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Dementia with Lewy Bodies (LBD) is known known to be another major cause of Dementia. Being relatively less prevalent than Alzheimer’s, it has not typically attracted as much research in the past. However, LBD has been gaining interest in research and here we look at some of the more recent research findings when it comes of Lewy Bodies Dementia.

Symptoms of DLB

The major symptoms of LBD are decline and fluctuations in cognitive functioning, movement problems similar to Parkinson’s disease, and advanced visual hallucinations.

Recent research suggests that individuals with LBD have a slower reaction time. Reaction time is the time taken for a person to respond or act that people with LBD take longer to react or respond. While this is common as a movement symptom in Parkinson’s Disease, it affects people with LBD in more ways.

Their speed of processing information (understanding what is going on) is also slowed down leading to increased time taken, or reaction time. Another valid reason for this increases reaction time is their reduced and fluctuating attention.

What’s going on in the brain?

Lewy Body Dementia is a form of dementia that has symptoms of both Alzheimer’s Dementia and Parkinson’s disease. This combination of cognitive decline with movement difficulties can make management and care more challenging.

In the brain of a person with dementia, there are spots and threads of the deposits of protein ‘alpha-synuclein’ that is also found in the brains of individuals with Parkinson’s disease.

Alzheimer disease hallmark is tangles of tau protein and clumps of amyloid-beta protein. These have also commonly been found in the brains of individuals with Lewy Bodies.

Dr. Rita Guerreiro and Dr. Jose Bras have recently been successful in identifying genetic factors that increase the chances of having LBD. To identify these they sampled 5778 people and checked 8.3 million genetic factors for them. Their sample was based out of 10 countries and had 1324 individuals with LBD in it. This revelation can help people identify if they are at risk and take early precautions for prevention such as an active lifestyle, social interactions, quitting smoking, etc.

Diagnosing LBD

Diagnosis LBD can sometimes be a difficult task especially since different forms of dementia have overlapping symptoms. Mostly, a diagnosis is based on clinical symptoms.

An earlier research has shown that FP-CIT SPECT scans can make the diagnosis of DLB more accurate rather than relying alone on clinical symptoms. SPECT is Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography is a nuclear imaging technique that uses gamma rays. In this research they compared the accuracy of a clinical diagnosis with the accuracy of SPECT by following up with the patients over 10 years and conducting an autopsy to confirm the diagnosis. They found out that SPECT was a lot more accurate than a clinical diagnosis that is based primarily on symptoms. Many other researchers have explored the benefits of the SPECT scan.

Interventions for LBD

Non-pharmacological interventions that have been of interest to researchers include arts therapy, exercise programs, music therapy and aromatherapy. Other important interventions include mental and social engagement that have been well documented for dementia overall. More research is needed to be done for Lewy Body Dementia to better understand and implement interventions for people who suffer from it.

References

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/hbm.23866

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/1217/151217-dementia-with-lewy-bodies-profile-identified

http://jnnp.bmj.com/content/early/2007/03/12/jnnp.2006.110122.short

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/acn3.521

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/psychological-medicine/article/nonpharmacological-interventions-for-lewy-body-dementia-a-systematic-review/1FD0DAA2FBFA2E6468EA2A0B8232796E

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29143695

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4892610/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4892610/

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/international-psychogeriatrics/article/systematic-review-of-the-efficacy-of-nonpharmacological-interventions-in-people-with-lewy-body-dementia/8E42B7714B52B4A57D8BCEFDE8082249

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 Cafe, Sector 57 Gurgaon –
From initial stage to advanced stage, all individuals with dementia feel the need for social interaction at times. Our Dementia Cafe is a safe and friendly place for your loved one with dementia to chill and socialize. The cafe is aplace where they will find a fun activity, a warm chair and companionship. Every Tuesday and Thursday, 11-1PM.
More – http://www.samvednacare.org/our-work/dementia-cafe

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 – Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11AM-1PM.
More – http://www.samvednacare.org/our-work/cognitive-wellness-programme

Dementia Support Group –

Our Dementia Support group in Delhi NCR and Guwahati 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

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Dementia is a group of neurological and progressive symptoms which is generally seen in older people. The symptoms worsen over time and gradually the person’s capacity to take care of himself or herself on their own starts to decrease.  A risk factor can be anything that increases the likelihood of developing a particular condition.

Dementia also has many risk factors which include:-

  1. Age: – Age is one of the major factors in developing Dementia. The chances of getting Dementia increases when one gets older i.e. 65 and above. Various physical and mental changes occur in our body with age, which becomes one of the causes of developing Dementia. Nearly one-third of the population above 85 develop Dementia.
  2. Genetics: – Genes may or may not effect directly in causing Dementia but they do have an indirect link towards the disease. For example, a gene named as Apolipoprotein E is linked with the cause of Alzheimer’s disease. Also if a person has a first degree relative who has Dementia, then he or she has an increased chance of developing the disease than a person who has no family history of the same. In addition, certain mutations in specific genes have been identified as increasing the risk for developing dementia.
  3. Medical conditions: – Medical conditions like Stroke, Cardiovascular problems, Obesity and Head Trauma, especially in mid-life can be one of the major factors in developing Dementia. Cardiovascular conditions are mostly linked to Vascular Dementia. Basically, the conditions that cause damage to the heart, arteries or blood circulation are strongly related to developing the vascular type of Dementia.
  4. Psychological and Neurological conditions: – Conditions like Depression and Parkinson’s disease increase the chance of developing Dementia. These can be a symptom as well as the cause of the disease. Other rarer causes are Down syndrome, Learning Disabilities and Multiple Sclerosis.
  5. Mild Cognitive Impairment: – It is the stage in between the cognitive decline because of ageing and more severe decline that leads to Dementia. It is not necessary that MCI will end up in Dementia, but a person who has MCI has a greater risk of developing Dementia. Most cases of Alzheimer’s disease start with MCI.
  6. Lifestyle choices: – Lifestyle choices like smoking, drinking alcohol, physical inactivity etc. have been linked to developing Dementia.  If a person smokes, he will have a higher risk of atherosclerosis and other types of vascular disease. Drinking large amounts of alcohol also increases the risk of developing a type of dementia known as Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome. Risk for Dementia is lower in people who maintain a healthy lifestyle in their middle ages.

Some risk factors that lead to Dementia can be prevented and are avoidable but some cannot be controlled like age and genetics. Some tips for prevention and avoidance for risk factors for Dementia are: –

  1. Physical activity: – Minimum amount of exercise, five days a week for 30 minutes each can prove wonders for a person. It can improve the cardiovascular health, improve mental and physical well-being and reduce the risk of developing Dementia. Exercise will also help in maintaining balance and gait which is one of the main features of Parkinsonism. Exercise without losing weight can bring many health benefits. Exercise doesn’t mean going to the gym and doing cardio or machines. It can be brisk walking, cycling, dancing, playing simple indoor games like catch or carom etc.
  2. Saying no to smoking and excessive drinking: – If a person smokes or drinks a huge amount, the chances of getting Dementia increases manifold. It is better to restrict smoking and drinking to prevent such issues. Even if a person stops smoking very late in life, he/she is still reducing the chances by a large margin.
  3. Eating healthy and maintaining a healthy weight: – Factors like Obesity, Cardiovascular diseases, High blood pressure, cholesterol, type 2 diabetes can be controlled by eating healthy and maintaining a healthy weight. A healthy balanced diet includes lots of fruits and vegetables. Not only Dementia, it can reduce a lot of symptoms of many physical and psychological illnesses and help in leading a life disease free.
  4. Keeping mentally and socially active: – One of the major reasons for an elderly to develop any kind of disorder is isolation and refraining from all the activities that they used to do. Keeping oneself active by engaging in various new things will stimulate the brain to work in brilliant new ways.  For example, playing stimulating games like Chess, Sudoku or learning a new language will make the brain work. Regular mental activity throughout a person’s lifetime seems to increase the brain’s ability. This helps build up a ‘cognitive reserve’ and allows the brain to cope better even with a disease such as Dementia. Keeping mentally active can reduce the risk of Dementia by several years. This link between brain activity and dementia is sometimes described as ‘Use it or lose it’.

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 Cafe, Sector 57 Gurgaon –
From initial stage to advanced stage, all individuals with dementia feel the need for social interaction at times. Our Dementia Cafe is a safe and friendly place for your loved one with dementia to chill and socialize. The cafe is aplace where they will find a fun activity, a warm chair and companionship. Every Tuesday and Thursday, 11-1PM.
More – http://www.samvednacare.org/our-work/dementia-cafe

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 – Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11AM-1PM.
More – http://www.samvednacare.org/our-work/cognitive-wellness-programme

Dementia Support Group –

Our Dementia Support group in Delhi NCR and Guwahati 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

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Art therapy is the therapeutic use of art for those who suffer from illnesses, trauma, anxiety or any other kind of challenges faced in everyday life, due to change in personal status or living conditions.

Art projects are a fun, relaxing way for people of all ages to express their creativity. Use of paints, water colors, clay, pencils etc., enables one to express and create something from nothing and provides a satisfying experience to see it through from start to finish.

For many seniors art is a lifelong passion whereas for others, art is a hobby that they never had the time to pursue. No matter what the situation, art therapy contributes to the overall quality of life of your loved one. Art is particularly valuable for seniors with Dementia as it stimulates the brain, stirring the dormant memories. Art therapy can create a sense of accomplishment and purpose for elderly, while also providing them an opportunity to express themselves in a nonverbal way. Also working with a group of seniors, can be a great way to encourage socialization.

There are numerous benefits of art therapy, some of the positive ways in which it can help individuals include:

1) Encouraging self-expression – Art therapy is helpful as it enables an individual who has trouble communicating to bypass the language problems and communicate and express themselves through art.

2) Facilitating socialization – Art provides a way to connect with those around you, and can help lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation.

3) Improving cognitive skills and providing intellectual stimulation – Discussing artistic creations with others not only offers a way to communicate, but also promotes intellectual stimulation. Art allows elderly persons to expand their mind and look at things in a way they might not normally consider.

4) Calming people with Dementia – Art therapy is beneficial for older adults living with Dementia as when one uses the creative part of the brain it helps in lowering down the stress level and restores a sense of personal identity.

5) Reducing boredom – Art is a recreational activity and offers a fun and fulfilling way to spend free time. It has proven to be a successful form of therapy even for those who have never picked up art, it reminds them that it is never too late to learn something new.

6) Improving physical/motor skills – Art therapy involves the use of fingers, hands and arms. This light but consistent use of fine motor skills helps improve blood flow and dexterity.

7) Decreasing stress and depression – Engaging in art work gives an opportunity to work through anxiety and negative feelings. The calming nature of painting, drawing, sketching is a way to forget about larger stresses and promotes healthy happy feelings.

The different forms of art and how it helps

1) Painting – Applying paint to paper is one of the purest forms of art and allows you an immense amount of freedom. Being faced with a blank canvas may sound challenging at first, but your art therapist guides you by giving prompts on what you can base your drawing on. With painting you can use bright, vivid colours or muted, darker colours to represent what you are trying to convey.

2) Crayons/chalk – Allowing you to blend and create unique effects, many people like to use crayons and chalk within art therapy. Using crayons in your art work instill happy memories as they often represent experiences from your childhood.

3) Collage Making – Collage is a simple activity that uses magazine photos, digital images or other material gathered from books, pamphlets etc. Art therapist guides you to cut and paste the images together. The collage could be based on a particular theme or could be collecting, arranging and gluing images that catch your attention. It helps you to explore your creative side without having to paint or draw.

4) Photography – This is for those who maybe not very keen to draw or paint as others. These days most smart phones have high quality cameras. You can take pictures based on different themes such as things you are grateful for; people who you love the most etc and can combine the idea to make a collage.

5) Mandala colouring – Colouring is an activity that a lot of people have enjoyed as a hobby during their childhood days. It is considered a good mind exercise as it utilizes both sides of the brain’s cerebral hemisphere. Logic is being used to select a specific color for a pattern or shape in the mandala and creativity is used to combine and pair these colors.

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

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

Great Times Club: 

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.

There are special discounts for group memberships. 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.

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Meeting people you know and love always gives one a good feeling, no matter what age you are at. Socialization gives a sense of joy, fulfillment and acceptance.  A person with dementia may have forgotten the names and faces of people who were once very important to them, but somewhere deep inside they still long to meet people who will love and comfort them.

However, many a times we feel hesitant in meeting those who are diagnosed with Dementia as we fear how to approach and talk to them. We mostly hesitate to converse with them because we do not know what to expect from the interaction.

Sometimes people are in denial and our unable to accept the changed behavior of their friend or loved one. They fail to understand the forgetfulness, repetitive talking, confusions, and hallucinations and often react in a confrontational manner, this often leads to lots of frustration and confusion for both the people.

So how do we meet people with Dementia?

The answer is simple yet difficult. No two people are alike; they have to be approached with care and warmth. One needs to be sensitive and approach the conversations tactfully while ensuring they do not hurt the feelings or self-esteem of their loved ones.

Here are some of the points when meeting your loved one with Dementia:

1) Live in the moment – Memories fade and the disease takes away whatever is left. Whenever visiting your loved one, it might get a little difficult to think of what to talk to them about and how to engage them. The best thing is to live in the moment, involve them with photo albums, books, photographs, puzzles, toys while talking more about the present. It is advisable to not question them about things from the past which they may not remember.

2) Adjust to your loved ones, not the other way around – Sometimes your loved one may not be as polite or welcoming of you, they may try to recognize you or forget that they have recently met you. So you have to adjust according to their reaction and response to your greetings, do not expect them to adjust to you.

3) Redirect the communication – While talking with someone who has Dementia, situations and conversations will come up that must have happened just minutes ago. They often repeat about things and events and sometimes it can be frustrating to answer them repeatedly about the same thing. Try to redirect the conversation positively by adding some humor, new topics, etc.

4) Eye contact and touch – They might not be able to recognize you or treat you the same way as they used to earlier, but it does not mean that they no longer desire companionship. Many times the conversations are non-verbal or confused as if they have just met you for the first time. In these situations it becomes important to comfort them with small gestures, like a smile, eye contact, touch, pats etc.

5) Make them feel comfortable – While telling you a story they might forget the details or events or their trail of thoughts and then they will be frustrated and angry upon themselves. As a friend comfort them and reassure that it happens to all and is normal. Sometimes it’s okay to not feel guilty about mixing little lies and stories here and there. It will save the day, heartbreaks and frustrations.

Dementia does take away memories but you can always make some new good ones with your loved ones every time you meet them.

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 Cafe, Sector 57 Gurgaon –
From initial stage to advanced stage, all individuals with dementia feel the need for social interaction at times. Our Dementia Cafe is a safe and friendly place for your loved one with dementia to chill and socialize. The cafe is aplace where they will find a fun activity, a warm chair and companionship. Every Tuesday and Thursday, 4-5.30PM.
More – http://www.samvednacare.org/our-work/dementia-cafe

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

Dementia Support Group –

Our Dementia Support group in Delhi NCR and Guwahati 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

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The sensory functions of elders deteriorate as they grow older. Sensory activities improve the emotional and physical health of people living with dementia.

Sensory stimulation is the activation of one or more of the senses such as taste, smell, vision, hearing and touch.

In recent times, Multi-Sensory Stimulation (MSS) has become a progressively popular approach to care and it is used in a large number of Dementia Care Centres.

The stimulation is done with the help of various tools and materials, which helps in stimulating the senses. For example a walk on the beach: the sound of waves, a video showing the mountains and some shells to touch. This helps in creating a virtual environment under different themes.

Sensory activities provides a level of stimulation that boosts awareness and attention due to the directness and simplicity of the task.

Types of sensory stimulation and their benefits

1. Auditory stimulation

It is very useful for mood enhancement, cognition and relaxation.

This includes a vast range of sounds, ranging from natural sounds (a gentle rainfall) to generated sounds such as music like a Mozart symphony or an old song.

Tuning in to sounds is a critical part of connecting with our senses. Many dementia patients have hearing problems, and so it is essential to stimulate this sense, remembering that adjustments may be needed.

Consider:

• Listening to music, poetry, singing and natural sounds like waterfall, a gentle rainfall.

• Always keep in mind to keep the voice level controlled as high volume can lead to frustration.

2. Tactile stimulation

This type of stimulation is concerned with awareness of texture and touch.

A study by the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementia states that tactile stimulation improves the well-being of Dementia patients.

Consider:

• Create a virtual beach. Pour some sand in an empty box and fill it with shells and stones and a collection of balls.

• Brain paths are used and stimulated every time we use our hands to hold something. It provides stimulation for 3000 nerve receptors in each of our finger tips, and then these nerves send impulses to stimulate the brain.

• Other things like sandpaper, plastic fruits, and pine cones can also be used in tactile stimulation.

3. Visual stimulation

Vision is one of the most important senses which helps us gain an excessive amount of information.

Tragically, Alzheimer’s disease and different dementias can significantly affect the visual processing system.

Consider:

• Light therapy: Bright light therapy is one of the most fundamental types of visual therapy discovered successful in patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Some of the key benefits of Light therapy are improved sleep cycles, decreased wandering, and improved cognition and behavioral functioning.

• Movies and Videos: Movies and video deliver auditory stimulation as well as visual. While picking a movie for stimulation, settle on a more established movie with an essential plot that the individual can easily follow.

• A favorite movie of the patient is an extraordinary decision, as he or she will probably recollect parts of the movies. Movies with alluring visuals, for example, those set in nature, or with soft music would be desirable.

• Decorating: Many caregivers neglect to think about how a space should be decorated for patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Making a visually stimulating environment can be profoundly useful for somebody with this dementia. Place photos of loved ones in the home to help lift the spirits.

4. Olfactory stimulation

Some of our most grounded memories, our most strong affiliations, are activated by smell. A scent that you connect with an occasion or a moment from the past will transport one to that time.

The basic oils utilized as a part of aromatherapy like peppermint, lavender, and rosemary, are well-known, yet aromatherapy is considerably more than sensory stimulation. Distinctive healing properties are asserted for various oils.

The following are some essential oils that are known to have unique properties:

• Lavender – calming properties, helps in balancing strong emotions

• Peppermint – stimulating for brain, calms nerves, known for rectifying absent-mindedness

• Rosemary – improves cognitive functioning.

• Bergamot – mood elevating and calming, relives anxiety, and mild depression

5. Gustatory stimulation

A favourite dinner or a specific dish one has not had for a long time triggers a surge of memories. There are a significant number of things in the kitchen that can be used to empower the taste buds.

• Use various spices and flavorings that may stimulate the memory or sense of taste.

• Turmeric has been utilised as a seasoning in Indian food for a huge number of years, and furthermore as a therapeutic herb and it has calming properties.

• Different food and flavours that show guarantee as treatment or assurance against Alzheimer’s ailment include cinnamon, berries, coconut and green and black tea.

Snoezelen

A Snoezelen Room is a therapeutic environment created to provide stimulation for patients with dementia. A snoezelen room displays optical illusions with combined lighting effects, aromas, colors, textures and sounds to stimulate a person’s olfactory, auditory and gustatory systems.

Some of the benefits of Snoezelen therapy are as follows:

1. Increased knowledge and understanding of environment

2. Enhanced mood and behaviour

3. Enhanced self esteem

4. Better caregiver communication

Stimulating the senses of the person with dementia has many positive benefits like mood enhancement, increased socialisation, improved cognition functioning and alertness. It is significant to draw on emotions and recollections by connecting with all five senses. You’ll never know the memories that will emerge through various processes and activities.

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 Cafe, Sector 57 Gurgaon –
From initial stage to advanced stage, all individuals with dementia feel the need for social interaction at times. Our Dementia Cafe is a safe and friendly place for your loved one with dementia to chill and socialize. The cafe is aplace where they will find a fun activity, a warm chair and companionship. Every Tuesday and Thursday, 4-5.30PM.
More – http://www.samvednacare.org/our-work/dementia-cafe

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

Dementia Support Group –

Our Dementia Support group in Delhi NCR and Guwahati 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

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Socialization is important for all of us. Throughout our lives, we interact with friends, family, and strangers on a daily basis. We are a social species and our brains are designed to yearn for relationships and other social interactions. The need and the habit of mixing with people stays till the end because it comes naturally to us.
This also holds true for our loved ones with dementia. It is important that our loved ones continue to have meaningful social encounters, even as their disease progresses. It is true that our loved one may have trouble retaining their memories or remembering the people who were once very important for them. Yet, he or she can still recognize the attention, feelings, moods of others and affection. This in itself is a comforting feeling.

Interacting with people who have dementia can often be the hardest for those who know them best, specifically friends and family, who knew what they were like “before.” Many of these people don’t know what to do or how they can interact with someone who might not even recognize them anymore. So often our loved ones with dementia are left with fewer friends and lesser people who communicate with them on a daily basis. But various studies have proved that staying socially active in late life is very important even for the people who develop dementia.

Benefits of socialization in dementia

According to a 2008 study of elderly women which was published in the American Journal of Public Health, older women who had larger group of friends and interacted with them much were less likely to develop dementia than women with small social circles.

Another study from 2011 that followed elderly with average age of 79 for about five years showed that being more social in old age can reduce the risk of developing dementia.

Socialization has long been considered an important aspect of dementia care. Sure the person with dementia forgets the people and who they were for them once, but it is always a good feeling for everyone to have someone visit them. Love, care and social engagement help people with dementia even when the disease has progressed.

There other studies that show socialization might help in the management of the symptoms of dementia.

Some of the general benefits of socialization in dementia are discussed below:

1) Feeling of belonging

When a person interacts with others, even if the interaction is just small talk, it does have the ability to stimulate the brain, giving the person a sense of belonging and some degree of self-worth.

2) Improves brain health

As we discussed earlier about the studies that proves that having more people around to socialize decreases the chance of getting dementia and also delays the progression process. Anything that we repress troubles us more. However, when you have somebody to talk to and share your things with you feel better and the same applies for the people with dementia.

Moreover talking to someone involves a set of different processes that has to be in place or that goes on when we socialize. It involves our decision making skills, the sense of judgment, our physical senses to understand emotions and feelings.

3) Less loneliness

Socialization provides a sense of normal structure and order to the life of an individual with memory loss. Since there are various stigmas and stereotypes around the disease, socialization helps them stay connected with the life that they had once.

Also according to various studies seniors who undergo consistent loneliness are at greater risk of developing dementia.

4) Reduces anxiety and depression

A busy schedule and things to be occupied with, gives the elderly a sense of productivity and occupation. When the people with dementia have things to do and means to keep them-self engaged, their mind also stays stimulated and occupied with the work. Simple things like a social walk in the garden or a call from a frie
nd works well in keeping their anxiety and depression level at bay.

Many more benefits can be derived from keeping your loved one with dementia socially engaged. Different people take things differently and the effect they have on themselves also varies but few things stays the same for all. And one such thing is socialization—it helps in improving quality of life in multiple ways for people with dementia.

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 Cafe, Sector 57 Gurgaon –
From initial stage to advanced stage, all individuals with dementia feel the need for social interaction at times. Our Dementia Cafe is a safe and friendly place for your loved one with dementia to chill and socialize. The cafe is aplace where they will find a fun activity, a warm chair and companionship. Every Tuesday and Thursday, 4-5.30PM.
More – http://www.samvednacare.org/our-work/dementia-cafe

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

Dementia Support Group –

Our Dementia Support group in Delhi NCR and Guwahati 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

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Dementia is a neuro-degenerative brain disorder which makes the patient’s behavior more challenging as it progresses. The common issues are wandering, pacing, bathing, sun downing, agitation, hallucinations etc. However, the situation and the triggers for every patient may vary, but through some behavior modification by the family or caregiver it can be managed.

We at Samvedna Senior Care have had the opportunity to work with more than 150 Dementia patients in their homes as well as interacted with hundreds of their family members through our Dementia Support group.  Since we work with the patients in their home environment we often get to see at very close quarters the challenges faced by the families.   Here is a list of some everyday hacks that can help in managing common challenges :

1) Distract and deflect

If your loved one with Dementia is beginning to get frustrated or lose their temper, change the subject. Offer them a cup of tea, comment on the weather, or change the TV channel to distract them from the thing that is irritating them.  One of our caregivers’ mother used to forget after eating every time would become agitated and repeatedly ask about food. The daughter found that distracting her mother helped in such situations. Engaging her with music was another way she managed to get her attention diverted since the lady was fond of listening to bhajans.

2) Don’t find logic

Our loved one has already lost their sense of judgment and reasoning, so we should not try to be logical with them. Correcting them every single time may trigger their agitation or also lower down their self-esteem. It is best to agree to their illogical explanation rather than correct them frequently.

3) Pick up a night light

Generally people in moderate and advance dementia get more agitated at night. The sun downing and dark rooms can add more confusion and insecurity to their life. Thus, night lights can be a surefire way to reassure them and help them in reorienting about the place. Moreover, a good night light will help them find their way to bathroom or kitchen and prevent falls.

4) Cover the doors

It becomes difficult to keep an eye all the time on patients who have wandering and pacing issues. Putting a mirror on the main door helps in dealing with wandering issues. One elderly used to go out whenever he found the main door open, but now, as soon as he comes in front of the door, he sees his reflection and thinks somebody else is standing there. So he just greets his reflection and comes back inside.

5) Make the staircase easier

People suffering from dementia may lose their visual perception too as the disease progresses. Staircase may become a risk factor for fall and other hazardous accidents. It is recommended to make the staircase more clutter free, brightly lit up, with contrasting color highlighting the edges to prevent falls.

6) Simplify the conversations

Communication with a dementia patient is a challenging task every caregiver faces in day to day life. It is recommended that one must use simple and specific words while picking up conversations with their loved ones. We should follow their pace; try to get their thought process, help them with vocabulary and also give them options to make it easy for them.

7) Flameless candles

Aroma or scented candles may help to calm down anxiety and agitation in dementia. Caregivers shared that aroma candles help their loved to have a sound sleep and for some of them it helps to manage bathing difficulties. 

8) Soothing Music

Playing the elderly’s favorite songs is not just soothing and relaxing, it also helps in rekindling old memories. Seniors feel more connected to older songs and enjoy listening and even doing karaoke singing.

9) Handling Repetitive behavior

There can be numerous ways to handle repetitive behavior in dementia. Here is a great tip shared by one of our Care Specialist whose client used to repeatedly ask “what to do, now?” He along with the family members helped form a routine for the lady and wrote down her day activities on a white board, placed in her room. This helped redirect her to get answers to her questions by simply checking the white board.

10) Reintroduce yourself

Often a person with dementia fail to recognize people they already know. Instead of getting frustrated or asking them to recall, one must reintroduce themselves every time during the conversation. It helps the elderly be more comfortable and boosts their self-esteem.

Each patient is different and the home environment varies for every family. Sometimes one has to try different things a few times to see what triggers the behavior and adapt accordingly.

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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Indian Culture is known for being collectivistic. It is extremely common for young adults in India to continue to live with their parents even after they start working. Although the number of nuclear families is on the rise a good number of adults continue to live with their parents even after they get married. Most commonly, a woman moves in with the family of her husband.

But things are changing and more and more children are choosing to live independently. Many believe that this is a western phenomenon being imported. Not according to Malashri Lal, a professor at Delhi University who edited the anthology The Indian Family in Transition. She says “In small towns, young people always had to leave the family to make a living. Now it is happening within the city because the metropolis is becoming the megalopolis.”

With the working population moving to metropolitan cities for work, the upgradation of culture and movements against patriarchy, more and more young adults prefer to move out of the parental home. Some of them leave off shores to study, visiting their parents once in a year or more, until they return briefly to tie the knot and are soon on their flight back. Others leave to a different city or country following their ambitions of professional success. Some move out after getting married in the hope to create their own space and settle their own family unit.

Whatever the reason may be, and no matter how prepared the parents thought they were, a considerable loss is experienced by them. It is extremely natural and very common. This phase can be especially hard for some, and that is known as “Empty Nest Syndrome”.

Empty Nest Syndrome

“Without my children, my house would be clean; my wallet would be full but… my heart would be empty”

Empty Nest Syndrome is the emotional discomfort and loss experienced commonly by parents when their child leaves home. Parents often feel a profound sense of emptiness as a result of the change in their role in their child’s life.

When not dealt with in a healthy fashion, this can make them more prone to mental health concerns such as depression and alcoholism. There is a change in family dynamics and a role shift that for some people takes time to adapt to. They may face marital conflict or even an identity crisis.

Two sides to the coin

Dr. Sameer Malhotra, who is the head of the department of mental health and behavioural sciences at Max Hospital, Saket, refers to it as a normal transition. He shares “Parents usually go through a phase of depression but are comforted by the fact that their child is learning to be independent”.

An empty nest has its upside. Parents now have more time than ever to lead their own lives. They can travel, take out time for each other, reconnect and make time for all those things that had taken a backseat when they were focusing on their children.

Shelley Emling, Senior Editor of the Huffington Post, shares her experience when her oldest child left home for education. She writes “I always knew this phase would be hard. But I guess I never knew it would be this hard. A few weeks ago, I was melancholy down to my bones… The range of emotions I feel has shifted away from grief and moved more towards excitement over what’s to come. A chapter has ended but another has begun.”

Tips on preparing for an Empty Nest

  • Acceptance

You son or daughter has become an independent adult. It can be hard to see your child as an adult, even when they’re 40, but acceptance is the first step.

  • Preparation

Take the time you need to vent, clear your doubts and prepare for what to come. You can try to plan your life ahead and focus on all the good things coming ahead. You can decide what you would like to do with the extra time and space in the house.

  • Put a positive spin on it

Albeit emotional, this is also a proud moment. Irrespective of whether the child is leaving to study work, or to establish his or her own home, your child is taking a step towards independence and adulthood. Look at it as an exciting adventure that you may have had back in your time.

  • Keep in touch

Keeping in touch in today’s day and age is easier than ever. You can decide on timings and days for when you can talk, video call, or catch up.

  • Support from family and friends

Don’t hesitate to get all the support you can from friends and family. Make sure to not isolate yourself at such a time and you will soon have a supportive ecosystem around you.

  • Focus on yourself

This is the time when you can really do what you want. You have the time to explore your own interests and hobbies. You can explore a fun class to take (maybe with your spouse); you can join a gym or a book club; a dance or music class or take out time to travel to various destinations.

  • Find time for love

Couples often find themselves so busy in raising kids and managing the household chores that often they lose out on time for themselves and for love. This is good time for you to reconnect with your spouse and find time for romance.

References

‘The changing parent trap’ by Saudamini Jain; featured in BRUNCH, Hindustan Times; Mar 30, 2013 19:44 IST

‘4 Things They Never Tell You About Empty Nest Syndrome’ by Shelley Emling; Huffington Post; 10/08/2013 07:55 am ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

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

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

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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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