The World Health Organization defines Active Ageing as the process of optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age. It further explains the word “active” as continued participation in social, economic, cultural, spiritual and public affairs, not just the ability to be physically active. As people age their activity routines tend to reduce. Decline in physical activities may result in poorer mental health, paving way to disorders such as dementia and other lifestyle diseases such as Diabetes and Hypertension.
The process of ageing is shaped by various factors. On the one hand there are biological preconditions that are part of the cause of good health throughout the life course and thus in old age. On the other hand, social circumstances as well as the lifestyle constitute significant factors that impact on health and well-being.
Studies conducted over the years have found that active people are healthier and happier. Mental stimulation, social engagement and physical activities have a preventive effect on age related conditions. Active ageing aims to extend healthy life expectancy and quality of life for all people as they age.
Nightingales Medical Trust's Active Ageing and Enrichment Centres enable Elders to be Socially Integrated and Age Actively.
Persons enrolled in Active Ageing Program
Persons actively participating on a long term basis
To provide opportunities for elders to age actively, Nightingales Medical Trust has set up Active Ageing centres in Bangalore. These Centres are based on the ThinkingFit model - which combines physical, social and mental activities in a fun way. While physical interventions includes cardio respiratory exercises; iPad based cognitive activities, games and other group-based activities are aimed at stimulating new connections in the brain and enhancing social relations.
NMT’s Active Ageing centres aim to bring a modification in lifestyle and ensure health and happiness of the elderly. Among other socially enriching services, the focus is also on minimizing the risk of dementia, controlling hypertension, diabetes, depression and prevention of falls.
Social integration among the elderly is the primary objective of NMT's Elders Enrichment Centres. It is often seen that the elderly are alone at home during the day while their family members are away at work. At the Enrichment Centres, elders get an opportunity to spend time every day with other elders and build a social bond with them. The social bond created between the members over the years of association has helped many to mitigate loneliness and has brought joy and contentment in their lives.
During their time at the centre, members actively indulge in fitness programs such as yoga, aerobics, chair-based exercises etc, cognitive activities like memory games, puzzles and recreational activities. Thus, NEECs enrich the lives of senior citizens not only physically, but emotionally and socially as well.