Author: Rita Bhattacharjee

Volunteering and the Elderly: Seniors Helping Seniors

Senior volunteerism isn’t just beneficial for those being helped – research shows that volunteering confers mental and physical health benefits for those doing the helping. It also fosters positive social and family relationships and contributes to a positive image of seniors as a healthy and vital part of our society. Senior volunteers are a great asset to their communities. […]

Types of Caregivers for the Elderly

The number of old age people have increased phenomenally, in India. Children and family members stay in different cities or countries, thousands of kilometres apart. It’s at such times that caregivers come into the picture. There are many types of caregivers that work with seniors. If you have an ageing parent, being aware of their roles and responsibilities […]

Caring for the Caregiver

It’s easy to get burned out when you’re caring for a loved one, whether it’s a spouse with a chronic illness or a frail older relative. Taking time for yourself every day–even just a few minutes–is one way to help you recharge. You may try yoga before breakfast, slip out for a walk, go to the movies, or […]

Alzheimer’s: What Causes the Irreversible, Progressive Brain Disorder?

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimer’s, symptoms first appear in their mid-60s. Such people need our care and compassion. Rita tells us more about the dark and despondent world in which those affected are trapped, in the […]

Battling Blood Pressure: A Guide for the Elderly

Blood pressure is a silent killer. For the elderly, the risk factor is even higher. Which is why, senior citizens should take special care to maintain healthy blood pressure to ensure good cardiovascular health. In many seniors with high blood pressure, a single specific cause is not known. This is called essential or primary high blood pressure. Research […]

Depending on the Kindness of Strangers

The benevolence of strangers have time and again helped hapless people. Rita tells us about ‘crowdsourcing’ and ‘crowdfunding’ and how these have become a popular way for people to give a boost to charitable causes and social campaigns. She cites three case studies. First, Arian Chowdhury, a 12-year- old boy suffering from Hunter Syndrome, a rare lysosomal storage disorder. […]

Making a Home Safe for the Elderly

Rita cautions us about the hazards that elders face at home. She details the dos and don’ts at the home of elder(s). These invaluable tips help us avoid major problems. Elders need our love, compassion and care to keep them safe. Here are the details, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. A large number of elderly people […]

Watch your Step: The Importance of Fall Prevention among the Elderly

A fall can cause a senior person to suffer fractures, including broken spine, hip, arm, leg, ankle, and pelvis. Falls are also responsible for brain injuries in older people. They are also the number one cause of hospital admissions for injuries in older adults. As one grows older, it is more likely that a fall might result in […]

16 Common Preventive Health Screenings for the Elderly

Though a cliché, prevention is better than cure, it’s true as well, particularly for elders. Rita details 16 common preventions for our seniors. Often, they ignore their preventive health cares, which cause major problems later. Here’s an insight into health care of elders, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Periodic health check-ups and screenings can help […]

Loneliness and the Elderly: Where do they all Belong?

Loneliness may be described as a feeling of emptiness or sadness that is triggered when there is a lack of communication or a feeling of companionship with other people. Loneliness can affect anyone of any age, but older people are more likely to feel lonely. As people grow older, they are more likely to lose loved ones and […]

Dementia: The New Age Dementor

Dementia is a condition that describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes. Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms will gradually get worse. Rita came in contact with elderly people […]

They Quit Lucrative Jobs in the US to Realise the American Dream in Kolkata

Rita’s husband was the director of IT for a leading food company. She had started her communications consulting company after their son was born. They had a lovely home in Florida. Rita and her husband quit their high-paying jobs, moved back to Kolkata, India, from Florida, US, to start a social enterprise in healthcare. After the initial glitz […]