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3671  General Category / General Discussion / Old age needs care, caregivers need support on: August 06, 2010, 05:19:03 PM
Old age needs care, caregivers need support

In a nuclear family with two boys, life was smooth sailing until my mother's untimely demise. My father, 75- plus, could not be left alone. An accident coupled with his spouse's sudden death had left him shaken. We brought him over to live with us.

In his heyday, he was a dynamic person but as years went by, symptoms of old age crept in. It started off with slow memory loss; he found it hard to recollect names and repeated things over and over again. Friends and relatives quickly diagnosed it as Alzheimer's and gave it a certain respectability (thanks to Mohanlal in the Malayalam movie Thanmathra).

 To arrest its progression we would see to it that he kept to a regular routine of walks, yoga, reading the newspaper, and attending telephone calls. He loved going out so we would take him along when we went shopping or to dine out at hotels.

 We would make him collect the bill and check the balance amount received, so that his mental arithmetic was intact. But soon this became difficult for him. He was given petty tasks like cutting vegetables, peeling onions, locking the gate, placing vegetables into the refrigerator, ironing his clothes, all of which required some cognitive ability.

Signs of dementia

As he crossed his eighties, his behaviour showed signs of dementia. His activities became slower and slower while his obsessions grew stronger and stronger. He lost track of what he ate as sometimes he would finish off a dozen bananas in half a day. Worse still, he was obstinate in throwing the peels into the neighbour's yard.

His world shrank to his almirah, his clothes and his books. He would check umpteen times if they were all intact. His clothes were sometimes quietly picked up from the clothes line even before they were dry. Pens went missing from the tabletop, important letters also disappeared from the mail box. Luckily, we would find them hidden in his cupboard and he would flatly refuse he had taken them.

The 10-year-old's odd toys would also find their way into his cupboard and that would start a fight between them. It was not that stereotyped story-telling-loving grandfather that my son knew, but someone more closer to his age waiting to get even.

Interaction with outsiders was no better. His prejudices or hatred that he nurtured deep inside would surface now and then. We had to intervene to tone them down. Very few had the time and patience to listen to his harping. With his activities having shrunk and communication becoming incoherent, it was soon he to himself with dialogue being minimal. It is at these times that a support group is essential but it is lacking in our fast–paced society. Problems of the old are rarely seen from the caregiver's perspective.

With advanced medical care and improved standards of living, old people now have more years of age to cope with. The quality of living through old age depends, to a large extent, on sensible handling by the caregivers. People in their eighties are invariably suffering from physical immobility or dementia (still underrecognised).

Multiple needs

Their needs are many — first, physical needs like giving them a bath, clothing them, giving food and medicines at regular intervals, accompanying them for a walk and so on. Second, financial needs, like arranging for their monthly expenditures, managing their bank accounts and other financial transactions. Third, emotional needs, like sparing time to listen to them even if it did or did not make sense, or making them feel useful by assigning tasks which they can perform.

This is not all. They also have their social needs like attending functions, visiting temples, or travelling to new places. Physical and emotional needs are provided at the individual's own home but social needs imply social interactions outside home. For this, society should be ready to accept them into the mainstream. If the aged are suffering from dementia, they can at times be quite an embarrassment but this embarrassment is not for the caretaker alone but should be shared by society as a whole. The younger generation, in particular, should be educated to be more sensitive to this category of the ‘very old', whom one would put at home rather than bring out. The care and concern that we readily show to the physically and mentally challenged should be extended to these people also.

Caregivers thus need to be given all encouragement and support by society. The Income Tax department could give an across-the-board relief to all families supporting an 80-plus senior citizen and spare them the rigours of having to prove dementia in such cases. Day care centres will soon be the need of the times and surely prove a great boon to both the old and their care givers.
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3672  Image Zone / Funny Pictures / Do you take long in the toilet? on: August 06, 2010, 05:00:34 PM
Do you take long in the toilet?

Toilet Rolls - For Those Who Take Longer In The Loo :
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3673  General Category / The Newsroom / Tata's STD calls cheaper than locals on: August 06, 2010, 01:10:16 PM
Tata's STD calls cheaper than locals

NEW DELHI: Intensifying the ongoing tariff war, Tata Teleservices on Thursday announced 30 paise per minute tariff for domestic long distance (STD) calls for its CDMA pre-paid users, making it cheaper than local calls.

Tata Tele, which is credited for launching the per second billing model in the country, has launched the 'Ulta Plan' for its Tata Indicom (its CDMA offering), under which the users can make STD calls for 30 paise a minute. But local calls will be charged at 50 paise per minute. “The offer cuts through the clutter and offers a competitive tariff that makes STD calls cheaper than local calls. The plan will be extremely suitable for heavy STD users, providing maximum value and calling benefits,” Tata Tele regional head (North-Central) Vineet Bhatia said here.

The company, which added about 2.3 million subscribers in June, expects to add 30% more subscribers with the launch of this plan. Tata Tele, which offers the CDMA services under Tata Indicom and GSM services under Tata Docomo brand, said the Ulta Plan will be available on its CDMA platform only for the time being. Potential pre-paid subscribers can avail of the benefits of the plan by recharging their number with the first recharge vouchers available for Rs 58 and Rs 104.

Users can make STD calls at 30 paise a minute for three months from the date of recharge for the first 600 minutes per month, after which STD calls will be charged at 50 paise per minute. Furthermore, SMSs would be offered at a special price of 50 paise for both national and local messages. Existing subscribers can also avail of this benefit for the first 600 minutes by recharging with Ulta Plan special tariff vouchers available at Rs 26.

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3674  General Category / The Newsroom / Two brothers of 11 and 13 year old are to become India's youngest MBAs on: August 06, 2010, 12:36:22 PM

Two brothers of 11 and 13 year old are to become India's youngest MBAs

Bangalore: Neel Joshi, 13 and his brother Deep, 11, class eight and class six students of Thakur Vidya Mandir School at Kandivali East in Mumbai are on their way to become India's youngest MBA graduates as they have finished their first semester MBA with distinction from an institute affiliated to a U.S. varsity. The teen prodigies are pursuing their MBA from the Indian Management School and Research centre (IMSR) affiliated to the University of  Northeast Virginia, reports Bangalore Mirror.

While Neel has cleared his first year in Finance Management with 91 percent, Deep has cleared the first semester of MBA in Operation Management by securing 75 percent.

It was a meeting with the representative of IMSR at an education fair, which helped them realize their dreams. "I had taken a risk in admitting the boys against all rules," admits Pravin Parmar, director, IMSR. "They have both scored very good marks and I am confident they will become the youngest MBAs in the country," he added.

"We had sought admission for MBA courses at the University of Mumbai and various other institutes in USA and UK. But everyone turned us down saying we were too young to enroll for management courses. They also told us we must approach them after post-graduation and gaining three years of working experience," says Neel.

Deep said, "I joined the institute but never worried about the results. I only aimed at studying management. My brother and I dream of getting a prize from President Pratibha Patil after we complete the course. I am also preparing for my MBA first year final exam which is scheduled in January."

The boys had exhibited extraordinary talents at their very young age. They could recite entire chapters from the Bhagvad Gita, Hanuman Chalisa and even the Rig Veda when they were in kindergarten. They have also shown their excellence in extracurricular activities such as carom in which they represent Air India at national level events. Neel wants to become a cardiac surgeon, while Deep wishes to be a pilot. The boys' father Ajit Joshi is a civil engineer.

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3675  Fun Zone / Clean Jokes / Hellish Punishment on: August 05, 2010, 08:24:10 PM
Hellish Punishment

A man died and was taken to his place of eternal torment by the Devil.

As he passed sulfurous pits and shrieking sinners, he saw a man he recognized as a lawyer snuggling up to a beautiful woman.

"That's unfair," he cried. "I have to roast for all eternity, and that lawyer gets to spend it with a beautiful woman."

"Shut up!" barked the Devil, jabbing him with his pitchfork. "Who are you to question that woman's punishment?"
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3676  Fun Zone / Clean Jokes / Missing Husband !! on: August 05, 2010, 07:51:24 PM
Missing Husband !!

Expect this from your wife anytime DAMM GOOD !!

A lady went to the police station to file a report for her missing Husband:

Lady: I lost my Husband

Inspector: What is his height

Lady: I never noticed

Inspector: Slim or healthy

Lady: Not slim can be healthy

Inspector: Colour of eyes

Lady: Never noticed

Inspector: Colour of hair

Lady: Changes according to season

Inspector: What was he wearing

Lady: suit/casuals I don’t remember exactly

Inspector: Was somebody with him HuhHuhHuh

Lady: Yes my Labrador dog, Calvin, tied with a golden chain, height 30 inches, healthy, blue eyes, blackish

brown hair, his left foot thumb nail is slightly broken, he never barks, wearing a golden belt studded with blue

balls, he likes non veg food, we eat together, we jog together…. And the lady started crying…..

Inspector: Let’s search for the dog first!!!!!!!
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3677  Fun Zone / Clean Jokes / Retired Couple on: August 05, 2010, 07:35:33 PM
Retired Couple

A retired couple is lying in bed one night and are discussing all aspects of their future.

"What will you do if I die before you do?" husband asked wife.

After some thought, she said, "I'd probably look for a house sharing situation with three other single or widowed women who might be a little younger than herself, since she is so active for her age."

Then wife asked husband, "What will you do if I die first?"

He replied, "Probably the same thing."
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3678  Fun Zone / Clean Jokes / Smart Parents .. on: August 05, 2010, 07:31:32 PM
Smart Parents ..

An elderly man in Mumbai calls his son in New York and says,

'I hate to ruin your day son, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are getting a divorce; 35 years of marriage... and that much misery is enough!'

'Dad, what are you talking about?' the son screams.

'We can't stand the sight of each other any longer,' the old man says.

'We're sick of each other, and I'm sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Hong Kong and tell her!'

Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone.

'Like heck they're getting divorced,' she shouts, 'I'll take care of this.'

She calls Mumbai immediately, and screams at the old man, 'You are not getting divorced. Don't do a single thing until I get there. I'm calling my brother back, and we'll both be there tomorrow. Until then , don't do a thing, DO YOU HEAR??' and she hangs up.

The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. 'Okay', he says, 'It's all set. They're both coming for our anniversary and paying their own airfare!!'
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3679  News/Announcements / Feedback Corner / Questions / Discussion on Karma add. on: August 05, 2010, 06:57:31 PM
Discussion on Karma add.

It is noted that as an appreciation of the post Karma is being added by FOTN members.

However It is observed that many of of our friends even though they add the karma either they forget to add or some times  k does not gets added up.

Also since presently there needs to be a time lag of one hour for the second K the same will not be added as the member may forget the same. 

In order to ensure the appreciation gets added up, I feel that following to be introduced.

1.one hour time gap to be omitted.

2.Members to mention the the number of the K when their appreciation is added.

ie if before adding K it is 126 then they shld indicate that with their k the total K wld be 127.

Request yr views about this subject
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3680  Fun Zone / Clean Jokes / Speeding… on: August 05, 2010, 05:22:23 PM

A man was speeding down the highway, feeling secure in a group of cars all traveling at the same speed. However, as they passed a speed trap, he got nailed with an infrared speed detector and was pulled over.

The officer handed him the citation, received his signature and was about to walk away when the man asked, “Officer, I know I was speeding, but I don’t think it’s fair - there were plenty of other cars around me who were going just as fast, so why did I get the ticket?”  

“Ever go fishing?” the policeman suddenly asked the man.

“Um, yeah…” the startled man replied.

The officer grinned and added, “Did you ever catch all the fish?”

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