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Secrets for a happy retirement

January 4, 2022

Categories : Senior Living Tips

Retirement homes in India

After having worked for decades, retirement offers seniors the time to enjoy the things they love the most. However, there are many factors that contribute to making the later years of life truly golden.  As one of the leading retirement homes in India, we share a few useful insights on attaining happiness during retirement years:    Ensure financial stability: Financial stability means different things to different people. But as you retire and there is no regular income, it is important to have enough financial assets to cover your expenses, emergencies, and leisure activities. Many people often wrongly assume that post-retirement expenses will go down. However, they fail to realise that retirement gives them the opportunity to participate in activities they have always wanted to do. Whether it is travelling to exotic locations or pursuing hobbies, post-retirement activities are more enjoyable when seniors are financially stable.  Have a routine: For many seniors, not going to work can be challenging. Without a daily routine, they may start missing their old life – the purpose and meaning that came with their job, the everyday work routine, and the sense of camaraderie with their fellow workers. To make their retirement days structured and purposeful, seniors need to plan their schedule properly. They can add meaningful activities to their daily schedule or can spend some of their free time on new fun and leisure activities.  Move into a retirement home: Seniors may not like doing things that they once loved. For instance, many seniors who once took pride in keeping their home beautiful may find it difficult to keep up with the maintenance and repair works. Cooking may suddenly feel like a chore. The house in which they spent decades may suddenly seem isolating. In such a scenario, moving into a retirement home makes sense. Today’s retirement homes in India offer services and facilities centered around a senior’s physical and emotional well-being.    Looking for a retirement home that prioritises overall well-being?   Check our retirement homes in India that are designed to help seniors enjoy a rewarding and meaningful retirement lifestyle. Some of the services that we offer include 24/7 security services, concierge services, 24/7 preventive maintenance for electrical and plumbing work, and housekeeping services. An active social calendar ensures that residents have something to look forward to every day. To know the average cost of a retirement home, call us at  +91 8884555554.

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How to invest wisely after retirement?

January 2, 2022

Categories : Senior Living Tips

How to invest wisely after retirement

A good post-retirement investment option should not only grow your savings but also give you a regular income during your golden years. While selecting the investment plans after retirement, consider the following factors: a. Retirement goals b. Regular expenses  c. Consider all your income sources (pension, FDs, and interests) As one of the leading senior citizen homes in Chennai, we share with you a few useful tips to invest money after retirement: Options:  1. Senior Citizens’ Saving Scheme: As the  name suggests, this scheme is for senior citizens (above 60). A government plan, the scheme was launched with the main aim to provide senior citizens a regular income once they turn 60. The scheme has a 5 year tenure which can be extended by three years once the scheme matures. It is not eligible for tax benefits under Section 80c of the Income Tax Act, but it allows early withdrawals. 2. Post Office Monthly Income Scheme (POMIS): A number of saving schemes are offered by branches of the Post Office under the purview of the finance ministry. The lock-in period is 5 years for the scheme. Once the scheme matures, the money can be reinvested. As it is a fixed income scheme, the money invested is not subject to market risks. Seniors can open more than one account and can nominate a beneficiary (a family member).  3. Bank fixed deposits (FDs): Many senior citizens prefer investing in bank fixed deposits because of the flexibility they offer. Senior citizens can open various fixed deposits with different tenures. Once the FD with the shortest term matures, it can be reinvested for the longest period. In the financial world, this is called a laddering technique that offers ease of investment without forgoing liquidity. Note: This above information does not intend to be or constitute financial advice. Before taking any financial decision, it is important to educate yourself about your retirement and wealth-management options. Always consult a financial advisor for expert advice.    Looking for paid senior citizen homes in Chennai?  A very important part of your retirement plan is to buy a retirement home. Modern senior citizen homes make living for the elderly far more secure and comfortable. Our senior citizen homes in Chennai are designed in a manner that helps senior citizens lead an active and healthy life. To know more about our senior citizen homes, call us at  +91 8884555554.

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Healthy hobbies for seniors

December 27, 2021

Categories : Senior Living Tips

Healthy hobbies for seniors

Leading a holistic lifestyle includes more than eating right and working out. It also includes making time for yourself and doing what you love. Spending time on activities that add joy and happiness to your daily routine can benefit your overall well-being. According to a study, actively engaging in healthy hobbies help older adults to preserve their cognitive function, physical function, and mental health. Hobbies also help seniors cope with stress, maintain a routine, and give structure to their days.    As one of the best retirement homes in Bangalore, we share with you a list of healthy hobbies that are positively associated with physical and mental health benefits:    Spend time with a pet:  Pets are great companions as they provide a comfort system. It has been found that simply petting an animal for 15 minutes can decrease cortisol levels (associated with increased stress). Moreover, pet owners, especially dog owners, walk more often and take longer walks than those who do not have pets. If you are not quite ready to adopt an animal, there are animal shelters that allow you to spend time with animals. Try volunteering: You can dedicate your free time to local charities, fundraisers, and homeless shelters. When it comes to volunteering, there is a lot you can do — from feeding the less privileged ones and teaching students to volunteering at the local library. Studies show that adults above 50 who volunteer feel socially connected. Performing volunteer work also increases physical activity among seniors who are not otherwise very active. Get involved in arts and crafts: Art and craft activities can help you express your inner thoughts and feelings. The process of turning a thought into a tangible piece of art keeps the brain active and provides a sense of accomplishment. It has been found that arts and crafts improve cognitive function and reduce depression levels significantly. Painting, sculpting, scrapbooking, and photography are some of the simple yet wonderful and contemplative creative activities that can offer tremendous benefits. Get into gardening: Gardening is a good physical activity. Bending, squatting, and stretching can get your heart pumping. Many studies suggest that gardening increases an individual’s life satisfaction and is also associated with lower levels of stress, anger, fatigue, depression, and anxiety.    The Virtuoso, India’s first independent senior living community designed to international standards, will have a community planting patch on the rooftop. Also, there will be a podium at the table height to ensure that seniors do not have to bend too much to enjoy gardening.    Looking for the best place to buy a retirement home?    Living in one of our retirement homes in Bangalore will help you enjoy your retirement life to the fullest. As maintenance, housekeeping, and cooking are taken care of by our trained in-house staff, residents have all the time to do things they love. To know more about our retirement homes, call us at +91 8884555554.

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How to create a daily routine and stick to it? Useful tips for seniors

December 25, 2021

Categories : Senior Living Tips

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Before retirement, professional commitments can keep your days structured and organised. However, after retirement, planning your days can be difficult and without a proper daily routine, you are thrown into a state of disarray. But creating a new routine and sticking to it is easier said than done, especially when you have all the time in the world. As one of the leading retirement homes in Coimbatore, we share with you a few useful tips for creating a daily routine:    1. Make a list: Write down your priorities and timings. Keeping a to-do list can help you avoid random and non-urgent tasks. Keep your daily to-do list small so that it is manageable. If you struggle to remember all the important tasks, carry a notebook around and take notes throughout the day. When you are able to cross items off your to-do list, it inspires you to accomplish more things.   2. Structure your day into smaller parts: To be productive, be as specific as you can when planning the day. When you are outlining the activities for the entire day, divide the day into different parts and write specific tasks next to each part of the day. Some people are early birds and get things done effectively before lunchtime while others prefer evenings. For instance, some people love doing creative activities such as writing, painting, and drawing either early in the morning or late in the night and devote the time in between for domestic chores. Think about the timings that work best for you to get the most out of the day.   3. Be consistent with time: Doing the same things at the same time can help you stick to your routine.  For instance, if you want to include morning walks in your daily routine, choose a regular time each day for the activity and try to stick to the time you have decided.   4. Leave room for flexibility: While it is a good idea to structure your days, it is also important that you leave room for unplanned things. Retirement years give seniors enough time to be spontaneous and be in charge of their own schedule. When it comes to daily routine, be flexible to do things that bring you joy.     Looking for senior citizen homes in Coimbatore?   Our senior citizen homes in Coimbatore offer services and amenities that help you maintain your independence and lead a worry-free lifestyle. Whether you want to join group yoga sessions or spend your free time pursuing new hobbies, our senior living communities offer you a world full of inviting opportunities and activities. To know more about our senior citizen homes, call us at +91 8884555554.

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How to host a brunch party? Tips for seniors

December 23, 2021

Categories : Senior Living Tips

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Brunch parties are a fun and relaxed way to rekindle nostalgia times with old friends. Today’s seniors are looking for more socialising opportunities that promote friendship and positive memories. Hosting brunch parties is a great way for seniors to reconnect with their old friends, spend some wonderful time, and make good memories together. As one of the best senior citizen homes in India, we share some useful tips for seniors on hosting a brunch party:    1. Host a buffet-style party: At a buffet-style party, everyone can serve themselves, so the host can relax and enjoy with guests. Guests can get up and refill whenever they like. They do not have to wait for someone to ask them for a second helping. The most important thing is that everybody keeps on moving so there is always an interesting conversation flowing around.    2. Send an invitation at least three weeks before the party: There are no hard-and-fast rules about how to invite people to a brunch party. In today’s technology-driven world, people send an e-invite, a message, or a text. The invitation is often followed by a call. However, the host should call a couple of days after the first invite was sent. This gives the guests enough time to decide whether they will be accepting the invite or not.    3. Set a menu: There are no set rules about what should be on the brunch menu. As guests will be serving themselves, it is always a good idea to select food items that are not just tasty but also easy and convenient. Serve dishes that do not require last-minute preparation. A colourful tray of fruits can be a healthy and visually interesting addition to the menu. Also, keep a food name tag in front of each dish – it can be helpful for those with food allergies.    5. Choose the right music: While the music should be toe-tapping, it should not be too loud so that people find it difficult to hold conversations.    Looking for senior citizen homes in India with banquet halls?    At our senior citizen homes in India, we have banquet halls where residents can throw get-togethers and parties for their guests. From decoration to food catering, everything is taken care of by our trained staff. To know more about our retirement homes, call us at +91 8884555554. 

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How can you connect with your older parents during the holidays?

December 19, 2021

Categories : Senior Living Tips

senior living tips

The holidays are a perfect time for family get-togethers, moments of connection, and making new memories. They offer the perfect opportunity to find moments of joy with your parents. As one of the leading retirement communities in India, we share with you some useful tips that will help you bond with your parents this holiday season:   Make them feel included: Help your parents become involved in the festivities. Ask their suggestions when selecting the menu and decor items for the holidays. Involving them in activities will get them excited about the holiday season and feel needed.  Help them get ready: During the holiday season, everybody wants to look good. Contact their salon and book hair appointments and beauty treatments for them or help them shop outfits for the holidays. Spend time with them looking at family photos: Take a look at the photo albums together and cherish those beautiful memories.  Revive old traditions: Family traditions hold values and are passed down from one generation to the next. However, in today’s busy lifestyle, many family traditions get buried. This holiday season, revive old traditions and enjoy performing them with your parents. Watch an old movie together: There is nothing like watching old films with your parents. Look for the movies that you watched with your parents when you were younger. You can even invite other family members for the movie night and share a laugh or two while watching the movie.  Give them a surprise visit: If your parents live in a retirement home, surprise them by visiting. You can even throw them a party. Many modern retirement homes in India have banquet halls where you can throw a party for your parents.     Looking for the best place to buy a retirement home?     If you or your loved ones are looking for retirement homes in India, explore our retirement communities in India. Our independent senior living communities let seniors start a new chapter in life and enjoy a worry-free lifestyle. Housekeeping, laundry service, and plumbing and electrical maintenance work are all taken care of by our experienced staff. A well-equipped medical centre and 24×7 ambulance is available when needed. To know more about our senior living communities in India, call us at +91 8884555554.

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Movies that show the beauty in ageing: List prepared by a senior living community in Bangalore

December 17, 2021

Categories : Senior Living Tips

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Today’s seniors are not letting life pass by them. They live life to the fullest and do not let age come in their way of realising their dreams. Just like the real-life seniors, the portrayal of seniors on screen has also undergone a sea change. Studios are rethinking their outdated views on ageing and are making more films that show ageing in a positive light.    If you are looking for movies that capture the beauty in ageing, here is a list curated by one of the leading senior living communities in Bangalore:   The Bucket List (English): The film captures the journey of two men suffering from cancer. Played by Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, the two terminally ill men embark on a road trip to fulfil their last wishes. The film shows that the best way to live life is to be grateful for it and make sure that you are living each day with a purpose.  102 Not Out (Hindi): Sentimental and funny, the film explores the relationship between a 102-year-old father and his 75-year-old son. While the father has a joie-de-vivre demeanour, the son is grumpy. The son believes that he is too old to enjoy life while the case with the father is totally opposite. To make his son value life, the father threatens the son to send him to an elderly care home unless he fulfils his certain conditions. The aim of these conditions was to encourage the son to embrace life in a positive way. The journey of fulfilling these conditions is hilarious and at the same time insightful.   KD (Tamil): As people grow old, they are expected to behave in certain ways by their children and society. However, this film presents a unique take on ageing and desires. 80-year-old Karuppu Durai (Mu Ramasamy) runs away from home when he discovers his family plans to get rid of him. With the help of an 8-year-old, whom he met after running, he tries to fulfil his child-like desires. The film creates an amazing contrast between KD and the child, KD always has a twinkle in his eyes while the child is too wise for his age.  The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (English): The film is about British retirees who come to India to take residence in a hotel, which, to their disappointment is not as luxurious as advertised. Though the retirees do not get what they had initially wished for, they embrace life and learn to adjust to the new realities with vigour.    Senior living in Bangalore: Explore India’s first independent senior living community designed to international standards At Columbia Pacific Communities, we believe that age is just a number. Our independent senior living community in Bangalore is India’s first senior living community designed to international standards and is ideal for seniors who wish to spend their golden years in the lap of luxury and comfort while pursuing their passions. Book a virtual tour to know more.

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Recycling and reusing: useful insights from one of the leading retirement homes in Bangalore

December 13, 2021

Categories : Senior Living Tips

Senior citizen homes in Bangalore

Seniors are actively participating in green initiatives to lead an environment-friendly lifestyle. Many are embracing the idea of recycling and reusing to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators. From using pickle jars for planting seeds to buying products made from recyclable products, they are trying different ways to recycle and reuse.    Looking for ideas to recycle and reuse?    As one of the leading retirement homes in Bangalore, we share with you a few useful ways to recycle and reuse:    A. Avoid single-use plastic: Nearly 300 million tonnes of plastic waste is produced each year and half of which is for single-use items. Here are some tips to avoid single-use plastics:  Carry a reusable bag with you while you go for shopping.  Drink your coffee from a reusable cup.  Carry your own water bottle.  Use reusable stainless steel cutlery instead of plastic cutlery.   B. Recycle paper: Recycling paper helps the environment – it can reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Here are some tips to recycle and reuse paper: Use both sides of the paper.  Use scrap papers to make a notebook.   Be creative and use old newspaper for gift-wrapping  Designate a bin for used papers so they can be reused or can be sent for recycling C. Reduce waste: Before you throw something away, try to repair it. For instance, old furniture items can be reupholstered, and old clothes can be repaired or upcycled. Here are some more ideas to reduce waste on a daily basis.  Use reusable kitchen cloths instead of paper towels.  Try to fix an appliance first, before you throw it away.  Buy items that come with less packaging.  Reuse glass jars and old coffee canisters for storing pantry items.  Use old plastic bottles to store homemade cleaners. If old clothes are in good condition, donate them to a charity.  Do not throw broken dishes, you can use them as planters. Every time you recycle something, it conserves resources, helps the environment, and reduces landfill waste. In addition to recycling and reusing, today’s seniors are also actively participating in volunteering programs. Here is a list of meaningful activities that are enjoyed by seniors.  If you are looking for senior citizen homes in Bangalore for yourself or your loved ones, give us a call at +91 8884555554.

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Gifting ideas for your ageing parents

December 12, 2021

Categories : Senior Living Tips

Senior living in India

As parents grow old, they insist that they do not need or want gifts. However, on special occasions, giving your parents meaningful and useful gifts is one of the best ways to express your love and make them feel special. If you are looking for gifting ideas for your parents, here is a list that you might find useful:    Personalised gift: You can get their names engraved, embossed, or printed on gift items such as wallets, notebooks and pens. Also, you can get their photos printed on cushions, mugs, or key chains. Activity books and games: Colouring, solving puzzles, or playing board games are not just pastimes but they also offer numerous health benefits for seniors. Here is a useful read on how solving crossword puzzles can help seniors. This too can be a great gifting idea. Pill organiser: With a pill organiser, your parents can sort out medicines on a weekly or monthly basis. You can give them a digital pill organiser that comes with automatic alarms so that your parents do not miss a dose of their medication.  Gift a memorable holiday: If you are looking for a unique gift, think of gifting them a holiday—an experience they will cherish forever. Electronic items: Smartphones, smart home devices, digital health appliances, SOS phone, hearing aid, panic button, robotic vacuum cleaner, voice assistant gadgets, and key finders are some of the useful electronic appliances that you can gift your parents.  Exercising equipment: An exercise bike, cross-trainer, or a treadmill are useful gift items that will encourage your parents to stay physically active. When looking for senior-friendly exercising equipment, look for the ones that have a wide, comfortable seat and offer back support.    Gift them a worry-free retirement lifestyle    If you want to help your parents live an independent and worry-free retirement life, gifting them a retirement home can be the right gift. When you buy a retirement home for your parents, you do not give them a set of keys to a beautiful apartment – instead, you give them an opportunity to unlock a retirement life they have always dreamt of.   Senior living in India – explore our retirement homes  Our senior living communities in India offer a worry-free lifestyle so that your parents can enjoy each day the way they want to. From a fully equipped gym and swimming pool to dining facilities, everything is available within the premises. To know more about our retirement homes in India, call us at +91 8884555554.

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How Can Crossword Puzzles Help Seniors?

November 30, 2021

Categories : Senior Living Tips

Retirement homes in India

Crossword puzzles are entertaining and keep the brain sharp. For seniors, participating in mentally stimulating leisure activities such as crossword puzzles and sudoku offers a host of health benefits such as increased mental acuity and delayed onset of cognitive decline.  As one of the leading retirement homes in India, we share with you useful insights on how crossword puzzles can help seniors:   1. Delays cognitive decline: Solving crossword puzzles is an excellent brain workout as it involves the use of both left and right sides of the brain. Crossword puzzles test problem solving, critical thinking, and memory skills. It has been found that playing crossword puzzles can delay the onset of memory decline in the preclinical stages of dementia.    2. Relieves stress: When you focus on disturbing events in the past or future, it triggers stress. Playing crossword puzzles often acts as a healthy distraction. It clears your mind and at the same time offers a sense of accomplishment. In the hyper-connected world where everything around us is constantly seeking attention, focusing on a single task such as solving a crossword puzzle can be relaxing and put the mind into a meditative state.   3. Strengthen social bonds: When played in groups, a crossword puzzle is a great way to bond with others, strengthen your relationships and make new friends. As solving crossword puzzles requires one to have knowledge on a wide variety of subjects, people of different ages and backgrounds can collaborate and have fun together.   4. Improve vocabulary: Crossword puzzles are a great self-learning tool – they expand vocabulary, stimulate critical thinking, boosts confidence, and fasten the learning process. A study has found that learning new vocabulary can protect against cognitive impairment.   At our retirement homes in India, our residents enjoy solving puzzles together. Also, living in a senior living community with people of the same age and shared interests is a great way to stay physically, socially, and mentally active. To know the average cost of retirement home and the facilities offered, call us at +91 8884555554.

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