Certain exercises can help reduce and check pain due to slipped disc. Extension exercises or Press-ups Press low back gently into extension by lying on the stomach and supporting the upper body up on the elbows, while keeping your hips on the floor. This position cannot be tolerated in the beginning. Hence it is advised … Continue reading "Exercises for slipped disc"
What is Slipped Disc? 7 bones in the cervical spine, 12 bones in the thoracic spine, 5 bones in the lumbar spine followed by the sacrum and the coccyx at the base stacked onto each other make up our spinal column. These bones are protected by disks that absorb shocks from daily activities like walking, … Continue reading "Slipped disc: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment"
“The day i had my embolism attack I was climbing the stairs to my regular salon. Halfway up the second floor my heart felt like a freight train was hurtling through my chest trying to exit through my ears. So here I was, holding onto the stairwell and telling myself, I can’t die here, no … Continue reading "Hear & Now"
The hallmark of a dementia syndrome is the slow onset of symptoms and a very gradual decline. Also the patient with dementia in the early and middle stages of the disease remains physically well. In comparison the other commonest cause of confusion in the elderly patient, delirium, develops suddenly and often has a fluctuating course; … Continue reading "Early and late symptoms dementia"
The other day, my neighbour came over to visit me and I noticed that she appeared all flustered and frustrated. When asked what was bothering her so much, she almost exclaimed, “My daughter as you know has appeared for her Higher Secondary examinations this year. The results are to be declared any day now and … Continue reading "Career counselling and aptitude testing"
More than 1 million people in India every year suffer from Ankylosing Spondylitis. It is a long term chronic disease that affects your spine and pain appears in your lower back gradually especially in the morning. Here is all you want to know about how a simple low back pain can aggravate and lead to … Continue reading "All About Ankylosing Spondylitis"
Parenting is the process of promoting and supporting the physical, emotional, social, financial and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood. Positive parenting is not a method, a set of rules or a style of living, but rather, positive parenting is all about a belief, a way of living, which encourages and establishes … Continue reading "5 strategies of Positive Parenting"
Neurodegeneration A neurodegenerative disease is one in which the cells of the brain and spinal cord are lost The functions of these cells include decision making and control of movements These cells are not easily regenerated, so the effects of diseases can be devastating Neurodegenerative diseases include Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and Huntington’s Source: … Continue reading "Wonder drugs for Alzheimer’s"
Has someone recently expressed to you that your eyes look sleepy? Have you looked into the mirror and noticed one of your eyelids “drooping”? You don’t feel any pain but of course it blocks your vision and makes you feel impaired. You prefer to stay home because you find it difficult to climb up and … Continue reading "Facts to know about eyelids drooping (ptosis)"
“Gardening is cheaper than therapy…” as someone very thoughtfully said. But what if you are already getting therapy for your backache? Gardening is a matter of passion, a sense of liveliness that brings joy even when alone. The fruits and flowers that bloom bring along with them a new oomph in their life. It is … Continue reading "7 Steps to gardening with arthritis"
Parkinson’s is a neurological disorder caused due to lack of dopamine secretion from the basal ganglia. Parkinson’s disease mostly affects older people but can also occur in younger adults. The symptoms are the result of the gradual degeneration of nerve cells in the part of the brain that controls body movement.It is a progressive disorder … Continue reading "Shaking hands with Parkinson’s"
Raising a child can be difficult for many reasons. Caring for a child, especially an infant or toddler, can take up a significant amount of time. Parenting may become even more difficult when a child exhibits signs of a behavioral challenge, physical or intellectual disability, or mental or physical illness. It may be especially difficult … Continue reading "The effectiveness of counseling on Young Parents"
Most of us feel mortified when our child hits another child. We may know intellectually that he’s lashing out because he’s overwhelmed or scared, but we still feel like it’s an emergency. His aggression triggers our “fight or flight” response – and suddenly our own child looks like the enemy. We feel an urgent need … Continue reading "My Child Is Hitting Everyone"
We all might have faced this problem; it’s very common to hear from our near and dear ones that I am not being able to concentrate on my work and I am not getting the strength to do my work. There can be various reasons for which the individual is unable to do his her … Continue reading "I JUST DON’T GET THE STRENGTH TO DO MY WORK"
“Is your marriage at stake? Are you having problem in dealing with the changing behavior of your spouse?” Depression in the marital partner can put a strain on the marriage as a whole. Living with a depressed partner who is often unhappy, critical and negative isn’t easy, and at the same time, it may also … Continue reading "Coping when your spouse is suffering from depression"
Many people complain that they are scared to go out of their home alone and they require the support of someone while going out. The fear something negative always dwells in their mind while going out. During the acute social phobias they become skilled at avoidance—often not stepping out onto a street for days on … Continue reading "Going Out Of Home Is SCARY"
“Happiness is an attitude…”- Francis Reigler 4:30 pm show at Inox; popcorn and Coke; ticket for two. Let me correct you before you think it’s a day out with my boyfriend. The person accompanying me was my client. I am a Care Manager for a 79 year old widower, whose married children stay abroad. Mr. … Continue reading "Nostalgia in an aging box"
Worrying can be helpful when it spurs us to take action and solve a problem. But if people are preoccupied with “what ifs” and worst-case scenarios, worry becomes a problem. Unrelenting doubts and fears can be paralyzing. They can sap our emotional energy, send our anxiety levels soaring, and interfere with our daily life. But … Continue reading "I am always WORRIED about everything"
“In one fairly typical encounter, a father asked his eight-year-old son five times to please go take a bath or a shower. After the fifth plea went unheeded, the father picked the boy up and carried him into the bathroom. A few minutes later, the kid, still unwashed, wandered into another room to play a … Continue reading "MY CHILD REFUSES TO OBEY"
Earlier this week, at my granny’s funeral, I stood with my memories of her since I was a child. A memory that had glimpses of a second entity that was surprisingly not my Ma or Papa, but it was of a lady dressed in a sky blue color loosely fitted uniform. Reema- the person who … Continue reading "The Caring Caregiver"
“A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.” ~James Allen Have you ever wondered what might be the reason behind gifting someone a watch, when time is no longer a matter of urgent importance? It is very correctly said that life begins after retirement. … Continue reading "Secrets of being happily retired"
Image source: https://www.spineuniverse.com/conditions/low-back-pain Pain in your lower back can be a menace, stunting your abilities and hampering your daily life. Instead of crawling and hibernating into your bed, try a few exercises for your pain. You may feel like lying down and resting but it is advisable to keep moving. Exercises can help support your … Continue reading "Exercises for back pain"
Image source: www.backfocus.com.au According to a survey, by the year 2025, India may become the osteoarthritis capital of the world with 60 million people affected. Every year about 15 million people are diagnosed with arthritis in India (ref: http://food.ndtv.com/health/india-may-have-60-million-osteoarthritis-cases-by-2025-1231464) of which majority is the female population who have weaker bone and muscle strength with prolonged knee … Continue reading "Suffering from knee pain? Consult a physiotherapist"
You are approaching your late 30’s and you realize it is gradually becoming difficult to lift your hand to do simple tasks like fetching a jar from the top shelf or hold the danglers hanging from the roof of the metro to take support for long time. You ask for help too often from people … Continue reading "How can I get rid of Frozen shoulder?"
Sudden mood swings and changes in an individual’s interest can indicate more than just old age. Almost a quarter of people over 65 years suffer from depression. Elderly depression a serious public health concern and a significant percentage of the elderly population suffer from persistent feelings of sadness. These older adults are particularly vulnerable to … Continue reading "Taking Care of a Loved One with Alzheimer’s"
There is no “perfect” way to take care of an elderly suffering from Dementia except with the most love and patience that you are able to muster on that day. As a family member, it is often a struggle to understand, comprehend and accept the cognitive decline and the associated behavioural changes in our loved … Continue reading "When A Loved One Is Suffering From Dementia"
Let us get rid of some common misconceptions. Just because you are being asked to visit a psychologist or a counsellor, it does not mean that you are “MAD”.That you are weak. Or that you have somehow failed. This is a common reaction that I have often faced over the years. Why then do you … Continue reading "How dare you ask me to talk to a Psychologist!! Am I mad??"
Stress is something that we all encounter in our day-to-day lives. Unfortunately stress at the work place is a very common issue that busy professionals have to increasingly deal with.Stress may help some to improve their performance or achieve more, but more often than not, stress causes more harm than good. No matter how familiar … Continue reading "Let Us Outsmart Stress at Workplace"
Physical & Mental Rehabilitation in India More than 400 million Indians suffer from some form of chronic pain or mental illness. Some of those affected are the elderly, but many sufferers are young adults, housewives, middle-aged corporate workers or even school children. The frenetic lifestyle and long work hours are affecting our wellness too – … Continue reading "Tribeca Clinic: Rehabilitation Specialists"
An oxygen concentrator is a medical device used to deliver oxygen to those who have low levels of it in their blood. It is a relatively new product in India, where many are more aware of Oxygen Cylinders. An Oxygen Concentrator should not be confused with an Oxygen Cylinder. Whereas a cylinder has a set … Continue reading "What is an Oxygen Concentrator?"
Each person is different with different needs Even for active adults, going out for shopping or meeting friends become difficult as they get older. For some, age can unfortunately have more debilitating long term effects. Some older citizens may need long term home help with feeding, bathing, exercising, toileting or performing other daily tasks. Whatever … Continue reading "Personalised Home Care needed in India"
The significance of making a Will cannot be underestimated. It is a central part of your financial planning. A properly drafted legally valid Will is the only way to make sure that your property, savings and possessions go to the people and causes you care about. It is not enough to simply tell people your … Continue reading "Making A Will"
Pranab was a 69 year old architect who was advised hip replacement surgery and then referred for post operative physio solutions by his orthopedic consultant for 4 weeks. Physiotherapy was thought beneficial and recommended to strengthen his hip abductor muscles and to help correct his gait after a prolonged period of limping. He also had … Continue reading "Post Operative Rehabilitation and Physio Solutions"
The troubles of the elderly are chiefly financial, marked by the loss of independent earnings. Health-related problems typically afflict them too. Lack of safety and security are added hazards, especially in urban settings. As revealed by pan-India surveys, almost 30 per cent of the elderly are subjected to abuse or neglect, abandonment, and physical, financial … Continue reading "Elder Rights and Expectations"
The human life goes through several different stages, from an infant to a youth, to middle age and finally, old age. Each stage has its own pros and cons. But the toughest stage of a person’s life is supposedly old age, a time of your life when you might have to go through health deterioration, … Continue reading "Health Insurance for Seniors"
We are burdened by an enormous emotional and financial baggage for being silenced by our society’s taboo against talking about death and dying. Both individually and as a society. There is awareness in other societies that educate their members about the reality of death and the processes of dying and grieving. Unfortunately, we do not. … Continue reading "Talk to Me about Death"
From the time we learn to walk, we learn to let go of what is recognized territory for us and try for a potentially greater reward. It can be scary too to take steps further away from near ones and known places and to live or die on our own. The decision can become all … Continue reading "Learning to Let Go"
The loss of a loved one can cause a major emotional crisis; it is probably the most stress-inducing moment of life. In our hearts, we all know that death is a part of life. In fact, death gives meaning to our existence because it reminds us how precious life is. When a death occurs, one … Continue reading "Dealing with Death and Grief"
Retirement usually coincides with the start of the natural decline in brain power and the switch from busy work life to the slower pace of old age can leave a void needing to be filled with tasks that are mentally stimulating. However, a hobby that is mentally engaging such as reading, socialising or travelling and … Continue reading "Hobbies in Old Age"
Elderly people living alone face numerous drawbacks ranging from their safety, well being and health to their psychological stability. Due to aging elderly people are at higher risk of falling down and hurting themselves. Loneliness, depression and memory loss becomes prominent as they age. Physical Safety Elderly people generally fall often. Certain medical conditions may … Continue reading "Challenges of Staying Alone"
Modern medicines have contributed to longer life spans, improved health and better quality of life. Medications are the most common treatment for many diseases and conditions seen in older people and persons with chronic diseases and disabilities. Medicines now not only treat and cure diseases that were untreatable just a few years ago, they aid … Continue reading "Following Medical Instructions in Old Age"
The concept and perception of pain is very complex and multifaceted. The study of pain has educated us a great deal about all aspects of the neurophysiology of pain and how the brain transfers and processes pain signals from our bodies. The primary insight that has arisen through this development of knowledge is a confirmation … Continue reading "Pain Management with Your Mind"
The changes that transpire with aging can lead to problems with a person’s capacity to move around, or mobility. Mobility problems may be shakiness while walking, difficulty sitting on or getting up from a chair, or falls. Muscle weakness, joint problems, pain, ailment, and neurological (brain and nervous system) difficulties that are universal conditions in … Continue reading "Mobility and Falls"
“The human heart, at whatever age, opens to the heart that opens in return…” – Maria Edgeworth (1767-1849) A few years ago the Bafta-nominated screenplay writer and novelist Deborah Moggach fell in love. The fact she was 62 (her new beau is also a writer of similar age) felt immaterial. What did feel important and … Continue reading "Love in Old Age"
There are some circumstances like stroke, paralysis of limbs and head injury when a patient might remain immobile and bed-ridden for weeks. Such patients require stable care to evade the formation of bed sores (ulcers over back and hip due to pressure), pneumonia, infection of urine tract, constipation, etc. Stroke can cause various degrees of … Continue reading "Home Care – Bedridden After Stroke"
Alzheimer’s and Dementia are illnesses that change the brain. People lose the capacity to remember, think and use their judgment. They may have trouble taking care of themselves. Over time, as the disease gets worse, the need for help will only keep on magnifying. Alzheimer’s disease consists of three main stages: mild (sometimes called early-stage), … Continue reading "Alzheimer’s and Dementia"
“I’m getting out of breath when i walk a few steps or climb steps.” “Since my wife died, I just have some milk and bread for dinner.” “I’ve lived here 50 years. No other place will seem like home.” These are universal issues for the elderly. And, you may sigh with the oft-heard phrase—“I want … Continue reading "Growing old alone"
The image of an international footballer crumbling to the ground, clutching his knee and crying out in pain is a common sight we witness. It is a staunch reminder that injuries can happen at any time. Mostly, when you least expect it. It can end an athlete’s season and, from what some doctors have said, … Continue reading "Sports Injury: Common Problems and Physio Solutions"
Suravi experiences recurring instances of back stiffness and pain. Each episode of pain became progressively worse and lasted longer than its previous counterpart and travelled farther from its original source. 9 in 10 people experience spine symptoms at least once in their lifetime, according to recent studies. Most experience neck and back pain, but it … Continue reading "Shoulder and Neck Pain: Causes and Physio Solutions"
One of the most sudden medical emergencies that no one is ever ready for, even when we know it could happen anytime and be part of the aging process, is paralysis. Suddenly, a space, a room with a bed is converted into a ‘combat zone’ of medicines, cleaning fluids, cotton, gauze, bottles, feeders, napkins, rubber … Continue reading "Dealing with Paralytic Patients at Home"
Pain may signal that the cancer has multiplied or spread, an infection has started, or that the cancer treatment is causing problems. Because of this, you should report any new pain problems to your doctor or nurse before trying to relieve the pain on your own. Non-medical treatments may be used to treat melanoma pain … Continue reading "Pain Management for Cancer Patients"
It was the thought of being forced to give up cooking that made Rita try physiotherapy. Her hands and wrists had ached ever since she’d taken notes by hand and on her computer in college. Blood tests were performed to rule out rheumatoid arthritis, but she had no idea what to do next. Her husband … Continue reading "Arthritis Pain Management"
Every annum, one in three of us will suffer from back pain. Most back pain affects people’s lower back. Typically, back pain lasts a few days or weeks, or continues for many months or even years. Back pain can affect your mood, your daily activities, your sleep patterns, and your ability to work. Unremitting low … Continue reading "Backache: Common Causes and Physiotherapy Solutions"
As adults gradually advance in age become physically frailer, they are more likely to develop health conditions and cognitive problems such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc. And being less able to stand up to bullying and attacks at such an age, they are prone to becoming increasingly vulnerable to abuse and neglect. The worrying, unfortunate fact is … Continue reading "Elder Abuse and Neglect – A Prevailing Menace Today"
Keeping their independence and their home -That’s pretty much what every elderly person desires. But the sad reality is that as they grow older, many are faced with the prospect of revising their living arrangements. If you have an elderly person to care of at home, chances are that you would need a home care … Continue reading "Understand the Needs of Your Elderly Loved One – Make the Right Choice of a Home Care – Provider"
The concept of family in urban India is being redefined with globalization. Three in five Indian households are now nuclear. Among a lot of families at least one member lives in a different state or country. This often causes a disturbing impact on the minds of the elderly parents. It is often noted that the … Continue reading "Seniors Living Alone: Consequences – A Cause of Concern"
More and more senior citizens choose to age at home. Spending your advancing years in the comfort of your home brings with the benefits of staying in a familiar and comfortable surroundings. For many seniors living alone is preferable to living with an adult child, or being placed in a retirement home facility. But as … Continue reading "Senior Citizens Living alone – Tips to Ensure Safety"
A family’s dynamics gradually change when a parent or loved one suffers from Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease is one of the main reasons for dementia, affecting nearly 2- 3 percent of people in the 65-69 age groups. Like all types of dementia, Alzheimer’s is caused by brain cell death. It begins with memory lapses—such as … Continue reading "Taking Care of a Loved One with Alzheimer’s"
Sudden mood swings and changes in an individual’s interest can indicate more than just old age. Almost a quarter of people over 65 years suffer from depression. Elderly depression a serious public health concern and a significant percentage of the elderly population suffer from persistent feelings of sadness. These older adults are particularly vulnerable to … Continue reading "Dealing with Old Age Depression"
Although studies indicate that most seniors are healthy and function at high levels, health complications related to their independence, inevitably surface as they grow older. Age-related changes can affect the function of almost every body system, sometimes even in the healthiest of older people. And often these age-related changes are accompanied by other chronic illnesses … Continue reading "Health Emergencies for Senior Citizens– Tips to Stay Prepared"
In India there is relatively little understanding about Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and Sleep Apnea. Sleep Apnea affects many of us without our knowledge – and the worrying reality is that unless treated it can cause serious debilitating long term effects from high blood pressure to potential cardiac problems. Sleep Apnea results in pauses … Continue reading "What is CPAP?"
Oxygen Cylinders and Oxygen Concentrators both deliver oxygen to patients who need it. But the methods of delivery are very different. In India, Oxygen Cylinders are more prevalent, but increasingly Oxygen Concentrators are becoming popular with both doctors & patients. The main difference is in the way the oxygen is provided. Oxygen Cylinders have a … Continue reading "How is Oxygen Concentrator different from Oxygen Cylinder?"
Nebulisers are typically used by asthmatic patients. The concept is quite simple: inhaled asthma medicines go directly to the lungs and may therefore relieve asthmatic symptoms faster. Nebuliser is a device that changes liquid medicine into a fine mist. This mist can be then inhaled through a mask or a mouthpiece. Nebulisers are typically used … Continue reading "What is a Nebuliser?"
“Bi-PAP” stands for Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure. A Bi-PAP machine is a breathing apparatus that helps its user get more air into his or her lungs. In India, the usage of Bi-Pap machines are on the rise with increasing number of patients referred Bi-Pap usage by physicians. Number of different BiPAP brands are available in … Continue reading "What is Bi-PAP?"
Home is where the heart is. It is therefore natural for the elderly to want to stay at home as they grow older. However, for many adult Indian children, living away from their parents in another city or country, a major worry is “can my parents take care in an Emergency”? It is sometimes prudent … Continue reading "“Bharosa 24/7” – Emergency Care for the Elderly in India"
Studies indicate that patients recuperating from illness, injury or surgical procedures, are more likely to heal better when recovering at home. Home based recovery is typically quicker and cheaper than in expensive medical facilities. Extended stay in hospitals can also increase the risk of secondary infections that may seriously compromise rehabilitation and recuperation. Where would … Continue reading "Home Care Services – Benefits for the Entire Family"
The elderly Indian population is one of the fastest growing in the world. At 110 million, India has the second largest global population of ageing citizens. By 2050, that number will probably increase to 240 million. Yet, India lacks basic infrastructure and expertise to support the health & welfare of our elderly. According to multiple … Continue reading "Challenges faced by the Elderly in India"
Dementia affects millions globally. It not only affects the sufferers it also impacts many millions of carers – husbands, wives, children, friends and even neighbours. The disease robs us of our memory. Creates neural and physical atrophy. But most importantly it often sets us on the path to isolation and depression. How does a family … Continue reading "Dementia Care in the Indian Context"
Watching a parent become weaker, sicker or feebler is stressful. And when that parent becomes hostile or resistant to help, it can get very stressful for you. Knowing how to manage such situations is critical in developing a long term care plan for your parent. Aging could be a difficult process Age and illness can … Continue reading "Managing the Care of Aging Parents"
http://www.alz.org/dementia/dementia-with-lewy-bodies-symptoms.asp Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) is the third most common kind of dementia, the most common being Alzheimers’, and the second most being Vascular Dementia. Even though there are some obvious similarities between the different forms of dementia, there are certain symptoms that are specific to DLB. Common symptoms include: 1. Hallucinations 2. … Continue reading "Dementia with Lewy Bodies"
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/15-million-elderly-Indians-live-all-alone-Census/articleshow/43948392.cms Almost 15 million senior citizens live alone in India. Of them, as many as 75% are women. Tamil Nadu is one of the states where the ratio of senior citizens living alone is 1:11. The ratio of elderly people in India is 1:7, wherein there is no one in the household under the age … Continue reading "Census: Elders Living Alone in India"
“Music has been interwoven with societal evolution since time immemorial. There is no culture on earth that doesn’t have its music. Of late, music has transcended the boundaries of art and pleasure, to which it was oft relegated, and has showed strong potential as a healing agent for the brain.” http://www.gizmodo.in/indiamodo/Music-Can-Reduce-Depression-in-Children-Adolescents-and-Elderly/articleshow/44960484.cms Recent studies show that … Continue reading "Music Therapy for Senior Citizens"
Kali Puja/Diwali is known to be that time of the year when people celebrate with friends and family. Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is never complete without elaborate fireworks. Fireworks add life to the celebrations. However, firecrackers have a flipside to them. The smoke and noise can cause serious issues, especially among … Continue reading "Diwali Risks for the Elderly"
http://www.painmanagement.org.au/content/ten-tips-managing-pain-during-holiday-season The festive season is a time for joy and laughter. However, for those suffering from chronic pain, the constant suffering can get in the way of the fun that you may have with friends and family. Follow certain tips and tricks for a better, healthier festive season. Try and delegate the tasks … Continue reading "Tips to Manage Pain during Festive Season"