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Surprising Health Benefits of Owning a Pet: Insights by One of the Retirement Communities in India

June 10, 2021

Categories : Senior Living Tips

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There is nothing like the joy of having a pet, be it a dog, a cat or a bird. They show you affection, make you laugh and comfort you when you are sick. No matter what, pets are always a source of joy that can help keep the feeling of isolation at bay. We share with you a few insights on the surprising health benefits of owning a pet:  A healthy heart: One of the many benefits of having a pet is lower blood pressure which is good for your cardiovascular health. Several studies suggest that those who own dogs have a lower blood pressure than non-owners. This could be because pets help their owners to calm down. Moreover, dog owners tend to get more exercise than people who don’t have dogs. According to a study, owning a dog reduced the risk of death for heart attack and stroke survivors.  A healthy weight: All breeds of dog need regular and daily walks to stay happy and healthy. Therefore, a study has found that dog owners who regularly walked their dogs were more physically active and less likely to be obese than those who didn’t own or walk a dog. Dog walking may be a good way for seniors to stay active and maintain their overall health.  Keep stress at bay: Petting your cat or dog feels good. Playing with your pet or just cuddling them can have soothing effects on your mind. Interacting with pets help decrease levels of cortisol, a stress-related hormone, and lower blood pressure. By providing you company and love, pets help you keep anxiety, depression and stress at bay.  Keep you socially connected: Pets are social magnets. They provide their owners with more than companionship. They help create human-to-human friendships and social support, both of which are good for long-term health. Whether you are walking them down the street or taking them to a veterinarian, pets help you connect with other people. Walking a pet leads to routine conversations with neighbours, other pet walkers or even strangers. Having a pet is a great way to meet new people and this can be helpful for those who are not too good at small talk.  If you are looking for independent senior living apartments, explore our retirement communities in India that offer you a worry-free lifestyle so that you have more time to spend your golden years doing things you enjoy the most.

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Inspirational Books for Seniors: List by One of the Leading Senior Citizen Homes In Coimbatore

June 9, 2021

Categories : Senior Living Tips

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Reading is the best way to get some good insights and perspectives on life. Often monotony of daily life can put a lid on imagination and creativity. Reading inspirational words will not just make you feel more courageous and optimistic, but also help you think creatively.  As operators of one of the leading retirement homes in Coimbatore, we have curated a list of inspirational books for seniors:  Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda: Regarded as a spiritual classic, the book has inspired many from Apple co-founder Steve Jobs to cricketer Virat Kohli. The book beautifully talks about miracles and the yogic teachings. The incredibly inspiring book is written in an entertaining and humorous way. Not only does this book introduce its readers to the beautiful world of yoga and meditation, but it also offers some powerful life lessons that bring happiness and peace.  The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma: Highly practical and a wonderful read, this book has an unforgettable tale that describes many people who are running a race that they have not even chosen. What sets this book apart is the practical rituals that the author shares. From not littering your mind with unnecessary information to ruthlessly living your priorities, this book should be your go-to choice if you are looking for some practical life lessons.  Freedom from the Known by J Krishnamurti: If you are looking for a unique and radical philosophy, there cannot be a better pick-me-up book. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill inspirational book. Rather it questions societal expectations that define the construct of our daily lives. It takes you through a journey where you will come across many truths, some harsh ones too and how you can break away from the vicious cycle of what is expected.  Ageless Body, Timeless Mind: The Quantum Alternative to Growing Old by Deepak Chopra: No matter how old you are, you will always find people obsessively talking about age. This inspiring book presents us with information that can help us live long, healthy lives while not taking assumptions associated with a chronological number too seriously. There is nothing inevitable about ageing, says the book. For those looking to live a healthy and fulfilling life, this book is an excellent read.  As one of the leading senior citizen homes in Coimbatore, we have libraries with computers in our communities. Our residents can read ebooks or grab a copy of their favourite book at our well-maintained libraries.

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Facebook Messenger Scams are on the Rise During the Covid-19 Pandemic. Here’s a Useful Guide on How Seniors Can Protect Themselves

June 6, 2021

Categories : Senior Living Tips

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If a friend asks you “Is it you in the video?” on Facebook Messenger, don’t be in hurry to find out. Cybercriminals are sending a video link from the ‘friend’s account’, which will ask you to enter your Facebook username and password. If you fall for the scam and enter your details in the link, you will lose access to your Facebook account. Many such scams are targeting Facebook users in several countries. If you are on social media, you need to stay vigilant to avoid getting into the trap of cyber criminals. As operators of one of the leading retirement homes in Chennai, we share with you a few useful tips on how seniors can protect themselves from such scams:  Check if the Facebook login link is safe: Scammers often use official Facebook logos and shortened link names that resemble the real ones. For many people, it is very difficult to differentiate whether the link is fake or genuine. Well, to check the security of a link always check for HTTPS in the link. Any page claiming to represent Facebook but without HTTPS is not secure.  Spot a fake account: Fraudsters copy the profile pictures from your friend’s or family member’s account and use the same to reach you. The fraudster may tell you they are in an emergency and want some money immediately with a promise to return the money. Instead of transferring the money or giving any details, call the person or search for the same profile name on Facebook to check whether the account is genuine or not. If you think the account seems fishy, inform the person whose identity has been compromised.  Guard your financial information: If you get alerts about failed transactions via texts or any email asking for account numbers, credit card numbers, be careful and do not furnish any financial information. Information regarding bank details and credit card numbers should only be shared on secure sites.  Change your password: Use a strong password to reduce the risk of someone hijacking the account. This will prevent scammers from using your Facebook profile to defraud others. Change your password often.  Use multi-factor authentication: To protect your Facebook account, use two-factor authentication (TFA). A scammer won’t be able to log in to your Facebook account without a security code. You will receive the security code either via email or on your phone number. If you think your account has been hacked, try to get into your account as soon as you can (without clicking on any links that anyone just sent you) and change the password right away. If you have lost your account, immediately report to Facebook. Use anti-virus with a built-in web filter: While the anti-virus will protect your devices from malware, the built-in web filter will protect you from getting scammed. Having a web filter installed will stop you from landing on fake pages in the first place.

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The 5 Essential Exercises for Seniors: Curated by One of the Best Senior Citizen Homes in Chennai

June 5, 2021

Categories : Senior Living Tips

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Exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle throughout your life, and as you age, you must stay as active as possible, without overexerting yourself. Though physical fitness offers benefits at any age, the health perks of being physically fit as you are ageing are notable – reduced risk of falls, improved bone density, enhanced well-being, and social engagement. As one of the leading retirement homes in Chennai, we share some of the best forms of exercise that are beneficial for seniors:  Walking: Walking is one of the easiest and most effective forms of exercise out there for seniors. Whatever your level of mobility, you can walk at your own pace. Walking has been associated with many health benefits, such as lower rates of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Walking for just 30 minutes a day for a few days a week is a great way to maintain your overall health. Walking should be brisk and a bit challenging. Start at a slow, easy pace and then speed up and then again slow down. Running: Running is a great exercise for seniors. It helps you improve your cardiovascular system, stay in good shape and maintain a healthy weight. However, you must tailor it as per your body’s abilities. Stretching before running is important as it reduces the chances of injury. To avoid overexerting yourself, do not run too fast. Build your endurance over a period of time. If you are new to running, run for only 10 minutes. After some time, try running for longer. Always make sure you are running in proper shoes. If you find running on a treadmill too monotonous, head outdoors for a change of scenery. Yoga: Incorporating yoga into your daily routine is great to manage the aches and pains that come with ageing. With proper yoga routines, you can improve your flexibility, balance and muscular strength, and endurance. There are different types of yoga positions that you can select as per your mobility. Different yoga postures focus on different parts of the body. Standing postures build the strength of the legs and core flexibility of the lower body. To gain flexibility, do not stick to just one routine. Squat: When done properly, squats are one of the most effective exercises for toning the legs. Besides improved knee stability, performing squats can also result in an improvement in upper body strength. If you have knee or joint problems, work out with a trained professional who can guide you to vary the depth of the squat.

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Lifestyle Factors that Increase Your Risk of Osteoporosis

June 4, 2021

Categories : Senior Living Tips

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As you age, the bone deteriorates in composition. Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens the bones and increases the risk of fractures. Your risk of developing osteoporosis depends on bone density, diet, physical activity and overall health.  Here are some lifestyle habits that increase the risk of developing osteoporosis:  Living a sedentary lifestyle: Bone is a living tissue which needs to maintain its strength. Getting little to no exercise can increase the risk of osteoporosis. For your bones to stay strong, you must engage in exercises such as walking, dancing, low-impact aerobics, and swimming. These exercises work on the bones and help on slowing mineral loss. Weight-bearing exercises promote balance and good posture that are beneficial for your bones.  Too much intake of salt: High salt intake has been associated with osteoporosis. Too much salt intake leads to an increased calcium excretion in urine. This negative calcium balance leads to bone loss. Many people think they don’t need to cut down their sodium intake as they don’t add extra salt to their food. However, many don’t realise that over 70% of the sodium comes from packaged and restaurant foods. To cut sodium intake, eat fresh food that doesn’t contain added salt. Read labels and choose the product with the lowest amount of sodium.  Shunning sunlight: When exposed to sunlight, the body produces vitamin D which helps to absorb the calcium needed for bone health. Just 10 to 15 minutes of sunlight gives you enough vitamin D.  Drinking too much: Heavy drinking is not good for your health, including bone health. Heavy alcohol use, especially at a young age, can significantly affect bone health and increase the risk of osteoporosis later in life. Drinking alcohol leads to an increase in hormones that damage bones. Heavy drinkers are more likely to suffer frequent fractures due to brittle bones than those who do not drink.  Smoking: Cigarette smoking is not just bad for your heart disease and lungs but also for your bones. The best thing that you should do to protect your bones is to quit smoking. Smoking reduces blood supply to the bones, slows the production of bone-forming cells and impede the absorption of salt.  As a leading senior living community in India, we encourage our residents to stay physically active. All our senior citizen housing communities have a clubhouse with facilities for indoor games and a fully equipped gym. Not just that, a senior-friendly menu is followed at our senior living homes. 

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Declutter Your Home: Useful Tips for Seniors

May 25, 2021

Categories : Senior Living Tips

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You may be aware of the phrase “less is more”, but have you ever wondered what it means in its entirety? When it comes to home decor and styling, it means cutting out the unnecessary means having more time for things that are important and bring you happiness. By accumulating less and removing what you don’t need, you will end up having more space, more calmness and indeed more savings. Here are a few useful insights on decluttering your home: If you are a senior who wants to downsize before or after retiring, as one of the leading senior citizen homes in India, we share with you decluttering tips that you may find useful: Free yourself: A cluttered home has the potential to cause you anxiety and stress. It overwhelms your mind with too much sensory information. When you declutter, you place quality over quantity. Also, living with fewer possessions will help you savour and cherish the things that you have consciously chosen. Taking control: Often people confuse decluttering with throwing everything away. It simply means taking stock of your belongings and letting go of anything that is unnecessary. Having too many things around you can affect your creativity and productivity. By having things that you need, things won’t be competing for your attention. There are wide-reaching benefits of having less clutter in your home and in your life such as better concentration, a focused approach and less stress about managing things. It is easier to relax in a house that is tidy. Even the very act of tidying up can be therapeutic. Start small: Decluttering the entire house at one go is neither advisable nor practical. Start your decluttering by picking one area of your home. It could be a cupboard or a room or even just a cabinet. Be realistic and honest when sorting things. Keep things you will use and let go of things you don’t need. Have a place for everything: Decluttering isn’t just about reducing your possessions. It also means bringing a sense of organisation to your home. To make your home and space work for you, it is important that everything has a definite place. This way, finding things becomes easier. You can be inventive with storage solutions and keep all your things organised. Store small things creatively: There will always be smaller items that you cannot get rid of. Use containers and organisers to store such things so that they are easy to access and yet look tidy.

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How are Senior Living Communities in India Promoting Self-Care?

May 24, 2021

Categories : Senior Living Tips

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Practising self-care isn’t always easy as most people are often too occupied to make time for  themselves.  When you take time for self-care, you can end up feeling guilty. But spending some ‘me-time’ can have positive effects such as improved emotional health and physical well-being. Being one of the best senior living communities in India, we encourage our residents to spend time doing things they really care about and love.  Here are a few useful tips to help you take better care of yourself. We also discuss how we facilitate self-care in our senior living communities: Find your flow: The key to living a long and happy life is to find your creative flow. When a person is challenged to do new things such as painting, yoga or learning a new language, it has many positive benefits. When you are engaged in a creative activity, you sharpen your problem-solving skills, improve fine motor skills and reduce stress. By organising regular art and craft workshops, hobby classes and other such activities, we help our residents find their creative flow. Put yourself first: Often you may find it hard to put yourself first and find a space where you can be indulgent. If you have been wanting to watch a particular movie or eat at your favourite restaurant, do not let your schedules hold you back. Making time for yourself and for things you love will leave you feeling energised and happy. Housekeeping services ensure that residents do not have to fret over daily chores. Having a worry free lifestyle gives our residents more time to do what they enjoy. From cinematic experience to yoga classes, we help our residents enjoy the little pleasures of life. Take a deep breath: Deep breathing is a great way to meditate and spend time with yourself. Deep breathing techniques relax the brain and boost energy. A few minutes of mindful breathing can help you calm yourself, clear your mind and bring in positive energy. It is for this reason that in our senior living communities the day starts with yoga classes that teach residents many beneficial breathing exercises. Try something new: Have you always wanted to try a new hobby such as playing a musical instrument or painting or dancing? Learning new skills is a great way to spend time with yourself in a creative way. It keeps anxiety at bay and makes the mind sharp and alert. At Columbia Pacific Communities, we encourage our residents to participate in activities such as dance and music lessons, art and craft workshops and language classes.

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Indoor Activities for Seniors: List Curated by a Senior Living Home in Bangalore

May 22, 2021

Categories : Senior Living Tips

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Filling the day with meaningful activities is a great way to engage the brain, spend time constructively and connect with like-minded people.  Here is a list of indoor activities for seniors curated by one of the leading senior living homes in Bangalore:  Get creative: Art is a fantastic way to express oneself and enjoy time indoors. Painting, art and craft, sketching, colouring, knitting, woodworking and pottery are artistic activities that will help seniors embrace their inner artists. Learning a new craft not only helps seniors help their passions but can be an excellent stress reliever. Grab a book: Picking up a book is a pleasant pastime. A good book takes people into the world of the author without leaving the comforts of their homes. Reading is more than just a hobby. It helps seniors keep their mind occupied with positive thoughts. It also teaches the mind to focus. Reading before bedtime is a great way to ensure a good night’s sleep. At our senior living homes in Bangalore, we have a library where seniors can access to newspapers, journals, magazines and novels. Watch a movie with friends: While watching TV all day long isn’t healthy, catching up on movies and favourite shows with friends can be a great opportunity to relax. At our senior homes, we host movie screenings so that our residents can build memories and enjoy quality time with their friends. Our residents can also host movie screenings for their family and friends. Join a hobby class: There are many reasons for seniors to make room for hobbies in their daily lives and one of them is to make new friends. Hobby classes don’t just give them an opportunity to explore their hidden talents but also help socialise with like-minded people. At our senior homes in Bangalore, we encourage healthy and active ageing. The vibrant days at our senior homes are filled with activities. We organise workshops and classes so that residents have something to look forward to each day. At The Virtuoso Club and Serviced Residences, our premium senior living community in Bangalore, we have designed several indoor community spaces such as a clubhouse, bistro and restaurant where our residents can unwind.

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