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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 to Prepare for Your Annual Health Check-Up? Useful Insights Curated by One of the Leading Senior Citizen Homes in India

November 24, 2021

Categories : Senior Health Tips

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As people age, they are more likely to suffer from health conditions such as high blood pressure, high triglycerides, and diabetes. For many diseases, there are no noticeable symptoms in the early stages. Therefore, an annual health check-up is important for early detection, which can increase the chances of treatment and recovery. The best way to make the most of your annual health check-up is to prepare for it. As one of the leading senior citizen homes in India, we share with you some useful insights on preparing for an annual health check-up:   Schedule your appointment by phone or online. While scheduling an appointment, ask whether the tests require you to be on fast.  If you have questions or concerns, write them down so that you do not forget to ask them when you meet the doctor.  Be prepared to answer questions about your medical history and your family’s medical history.  Bring a friend or relative along so that he or she can help you with the formalities.  Bring a list of your current medications and dosages and the dates of your recent vaccinations.  If you were admitted to a hospital, bring the discharge summary with you.  Share your eating habits, sleep patterns, and other important lifestyle-related matters.  Tell the doctor if you have experienced any recent changes in your health that may or may not have required medications. Be honest and open about your health concerns even if you think they are trivial or embarrassing. Painful bowel movements, constipation, or incontinence can be signs of serious medical conditions.  Ask the doctor to repeat himself or herself if you do not understand. It is best to ask your questions right away to avoid confusion later.  If you are visiting a hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic, follow all the safety protocols such as wearing a mask, using sanitiser and maintaining social distance.  At our senior citizen homes in India, we conduct regular health screenings and medical records are always kept up to date as we prioritise the health of our residents. In addition to health screenings and periodic wellness workshops, awareness lectures are also held. We have also partnered with nearby hospitals to ensure round-the-clock care. If you are looking for independent senior citizen apartments, call us at +91 8884555554.

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Podcasts for Senior Citizens: Useful Insights Curated by One of the Leading Senior Citizen Homes in India

October 19, 2021

Categories : Senior Living Tips

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During the pandemic, podcasts emerged as an important information technology and entertainment tool. In India, podcast consumption witnessed a surge of 29.3%. After the US and China, India is the third-largest consumer of podcasts. One of the reasons behind the growing popularity of podcasts is the convenience they offer to their listeners. One can listen to podcasts wherever and whenever they have time. They can also listen to podcasts doing everyday chores such as gardening or organising their closet.    Podcasts not only entertain and inspire but also boost brain health    Listening to podcasts has many benefits including –  Entertainment: Listeners find podcasts entertaining because of their conversational and engaging style. Valuable insights to inspire them: There are many podcasts that are inspiring. They are designed to help seniors stay motivated.  Great educational tool: Be it current events or historical events, podcasts help seniors grow their knowledge.  Boosts brain health: Listening to narrative stories (much like podcasts) is good for  brain health as it stimulates multiple parts of the brain.     If you are new to podcasts, you are on the right page. As one of the senior citizen homes in India, we discuss some useful insights on podcasts    Where can seniors listen to podcasts?  To listen to podcasts, you need access to the internet and find a podcast platform or an app. You can listen to podcasts on your smartphones, computers, tablets or any other digital devices. There are several apps where you can stream or download podcasts. Some popular ones include:  Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Spotify Audible Stitcher TuneIn Radio   What makes podcasts so interesting?  Unlike audiobooks, podcast episodes generally consist of conversations between two or more individuals. There is no narration, rather a conversation that makes the episodes engaging.    Choose a topic that interests you:   Here we discuss some of the popular podcast genres:    1. History podcasts: If you are a history buff who loves delving deep into how different events and figures, big and small, fit together to create the world that we see now, you will love listening to history podcasts. Hardcore History, You Must Remember This, and BackStory are some popular history podcasts that you can listen to.    2. Health-related podcasts: Listening to experts discuss common health problems that affect people over 60 and the best ways to prevent and manage different health conditions can be encouraging and helpful. The Better Health While Ageing offers feature topics on healthy eating and common age-related medical issues.    3. Hobby podcasts: If you want to try new hobbies such as writing a blog or learning to paint, you can start listening to podcasts that will help you dive deeper into the subject. Many podcasts are hosted by experts and they offer useful insights. Podcasts such as The Potters Cast, The Perceptive Photographer, and The Yarniacs help people delve into hobbies such as pottery, photography, and knitting respectively.    4. Interview podcasts: Those who love celebrity interviews will enjoy listening to Anupama Chopra Film Reviews. Another podcast that seniors may find interesting is Made In India – it highlights the best works by renowned artists from all over the country.    5. Food podcast: If you love exploring Indian cuisines, you will love listening to podcasts that celebrate Indian cuisines and the traditions associated with them. Some of the popular food podcasts are Bite On This, The Taste Of India, and Rasoi Ki Rani.    Looking for senior citizen homes in India that encourage positive ageing?    Explore our retirement communities in Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Puducherry, and Kanchipuram. To know more about our independent senior citizen apartments and the services offered, call us at +91 8884555554.

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Starting Over for Seniors: Useful Tips by One of the Leading Senior Citizen Homes in India

September 11, 2021

Categories : Senior Living Tips

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Reaching retirement age comes with a mixed bag of emotions. There is a sense of relief that you can finally enjoy an exciting phase of life and gain new experiences. However, with no professional commitments, the feeling of not having a schedule can be daunting. Many seniors feel stressed when they suddenly have all the time in the world. However, with a little bit of planning, seniors can feel as if they are starting their life all over again. As one of the leading senior citizen homes in India,  we share with you some useful tips on starting over after retirement:   Never stop learning: The best way to move forward in life is to keep learning. You can explore a new hobby or pursue old hobbies. Stay busy with a meaningful activity that provides you a sense of purpose and makes you feel productive.  One of the best ways to get started is to join group classes where you will meet people who share similar interests as you. Group sessions are a great way to socialise, meet people, gain confidence, and learn.    Stay socially connected: With children settled and no 9-to-5 commitments, loneliness can slowly become a part of ageing. When you retire, you lose social connections and may start to feel isolated, which can have adverse effects on your mental and physical health. It has been found that loneliness can be worse for your health than obesity and high blood pressure.    To start afresh, make new social connections. Sign up for volunteering opportunities, invite neighbours or connect with your existing friends. Schedule a part of your day to build and nurture social connections. You can make phone calls, have coffee with neighbours, or have lunch with your former colleagues.    Replace your previous work routine with a new routine: With no daily commitments, you can lose structure and routine from your day. To enjoy a satisfying and fulfilling life, you need to replace the old routine with a new one that is packed with new interests, activities, and social commitments.    Having a routine helps you lead an organised life. However, when you make a new routine, be serious about it and stick to it.    Set new goals: Create a bucket list of activities that you wish to complete or a creative project you want to start. By creating a list you will push yourself out of your comfort zone and explore things you never thought you would.    Stay healthy: When you are starting over, begin on a healthy note. From staying physically active and eating a well-balanced diet to improving your emotional well-being – make health a priority. Do not forget that staying healthy is your ticket to enjoying your life to the fullest.    As one of the leading senior citizen homes in India, we do not believe in the stereotypical retirement life. We have an active social calendar that helps our residents socialise, make new friends, and explore new interests.  We have 1 and 2 BHK independent senior living apartments as well as villas. To know more about our retirement homes, call us at +91 8884555554.

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10 Questions to Ask When Touring Senior Citizen Homes in India

August 11, 2021

Categories : Retirement Planning Tips

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When it comes to services and amenities, senior citizen homes in India vary from one another. If you are planning to move into a senior citizen home, you need to be certain that it’s the right fit for your lifestyle and the retirement life you’ve always wanted. Visiting the senior citizen homes helps you zero in on the right retirement community.  To make the best out of your visit, it’s important that you ask the right questions Here are 10 questions that we suggest you ask when touring senior citizen homes in India to find the perfect fit for you:   What types of apartments are available? Most senior citizen homes in India offer a wide range of living arrangements. From 1 BHK and 2 BHK independent senior citizen apartments to villas, you have a wide range of choices.  Are the apartments senior-friendly? Panic buttons, anti-skid tiles in the bathroom, panic buttons, and handrails in the shower and near the bathroom are some of the features that make an apartment safe for seniors.  What kind of social activities are available? Senior citizens often move into senior living communities because they feel lonely in their own homes. So, it is important to check their social calendar.  What safety and security services are included? Check whether they have CCTVs installed in the common areas. Make sure that the rooms are senior-friendly with grab bars installed at strategic places. Ask them whether they have 24X 7 security personnel. Also, ask about fire safety, disaster planning, and medical emergency services.  What are the food options? At many senior citizen homes, the menu is decided by a team of nutrition experts and prepared by well-experienced chefs. Not just that, there are multiple venues, including formal dining halls and restaurants.  What all services do they offer? Many senior citizen homes offer services such as periodic housekeeping, maintenance of electrical and plumbing work, laundry service, and daily meals. During your visit, ask about all the services and the service fees. Are there certain visiting hours for friends and family? While zeroing in on a retirement community, ask about visiting hours for friends and family. Also, find out if you can host dinners and get-togethers for them in the community banquet hall or restaurant.  Is the senior citizen home good at handling medical emergencies? While touring the senior citizen homes, find out about their medical facilities such as ambulance service or doctor on call or how trained their staff is at responding to emergencies.  What amenities does the senior citizen home have and are they all operational? With the right amenities, an independent senior citizen home can offer a resort-style living experience. Some communities feature a clubhouse, gym, library, swimming pool, jogging track, salon, and even restaurant. Remember to ask about the amenities that are important to you during your visit. What is the average cost of living? Always ask direct financial questions. During the tour, get a clear cost breakdown. If there are any add-ons, make sure that you ask about their costs. For all your cost-related inquiries, call us at +91 8884555554.

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A List of Memory-Boosting Spices and Herbs

July 8, 2021

Categories : Senior Health Tips

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Do you often find yourself looking for your phone? Or do you keep on forgetting whether you fed the dog or not? Or do you often forget where you parked your car? If so, it might be useful to read this article. As one of  the leading senior citizen homes in India, we have curated a list of spices and herbs that are considered to improve memory and alertness:   Turmeric: A frequently used herb in Indian kitchens, turmeric can boost mental health. In fact, animal research studies show that turmeric may even stave off Alzheimer’s disease. It has been found that curcumin in turmeric can help curb inflammation and fight oxidative stress – factors that may cause Alzheimer’s disease. In Indian curries, turmeric is a major ingredient. You can also add turmeric in smoothies to get more curcumin in your diet.  Amla: Primarily known for its immunity building properties, amla can also improve concentration and memory power. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in amla fight against the free radicals that are responsible for the functional decline in aged brains.  Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha has been traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine to improve brain function, boost memory in people suffering from early stages of memory loss, and prevent the damage of brain cells. Studies have found that ashwagandha promotes antioxidant activity which prevents the nerve cells from damage due to free radicals.  Ginseng: It is an adaptogen that helps you cope with the effects of stress. Some studies have  shown that the components in ginseng can protect the brain against damage due to free radicals. It also improves mental performance and has mood-boosting properties.  Note: Always consult your doctor before adding any herbal supplement to your health care regimen.  In addition to including herbs and spices in your diet, there are different ways to improve your brain health. You can start following a brain-healthy lifestyle that includes performing targeted brain exercises to increase your brain function, improve focus, and boost your memory. To find out the average monthly cost of staying in one of our retirement homes, call us at +91 8884555554.

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What Seniors Should Know about Preserving Muscle Mass?

June 7, 2021

Categories : Senior Health Tips

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As you age, your muscles tend to shrink and weaken. Though the muscles start shrinking as early as the 30s, it happens so slowly that you won’t even notice. But over the decades, if the muscles decline too much, you can be diagnosed with sarcopenia. Reduced muscle mass can adversely affect the overall quality of life by hindering mobility and increasing the risk of falls and fractures.  Signs that you are losing muscle mass  Feeling physically weaker over time Difficulty in lifting objects  Walking slowly Losing weight without trying Here are a few things that you should know about preserving muscle mass: The link between a sedentary lifestyle and loss of muscle mass: Although ageing is the most common cause of sarcopenia, there are factors such as a sedentary lifestyle that can trigger the condition. Bed rest or immobilisation due to an injury or illness presents a difficult challenge to many seniors as they lead to rapid loss of muscle. Even two or three weeks of decreased physical activity is enough to decrease muscle mass among seniors.   Regain lost mass with exercise: Exercise is key for the prevention and treatment of muscle decline. Exercising, especially resistance training, can slow muscle shrinkage. With the right kind of resistance training exercises, senior adults can build muscle and increase strength. Certified trainers who have experience working with senior adults can help seniors with the transition.  Eat more protein: Seniors who are deficient in calories, protein or certain vitamins and minerals are at a higher risk of muscle loss. As protein is the most important building block of muscles, increasing protein intake can be beneficial. Senior adults need to consume more protein than the average recommended intake. Nuts, lentils, dairy products, beans, fish, and poultry are all good sources of protein. As one of the best senior citizen homes in India, we encourage our residents to lead a physically active lifestyle. Our retirement homes in Kanchipuram, Coimbatore, and other cities have fitness centres that are senior-friendly. From working out in the gym to playing table tennis, at our retirement homes, there are numerous options to stay active. We also ensure that we serve our residents with fresh and nutritious meals. Our team of nutritionists puts together a senior-friendly menu every day to meet the nutritional needs of our residents.

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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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Senior Citizen Homes: How are They Promoting The Physical Benefits of Getting Outdoors?

March 30, 2021

Categories : Senior Health Tips

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When it comes to outdoor exercises, the benefits are many. Outdoor exercise is a way to get your vitamin D through sunlight. Those suffering from vitamin D deficiency are at an increased risk of suffering from osteoporosis and heart disease. There are studies that indicate that exercising outdoors is likely to be more beneficial to mental health than indoor activities. Exercising in the natural environment can have positive effects on self-esteem and improve one’s mood. Senior citizen homes in India like ours understand the benefits of outdoor exercise and that’s why we offer a wide range of physical activities that can be performed outdoors, such as: Yoga classes: By practising yoga in the open, you can enjoy the beautiful weather and at the same time maintain an active lifestyle that promotes good physical and cognitive health. When practising outdoors, your mind has to focus differently than it would do in a studio or a room. The day at our senior living communities starts with yoga classes and stretching exercises. Outdoor meditation: Have you ever wondered why meditation retreats are located in the mountains or in the deep forest? Well, there are many benefits of meditating close to nature. Our senior citizen housing facilities are designed to help our residents enjoy lush green landscapes ideal for relaxed walks, meditation and socialising while enjoying the fresh air. Walking and jogging paths: Going for a daily walk offers significant mental and physical benefits. Walking outdoors improves mood and triggers positive feelings. Taking a walk outside also helps to declutter one’s mind and get new ideas. Keeping the safety of our residents in mind, we have senior-friendly walking and jogging paths. Aerobic decks: The importance of outdoor exercise and fitness cannot be emphasised enough. Those who have a patio, a deck, or even a driveway should take advantage of it and exercise in fresh air. Our select senior living communities have open aerobics decks so that our residents can exercise outdoors. Tips to exercise in the open Avoid the hottest part of the day. Exercise outside in the morning or evening. Wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the UV rays. Don’t forget to don your hat. Wear clothes that are loose and comfortable. If you are running or biking, avoid loose pants that could get tangled up in the pedals or your feet.

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Tips for Seniors to Make Their Road Trip a Smooth One

December 31, 2020

Categories : Senior Living Tips

Tips for seniors to make their road trip a smooth one

For seniors who love to travel, a road trip is a magical experience. With the sun on your face and wind in your hair, a road trip is a great way for you to unwind and relax. However, if you are apprehensive about taking a road trip because of your age, let us tell you that with proper planning and care you can ace a safe and comfortable ride. Here are a few important things to keep in mind while you are planning for a trip. Consult your doctors before taking a road trip: Get your vitals checked to be aware of your health and ensure all prescriptions are up-to-date and you have adequate supplies of medications for the trip. Check the condition of your vehicle: The last thing you want on a road trip is to be stranded in the middle of a road. Make sure that your vehicle is in proper condition. Our senior citizen homes offer concierge services to our residents to help them hire vehicles for their trips. Schedule frequent stops: Schedule frequent stops to stretch your arms and legs and to get fresh air. Plan your itinerary in such a way that your stops have easy access to public restrooms. Pack essentials: Besides medicines, carry warm clothing, asthma pumps (if you use them), walking aids, and other essential items. Carrying a pillow and a blanket will come in handy when you want to take rest on the way. It is also a good idea to carry food items that will help you maintain your regular mealtime schedule as much as possible. Carry your health insurance documents and medical records in case you need them in an emergency. For a long trip, a first-aid kit is essential. Pre-book your stays: Finding a hotel after reaching the destination can be tiresome. It is always a good idea to pre-book your hotel stays. This way you can reach the hotel and relax immediately. If you decide to move into one of our senior citizen retirement homes in Coimbatore, Chennai, Puducherry or Bangalore, you can contact our concierge services for your travel-related needs. The team will help you hire vehicles for day outings as well as for long trips. You will also be provided with hotel booking assistance.

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