Active Lifestyle Improves Health of Seniors after Retirement
Mrs and Mr Arora were living in their own house in Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi. As their kids had settled abroad, they decided to move to a Senior Living home and finally moved to Ashiana Nirmay Bhiwadi (close to Gurgaon) in August 2018.
Mr Arora explains, “Just two months back, when we shifted, my wife had intense pain in her legs due to arthritis and couldn't even walk. I was contemplating purchasing a wheelchair for her. She was not ok with the idea of using a wheelchair. In the month end parties, she used to participate in singing performances. I was happy to see her getting involved and being socially active. Rakhi, Senior wellness executive, told me one day that soon I would see her dancing. I thought it was just a casual comment and I forgot about it over time.”
During one evening chit chat with friends, we came to know about the annual inter senior living sports and cultural festival - Jashn , which was going to held at Nirmay in the month of October. When the Jashn preparations started, I saw that my wife disappeared every noon for practice. She didn’t tell me much about it, and I assumed that she must be involved in some backstage activity- organising or decorating.
I was shocked when at the Jashn gala night I saw her dancing on the stage. I couldn't believe my eyes. I was simply flabbergasted. I was thrilled and emotional at the same time.”
He expresses further, “I am thankful to all Ashiana staff and especially Rakhi - who made this possible. My joy has no bounds today. I feel we are no longer the oldies cooped indoors complaining about aches and pains, but members of a supportive and vibrant community, enjoying our second youthful stage.”
Their children too got the news and were thrilled to see the video clipping of their mother’s dancing, on their mobile. “Our children were happy and surprised to learn that their mom danced on the stage. They are thrilled that we have moved here and are leading an active lifestyle.”
“I never thought that I would ever dance like this on stage at this age. While dancing, I almost felt like there was no issue with my legs.”, says Mrs Arora.
There are many such stories of seniors who have improved their health, living in Ashiana senior living communities across India. Senior living homes not only provide them with the right amenities to relive their second innings but also offer lots of social support and motivation from the other seniors living there.