The four days celebration on Diwali illumines and brightens the whole country. Sometimes we are so occupied in the festival gala that we forget about the elderly who need our love and special care on Diwali. Diwali is the time to seek blessings from elderly. Here are some of the ways to take care for the elderly.

Protect them from dust
You surely would want to clean up your house before the festive season; however make sure that you ensure that the elderly are away from the dust which might get them into respiratory problems.

Protection from Pollution
Seniors face new set of challenges during Diwali. Make sure that elder people stay away from the places with high concentration of fumes. This becomes even more important if they are suffering from any respiratory problem such as asthma, pulmonary diseases, sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, common cold, pneumonia and allergic bronchitis.

Talk to doctor about how to be prepared to deal with increased pollution on Diwali. Your doctor may increase medicinal intake during this period.

Heavy metals such as lead, cadmium present in firecrackers can make breathing even more cumbersome for them. Therefore keep medications, nebulizer and inhalers handy.

Pollutants and dust takes more than three days to settle down. Therefore it is equally important to take care of elderly post Diwali as well. People with problem of central nervous system, heart and lung are affected more by dust.

Protect them from Noise pollution
Results of a study revealed that there was significant increase in decibel (db) levels. Sound level during festivals goes up from 50-60 db to 90-100db and the crackers in Diwali takes it up to 115-120db.
Noise pollution has different impact on every individual. Elder people are at high risk of health hazards linked to excessive noise pollution. The common impacts of noise pollution during Diwali include:
Tiredness
Headache
Impaired visual acuity
Loss of appetite
Impact on sleep
Annoyance, hypertension and stress are some of the possible psychological consequences of noise. Have patience even if your parents and grandparents become irritable.

The above stated problems are usually temporary and wear- off with time but the elderly should take special precautions. Increased noise level trigger heart problem by elevating the blood pressure.

If you have an elderly in your house then make sure that you go out of house to burst crackers. Elders must have minimum exposure to noise and pollution during and post Diwali.

Take care & enjoy this festive season.

With gleam of Diyas
And the Echo of the Chants
May Happiness and Contentment Fill Your life
Wishing you a very happy and prosperous Diwali!!

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