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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 to Protect Your Hearing as You Age?

November 5, 2021

Categories : Senior Health Tips

Senior living in India

Hearing loss and hearing damage can impact almost every aspect of a senior’s life. One of the major causes of hearing loss is ageing and unfortunately, it cannot be prevented. However, noise-induced hearing loss can be prevented. As one of the leading senior living communities in India, we share with you a few useful insights on protecting your hearing as you age:    1. Avoid exposure to loud noises: The most important way to prevent noise-induced hearing loss is to avoid loud noises. Continuous exposure to loud noises can damage the cochlea, the inner ear. Listening to loud music regularly or hearing a one-time loud noise has the potential to damage the cochlea.    Note: Noises below 75 decibels (dB) are unlikely to damage the cochlea. When you are watching TV or listening to a device, keep them at a normal volume. The thumb rule should be to turn the device down if you cannot hear the other person in the room.      2. Protect your ears: During loud events and activities, wear proper ear protection such as:  Noise-cancelling headphones: These headphones are made with insulated ear cushions that cancel out all types of noises.  Earmuffs: Earmuffs can drown out the loud noise. They are made of insulated foam cups that lower noise levels for you.  Earplugs: Earplugs mitigate the sound that reaches the cochlea. When you are buying earplugs, always check the Noise Reduction Rating (NRR). The higher the NRR number, the more noise will be reduced. Choose earplugs according to your specific requirements. For instance, if there is repair work in your house, you need an ear plug with a higher NRR. An ear plug with a lower NRR is ideal for reading in a crowded but not a very noisy place.    3. Get annual ear tests: It is recommended that all individuals over 50 years of age should visit hearing clinics for annual hearing tests. However, you may need an additional hearing test in case you are experiencing:  Difficulty in hearing conversations Ringing in the ears A sudden change in hearing  Pain in the ear   Senior living in India: it enhances your well-being and keeps you socially active   Moving into our senior living communities is a great option if you want to stay independent and at the same time, live in a caring, vibrant, and a welcoming environment. We believe in a life beyond rocking chairs and strict routines. Our residents have access to a variety of social activities and services that help them enjoy their golden years to the fullest.    We take a proactive approach when it comes to our residents’ health. We have partnered with  reputed hospitals to ensure round-the-clock care. Our retirement homes have emergency care with 24/7 ambulance on standby, doctor-on-call, and emergency protocols in place. Regular preventive health screenings are held, and all vital parameters of our residents are monitored periodically.    To know more about our senior living communities in India and the facilities available with us, call us at +91 8884555554.

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Senior Living in India: FAQs and Their Answers

October 15, 2021

Categories : Senior Living Tips

senior living in India

If you or your loved ones are searching for a senior living community in India, there are many options for you to choose from. However, to select a retirement community that is the right fit for your lifestyle and the retirement you have always looked forward to, there are many factors to consider.    As one of the leading senior living communities in India, we answer some of the frequently asked questions on senior living homes in India to help you make an informed choice:    Question 1: What is an independent living community?  Independent senior living communities such as ours let residents start a new chapter in life, free from daily chores and a worry-free lifestyle. We offer services such as housekeeping, laundry service, plumbing and electrical maintenance work , and 24×7 security. At our senior living community, personal and medical assistance are available, when needed.    Our senior living communities are designed with the needs of active seniors in mind. Also, we offer an active social calendar with a wide variety of engaging activities and wellness programmes.    Question 2: How much does senior living cost? The cost of retirement homes depends on various factors such as the city you choose to live in, the size of the apartment you select, and the services offered. For instance, if you want to move to one of our retirement homes, the cost can range from Rs 47.14 lakhs for a one BHK apartment to over Rs 1 crore for a three BHK apartment.    Question 3: What kind of menu can the residents expect? Leading retirement homes offer meals that are nutritious and delicious. At our senior living communities in India, we offer a restaurant-quality menu that is designed by trained nutritionists. At our retirement homes, we provide three meals a day, and room service is available upon request.    Question 4: What kind of common facilities are available?  Senior living communities offer facilities that help their residents embrace retirement and enjoy an active social life with like-minded residents. Our senior living communities feature common areas and social spaces, such as dining halls, libraries, activity centres and swimming pools. To encourage our residents to stay active, there are gardens and open spaces where they can practise yoga or take a stroll.    Question 5: Are senior living communities safe?  Leading senior living communities in India are gated communities with security personnel guarding the entry and exit points. Our senior living communities in India have a 24/7 security team. Also, the common areas have CCTV cameras, smoke detectors, and sprinkler systems. Every room has a panic button so that immediate assistance can be sought in case of an emergency.    Question 6: Are residents allowed to bring their guests?  Most retirement homes are guest friendly. At our retirement homes, residents can invite their family and friends to their apartments. They can also host movie screenings, get-togethers, and parties for them.    Question 7: Is the tour of the facility available?  Before selecting a retirement home, it is a must to visit the facility. We encourage you and your family to visit our senior living homes. Our staffs will be available to show you around the facility.     Question 8: How to book a tour of senior living communities operated by Columbia Pacific Communities? To book a tour, call us at +91 8884555554.

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Skin Care Tips for Seniors

July 13, 2021

Categories : Senior Health Tips

Senior living in India

Though skin care is important from an early age, it becomes even more important later in life. As you age,  your skin starts getting thin and fragile. Though ageing is inevitable, you can take steps to take better care of your skin. Here are some skin tips for seniors curated by one of the leading retirement home facilities: Use a mild cleanser: Many typical chemical-laden cleansers are harsh on the skin, causing skin irritation and dryness. Use a gentle cleanser that does not contain harmful chemicals.  Moisturise your skin: Dry skin is common in senior adults. While there may be several reasons for this — including certain medical conditions, it is always a good idea to keep your skin moisturised using a fragrance-free moisturiser.  Keeping your skin well-hydrated helps to prevent cracking and itchiness.  Avoid the sun during peak hours:  It is a good idea to step out in the sun to get your dose of Vitamin D. However, avoid the sun during the time when sun rays are the strongest. When you step out, use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Apply it 15 to 30 minutes before going out and reapply every two hours. When going out in the sun, wear a hat that shields your face.  Quit smoking: Smoking is not just bad for the lungs, it damages the skin in numerous ways. Smoking adversely affects the working of blood vessels which reduces blood flow and depletes the skin of nutrients and oxygen.  Go easy on long baths: While hot baths can be relaxing, exposure to hot water for prolonged periods of time can make your skin dry. Instead, use lukewarm water and keep bath time short.  Keep yourself hydrated and eat a  fibre-rich diet : When your body is dehydrated, your skin also starts getting dry. And the chances of developing cracks on the skin increase. It is important to drink an adequate amount of water throughout the day. Also, make sure that your diet consists of fibre-rich foods. Fruits and vegetables rich in fibre and antioxidants help protect the skin from sun damage.  Want to read more about healthy ageing? Watch this space! 

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Lifestyle Factors that Increase Your Risk of Osteoporosis

June 4, 2021

Categories : Senior Living Tips

Healthcare tips for seniors

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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Senior Living in India: How the landscape is changing?

October 1, 2020

Categories : Retirement Planning Tips | Senior Living Tips

When Anand’s parents broached the subject of moving to a senior citizen home, he was taken aback. He wanted them to come and stay with him. But his parents didn’t want to lose their sense of independence. He took a week’s leave and travelled to Chennai to convince his parents to change their mind. However, his parents were convinced that moving to a senior citizen home will be the best decision for them. His parents had already scheduled a tour with one of the communities and wanted him to accompany them. He unwillingly went with them but when he saw the premises, he was surprised by the state-of-the-art facilities such as a senior-friendly gym, swimming pools, restaurants, craft rooms and a well-stocked library.  After checking the premises and meeting with the team and the residents, Anand changed his mind and was happy with his parents’ decision.  Just like Anand and his parents, many people are warming up to the idea of moving to senior citizen homes. Change in perception Sending your parents to a senior citizen home in India still remains a taboo. But with retirement homes getting a facelift, senior living in India is no longer a dull and boring experience. Senior citizen homes in India like ours offer upscale housing experiences with unrivalled hospitality and facilities. From senior-friendly infrastructure to emergency care with 24*7 ambulance service – we ensure that our residents enjoy a comfortable, safe and secure lifestyle.  Senior citizen homes in India offer services like housekeeping, maintenance, power backup and security which help residents enjoy a long and happy retirement that is free from worry. At Columbia Pacific Communities, most of the day-to-day stress of home ownership and maintenance is taken care of by our supportive team. With ever-ready concierge services, residents face no problems while booking vehicles or organising trips. There are banquet services, movie screenings, hobby classes, yoga and meditation classes, community rooms and regular social gatherings to help residents achieve a sense of wellbeing and connect with their neighbours.  We believe in living life to its fullest. To know more about our senior citizen homes in India, visit here.

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