Nightingales Elders Enrichment Centre (NEEC) at Malleshwaram was the first project of Nightingales Medical Trust. Started in 1999, the project was received with mixed emotions for it was still a new concept back then. However, over the years the concept of Elders Enrichment has gained acceptance among the elderly and their families. The NEECs aim at enriching the lives of senior citizens physically, emotionally and socially.
Social integration among the elderly is the primary objective of the NEEC. 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 bring 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 actives like memory games and puzzles and recreational activities. Thus, NEECs enrich the lives of senior citizens not only physically, but emotionally and socially as well.
> Fitness programs – yoga, aerobics and chair based exercises
> Cognitive activities – like memory games and puzzles
> Recreational activities – like dance, music, drawing, indoor games
> Talks by experts
> Social activities – like outings, get-together
> Cultural programs – festive celebrations