ACTIVE AGEING

Ageing is a natural process. However, the elders' well-being relies on them staying active in later life. According to the Active Ageing concept, staying active is key to successfully ageing. 

 

WHO 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 civic affairs, not just the ability to be physically active or to participate in the labor force. Older people who retire from work, ill or live with disabilities can remain active contributors to their families, peers, communities and nations. 


THE NEED

As people age, most often, the activity routines - whether in terms of professional life or personal life, tend to reduce.  Decline in physical activities may result in poorer mental health, paving way to disorders such as dementia.

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. Hence, it becomes important for elders to make a conscious effort to revive their life and bring it back on track. An engaged lifestyle during the 60’s has also been associated with enhanced longevity. Active ageing aims to extend healthy life expectancy and quality of life for all people as they age.


WHAT WE DO

To provide opportunities for elders to age actively, Nightingales Medical Trust has set up Active Ageing centres across the city of Bangalore, based on the Thinking Fit model - which combines physical, social and mental activities in a fun way to keep the elderly active. While physical intervention included cardio respiratory exercises; iPad based cognitive activities, games and regular group-based activities were aimed at stimulating new connections in the brain and enhancing social relations.

NMT’s Active Ageing centres aim to bring a lifestyle modification 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.

These Active Ageing Centres are located at:


ACTIVE AGEING - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

To enhance the quality of life and general wellness.
Dementia is a progressive brain disorder that begins with loss of memory and in due course impairs behaviour, lifestyle, relationships and independence. It also shortens life.
50% of dementia is caused due to modifiable risk factors such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes, physical and mental inactivity.
Research studies have shown that healthy people who regularly take part in physical and mental activities are less likely to develop dementia. However, not all older adults are physically and mentally active enough to reduce their risk of dementia.
The Centre offers a comprehensive program based on “ThinkingFit” study conducted in UK. These activities not only reduce the risk of dementia but also contribute in keeping vascular risk factors under control and allow ageing with maximum benefits. The activities of the Centre will be guided by trained instructors and is tailored to meet each person’s needs.
This program does not give any guarantee or assurance that you will not get Dementia. However, our program will certainly help you minimize modifiable risk factors of Dementia.
As technical partners, they have helped in planning and structuring the different activities. They have trained our staff and are overseeing and monitoring the quality of services offered.
You need to come to this Centre and meet us. We will then assess your existing activity levels. You will be required to take part in a simple initial assessment. This assessment will list the suggested activities for Active Ageing focused on your needs and current levels of activity.
The initial assessment consists of tests to assess the safe heart rate at which you can exercise. Your vital parameters will be measured. You will then answer a series of questions to measure your current well-being and also do a test on a computer to assess your current thinking abilities. All these tests will take 30 minutes. This assessment will be repeated after a period of three months and nine months. All the information will be kept confidential. This assessment will costs you a one-time fee of Rs. 500/-.
If you are interested in the program, you need to register with us and provide us with your written consent.
The Centre will design a very focused and customized activity program to specifically suit your needs. This will include physical, mental and social activities. You will then be shown how to use the equipments at the Centre and we will explain the activities in more detail. These activities have been developed to promote brain training, physical health and social activity. The social sessions will give you the opportunity to try new activities which we are confident will be fun and enjoyable. You need to come to the Centre for all these activities as per the schedule. All these activities will be under the supervision of trained experts.
You need to make your own arrangements to come to the Centre and get back. However, for those in need of transport, arrangements could be made at extra cost depending upon the distance.
As part of the customized Active Ageing Program you are required to be at the Centre as per the schedule for three days a week spending about 2 hours per day at a fixed time. However, for other social activities, you can visit the Centre at any time of your convenience during working hours.
There is no specific preparation required by you for the tests. However we advise that you have a good night’s sleep and wear comfortable clothes and shoes for the tests and for the activities.
Yes, these activities are available for both men and women.
There is no requirement for you to change your medication regime. You should NOT stop taking any of your medication without discussing it with your doctor.
You will experience improved health and general well-being if you continue with the activities for a minimum period of six consecutive months as these benefits have been demonstrated in many research studies.
You may experience some minor aches and pains due to physical activities initially, which is normal. You may also experience the risks of exercising in a gym. However, we shall show you how to safely do all the physical activities by closely monitoring your progress.
We are very committed to support all participants so that they complete all their activities. You will receive support and advice from friendly and experienced staff. They are all professionally qualified in their field of expertise. They will be able to help with any problems you may experience during the activities and will motivate you to achieve your goals. You will have the opportunity to meet and talk to other people (peers) who have been able to complete the activities and have found it enjoyable and beneficial. Moreover, we use the best available equipment that is easy to use.
  • I am at a risk of falling or at risk of dementia and other related disorders
  • I often feel lonely, depressed and frustrated, having nothing to do
  • Physical, Mental and Social activities with expert guidance will improve quality of my life
  • The high quality of facilities and equipment that the Centre provides
  • Regular visits to the Centre and contact with peers will make a difference in me
  • Knowing that others have completed the activities and have reported a healthy change