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Home Based Tai Chi Session

“These Days I Feel Energetic and Feel the Need to be Productive”

The Story of How Home Based Tai Chi Sessions has Improved a Sense of Wellbeing in a 64 Year Old

Five years ago, Mr. Pushpa Lal Shrestha underwent an open heart surgery after which he bound himself to rest and recover at home. However, limiting himself at home most of the times resulted in his lack of confidence and ultimately a feeling of loneliness, shared Mr. Shrestha.

When Bihani Social Venture Pvt. Ltd, the first and only social enterprise working in the field of ageing in Nepal, first met with Mr. Shrestha, he shared with us about his health status and his willingness to stay healthy. He said with a warm smile, “I have seen on YouTube that a lot of elders in China are doing exercises to maintain good flexibility. My wish is to be healthy like them with such exercises.” We immediately informed Mr. Shrestha about Bihani’s home based service (HBS) of Tai Chi for senior citizens and he expressed keen interest to take up our standard four free trial classes. Four classes later, Mr. Shrestha signed up for 10 home based Tai Chi sessions for three times a week.

Pushpa UncleA Tai Chi session plan was designed together with Mr. Shrestha following a Client/ Patient Centered Care (PCC) approach keeping Mr. Shrestha in the centre of decision making and considering his interest, for best outcomes.

“Tai Chi is an art embracing the mind, body and spirit – originating in ancient China, tai chi is one of the most effective exercises for health of mind and body. Although an art with great depth of knowledge and skill, it can be easy to learn and soon delivers its health benefits” (Tai Chi for Health Institute, 2018).

The positive change in his overall sense of wellbeing was evident soon after his routinely Tai Chi sessions with Bihani, when he informed that he has begun gardening, and going out and about. Mr. Shrestha also signed up for Bihani’s membership for senior citizens to enjoy discounted benefits at various outlets and to involve himself in various inter- generational events and activities organized by Bihani such as musical events and members’ potluck, among others.

Mr. Shrestha informed, “Prior to learning Tai Chi I usually felt lethargic, my entire body cramped and I used to yawn a lot but now I feel much better and my breathing has improved. These days I feel energetic and feel the need to be productive.” Acknowledgement of our effective services from individuals like Mr. Shrestha and seeing improvement in their sense of wellbeing is what motivates us each day to continue on with our work with seniors.

By Sandhya Maharjan, Health & Rehabilitation Coordinator

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About us

WHAT IS BIHANI?

Bihani is a social venture born out of the need to create a positive outlook to life and living meaningfully. Our focus is on individuals who want to re – engage, re – explore and re – live a new beginning or create a rewarding second half of their lives based on their past experiences. The aim is to provide a platform for our members/ elders to share their experiences along with learning from each other, making sure that they are able to bring about a difference in theirs as well as others’ lives. Bihani’s objectives are:

  • To provide services and support to citizens (especially above fifty years of age but not limited to it) to lead a social and fruitful life through interactions with like-minded individuals and organisations
  • To address the issues of loneliness, dependency and loss of confidence amongst our elders caused due to migration or due to the busy lifestyle of other family members
  • To change the traditional mindset of both children and parents along with others that growing older is a positive and not negative process through their active involvement in various activities
  • To provide a platform which will engage our members/ elders to impact socially by contributing their expertise or ideas in various spheres of society by connecting them to organisations or individuals in need
  • To explore the potential and interests of our members/ elders in order to make them realise their dreams through the services and support we provide

WHY BIHANI?

Most of us are what we are because of our parents and elders but at times, we seem to forget that we need to encourage them to live their lives– the same way they made us live ours. Based on personal experience, we are of the opinion that once individuals start ageing, they stop socialising, slowly losing confidence and becoming dependent. These are individuals with a lot of potential and experience which starts getting confined within the comfort zone of their homes.

Bihani aims to ensure that the potential, aspiration and experience of the elders do not go a waste.  It also provides an opportunity for the children and others to make their parents or elders experience a social and rewarding life where they can continue contributing and living life without any barriers.

The ‘social problem’ which Bihani is trying to address is the issues related to ‘ageing’. The impact of the problem is beyond our imagination and it will persist because it is a natural process affecting everyone but an issue which we find ‘unnatural’ to discuss or invisible. Ageism may now be more pervasive than sexism or racism.

The world’s population is rapidly ageing. The number of people aged 60 years or older will rise from 900 million to 2 billion between 2015 and 2050 (moving from 12% to 22% of the total global population).

Between 2015 and 2030, the number of older persons worldwide is set to increase by 56 per cent — from 901 million to more than 1.4 billion. By 2030, the number of people aged 60 and above will exceed that of young people aged 15 to 24.

According to the National Population and Housing Census 2011 (Village Development Committee/Municipality) Report published in November 2012 by the Government of Nepal, National Planning Commission Secretariat, Central Bureau of Statistics Kathmandu, “The total population of Nepal is 26,494,504 (Twenty-six million four hundred ninety-four thousand five hundred and four). Out of the total population, 3,978,149 or 15% comprises of citizens above fifty years of age which is Bihani’s target group and as per 2001 census of Nepal, there were 1.5 million elderly inhabitants, which constitute 6.5 percent of the total population in the country (based on the most current official data).

According to the UN World Population Ageing Report 1950 – 2050:

  • Population ageing is unprecedented, without parallel in human history—and the twenty-first century will witness even more rapid ageing than did the century just past
  • Population ageing is pervasive- a global phenomenon affecting every man, woman and child—but countries are at very different stages of the process, and the pace of change differs greatly (Countries starting the process later will have less time to adjust)
  • Population ageing is enduring which we will not return to the young populations that our ancestors knew
  • Population ageing has profound implications for many facets of human life

There is a huge demographic shift waiting to happen with repercussions beyond our imagination or control because the danger of it all- is the fact that many of us have not even realized that we will be a part of the statistics being quoted.

Services

Internet Literacy Classes

This service has been introduced keeping in mind the role that internet plays in our lives today along with, the need of our clients to stay connected with their children or relatives online.

Read about our client’s experience and why internet classes are needed.

A Mother’s Experience : How Internet has brought her children closer to her despite the distance – Mrs. Chanchala Thapa, Aged: 62 years

 

Services

Literature Club

Focusing on the interest of the clients, the literature club will include readings and discussions of Books, Stories, Poetry, Quotations or any other form of literature based on the members’ interest. This will create a forum where like-minded individuals can share their opinion along with also introducing or opening the doors of literature to others as well.

20 September 2013: Book Reading & Interaction with Anil Chitrakar, Author of Take the Lead

20 Sept - Final

Services

Interactions and discussions

This service will include interactions and discussions on various topics amongst the members, or with youth, children or guests. The aim is to create a space where opinions, thoughts and expressions are free flowing along with creating an environment of learning and bonding amongst those present. The decision of the topic and the guests will be dependent on the members and their interests.

The Waiting Eyes: A poem written and recited by Bani Rai during the Safe Sky for Nepal Interaction Session on 16 November 2013 https://www.facebook.com/events/1424032147815131/

About

Our Services

Bihani will provide the services listed below focusing broadly on Social Activities, Health & Wellbeing and Organisational which will capitalise the potential of the clients who take it. These services will focus on:

  • Social Activities which will get like-minded or maybe not so like-minded people together through interactions, book clubs, movie clubs, performing arts, internet literacy etc.
  • Health & Wellbeing Services which will be on demand and might include getting appointments fixed with the doctors, physiotherapy, massage, spa etc. based on the client’s need
  • Organisational Services which will include income generation, networking and volunteering activities. Clients can get involved in activities such as delivering workshops, talks, sessions, counseling, selling their products and services etc. depending on their expertise, volunteering if interested and enterprise development

Pilot Services: To start with, Bihani will offer the six pilot services mentioned below from August 2013:

  1. Movie Club
  2. Interactions and Discussions
  3. Music, Art and Performing Arts
  4. Organisational Services
  5. Literature Club
  6. Internet Literacy Classes

(The rates/ special packages and discounts available for the services will be shared on request.)

These services are based on the highest interest generated from the potential clients we contacted as part of our research. All our clients will have the option of signing up for a service or services:

  • Once a Week = 4 events/ month
  • Fortnightly = 2 events/ month
  • Monthly = 1 event/ month

 Services on Demand: New services will be introduced periodically according to the demands and needs of our members.

About

WHY BIHANI?

Most of us are what we are because of our parents and elders but at times, we seem to forget that we need to encourage them to live their lives, the same way they made us live ours. Based on personal experience, we are of the opinion that once individuals start ageing, they stop socialising, slowly losing confidence and becoming dependent. These are individuals with a lot of potential and experience which starts getting confined within the comfort zone of their homes. Bihani aims to ensure that the potential, aspiration and experience of our clients do not go a waste.  It also provides an opportunity for the children and others to make their parents or elders experience a social and rewarding life where they can continue contributing and living without any barriers.

The social problem Bihani is trying to address is issues related to Ageing. The impact of the problem is beyond our imagination and it will persist because it is a natural process affecting everyone but an issue which we find ‘unnatural’ to discuss or invisible. Ageism may now be more pervasive than sexism or racism.

The world’s population is rapidly ageing: The number of people aged 60 years or older will rise from 900 million to 2 billion between 2015 and 2050 (moving from 12% to 22% of the total global population).

Between 2015 and 2030, the number of older persons worldwide is set to increase by 56 per cent — from 901 million to more than 1.4 billion. By 2030, the number of people aged 60 and above will exceed that of young people aged 15 to 24.

According to the National Population and Housing Census 2011 (Village Development Committee/Municipality) Report published in November 2012 by the Government of Nepal, National Planning Commission Secretariat, Central Bureau of Statistics Kathmandu: The total population of Nepal is 26,494,504 (twenty-six million four hundred ninety-four thousand five hundred four). Out of the total population, 3,978,149 or 15% comprises of citizens above fifty years of age which is Bihani’s target group and according to the 2001 census of Nepal, there were 1.5 million elderly inhabitants, which constitute 6.5 percent of the total population in the country (Based on most current Official data).

According to the UN World Population Ageing Report 1950 – 2050:

  • Population ageing is unprecedented, without parallel in human history—and the twenty-first century will witness even more rapid ageing than did the century just past.
  • Population ageing is pervasive, a global phenomenon affecting every man, woman and child—but countries are at very different stages of the process, and the pace of change differs greatly.  Countries that started the process later will have less time to adjust
  • Population ageing is enduring:  we will not return to the young populations that our ancestors knew.
  • Population ageing has profound implications for many facets of human life

There is a huge demographic shift waiting to happen with repercussions beyond our imagination or control because the danger of it all is that fact that, many of us have not even realized that we will be a part of the statistics being quoted.

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