Physical and Mental Effects of Poor Air

As the smog has descended on Delhiites (and a major chunk of North India too), discussing weather has acquired new dimensions now. Suddenly the words like Air Quality Index (AQI) and Particulate Matter (PM) sound oh-so-familiar. Its distressing to see all the environmentalists’ nightmares coming true. While the authorities play the blame game, we still have our life’s businesses to take care of. We have to go to work and the forced school holiday isn’t going to last forever. Air pollution is not going to spare anyone and children and elderly are particularly vulnerable. The children especially, because their immunity…

MANAGING THE AGING MIND

My grandmother is turning 85 and my daughter is the most excited about it. Her excitement is contagious but somehow the ‘birthday girl’ isn’t catching it yet. Far from it, she seems rather unhappy. She was a very independent woman but age finally is having its way. After her husband’s death few years ago, she chose to live on her own. We were skeptical but wise enough to respect her choices. Unfortunately as her sense of hearing and sight diminished, it was a risk we weren’t willing to take. So reluctantly she moved in with us and her best ally…