Many people worry about how their physical and mental abilities will reduce as they grow old. Dementia caregivers also worry about their risk of getting dementia.
Ramani Sundaram, a neuroscience research scientist working at Nightingales Medical Trust, has designed and managed the “Active Ageing” program at the Nightingales Trust Bagchi Centre for Active Ageing (Bangalore). It is a holistic program that uses a multi-modal activity-based approach. It is based on the ThinkingFit study conducted in the UK, and aims to bring lifestyle modification and ensure health and happiness of the elderly, thus making ageing a positive experience. The focus is on minimizing the risk of dementia, controlling hypertension, diabetes, and depression, and preventing falls.
In this two-part interview, Ramani explains the program’s concepts and components, shares the benefits seen in participants, and discusses how some elements of the program can be used by homebound people (like many caregivers).
Part 1 below introduces us to the program and its context and objectives, how participants are assessed before they join, and the three components of the program. The first component, i.e., physical activity, is also discussed.
Read the full post here : Use “Active Ageing” to age better and reduce dementia risk: part 1