Monday, June 27, 2016

Gated retirement communities - Asiana - Jaipur - Caution

Copy of a message from Sri Mohan Siroya to sss-global. Highlights the lapses on the part of developers of a gated community - Asiana Housing in Jaipur. Cites how purchasers are taken for a ride by including one-sided clauses in 'small print' - T&C . This is a caution message to seniors to think twice and act with diligence before signing the contract or making payments. Best approach will be get feedback from existing customers who have couple of years' experience in other earlier ventures of the developer.

I refer to the item of shri RRV
with the above caption published in digest # 15592.

I am not commenting for that specific project which has been mentioned and described. BUT AS A SENIOR PERSON WHO HAS purchased  an Apartment with similar promises for the seniors at "Senior Citizen's Resort Jaipur by Asiana Housing" , my experience has been dismal and a person having trapped in a situation which is embroiled totally in favour of the builder = developer ,
Whatever BIG promises were
made in the 'Sell CATALOGUE" THEY HAVE NOT FULFILLED .FOR THAT I HAD TO GO TO CONSUMER FORUM for various deficiencies in service . It may get decided as and when it comes up for hearing . But that will be not an end. It may escalate till supreme court and by that time the SENIORS' Twilight years will be over. 

But the biggest mistake we purchasers did was to sign an Agreement where a few clauses make us their "Bonded Slaves" and the builder is abusing the seniors by exploiting whatever way is possible . I am a payer/Consumer, but I have not right to choose my own SERVICE PROIDER. Under agreement , we have to continue to pay as Monthly maintenance to an associate co. of the developer. The Service provider, although is bound to provide us audited accounts, they refuse to give. They are levying the monthly charges as per their own will . When I had purchased the Apartment, the MMC was a mere Rs. 1300 /- p m  and the developer had promised to keep the same. But within 3 years it has  gone to Rs. 3000 p.m. The Service Provider refuses to listen or give any justification.  The services and amenities have gone abysmal The owner residents HAVE NO SAY , WHATSOEVER , THEY ARE  CHARGING. IF ONE FAILS TO PAY OR DOES NOT PAY ON THE DUE date ,an compounded interest @ 2percent is levied .
Even if you do not stay and make use of the apartment or the common facilities, still the absentee has to pay the same as the actual occupants are paying , without using anything.
BUT THE MOST ASTOUNDING ABUSE OF SENIORS IS  "Developer Charged EIGHTEEN MONTHS Advance without interest @ Rs, 45 PSFT calling it as the "Management Advance". This is besides the monthly Maintenance charges as levied. without providing the bill to the Apartment Owners. AND NO "MANAGEMNT SERVICE " IS PROVIDED OR ACCOUNTED FOR .The Service Provider is Fudging the account and acting as a dictator since they know ,the apartment owners do not have any RIGHT OR CHOICE  to change them.

For all those who wish to buy any SENIOR CITIZEN Apartment based on what is offered on PAPER, Kindly be doubly sure legally as well as practically to see if your INTERSTS as the owner of the premises are fully  safeguarded or not. .Please do not buy the repentance for the Twilight Years by investing your HARD EARNED MONEY. Think how and from where you would pay ever increasing and arbitrary monthly charges when you will have no income .

Mohan Siroya


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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Lifelong Learning is the secret to happiness in old age

Lifelong learning is the secret to happiness in old age

Not only can learning during the later stages of life bring happiness, wellbeing and a connection to the wider community for those studying, it can also reduce dependency on welfare

 John Salinas says weekly ICT classes have given him a new lease of life, allowing him to benefit from community opportunities.

Jerome Monahan and Joe Clancy

Tuesday 17 May 2011 01.00 BST

Professor Stephen McNair has spent half a lifetime's research proving it's better to be happy than rich – a state some say is best achieved through lifelong learning. Now, at last, the government has latched on to the idea and David Cameron is planning a happiness index as a measure of success.

McNair, a semi-retired National Institute of Adult Continuing Education research fellow, says that in all the guidance about wellbeing, education is central. "[It is] particularly important for those in the latter stages of life when one is less mobile and having to cope with the death of partners and friends: getting out of bed and feeling one has a purpose can be particularly challenging."

This is clearly not an issue for 84-year-old Jim Kelly, winner of an Adult Learners' Week award in 2010, who has in recent years dedicated himself to a wide range of study – everything from gardening to the 1688 "glorious revolution". After school days blighted by poverty and bullying teachers, the impetus to study came from his granddaughter Becky who, as a two-year-old, grew frustrated with his inability to answer her questions. "Don't you know anything grandad?" she would ask. Now, 14 years later, he tells the teenager he's pleased she asked that question.

Evidence of the benefits of learning during the latter stages of life is overwhelming, from research by the Alzheimer's Society showing delayed onset of the disease, to reduced dependency on welfare support.

Melissa March is executive director of Learning for the Fourth Age, a charity dedicated to bringing trained volunteers into care settings where they work with residents. "Our volunteers help people with everything from recovering piano-playing after strokes to wanting to tackle Welsh for the first time," she explains. "There is lots of interest too in IT and the connections that email can bring. Our work helps break down older people's fears about young people and opens our volunteers' eyes to the lives of older people with very different experiences from their own."

Such improvements bring genuine happiness, as 78-year-old Londoner Maria Tolly found. In 1989, health problems spelled an end to her career as a professional guitarist, until specialist music technology courses at Morley College and the City Lit restored her commitment to making music. "I was concerned that I might be sidelined," she recalls, "but actually studying at both institutions has proved that age is immaterial – I feel so connected to life thanks to a combination of forgetting myself and realising how much I still have to learn." Soon she had music commissions ranging from after-school dance groups to composing a song for the 100th anniversary of her local park. "I am now becoming interested in music videos and I am looking for collaborators."

John Salinas, at 91, is also embracing IT. Each week he drives to his computing class and has progressed rapidly from not even knowing how to plug in his laptop, to using digital photography.

"John is an inspiration in the learning group of over-60s participants by being an example of someone committed to learn, and not letting age or knowledge be a barrier to 'getting digital'," says Iona Gibbons, a community learning development worker with Bath and North East Somerset county council.

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For John, the benefits of lifelong learning are clear – the weekly classes have given him a new zest for life. "I want to remain active in myself for my own health but also access all the information that is on computers, to benefit from community opportunities and to meet other people who are in the same boat as me," he says. "I see my computer learning as now firmly part of my life and can share what I learn with my family and show them what I can do."

For 84-year-old Len Street, a committed contributor to the University of the Third Age (U3A) since its creation 19 years ago, it is the companionship while learning that leads to a healthier life. He currently runs opera and art-history study groups. "When people leave work it is often the company of others they miss most – education in older age can be a lifesaver."

The value of learning is no exaggeration, says Fiona Aldridge, Niace programme director and author of a recent report into lifelong learning in care settings. "The benefits of ensuring that ongoing learning is a part of a care package is hard to deny when one learns of some of the best practice in this area. It has significant benefits in terms of improving people's mental health and reducing their reliance on medication."



Dr P Vyasamoorthy
30 Gruhalakshmi Colony, Secunderabad 500015 Telangana
LL 040-27846631 / Mobile: 9490804278

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Monday, June 20, 2016

19 Quotes To Encourage Lifelong Learning | Ohio State News

 19 Quotes To Encourage Lifelong Learning

By Danni White on March 18, 2016  

Learning is a lifelong process. No matter how long you live or how many degrees you earn in life, there will always be something you don't know. In this vast world of ever increasing technology, it is important to keep an open mind and an eye out for learning opportunities. Lifelong learning is the self-motivated pursuit of knowledge. There are countless possibilities to learn something new in this world and many people who are willing to teach you what they know. All you have to do is be open, be teachable, ask questions, and explore.
To help motivate you just a bit, here are 19 quotes to help encourage lifelong learning:

"Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel."

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young."
Henry Ford

"There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent."
Michel de Montaigne

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."
W.B. Yeats

"Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death."
Albert Einstein

"There are few things more pathetic than those who have lost their curiosity and sense of adventure, and who no longer care to learn."
Gordon B. Hinckley

"I read my eyes out and can't read half enough … the more one reads the more one sees we have to read."
John Adams

"The education of a man is never completed until he dies."
Robert E. Lee

"Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future."
Brian Tracy

"Never discourage anyone … who continually makes progress, no matter how slow."

"We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn."
Peter Drucker

"All the world is my school and all humanity is my teacher."
George Whitman

"Self-education is lifelong curiosity."
Lailah Gifty Akita

"One of the reasons people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure."
John W. Gardner

"If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are. For where you are pleased with yourself there you have remained. Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing."
Saint Augustine

"Almost anything can become a learning experience if there is enough caring involved."
Mary MacCracken

"Learning is an active process. We learn by doing … Only knowledge that is used sticks in your mind."
Dale Carnegie

"You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives."
Clay P. Bedford

Friday, June 17, 2016

Effective Ointment for Bedsores - Free to Senior Citizens

Dear friends,

I have received following mail from Mr. NPS Shinh who is the Managing Director of Bakelite Hylam Ltd., Hyderabad,

"Dear Mittal sahib
You are doing great work for the elderly and I wish your effort all success.
We have a home made medicine which is like a miracle preventive and cure for bed sores , and brings great relief to those who are bed ridden . It is an ointment for local application and brings immediate and lasting relief . 
This is available free of cost to all who need it and I will request to let Sr citizens and those who care for them . I can send to you or to those who require the same if they send their address with phone to enable me to courier it . 
It was made by my wife's late mother for care of her father who was bed ridden for many years and remained free from bedsores . 
It also relieves pain immediately in case of insect bites

NPS Shinh "

This ointment is offered free purely as a service to senior citizens. If you or any one you know requires it you may kindly write directly to Mr. Shinh at the following address,
                                                                               Mr.NPS Shinh, MD
                                                                               BAKELITE HYLAM LTD
                                                                               3rd Floor, "Surya Towers",
                                                                              104, S.P. Road, Secunderabad-500003.
                                                                              Tel: +91(40) 27841104
     :                                                                                +91(40) 32902756

Monday, June 13, 2016

New APP for Senior Citizens from HelpAge India

Here is an announcement on a New APP from HelpAge India for Senior Citizens.
Those who have used it may give comments here.

Over the past few years HelpAge India have been conducting surveys trying to assess the extent, impact of Elder Abuse and create awareness on the issue. Last year we took on the youth perspective. This year a Mobile App called the ‘HelpAge SOS’ App designed to help not just the victims of Elder Abuse, but also enable others – neighbors, friends, family and Samaritans access help easily.

The App will be launched on the morning of  Tuesday, June 14, 2016 to mark WEAAD.

Functioning of the HelpAge SOS App
·         The one-touch SOS button will connect to the local HelpAge India Elder Helpline. The Helpline staff will not just offer help and rescue, but also in cases required, connect to the Police, Hospitals, Old Age Homes and experts like Lawyers and Counselors.

·         The App will offer ready access to information critical for elders on - Elder Abuse, legal rights, entitlements from the Govt., healthcare and maintenance tips, other schemes and facilities such as reverse mortgage, health insurance, pensions etc.

·         The third feature would be information on market discounts available for senior citizens especially on the purchase of medicines, use of hospitals, path labs etc. This information will be city wise and GPS driven.

To begin with, the App will be in English & Hindi on Android platform; local languages will be attempted later. Other platforms will be added later.

Please download the App from Google Play Store or use this link

With regards,
Director & State Head (Kerala)
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Mob : +91 9447209678

Top Free Apps for Senior Citizens

FREE APPs for Senior Citizens
Sourced from:
I thank the website for wonderful compilation. Info already circulated to sss-global and ISU3A members. This blog post is for public benefit.
APPs that are priced have been deleted, knowing us as I do!  Therefore all the following APPs are absolutely FREE
Medical and Mobility Apps
1. Clock Face Test/ iPhone and iPad/Free. This app is a cognitive test to evaluate for dementia. Users are asked to drag numbers to the appropriate place on the clock and the app assesses their performance
2. Communication Tool/ iPhone/FreeThis app has over 500 pictures, plus you can download your own personal ones, to help someone with dementia to communicate more easily, as well as allowing for reminiscence exercises, memory prompts and other mental exercises
3. Apps to signal for help if your parent falls/Fall Detector. Spantec Fall Detector is a specialized application to alert for falls and extended periods of inactivity. Good for peace of mind.
4. Dealing with depression: Geriatric Depression Scale/FreeAsks recipients 15 questions and gives an analysis of their possible depression from the results
8. Pocket Physio/ FREECare UK’s Pocket Physio app is an easy to use guide to the physiotherapy exercises you need to do to prepare for, and recover from, hip or knee replacement surgery as well as foot and hand surgery.
Help with reading and hearing
1. Dragon Dictation, FREE.This app lets your parent dictate text and then send it as an email message. They can also dictate reminders to themselves and post on Facebook and Twitter

3. VizWiz/FREEVizWiz helps partially sighted users to take photos with their phone, ask questions and get spoken answers.
Help with shopping
1. Vouchercloud/FREEThis app gives your parent discount vouchers for local restaurants, cinemas and other high street shops offering discount.
2. Idealo/FREE This great app lets you scan the barcode on a product and search for the cheapest place to buy it.
3. WHICH? Gives advice on your consumer rights, from returning items to what to do with faulty goods. Here are some great sample letters to help you complain
Social media
This is such a vital way to combat isolation and loneliness and allow families to keep in touch.
1. SKYPE/Free.Skype is just fantastic to allow older people to keep in touch with family and friends. Just push a button and call with video as well, so it’s like having a face-to-face conversation
2. TWITTER/FREE. Twitter is quick and easy to use, and a great way to keep in touch
3. FACEBOOK /FREE. Like Twitter, great for sharing news and views with photos of what the family have been getting up to
1. IMUTT- FREEAnimals are proven to be great companions for older people, but not every older perosn is able to keep one. This game from the Dogs Trust allows users to feed, play with and walk with a pretend dog . Perfect and no need to walk in bad weather!
1. BBC iPlayer/FREE. iPlayer allows your parent to watch TV programmes they may have missed and watch them whenever they want to. An amazing app
2. KINDLE/FREE Read a vast collection of ebooks, on iPad, iPhone and Android, as well as Kindle and helpfully, it syncs across all apps
2, 123D SCULPT Your parent can mould virtual clay with this extraordinary creative app

Friday, June 3, 2016

Sandwich generation and their owes as caregivers

An excellent story on senior citizens as caregivers for their very old parents; their problems of having to take care of grown up kids, grand kids and themselves too!. Advice pouring from all sides is a reality - only those who are suffering will know!!

Senior friendly Nagpur Police