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Second Innings: Deep Probeen Porisheba (DPP) Creates new Milestone in Taking care of Greying Population in Kolkata
“If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.”
― Rabindranath Tagore
Kolkata, Nov 22, 2016: Light is what guides the needy, out of the hopelessness of darkness. To the distressed people and the people in need, one hope is all that it takes to get them back to living a better life, to make them want to live to the fullest.
This is where ‘Deep Probeen Porisheba’ comes in and becomes a unique destination for the elderly. This one of its kind organisation provides in-home services for the elderly people. It runs an old age facility for the elderly people who can enjoy the services from the comfort of their own home. Filled with old-age-homes and ‘Ashrams’, Kolkata still lacks many of in-home services. The excellent services and multiple options provided by DPP, is making it a popular choice for the elderly, particularly for people in Kolkata.
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One of their members, Kamlesh Agarwal (79) who lives in Ballygunge says, I have joined DPP in 2015 and it helps me to socialize with people. My son is a Scientist in Orlando and my daughter stays in Dubai. Attending events and sharing stories with other people helps me to cope up with the solitude.”
My therapist helps me to get better each day. “I like to paint and I still feel young at heart.”
When an old couple has children abroad or lost their family, it becomes a dark world for the helpless couple with nobody to take care of them properly, nobody to sit beside and spend the evening with, none to accompany to the medical appointments or none to have the dinner with.
Another member, Pratima Biswas is with DPP for more than 3 years. A resident of Ekdalia, in Kolkata- she feels secure and safe to be connected with the organisation. “They are just a call away. If I have to go somewhere, they reach out to us and guide us accordingly.”
In today’s fast-paced world, one of the neediest people in the society is the elderly or old people who do not have a care in the world or situations have pushed them to the edge of living a life full of solitude. Therefore, they are the ones unable to fully cope with the newest generation, walk along today’s youth, and talk the language of the tech-world.
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India, one of the most prominent developing countries of the third world, is a nation that suffers from the crisis in which a society marks the old age- homes as the inevitable destination for the old people. Children moving abroad in need of better career and occupation or the loss of family leave the old people to reach out to the old age facilities offered nowadays. Kolkata also shows the same picture and the need for such facilities keeps increasing at an alarming rate, proving the distress of the old people in our society.
But moving one’s old parents to an old-age-home is not the answer that resolves the distress of the old ones. Leaving one’s own home and getting severed from the regular lifestyle is not only painful but also weakens the already weak minds of the old ones. While there are multiple old-age-homes in Kolkata, there are not much of excellent services available for the needy old people.
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DPP’S services include- technology assistance, companionship, social gatherings and picnics in groups, psychological counselling, a visit to the religious places, city-travel assistance, long distance travel assistance, handyman services and car-rental services.
Apart from these their medical services are also extremely helpful and those include-emergency services, regular health monitoring, monthly appointments to the doctor, quarterly visits by the well-known Geriatric specialist, post-operative care, nutrition advice, physiotherapy, help with understanding medical reports or prescriptions and the health-insurance policies and affiliation with the well-known diagnostic and nursing centers in Kolkata.
Established in 2013, ‘Deep Probeen Porisheba’, is an in-home service for the elderly, provided by the Saint James –HRDS India (P) Ltd. – a subsidiary of HRDS, USA.
The services offered by DPP are delivered at home and they are extremely reliable, consistent and professional providing a membership package that is completely flexible and customized to suit the needs of every family.
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Compassionate, well-trained and dedicated carers make the services worth choosing. An expert panel of qualified physicians and medical professionals are a plus in the services and the regular delivery of the progress-reports to the family members anywhere in the globe, make ‘Deep Probeen Porisheba’, a wonderful destination for the elderly and loved ones of one’s family.
– reporting by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC
Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan shares how he feels when people compare him with his father Amitabh Bachchan on the singing reality show 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa'. He also requests contestant Rajshree Bag to sing a track 'Bahon Mein Chale Aao' featuring his mother Jaya Bachchan.
Abhishek said after looking at the performance of Rajshree, who is often compared with Lata Mangeshkar on the show, that she reminds him of being compared with his father. "Rajshree, whenever I have got the chance to watch the show, I've seen people compare you to Lata didi. It actually reminded me about how people compare me with my father and ask me how I feel about it."
According to him Amitabh Bachchan is a great actor in the industry and this is what he says to everyone making these comparisons. "My answer to them is that there's no greater actor in this film industry than Amitabh Bachchan and if I'm being compared to him, I am sure I must have done something good."
"Similarly, your voice has a different kind of magic like Lata ji and that's why people are comparing your voice with her. I feel you should always take this as a compliment," he concluded. 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa' airs on Saturday and Sunday on Zee TV. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Abhishek Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, reality show, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, Rajshree Bag
Winters in India have always beckoned for that hot, steaming bowl of tomato and pepper rasam or the mellow, millet based Raab. Certain dishes like sarson ka saag, undhiyu, nimona pulao are winter specialites in the country. Seasonal food has always been an Indian speciality -- we switch our choice in fruits, vegetables, sometimes even grains with the onset of different season. The preference of using specific ingredients during certain climates is visible in our sweets as well. It's common to find local and traditional delicacies made of jaggery, instead of sugar during the winters. Case in point -- the Nolen Gur Rasgulla, a speciality made in Odisha and West Bengal between November to February.
Celebrity chef, Sanjeev Kapoor, strongly advocates this need of eating seasonal produce. He says, "The beauty of our food is in our seasonal usage of fruits and vegetables. If you realise, Gajar ka halwa is made aplenty during winters as this is the season when beautiful red carrots hit the market or mango pickle is made during summer, thanks to its availability. Despite people and sometimes, even me, suggesting that we should eat fresh as well as seasonal fruits and vegetables, we do not know what chemicals are sprayed on them to keep them safe while they are growing. When this produce hits the market, there isn't a certifying agency like the FSSAI that will help people understand what vegetables and fruits are free of pesticides and germs and which ones don't. Hence, the onus lies on us to make them safe for consumption. ITC's Nimwash is a good solution."
When it comes to winters, the Chef recommends eating these fruit and vegetables:
* Purple Mogri -- Mogri or Radish pods are not a common sight throughout the country. But you can spot them during the winters in local markets in northern India where women pick them up to make raitas, curries and stir fries. Rich in magnesium, calcium and copper, the vegetable is known to aid people from digestive problems.
Mogri or Radish pods are not a common sight throughout the country, but you can spot them during the winters | Pixabay
* Sweet Potato -- A re-discovered favourite, Sweet potatoes have created a space for itself in the millennial kitchen. With its diverse addition in burgers, chips and even chat, the root vegetable is filled with nutrients such as fibres and vitamins.
Sweet potatoes have created a space for itself in the millennial kitchen. | Wikimedia Commons
* Avarekalu -- Called Hyacinth beans in English, Avarekalu is a winter speciality in the south that is added to sambhar, saagu, rotis, etc. Bangalore is famed for its Averakalu mela during the winter months, where you can find these beans in dosas, Pani puri and even Jalebis! Thronged by crowds from all over the city, the food fest is a gourmand's delight.
Called Hyacinth beans in English, Avarekalu is a winter speciality in the south that is added to sambhar, saagu, rotis, etc. | Wikimedia Commons
* Amla -- The Indian gooseberry is a common winter fruit found through the country. High in Vitamin C, it is known to be immunity building and extremely beneficial for the skin and hair. There are multiple ways to eat Amla -- it is pickled, made into a fruit preserve called as Murraba or even eaten by sprinkling salt over it.
The Indian gooseberry is a common winter fruit found through the country. | Pixabay
(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: winter, Sanjeev Kapoor, chef, Indian gooseberry, Sweet Potato, Radish pods
Just three minutes of exposure to deep red light once a week, when delivered in the morning, can significantly improve declining eyesight, finds a new study. The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, found there was, on average, a 17 per cent improvement in participants' colour contrast vision when exposed to three minutes of 670 nanometre (long wavelength) deep red light in the morning and the effects of this single exposure lasted for at least a week.
However, when the same test was conducted in the afternoon, no improvement was seen. "We demonstrate that one single exposure to long wave deep red light in the morning can significantly improve declining vision, which is a major health and wellbeing issue, affecting millions of people globally," said lead author, Glen Jeffery from the University College London.
Using a provided LED device, all participants were exposed to three minutes of 670nm deep red light in the morning between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m | Photo by Hush Naidoo Jade Photography on Unsplash
For the study, the team involved a small yet significant number of participants aged between 34 and 70, had no ocular disease, completed a questionnaire regarding eye health prior to testing, and had normal colour vision (cone function). This was assessed using a 'Chroma Test' -- identifying coloured letters that had very low contrast and appeared increasingly blurred, a process called colour contrast.
Using a provided LED device, all participants were exposed to three minutes of 670nm deep red light in the morning between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Their colour vision was then tested again three hours post exposure and 10 of the participants were also tested one week post exposure. On average there was a 'significant' 17 per cent improvement in colour vision, which lasted a week in tested participants; in some older participants, there was a 20 per cent improvement, also lasting a week.
A few months on from the first test (ensuring any positive effects of the deep red light had been 'washed out') few participants, carried out the same test in the afternoon, between 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. When participants then had their colour vision tested again, it showed zero improvement. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Deep red light, therapy, eye sight, study,chroma test