Making home elder-friendly
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Making home elder-friendly

November 18, 2019

Keeping the elders happy and giving them love and care is not just part of Chinese culture but it’s the only way any one can show gratitude and thank them for whatever positive contributions they have made in the lives of the younger generation.

From the Feng Shui perspective, the home should make the senior citizen’s feel happy, healthy and balanced. There are many ways one could bring about a change and make the space harmonious but focusing on the health through right Feng Shui would give them comfort and peace.

Clutter can often be a problem in the homes of senior citizens. With a full lifetime of possessions, it can often be difficult for an elderly person to keep things organised and tidy. Not only is clutter very detrimental to positive Chi energy in the home, but it can also be quite dangerous to one’s personal health.

There can also be many negative health aspects to an unclean house. For example, too much dust, mold, mildew or dampness in the home can cause disease. Simply opening the windows can be a great way of increasing the flow of positive Chi energy throughout the house, in addition to keeping the air fresh and healthful. If an elderly person finds it difficult to clean and do housework, getting some assistance in this area can be the most positive approach to take.

Sometimes the lonely feeling and age-related health problems engulf them and at times they would even behave like a child being stubborn and refusing to co-operate. This is not their fault but to a large extent it’s the contribution from the immediate environment which makes them respond that way. It’s quite common for the homes of senior citizens to simply become too “Yin.” This can happen for a number of reasons, including keeping the house too dark, keeping the temperature too cold, having too much dampness, or not enough air circulation.

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Feng Shui health gives special consideration to the living room and dining room as they play a significant role in deciding our health matters. Placing quartz crystals along with healing stones in the living room can significantly enhance the positive energies and healing vibes of any home. Candles and incense burners are a good way of attracting positive vibes and ensuring a healing atmosphere in your house for all its inhabitants.

Using lighter coloured curtains, opening windows whenever possible, and adding live plants can help to create a better balance of Yin and Yang within the home. Adding a water element to the home, such as a tranquil water fountain or a relaxing fish aquarium, can also be a great idea for senior citizens. In terms of wall decor or colours, shades of Green which represents wood and compass direction east and is said to enhance growth and vitality. If the room is small then shades of Pink representing fire element and activity would be good. 

However, when a person’s living space becomes too “Yin,” or in other words heavy, damp or sick, it can have a very detrimental effect on their health and level of personal happiness. Hence keeping the space clean, fresh and vibrant would help the senior citizens in a home.  

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