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.
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
- 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