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Secrets for a happy retirement

January 4, 2022

Categories : Senior Living Tips

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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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Relaxation techniques for seniors

December 29, 2021

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Relaxation techniques help seniors navigate stressful periods – they create a sense of calm, inner peace, and boost one’s mental and physical well-being. As one of the leading retirement homes in India, we share with you some relaxation techniques to help you get started:    Practise yoga and meditation:It has been found that yoga offers a host of therapeutic benefits which include reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. Practising yoga also improves sleep patterns and enhances one’s overall well-being. Practise yoga in a quiet and comfortable place because you need to feel every stretch of the body’s movements. Meditation is also a relaxation technique that can take your mind off the distractions and refocus it to help you cope better in stressful situations. There are many relaxing poses that seniors can make part of their daily routine. Seniors should talk to their doctor before starting any new exercise routine, including yoga and meditation.  Spend more time in nature: There are a number of studies that show that spending time in nature can help you achieve physiological relaxation and stress recovery. These studies suggest that the sight of plants, trees, herbs, and flowers can uplift your mood and help you relax.  Meet old friends: According to a study, having meaningful friendships in old age is linked to higher levels of happiness and life satisfaction.  Meeting old friends can help seniors leave their daily stress behind and enjoy positive thoughts and a sense of calm.  Sleep soundly: Many seniors find it difficult to sleep, especially when they are undergoing a stressful phase. Insufficient sleep can put a lot of stress on their body – seniors can suffer from frustration, anxiety, anger, and depression due to poor sleeping habits. To enjoy a proper sleep at night, seniors should try to switch off their digital devices at least two hours before bed. Also, they should avoid having caffeinated drinks and heavy meals for at least two hours before bedtime. They can listen to soothing music as research has shown that  listening to music can be relaxing and effectively improve sleep quality among older adults.    Taking a little time each day to nurture your mind, body, and soul can enhance your resilience and help you maintain balance in life. At our retirement homes in India, the day starts with yoga, meditation sessions, and breathing exercises. There are a myriad of opportunities for our residents to unwind and relax. To know more about our retirement home facilities, call us at  +91 8884555554.

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How Can Crossword Puzzles Help Seniors?

November 30, 2021

Categories : Senior Living Tips

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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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Warm Beverages to Help Seniors Stay Hydrated During Winter Months

November 27, 2021

Categories : Senior Living Tips

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It is important for seniors to stay hydrated as they are at a greater risk of dehydration than younger adults. When the weather is hot, it is easy for seniors to drink more water. However, as the winters begin, the fluid intake often goes down among seniors increasing the chance of dehydration. Also, during the winters, to make themselves feel warm, many seniors increase their intake of coffee and tea which are diuretics and contribute to dehydration.     As one of the leading retirement homes in India, we share with you a list of warm beverages that will keep seniors cosy and hydrated during the winters:    1. Hot lemon water: Water is the best fluid to stay hydrated during all seasons. Unlike many other beverages, hot lemon water requires no added sugar. Sometimes, it can be boring to have plain water throughout the day. Adding lemon juice can increase the flavour and vitamin C to drinking water. Instead of lemon, you can also add juice of other citrus fruits such as limes and oranges.    2. Herbal tea: Regular tea contains caffeine that increases fluid loss. Herbal teas made from dried flowers, leaves, seeds, or roots of plants are naturally caffeine-free and are considered as healthy beverages. Some of the popular herbal teas are: Chamomile Ginger Lemongrass  Lavender    3. Hot cocoa: There is nothing more delicious and relaxing than a cup of hot cocoa on a winter evening. Cocoa contains powerful antioxidants that can reduce inflammation. For a healthier version of hot cocoa, use low-fat milk, sugar-free maple syrup, and dark chocolate cocoa.    4. Kashmiri tea: Kashmiri Kahwah is a famous beverage that hydrates the body and keeps it warm during the winters. It is made of nuts, cinnamon, cloves and saffron.    Looking for retirement homes in India?    Our retirement homes in India enrich lives and build communities where like-minded people enjoy their golden years together. Whether you want to spend an afternoon absorbed in a great book or explore new hobbies and make new friends – our communities help you stay engaged, inspired and entertained. Our retirement homes in India have all the modern amenities such as gyms, libraries, spacious dining halls, 24/7 security and concierge services. To know more about our facilities and services, call us at +91 888455555.

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Do’s and Don’ts of Yoga Practice

October 23, 2021

Categories : Senior Health Tips

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In today’s hectic and chaotic world, people resort to yoga to get relief from stress and enjoy health benefits. While stretching poses help the body gain strength and flexibility, deep breathing exercises helps in calming the mind.     Yoga is a full-body workout that has many benefits. However, if not done properly, yoga can hurt. As one of the leading retirement homes in India, we have curated a list of do’s and don’ts while practising yoga to help you reap the benefits:    Do’s  Warm-up before asanas: To avoid body sores and aches, warming up before yoga is important as it prepares the body for various movements. Empty the bowel before yoga practice: To make the most out of a yoga session, clear the bowel before practising yoga. Drink hot water in the morning as it can soften stools and regularise bowel movements.   Wear comfortable clothing: Wear light and comfortable cotton clothes as they facilitate easy movement of your body.  Body should be prepared for yoga:A well-rested body responds to yoga better. Hence, get a sound sleep the night before. Avoid practising yoga when you are tired or exhausted.  Don’ts Do not practise yoga on a full stomach: Practising yoga with a full belly can cause stomachache, gurgling, and bloating. As a general rule, avoid eating two hours before practising yoga. The last meal you eat before yoga should be light.  Do not attempt advanced asanas too soon: If you are new to yoga, build your strength and flexibility before trying advanced poses. Some advanced poses may seem effortless, but it takes years of practice to reach perfection. Without adequate practice, you can put yourself at risk of injury by trying asanas your body is not ready for. Do not jerk your body for any asana: Holding your body tight can cause injury. Move your body slowly and steadily.  Do not ignore injury: If your joints feel sore, avoid practising yoga for a few days. Let the inflammation and swelling reduce before restarting your yoga session.  End the yoga session with relaxation techniques: Do not hurriedly wind up your yoga session. Complete it with breathing exercises that will calm your body and mind.    Yoga is an important part of the wellness programme at our retirement homes in India.  In addition to yoga sessions, there are other activities such as aerobics and dance classes that help our residents stay physically active     To know more about our retirement homes and cost, call us at +91 8884555554.

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Common Health Mistakes Made by Seniors: Curated by One of the Leading Retirement Homes in India

October 21, 2021

Categories : Senior Health Tips

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There is no secret to ageing well except leading a healthy lifestyle. Eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, keeping stress under control, and getting regular health screenings are all important for your health. However, many seniors often commit health mistakes that prevent them from ageing well. As one of the leading retirement homes in India, we share some common health mistakes to help you cope with the changes that accompany ageing:  1. Not being proactive about your health: Many seniors visit a doctor only when they experience a health problem. By scheduling regular health screenings, seniors can benefit from early intervention. At our retirement homes in India, vital parameters of our residents are periodically monitored along with regular health screenings for early detection and treatment of ailments. 2. Driving even when it is  not safe: Being able to move around in your vehicle is indeed a sign of independence. But as you age, your vision, reflexes and hearing change. These changes can make it harder for you to drive safely. Though there is no particular age when people should stop driving, here are some warning signs to watch out for:  Frequent accidents, even if they cause minor dents and scrapes  Struggling to check blind spots or rearview for lane changes Driving seems physically and mentally exhausting Not being able to tolerate any distractions Misjudging gaps in traffic or misreading traffic signals Driving at night seems difficult   3. Not being receptive towards certain signs of ageing With old age comes problems such as loss of hearing, dental problems, poor eyesight or change in gait. However, refusing to wear a hearing aid, eyeglasses or dentures, and not using a walking aid are all signs of denial. Not accepting ageing and the accompanying changes can worsen your existing health problems.  4. Not discussing health issues with your doctor  There are many health issues that you may think are trivial, but they may require a doctor’s attention. Whether you are suffering from urinary incontinence, constipation, or pain in the back, tell your doctor – even if you feel uncomfortable talking about it.  5. Not fully understanding doctor’s instructions  Often seniors have a hard time understanding medical information provided by the doctor. If you don’t understand something the doctor said, ask the doctor to repeat the information. Asking questions is an important part of your healthcare routine – as it helps you get the right information you need to take care of yourself. Also, repeat the information – so that your doctor can confirm whether you got it right.    Looking for retirement homes in India ? Explore our senior living communities To know more about our retirement homes and retirement home facilities , call us at +91 8884555554.

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Healthy Ageing and Nutritious Colours: Check These Insights Curated by One of the Leading Retirement Communities in India

October 11, 2021

Categories : Senior Health Tips

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As you grow old, one fun way to make mealtimes interesting is to add different colours to your plate every day. “Eating the rainbow”  is a great way to brighten up your plate and add different essential nutrients to your diet. As one of the leading retirement communities in India, we have curated a list of healthy foods on the basis of colour:    Shades of nutrition:  curated by one of the leading retirement communities in India     1. Red: Known for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, red fruits and vegetables are great for heart health. We all have heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. However, when it comes to red fruits and vegetables, your options are not just limited to apples.    Give your diet a nutritional punch with the following red fruits and vegetables:   Tomatoes Cherries Cranberries Watermelon Beetroot Red grapes Red pepper  Strawberries 2. Yellow and orange: Many orange and yellow fruits and vegetables get their colour from the antioxidant beta-carotene which can reduce the risk of developing advanced age-related macular degeneration. Also, many orange and yellow coloured fruits and vegetables may enhance immune cell function. There is good evidence to suggest that fruits and vegetables rich in beta-carotene can reduce the risk of cognitive decline.    Give these orange and yellow fruits and vegetables a shot :    Sweet melons Mangoes Grapefruits Peaches Pineapples Carrots Yellow pepper Corn 3. Green: Leafy green vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Packed with vitamins, minerals, and fibre, they offer numerous health benefits including reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Green fruits and vegetables improve eye health, promote healthy bones, and support the immune system.    Green vegetables such as broccoli and spinach are high in calcium, an important mineral that promotes healthy bones. As the risk of bone-related diseases increases with age, adding these green vegetables to your daily diet can reduce the risk of fracture.    Here are some more green fruits and vegetables to add to your meals:  Cabbage Cucumbers Kiwis Limes Capsicum  Zucchinis  4. Purple and blue: Rich in lycopene, flavonoids, and vitamins D & K, purple and blue vegetables and fruits lower the risk of heart disease. To add purple and blue colours to your diet, include the following fruits and vegetables:    Blueberries Raisins Purple cabbage Eggplant Plums  For seniors in our retirement communities in India, mealtimes are an opportunity to enjoy nutritious meals while socialising with other residents. We offer our residents healthy and nutritious meal options to ensure that they get the right nourishment. While the menu is decided by expert nutritionists, the meals are prepared by our expert chefs.    To know more about our retirement homes in India and the services offered, call us at +91 8884555554.

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Benefits of Laughter: Insights Curated by One of the Leading Retirement Homes in India

September 30, 2021

Categories : Senior Health Tips

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“The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.”  ― Mark Twain   If there is any true universal language, it has to be laughter. It does not matter what your ethnicity is, where you are from, or what language you speak, laughter is a basic emotional response that comes as naturally to people as breathing.    It is often said that laughter is the best medicine. It has been found that laughter has powerful and positive effects on physical and mental well-being. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s feel-good hormones.  Endorphins act as a pain reliever and happiness booster.     As one of the leading retirement homes in India, we have curated a list of benefits that stem from laughter:  Promotes cardiovascular health: Laughter plays an important role in  improving the flow of blood throughout the body. Arteries respond to laughter in a healthy way, improving the blood flow which is good for your cardiovascular health. It has also been found that a good, hearty laugh can improve blood circulation. This causes the body to take deep breaths that help you calm down, reducing stress and tension.  Helps fight depression: Depression can stem at any point in life. It might be especially hard on someone transitioning into a different phase of life. Getting together with friends or family and sharing a good laugh once in a while can help shift the focus from unpleasant feelings to positive things in life. Many seniors attend laughter sessions as it has been found that  laughter therapy has a positive effect on mental health and helps people cope with stress.  Boosts the immune system: It may sound too good to be true right? But there is a link between your health and your sense of humour.  It has been found that when you laugh more, your immune system releases more disease-fighting cells.  Helps in improving memory: A dangerous side effect of chronic stress is cognitive decline. When the cortisol production increases in the body, it damages the cells responsible for optimal functioning of the brain. When the brain is stressed, laughter works as a healing agent and helps improve short-term memory.   It is always fun to share a good laugh with friends and family. Children laugh multiple times a day, but as life gets serious adults find few opportunities to laugh. As laughter is related to togetherness, seniors who live alone find it difficult to share a good, hearty laugh with others.  If you think your loved ones are feeling isolated and are showing signs of depression, it may be a good idea to talk with them about senior living. At our retirement homes in India, seniors get to live in a community and enjoy spending time with other like minded residents. To know more about our services and the average cost of living in one of our retirement homes, call us at +91 8884555554.

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Arthritis Myths: Curated by One of the Leading Retirement Homes in India

September 28, 2021

Categories : Senior Health Tips

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Arthritis is an inflammation in joints and surrounding tissues that causes pain and swelling. Often arthritis is referred to as a single disease. But it is an umbrella term for more than 100 medical conditions that affect the joints. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis which affects older adults. Despite being a common problem, there are many myths that surround arthritis and its treatment. As one of the leading retirement homes in India, we debunk a few myths around arthritis: Myth 1: Joint pain means arthritis: Fact: All joint pain is not necessarily arthritis. Other conditions, such as tendonitis or soft-tissue injuries can also cause joint pain. These conditions mimic arthritis pain. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis which affects patients over 50 years old. It causes swelling, pain, and difficulty in moving joints. Myth 2: People with arthritis should not exercise: Fact: Exercise is beneficial in managing arthritis pain. Exercise can help you maintain strength and improve the range of motion in the joints. In fact, modern treatments of arthritis suggest exercise programs that need to be followed by patients regularly. Myth 3: Once arthritis is diagnosed, nothing can be done about it Fact: Arthritis can be managed with proper medication and an arthritis-appropriate exercise program. Also, adopting a healthy lifestyle is important to manage arthritis pain. Eating a wholesome diet, maintaining sleeping hours, and shedding excess weight can help you manage the condition. Myth 4: Diet has nothing to do with arthritis Fact: A wholesome diet plays an important role in managing the symptoms of arthritis. A diet rich may help to slow down the progression of osteoarthritis. It can be either taken in supplement form or from food sources high in omega-3 such as salmon, chia seeds, flax seeds, and nut oils. The key here is to maintain a healthy weight to support the joints. Myth 5: There’s only one kind of arthritis There is a perception that there is only one type of arthritis. However, there are over 100 types of arthritis. Some of them are: Osteoarthritis Rheumatoid arthritis Childhood arthritis Spondyloarthropathies Lupus erythematosus Gout Infectious and reactive arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis. The right treatment and making healthy lifestyle changes can greatly reduce arthritis pain. At Columbia Pacific Communities, we ensure that our residents enjoy a healthy lifestyle. From open areas to exercise to healthy and nutritious meals served at our dining halls, community facilities and services are planned keeping in mind the requirements of our residents. To know more about our retirement homes, call us at +91 8884555554. 

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Why is Eating Together Important for Seniors?

August 17, 2021

Categories : Senior Living Tips

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Across generations and cultures, sharing a meal has always been about so much more than just eating food. Eating together brings people closer as they exchange stories and share a laugh. As one of the leading retirement homes in India, we recognise the importance of a social mealtime and that is why at all our retirement homes in India residents eat together.  Here we share with you some benefits of eating together:  Encourages good eating habits: It has been found that seniors take longer to dine and eat more nutritiously when dining with companions versus when they eat alone. Moreover, eating alone also leads to eating ready-to-eat food that is mostly processed, frozen, and lacks essential nutrients.   Promotes good physical health:  Seniors who eat alone tend to have poor food habits, which can cause malnutrition and compromise the immune system. According to a study, people who eat most of their meals alone may be at an increased risk for heart disease and diabetes.  Create meaningful social connections: Mealtimes are a great time to connect socially. When seniors share their meals with loved ones, they get a chance to enjoy hearty conversations. Be it family or friends, eating together is an easy way to spend time with others.  Improve mental well-being:  Coming together for a meal means talking, laughing, celebrating, and staying connected to people. It creates a sense of belonging and boosts self-esteem. Staying connected with people has immense psychological benefits such as reduced stress as well as an improved ability to cope with stress. On the contrary, eating alone is strongly associated with the lack of interest in food and a reduced state of health.  However, if you are living alone, you can still nourish yourself with healthy food that too without feeling lonely:  Subscribe to a healthy meal service. It is an easy and convenient way to plan solo meals. Subscribe to a healthy meal service nearby for a worry-free meal experience.  Schedule mealtimes with family and friends: During mealtimes, schedule video chats with family and friends. Although virtual, it will give you the same warmth of staying connected to your loved ones.   The dining experience at our retirement homes  At Columbia Pacific Communities, residents enjoy healthy, fresh, and nutritious meals together. Made with fresh ingredients, there are multiple options available to suit all types of taste buds. The menu at our retirement homes is designed by nutritionists, keeping in mind the nutritional needs of seniors. To know more about our retirement homes, call us at +91 8884555554.

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