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  • 20 APPS your parents could have fun with

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    January 29, 2016

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      People falling in the age bracket of 60+ have always been kept out from the category of tech-savvy, but with advancement in technology and simple user interface time is surely changing. The elders have had almost an entire decade to comprehend and get used to with computers and technology. Hence, many of them know operating smartphones and others gadgets. Technology can benefit older adults in countless and sometimes surprising ways.   We have compiled a list of 20 Smartphone apps which your parents may enjoy using. These applications have been presented as a slideshow and broken down into categories such as health, entertainment, services, hobby.   Health and Safety APPS   Entertainment APPS   Services APPS   Hobby APPS     Conclusion Most of us have bought smartphones/ipad for our parents to be in touch with them on skype. A tablet could be perfect gift for your parents, particularly if you install a handful of useful APPS first. On ...

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  • Choosing travel destinations for elderly parents

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    November 29, 2015

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      For many seniors, retirement opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Kids are grown and are on their own, and they are no longer tied to their job. This is a chance for them to get away, see the world, and enjoy life.   The problems most seniors face in planning a vacation There is lot of information out there in travel websites suggesting where to go, how to get there, the best place to stay, the best place to eat, what to avoid at all costs and of course the best deals. It is with this information that planning a trip has become very easy for most of us. For most seniors to choose a good travel website and tailor a trip with a best deals may be difficult enough to avoid travelling. To overcome this some seniors may visit a local travel agent, who may not ...

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  • Your elderly parents can be change agents in soceity

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    November 04, 2015

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        Volunteering After Retirement Many people plan to do some form of volunteering after they retire. It’s such a popular topic. The hardest part is getting started. Volunteering in retirement has an amazing mutual benefit: The organization receives contributions from someone with a lifetime of experience and wisdom, while retirees get a positive transition from their paid working careers. Advantages of volunteering are: Intellectual stimulation. (beyond Sudoku puzzles) Connection to social networks. Enhanced health and quality of life. Provides a sense of purpose. Most frequently cited reasons for not volunteering are They haven’t been asked. They aren’t sure where to best use their skills and experience. One such organisation where you could ask your parents to volunteer to be a change agent in society is:   Teach For India .   What do they do? Teach For India is currently impacting over 30,000 children in 268 schools across 7 cities in India through its ffellowship program. For eg: In ...

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  • Gift a garden at half the price of a iPhone

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    October 29, 2015

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      Your Elderly parents suddenly have more spare time, they could do things for which they never had time before. But it is hard to get inspiration for a new hobby. Professional home garden services have come up in various cities in India, their services include setting up a garden and maintaining it. You could hire them for your parents and let them have fun. Advantages of gardening for seniors They would awaken to be rewarded with fresh flowers and juicy tomatoes. It provides moderate exercise and improves mobility and flexibility.  For seniors who don’t have appointments or schedules to keep can get inactive. Gardening is a fun activity ,reduces stress levels and promotes better sleep. Gardening involves bending, stooping, and reaching to provide overall fitness and improvement of motor skills. Therapeutic benefits. There are clear benefits from exercising even just once a week. Requirements suggested for senior gardening Vertical gardening and raised beds-they can avoid bending ...

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  • Photography a great retirement gift for your parents

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    October 25, 2015

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      It is always advisable for the seniors to engage themselves in joyful activities to remain active and healthy. For your elderly parents keep in mind that it’s not just about doing anything – it is imperative for them to do something that they love and at the same time, is, intellectually stimulating. DSLR photography is an excellent hobby for senior citizens and one need not be a professional to do so. Some websites stating why photography is great for seniors are: Photography improves memory in seniors Taking a new hobby   Gift your parents a photography course: Scientists have recently revealed that photography sharpens cognitive skills as you age, especially the memory, which is great news. Engaging your parents in such brain-training exercises will prove to be helpful in delaying their ageing process. First and foremost, you can help your parents by enrolling them in photography course for beginners ...

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