherapists and doctors, access to board games and cards, a fully functional pantry with healthy and affordable snacks and tea and coffee on the house.

The club is open Monday-Friday, 11am to 2pm.There are special classes for yoga, smart phones, computers, spoken english, dance, music and painting. Call Great Times Club at 9818421446, 0124-4229659.

Know more here – Great Times Club

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As caregivers, we are well aware of the powerful range of emotions felt by us and our loved one with dementia. People with dementia fluctuate between many different behaviors and moods ranging from being excited and cheerful, to sadness, crying and aggression. As we struggle in our attempt to deal with these mood changes, many of these negative mood states can transfer to us. They typically show up as sadness, anger, frustration and exhaustion.

There are many ways in which we try to deal with the emotional vulnerabilities of the person with dementia. When they are angry, we may try to console them. When they cry again and again, we may try to tell them repeatedly to stop crying. When they are scared, we tell them not to be. When they are confused and demonstrate repetitive behavior, we oscillate between telling them the same thing over and over again or not telling them at all.

In all these mood states—anger, sadness, fear, confusion—our attempts at resolution are very often unsuccessful. One big reason for this is that we are not only accepting the negative reality that they are presenting to us, we are also feeding it. It is well acknowledged that as caregivers, we should accept the reality of the person with dementia to help improve their self-esteem, happiness and to have healthier relationship with them. Accepting their negative thoughts and ideas can also help them bring relief of being understood. However, we need to do something to get them out of such negative mood states. Redirection is one way to do that.

10 tips for redirection

Redirection means to quite literally re-direct the attention of the person with dementia onto something else. The purpose of redirection is to help the person with dementia to feel better and get out of negative or unsafe behaviors. To successfully redirect your loved one, you need to modulate your own behavior, words, and gestures in a steady buy subtle manner. Redirection will require your entire attention and involvement.

  1. Perseverance – The first tip is to not give up. It often takes a while to manage the behavior of a dementia loved one. That is alright.  Patience and perseverance will help you in your journey.
  2. Less is more – try to reduce your impulsive reaction. Do not insist that the person does as you ask. Put less and less direct attention at what’s bothering you about their behavior or emotion.
  3. Love is stronger than fear – the person with dementia is more likely to listen to you if they feel loved and cared for and they feel like they can trust you. If you end up making them feel scared of you or ashamed, they are less likely to listen to you.
  4. Tone will atone – the person with dementia can sense your tone. Remember, they can still sense emotions. It is important that you maintain a composed and pleasant tone.
  5. Gestures – your body language will also speak out loudly to them. Make sure your facial expressions match the emotion you are exhibiting. Use comforting touches and display postures that are warm and inviting for the person listening to you.
  6. Find out more – Try to understand the possible triggers for why the person is presenting the behavior. Answer questions like – Has he or she been too idle, do they need something to eat, and is the environment around them comfortable, etc. — to understand his or her plight better. You may ask some direct questions to find out.
  7. Lose the logic – It is not easy for people with dementia to understand logic the same way that they did before. Even if they could, being ‘scolded’ or ‘corrected’ can make anyone defensive and non-receptive. It’s important to empathize with their situation rather than blame them. The warmth in your behavior will make them more or less receptive.
  8. Get their attention – To get the attention of the person, you need to think of what all they find interesting. Would they get excited if you offered them jalebi? Would they jump up when you talk about Nehru? Will they love to go out for a stroll to the garden? Your basic intention is to get the person interested and in a happier mood.
  9. No idle time – Being idle can be a big reason for aggression and other negative moods states and behaviors. Avoid idle time altogether.
  10. Get them busy – You can also use an alternative activity to divert their attention. An activity that is more hands on such as peeling peas or folding clothes could work. You can offer them tea or some food. You may even take them outdoors or to a different room. You could show them videos, or bring in a pet or even put on music.

We at Samvedna Senior Care aim to help seniors live happy, active and independent lives, in the comfort of their home and community through interactive caregiving.

Samvedna Senior Care was established in October 2013 with two complementary goals – firstly to provide quality home care services to seniors with limited mobility or dementia and hence social interaction, and secondly to facilitate stimulating community interaction and participation.

Our Dementia Care services are

At-home services –
Dementia intervention activities by trained Care Specialists (already mentioned above). These services are available in Delhi NCR
More – http://www.samvednacare.com/dementia-care
Please call us for more info – Delhi NCR – 98184 21446, 124 4229659

Dementia Support Group –
Our Dementia Support group in Delhi NCR is a platform for caregivers to share feelings and support each other.
More – http://www.samvednacare.org/our-work/dementia-care
Please call us for more info – Delhi NCR – 98184 21446, 124 4229659

Cognitive Wellness Programme, Sector 57  Gurgaon  –
Samvedna’s Cognitive Wellness Programme is designed for seniors with mild cognitive impairment, early dementia or Parkinson’s, and elderly lacking in enthusiasm and motivation. The aim is to stimulate the mind of the elderly to slow the progression of the disease or impairment. The sessions are 3 days a week, 11AM-1PM.
More – http://www.samvednacare.org/our-work/cognitive-wellness-programme

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The holiday season is just getting over and I cannot help but reflect on how my elderly clients have spent their time in during these festive days.

The festive season is a time for family to get together, share stories and gifts and have special meals together. As we get older, it is these holidays, parties, outings and events that we remember and cherish the most. With our busy and erratic lifestyle, it is tough to balance out everything especially for the ones who stay far away from their parents. It is important for both (the children and parents) to spend time with each other. Elderly feel lonely and isolated during the holiday season, they would love to spend their time with their children and grandchildren.

Now this becomes more challenging when your loved one is also suffering from dementia. The progression of dementia may hinder your loved one to recall these beautiful memories, but what we can best offer is our company and time.

It is especially noted in the early and middle stages of dementia, how the right amount of planning, care, and concern can make things better for the loved ones especially when it comes to their emotional well-being. When everything around is confusing and disturbing for the elderly, it is the feeling of being connected to their family that assures them that they have their family’s love and support with them through this journey.

I got to see this first hand with one of our 65 years old home client, of how family presence can change the holidays. Since the time her son has come to meet her, her mood has uplifted, she has been keeping very happy as he spends most of his time with her. They have engaged in various activities together such as having a cup of coffee together, celebrating her birthday and also her grandchild’s birthday, taking her for family outings and preparing her for the same.

We all know that the holidays matters a lot to everyone. A person with dementia may no longer remember a lot but they can still experience happiness.

Here are some tips to help you plan your holiday with a loved one with dementia well :

1) Sense of involvement:  As dementia progresses they won’t be able to express their views and thoughts well. Though it is very tempting to take decisions for them (knowing their condition), but for the elderly, the very thought of being involved in the preparation will convey the message: you are important. Plus it is a great form of mental activity as well.

2) Choosing an accessible place: A patient with dementia may get confused and frustrated especially in noisy and crowded place. It’s better to choose a place where they are at ease and comfort.

3) Share your memories: Sharing good thoughts and stories are always a great endeavor. The best way to share the memories is to capture the moments in an album so that later in their life if they wouldn’t be able to remember the picture but they can try to recall the happy moments.

4) Keep them connected with their loved ones: Elderly always love to get connect with their loved ones. One of the best way is to make sure that they can interact with all of their loved ones regularly. Spending some valuable time with the family members will be always be special.

When the family comes together to celebrate the good times, it multiplies the enjoyment and fun for everyone. Holidays like Christmas, New Year or on any other family occasions can bring families together with the goodness of spirit and warmth among each other.

We at Samvedna Senior Care aim to help seniors live happy, active and independent lives, in the comfort of their home and community through interactive caregiving.

Samvedna Senior Care was established in October 2013 with two complementary goals – firstly to provide quality home care services to seniors with limited mobility or dementia and hence social interaction, and secondly to facilitate stimulating community interaction and participation.

Our Dementia Care services are

At-home services –
Dementia intervention activities by trained Care Specialists (already mentioned above). These services are available in Delhi NCR
More – http://www.samvednacare.com/dementia-care
Please call us for more info – Delhi NCR – 98184 21446, 124 4229659

Dementia Support Group –
Our Dementia Support group in Delhi NCR is a platform for caregivers to share feelings and support each other.
More – http://www.samvednacare.org/our-work/dementia-care
Please call us for more info – Delhi NCR – 98184 21446, 124 4229659

Cognitive Wellness Programme, Sector 57  Gurgaon  –
Samvedna’s Cognitive Wellness Programme is designed for seniors with mild cognitive impairment, early dementia or Parkinson’s, and elderly lacking in enthusiasm and motivation. The aim is to stimulate the mind of the elderly to slow the progression of the disease or impairment. The sessions are 3 days a week, 11AM-1PM.
More – http://www.samvednacare.org/our-work/cognitive-wellness-programme

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With more people moving away from their homes for better opportunities, today’s families tend to be further apart than ever before. But when the parents living at a distance begin to show signs that they are no longer able to care for themselves or handle the responsibilities of day-to-day living, ensuring their continued well-being can pose a significant challenge for their adult children.

While trying to be caregiver to parents on whom once we were dependent, we always try to find the right way for their well-being. But there is no “one right way” to be a caregiver; everyone’s situation is different. You will find that among a host of things; family dynamics, financial resources and the abilities of your parents matter the most.

But one can expect the caregiving responsibilities to include, at a minimum, the following key functions:

  • Information gathering from your parents about their physical, emotional and social environment and needs
  • Reading up on websites, books, word of mouth, on how to provide good care
  • Scheduling, coordinating and monitoring medical care and respond to their emergencies
  • Provide companionship for their emotional and social wellbeing

But how does one care for parents with whom you do not live? Here are some points to consider to help you look after your loved ones while staying away from them:

1) Stay in touch with them

Do plan on traveling to visit them as frequently as you and your work can afford. Call them regularly, let them know you are there to talk and listen to their worries.

2) Use technology

Scheduling a weekly Skype call with parents and grandparents is an ideal way to keep in regular contact. Grandchildren can share the highlights of their week or tell them stories about their school or special events. Family members can remain actively involved in one another’s lives without being physically in the same location.

You can also monitor their physical condition and health care treatment plans with doctors remotely.

3) Adapt to their needs

But for older people who have not embraced the Internet and mobile telephones, maintaining contact will take more time, effort and planning. Weekly telephone conversations, cards on birthdays and special events, letters with photos and drawings from grandchildren – all signal to parents/grandparents that you are thinking of them and making the effort to keep in touch.

4) Appoint an overseer

Family dynamics are complex, in every family there is generally one individual with a practical streak whom everyone identifies as the go-to person in times of family stress. Make sure that they live close to your parents and are willing to take on the role of the family manager. This will ensure prompt response and trusted care for your parents.

The family manager should be informed that you will be relying on them for factual information about your parents, when their independence and health deteriorate.

Seek professional services to help you with this role where family members are not available due to various constraints.

5) Help them stay engaged

A significant problem for elderly people is isolation and loneliness. This is the time that their peers, friends and family members may become incapacitated through illness or pass on. Social contact and a life purpose are important to everyone at all stages of life.

Encourage your parents to get involved in social clubs, kitties, exercise programmes — things that they have expressed interest in but need a push to join. This will open new connections and regular social events within their own surrounding.

6) Plan for the future

Encourage parents to be active in planning for their own ageing. Discuss with them about where they would like to live, their medical arrangements, their legal arrangements; all tasks that need to be completed while your parents can express their wishes fully. It is best to make informed decisions and plan for the future while their mental and physical faculties are intact.

Caring for parents who do not live with you does pose as a challenge but with help and proper planning one can manage to do things to ensure their well-being.

Samvedna Senior Care was established in October 2013 with two primary goals – dementia care and active ageing. Our aim is to cater to the intellectual and emotional wellbeing of seniors in Delhi NCR. We help them live happy, active and independent lives, in the comfort of their home and community through interactive caregiving.

Our aim is to provide quality home care services to seniors with limited mobility or dementia, and to facilitate stimulating community interaction and participation.

Emergency and Respite Care:

Our emergency support service is for times when an elderly needs assistance in a hurry. In case of an emergency like a fall, sudden illness or unplanned travel, we are one phone call away, ready to step into action and deal with things. The services include ambulance assistance, an on-call helpline (8am-8pm), hospitalization support and more.

Respite care services give caregivers an opportunity to leave home for a few hours for errands, appointments or simply to unwind, with the peace of mind that comes with knowing their loved ones are in capable hands.
More – http://www.samvednacare.com/emergency-respite-care

General Wellbeing:

With our General Well Being Services we aim to raise the quality of life of seniors, specially those who may have limited mobility and social interaction due to various constraints. Our interactive programme keeps them active and engaged through physical, mental and social activities, all in the comfort of their home.
More – http://samvednacare.com/general-wellbeing

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World Human Rights Day is observed on December 15th every year. A Dementia patient too has his or her rights as defined by the Alzheimer’s Society of UK here .

In this context as a part of Samvedna Senior Care’s Dementia Support Group meeting on  Saturday, 9th December 2017,  we decided to discuss the ethical dilemmas faced by families for their loved ones with Dementia. We started the workshop by discussing some viewpoints on dilemmas that commonly disturb caregivers.

Ethics in Dementia Care

As a spouse or child, it can be difficult to take over the role of a caregiver for someone whom you may have looked up to for advice and support in the past. It can also be difficult to decide how much control to take and when to do so. When should you be the strict parent to your loved one? When should you refrain from taking over and allow the person independence?  Given below are some of the dilemmas discussed during our support group meeting.

Talking About Diagnosis

Ethics demand that we should inform a person of their Dementia diagnosis. The person who actually has the disease deserves to know the truth and they will need time to process the diagnosis and cope with it.

Knowing in time gives the elderly the benefit of being able to plan and live life to their fullest potential. However, it is important the news is given as sensitively as possible and in a manner and language that they can understand.

The exception in telling the person about their diagnosis is when their dementia has reached a phase where they can no longer process the information easily. In such a situation, they may not be able to retain the information long enough to understand it.

Giving medication for difficult behaviour

In many situations, where a person with dementia is displaying behaviour that can be harmful to themselves or others, medications such as antipsychotics are required. However, as caregivers, we should assess how severe the behaviour is and how negative the consequence of the behaviour can be before deciding on the need for medication. It is important to differentiate between irritating and harmful behaviour.

We can also try alternative ways to control behaviour before initiating medication. It helps to try to identify and remove triggers for the behaviour. This is important because medication may remove the difficult behaviour, but overall it may not have positive effects on the elderly. Even when medication is initiated, it should be viewed as a short term intervention and its need should be re-evaluated from time to time.

Driving and dementia

Many people assume that a dementia diagnosis means that it is not safe for the person to drive anymore. That is not true. A dementia diagnosis by itself is not a sufficient reason to stop driving. Persons with dementia can and do drive till they are capabilities permit. Eventually a time will come for them when driving will not be safe. It is important to plan ahead for that time and make suitable arrangements.

Driving will have to be withheld when it’s risky for them or others. If it is hard for you to get them to stop, you can ask the doctor to tell them orally or in written. You may also have to take away their keys, remove the car, change the lock, etc. to keep them safe.

Autonomy in decision making

A person with dementia can continue to take decisions about their life. They also have the moral and legal right to do so. Whether it concerns deciding on a course of treatment or a doctor, or where to live, their will, etc., they have the complete right to decide.

As their dementia makes this difficult at times, you may need to help them by providing all relevant information. You can use simply, easy to understand language, give options and the time to process it all. This will help them retain their autonomy for longer.

A time does come when their cognitive functioning deteriorates to a point when they cannot make their own decision. You may try to explain the situation to them, but they may not be able to understand. They may not retain enough information to make safe and well –informed decisions. As such a time, you will have to take over, but you should try to consider the wishes of the person as you knew them.

End of life care

When a diagnosis of dementia is given early enough, it becomes possible to discuss the elderly’s choice of treatment, and their decisions surrounding end of life care. You may encourage them to share in the form of written directives. Your best effort should be to follow through with their wishes.

Another challenge is to have the conversation that would enable you to have the information you need. It may be difficult to get started, but it is an important conversation to have.

A cathartic experience

The new members of our support group got the opportunity to share with our older members who are a group of non-judgemental, supportive and compassionate individuals. Just the act of sharing is known to help us let go of most of our stress.

“He is just a shadow of what he used to be”. A young daughter shared her panic on multiple occasions when her 65 year old father left the house and walked down to familiar places while she frantically called person to person. She spoke of her difficulty in communicating with him and the sadness felt by his lack of response due to his aphasia.

“It breaks my heart when he apologizes” shared another daughter who has been trying to get her father to lead a more active and social life. Seeing him withdraw into a shell has been very disheartening for her. Her dedication to her father pushed him to take the step to leave her job so that she can spend more time with him.

Dr. Satish Chawla, MD, FACP, AIIMS, helped answer a lot of questions regarding when the need for medication becomes pertinent. He also clarified doubts related to the need for antidepressants and their interaction with drugs that treat dementia. He also stressed the importance of getting an accurate diagnosis with tests like MRI and CT Scans.

We concluded the session with a fun filled movement activity called Clap Transfer. The entire group enjoyed and participated enthusiastically. Everyone left feeling refreshed and de-stressed.

We at Samvedna Senior Care aim to help seniors live happy, active and independent lives, in the comfort of their home and community through interactive caregiving.

Samvedna Senior Care was established in October 2013 with two complementary goals – firstly to provide quality home care services to seniors with limited mobility or dementia and hence social interaction, and secondly to facilitate stimulating community interaction and participation.

Our Dementia Care services are

At-home services –
Dementia intervention activities by trained Care Specialists (already mentioned above). These services are available in Delhi NCR
More – http://www.samvednacare.com/dementia-care
Please call us for more info – Delhi NCR – 98184 21446, 124 4229659

Dementia Support Group –
Our Dementia Support group in Delhi NCR is a platform for caregivers to share feelings and support each other.
More – http://www.samvednacare.org/our-work/dementia-care
Please call us for more info – Delhi NCR – 98184 21446, 124 4229659

Cognitive Wellness Programme, Sector 57  Gurgaon  –
Samvedna’s Cognitive Wellness Programme is designed for seniors with mild cognitive impairment, early dementia or Parkinson’s, and elderly lacking in enthusiasm and motivation. The aim is to stimulate the mind of the elderly to slow the progression of the disease or impairment. The sessions are 3 days a week, 11AM-1PM.
More – http://www.samvednacare.org/our-work/cognitive-wellness-programme

General Wellbeing:

With our General Well Being Services we aim to raise the quality of life of seniors, specially those who may have limited mobility and social interaction due to various constraints. Our interactive programme keeps them active and engaged through physical, mental and social activities, all in the comfort of their home.

More – http://samvednacare.com/general-wellbeing

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Parkinson’s Disease is a degenerative disease in which brain cells (neurons) are affected. While it is most commonly associated with motor symptoms such as tremors, rigidity, postural instability, difficulty walking, etc., Parkinson’s is also accompanied by non-motor symptoms such as disturbances in the sense of smell, sleep problems, depression, anxiety and cognitive changes.

In many cases of Parkinson’s Disease, a substantial decline in cognitive functioning also results. These cognitive changes often lead to deterioration in memory and thinking. When problems in memory and thinking are severe enough to interfere with daily living activities, then the syndrome is called Parkinson’s Disease Dementia (PDD).

Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease Dementia

The acronym ‘TRAP’ summarizes the common symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease:

  • T = Tremor (specifically resting tremor)
  • R = Rigidity (difficulty moving / stiff arms & legs)
  • A = Akinesia (or slow movements)
  • P = Postural Instability (problems with postures)

The following are some of the symptoms that develop as a person develops Parkinson’s disease dementia:

  • Changes in memory, concentration and judgment
  • Trouble interpreting visual information
  • Muffled / slurred speech
  • Visual hallucinations
  • Delusions, mostly paranoid thinking
  • Mood swings with depression, irritability and anxiety
  • Sleep disturbances, more daytime drowsiness, disorder of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep
  • Changes in appetite and energy levels
  • Confusion
  • Loss of interest
  • Sleep disturbances

The difference between Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

People with Alzheimer’s always develop Dementia over time. However, people with Parkinson’s may or may not develop Dementia. When people with Parkinson’s do develop a dementia, it can be even more debilitating. This is because people with Parkinson’s suffer from a combination of motor and cognitive impairments. In terms of cognitive effects of dementia, Alzheimer’s affects more of language and memory, whereas Parkinson’s affects more of problems solving, thinking speed, memory and even mood.

What Causes Parkinson’s Dementia?

The chemistry of the brain changes in all dementia’s including Parkinson’s Disease Dementia. Parkinson’s dementia is caused by sticky clumps of protein alpha synuclein that malfunction and deposit in the brain. Deposit of alpha synuclein in the brain is also a common cause for Lewy Bodies Dementia.

Commonly, dementia develops 10 to 15 years after a diagnosis of Parkinson’s. When the diagnosis of dementia precedes or is given at the same time as the diagnosis of Parkinson’s, it is known as Dementia with Lewy Bodies. However, when a diagnosis of Parkinson’s comes first and dementia develops at least a year after Parkinson’s, it is known as Parkinson’s Disease Dementia. Some people may develop Lewy Bodies Dementia independent of Parkinson’s Disease but Parkinson’s Disease Dementia happens only to people who already have Parkinson’s.

Some factors that increase a person’s risk of getting Parkinson’s Disease Dementia are mentioned below. While they may not individually be a high risk, presence of a greater number of these factors can increase the risk:

  • Being a male
  • Older age at the time of onset of Parkinson’s
  • Family History of dementia
  • Relatively severe motor symptoms
  • Presence of visual hallucination
  • Older age

Tips for Caregiver of people with Parkinson’s Dementia

As a caregiver you try to love and support your loved one with Parkinson’s Dementia in the challenges they face. One task is to improve their quality of life. Educating yourself about the symptoms, available treatment options, and what to expect in the time to come will aid you in creating a better support system.

Behavioural symptom management

  • Make a structured schedule with medication & meal time, personal care tasks and activities
  • Motivate them to retain independence in daily care tasks as far as possible
  • Be patient and give them time for each task. Break down a task into smaller and simpler tasks.
  • Simplify the environment by reducing clutter (too much furniture, less space to walk)
  • Reducing distractions such as paintings, sounds of household items, etc.
  • Make sure they know that you love them and care for them.
  • If they have paranoid delusions, remember that any accusations they make towards you or your loved ones are a result of their disease and are separate from them

Bathing

  • Install handrail and grab bars where required. Do not use other fixtures like tap, towel rack, other bars instead as they may not be sturdy enough.
  • Use anti slip mats in the shower / bathing area.
  • Use shower gel instead of soap as soaps can slip and make the floor slippery.  You can also tie up the soap bar on a rail inside a pair of stockings.
  • Ensure that there is sufficient lighting.

Self-grooming tasks

  • For tasks that take some time such as shaving, hair-drying, brushing, etc. the person should sit down to save energy and reduce the risk of a fall.
  • You can put a chair near the sink for comfort. Make adjustment so that you can reach the sink.
  • You may choose to use an electric shaver / toothbrush.

Toilet Visits

  • Understand any incontinence problems they have by talking to the doctor about them. They may have frequency (wanting to go often) or urgency (sudden & difficult to control need to go).
  • Use incontinence products such as adult diapers, when needed.
  • Schedule visits to the bathroom for every few hours.
  • Reduce intake of caffeinated beverages as they increase the frequency of the visits.
  • Limit intake of fluid, 2 hours before bed, if it’s difficult to go at night.

Dressing

  • Encourage them to warm up with some exercise to prepare muscles.
  • Let them take their time and be patient.
  • Get them to sit on a chair. Sitting on a bed as that can lead to losing balance.
  • Choose clothes with fewer buttons and zips as they may be difficult to put on.

Eating

  • Adjust meal time in a way that it is during those hours when the person’s functionality is better.
  • A suitable upright posture is recommended.
  • Food should be easy to cut into smaller bite size pieces and if they can’t cut them on their own, you may help with that.
  • Individuals who have problem swallowing should avoid thin liquids and the use of straw.

Ambulation

  • Assess need for a stick / walker / wheelchair, etc. if the person has difficulty getting around on their own.
  • Let the person do as much on their own as is possible and give them time.

Handwriting

  • Try out various pens of varying sizes to find the one that is easiest to grasp. Wider grips tend to help. You can use rubber band, pen grips, etc. with any pen.
  • Practising writing, colouring, painting, drawing, will help retain and improve muscles.
  • You can try writing letters in a different way so that you don’t have to lift the pen. For example, you can write the letter ‘D’ in one swift motion rather than making a line and a curve.

Exercise

  • Help the person to choose some enjoyable activities for their physical stimulation such as walking in the garden or lobby, gardening, playing with children.
  • Even easier activities such as sewing, playing catch, dance movements, painting, singing, etc. can have a powerful impact by reducing stress and they are also stimulating.
  • Frankel exercises that help with ataxic conditions are useful in Parkinson’s.
  • Yoga and brain gym exercises are also helpful.

We at Samvedna Senior Care aim to help seniors live happy, active and independent lives, in the comfort of their home and community through interactive caregiving.

Samvedna Senior Care was established in October 2013 with two complementary goals – firstly to provide quality home care services to seniors with limited mobility or dementia and hence social interaction, and secondly to facilitate stimulating community interaction and participation.

Our Dementia Care services are

At-home services –
Dementia intervention activities by trained Care Specialists (already mentioned above). These services are available in Delhi NCR
More – http://www.samvednacare.com/dementia-care
Please call us for more info – Delhi NCR – 98184 21446, 124 4229659

Dementia Support Group –
Our Dementia Support group in Delhi NCR is a platform for caregivers to share feelings and support each other.
More – http://www.samvednacare.org/our-work/dementia-care
Please call us for more info – Delhi NCR – 98184 21446, 124 4229659

Cognitive Wellness Programme, Sector 57  Gurgaon  –
Samvedna’s Cognitive Wellness Programme is designed for seniors with mild cognitive impairment, early dementia or Parkinson’s, and elderly lacking in enthusiasm and motivation. The aim is to stimulate the mind of the elderly to slow the progression of the disease or impairment. The sessions are 3 days a week, 11AM-1PM.
More – http://www.samvednacare.org/our-work/cognitive-wellness-programme

General Wellbeing:

With our General Well Being Services we aim to raise the quality of life of seniors, specially those who may have limited mobility and social interaction due to various constraints. Our interactive programme keeps them active and engaged through physical, mental and social activities, all in the comfort of their home.

More – http://samvednacare.com/general-wellbeing

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Many elderly appreciate having an alcoholic drink every now and then, and alcohol can be a part of celebrating and socializing. We are also well aware that drinking too frequently in large quantities can put anyone in danger of developing serious physical and mental health problems.

When trying to understand the relationship between alcohol and dementia, three major questions come to mind:

  • Does consumption of alcohol lead to dementia, or increase the chances of getting dementia?
  • Is it safe for people with dementia to consume alcohol?
  • What types of dementia are directly linked to alcohol abuse?

The answers to all these questions are not straightforward. The first question is complicated because alcohol is known to be a protective factor in some dementias whereas it is a causal factor in other dementias. The second question is also not easy to answer directly because it will depend on the person’s stage of dementia, medicine interactions and the type of dementia they have. The answer to the third question will throw light on some dementias that are directly linked to alcohol abuse.

Let us look all these questions in greater detail.

Is alcohol a risk factor for dementia?

According to a research alcohol consumption in moderation may be a preventive factor in the development of Alzheimer’s disease and Vascular Dementia. However, some studies have shown that drinking more than approved quantities increases a person’s risk of developing vascular dementia. Studies have not shown any conclusive connection between heavy drinking and Alzheimer’s.

Several studies have also shown that alcohol can have a direct negative effect on cognitive functioning. One study found that individuals who drank at least five bottles of beer in one sitting or one bottle of wine, in midlife were three times more probable than individuals who did not binge drink to have dementia when they turned 65. Heavy alcohol consumption can cause a different type of dementia that is known as Alcohol Related Brain Damage (ARBD).

To conclude, whether alcohol is beneficial or harmful depends upon the amount consumed.

Is it safe for people with dementia to consume alcohol?

In the beginning phases of dementia, a glass of wine a day with food may not cause much damage, but only if the physician has agreed to it and your loved one is not taking any medication which would interfere with alcohol. It is very important for the caregivers of someone who is suffering from dementia to monitor the intake of alcohol. Dementia patients may experience difficulties remembering the amount of alcohol they have had and what amount is in a standard drink.

Allowing somebody with dementia to drink more than recommended can bring on additional cognitive impairment and accelerate the progression of their disease. It may not be safe for people whose dementia was caused by alcohol related brain damage to have even a small quantity of alcohol.

Alcohol related dementia

Dementia attached to alcohol use is grouped as alcohol-related brain damage or ARBD. It is a brain disorder caused by regularly drinking too much alcohol over several years. Frequent alcohol consumption in large quantities can causes deficiencies that can lead to brain damage or dementia. Consuming a lot of alcohol also keeps neurons from recovering, which leads to the death of the neurons.

ARBD increases the risk of developing the following types of dementia:

  • Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome: A type of brain disorder caused by a lack of vitamin B-1 deficiency.
  • Pellagra: Pellagra is caused due to deficiency of niacin (vitamin B-3). Alcohol dependence can give rise to or increase pellagra as it leads to lack of healthy sustenance, gastrointestinal problems and Vitamin B deficiencies.
  • Marchiafava–Bignami disease: It is a progressive neurological disease of alcoholism; it is associated with the deterioration of Corpus Callosum.
  • Alcohol induced dementia: It is a type of dementia which is caused due to excessive consumption, which leads to impaired cognitive functioning and neurological deficits.

The most prevalent form of ARBD is Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome

Generally, drinking every day isn’t suggested for an older adult, especially someone who has never been a regular drinker. This is because alcohol may have more adverse effect on seniors who have just started drinking in the later years than those who have always been moderate drinkers. Even for regular drinkers lower limits have been approved for older adults because their bodies have a lower tolerance and their body handles alcohol differently.

Alcohol negatively affects cognition and memory. It has been stated that the more often seniors consumes alcohol, the more likely they will experience memory problems and impairment in cognitive functioning. Heavy drinking has both quick and long term negative consequences for the brain and neuro-psychological functioning. The impact of alcohol on wellbeing shifts depending upon the amount of alcohol consumed, drinking span, kind of alcohol, and frequency of consumption.

We at Samvedna Senior Care aim to help seniors live happy, active and independent lives, in the comfort of their home and community through interactive caregiving.

Samvedna Senior Care was established in October 2013 with two complementary goals – firstly to provide quality home care services to seniors with limited mobility or dementia and hence social interaction, and secondly to facilitate stimulating community interaction and participation.

Our Dementia Care services are

At-home services –
Dementia intervention activities by trained Care Specialists (already mentioned above). These services are available in Delhi NCR
More – http://www.samvednacare.com/dementia-care
Please call us for more info – Delhi NCR – 98184 21446, 124 4229659

Dementia Support Group –
Our Dementia Support group in Delhi NCR is a platform for caregivers to share feelings and support each other.
More – http://www.samvednacare.org/our-work/dementia-care
Please call us for more info – Delhi NCR – 98184 21446, 124 4229659

Cognitive Wellness Programme, Sector 57  Gurgaon  –
Samvedna’s Cognitive Wellness Programme is designed for seniors with mild cognitive impairment, early dementia or Parkinson’s, and elderly lacking in enthusiasm and motivation. The aim is to stimulate the mind of the elderly to slow the progression of the disease or impairment. The sessions are 3 days a week, 11AM-1PM.
More – http://www.samvednacare.org/our-work/cognitive-wellness-programme

General Wellbeing:

With our General Well Being Services we aim to raise the quality of life of seniors, specially those who may have limited mobility and social interaction due to various constraints. Our interactive programme keeps them active and engaged through physical, mental and social activities, all in the comfort of their home.

More – http://samvednacare.com/general-wellbeing

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