072 Healthy Ageing Programme for senior citizens at Newasa in Ahmednagar

Bosco Gramin Vikas Kendra (BGVK) Ahmednagar, in collaboration with the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Society (PDMDS), conducted an awareness and interactive session for senior citizens at Newasa through  Samaj Vikas Samiti  under the umbrella of the 'Healthy Ageing' project, supported by the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Society.

The concept of healthy aging involves the aging process in a manner that fosters physical, mental, and social well-being, enabling individuals to lead active, independent, and fulfilling lives as they grow older. The primary objective of this workshop was to raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease and neurological disorders, with the aim of enhancing the quality of life, independence, and overall health of older adults. The Healthy Aging program addresses a spectrum of factors, encompassing physical fitness, nutrition, cognitive health, social engagement, and preventive healthcare measures.

The staff of Samaj Vikas Samitti welcomed the participants and explained to them the purpose of having this programme. Mrs. Bhavana Ghatvisave (Staff of BGVK) then oriented the beneficiaries on various topics as Art therapy, Yoga, Physiotherapy, Counselling, Dance Therapy, Speech Therapy, Food and nutrition and many more health problems associated with it. Being an interactive session, many of the participants asked questions which were being clarified by Mrs. Bhavna. The participants appreciated this initiative of BGVK and asked for more regular sessions on monthly basis. This collaborative effort between BGVK and PDMDS not only disseminated valuable information about Parkinson’s and neurological diseases but also served as a platform for interactive learning and engagement, aligning with the overarching goal of promoting healthy aging within the community.