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When buying masks for children, the first thing for parents to understand is that the masks made for adults are not suitable for children

By Rajesh Vohra

Winter is the time to bask in the sun, stroll around the lanes and devour all the great delicacies. While indulging in all these activities, parents should remember that their little ones need more protection during this season. Winter days come with a lot of smog, and when temperatures are really chilly outside. A mask is something that can protect a baby from various environmental hazards and also protect the little nose and mouth from the harsh winds during the winter season.


A mask specially designed for kids: A mask has become a clothing accessory over the last couple of years, and people tend to wear them for longer hours. When buying masks for children, the first thing for parents to understand is that the masks made for adults are not suitable for children. There are masks available on the market which are specifically designed for kids in the age group of 3-6 and for kids in the age group of 7-12 years.

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Retirement is definitely a well-deserved rest after a lifetime of working hard.

By N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe

Retirement is definitely a well-deserved rest after a lifetime of working hard. Getting respite from a work routine and stress after years of repetition can spark a sense of relief and adventure. However, the feeling of respite soon fades for a majority of people as questions about their sense of identity and lifestyle start clouding their minds. Naturally, after years of following the same routine and doing the same work, a sudden and complete halt can feel strange and trigger emotions of uncertainty and loneliness.

As more families go nuclear, a majority of retirees live independently by choice or because their children work far away. While living alone allows a person space to find and further their individuality, it can also lead to feelings of being alone and alienated. This possibility has only worsened during the pandemic as the social restrictions have minimized whatever a small number of visitations filled the day of most retirees otherwise. A Retiree spend most of their days in leisure, and thus constant loneliness might not translate into the best for their physical and mental health. There is therefore a critical need for their children to take out time and meaningfully engage with them to make their retirement years happier.

Rahul Gupta, CEO, SeniorWorld and Deepu, COO, SeniorWorld together share ways to achieve how working children can be more involved in supporting Retired Parents:

- Help them keep pace with technology: By teaching your parents how to cope with the current technological advancements, children can help them maintain pace with the times. Learning the internet and its usage can help ease their day-to-day tasks and simultaneously keep them engaged as they start using mobile applications to order medicines, shop online, order groceries, stream movies, and play games with friends who are miles away. Children can also help their parents engage in meaningful virtual activities by helping them get on board with virtual tools such as Zoom, Google Meet, and Facebook Live, etc.

man using smartphone sitting on concrete bench By teaching your parents how to cope with the current technological advancements, children can help them maintain pace with the times. | Photo by Bryan Pulgar on Unsplash

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Ananthalakshmi. N, Head-Education & Professional Services, Essilor India lists out ways to help keep eyes healthy:

Our eyes play an important role in our lives. They are the sensors that relay information about the environment to our brain. Eyes alert the brain to the prospect of both a safe environment and lurking danger. Our eyes work all the time - from getting out of bed in the morning to sleeping at night. In modern lives, we have another source of strain on our eyes - mobile phones, laptops and TVs. Studies have shown that unabated exposure to light emitted by these gadgets are harmful for our eyes.

Why eyesight could take a hit?
Technically, our eyesight can take a beating from refractive errors, the normal aging phenomenon (presbyopia, where individuals at 40+ years face difficulty in reading the small print on medicine bottles, and packet contents, among others), eye problems/diseases/infections, and injuries. Natural light is very important for our eyes to remain healthy. In children, a lack of time outdoors could increase their chances of developing short-sightedness. If you notice your eyesight is deteriorating, the most important thing to do is to immediately visit your eye care practitioner for an eye examination / eye test. The practitioner will be able to identify underlying issues that are causing the eyesight to go bad.

Ananthalakshmi. N, Head-Education & Professional Services, Essilor India lists out ways to help keep eyes healthy:

• Eat right - Eat a healthy and balanced diet rich in Vitamin A

• Harmful Lights - Prevent your eyes from harmful radiations / light, especially ultra violet radiations & harmful blue lights

• Sun & the eyes - Sun is the biggest natural source of UV and Light. A healthy amount of sunrays are good for the eyes, looking at the sun directly can cause damage ? even lasting damage ? to the eyes.

• Artificial sources - Today, we all are exposed to a number of artificial sources of light, including LED/ LCD used in artificial lighting (bulbs / tube lights); displays on TVs, mobiles, laptops, desktops, etc. Though not as powerful as the sun, prolonged exposure / proximity to the eyes / angle of exposure, can cumulatively, have a negative impact on the eyes and its well-being.


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Every year, November 14 is celebrated as Children's Day in India.

Every year, November 14 is celebrated as Children's Day in India. Well, this day is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of the first prime minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, and his love for children.

On this day, stress is given on the importance of rights of children, and at the same time, awareness is raised on the need to get them educated, as they form the future of the country.

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