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Bird feeding and watching are good for well being, get involved
Recently, when I visited my home town Kurukshetra, I saw a grandfather and grandson feeding the crows with small pieces and bits of chapati. Both of them were enjoying it. They were even talking to the crows while feeding them.

On getting into conversation, it became evident that the elderly person was well conversant with bird therapy and its importance.

"Those who feed the birds feel that they have a purpose in life which provides them self-esteem. Even, it gives the persons with dementia or Alzheimer's disease, a sense of pleasure to care for something living. For the feeder, birds can provide a topic of conversation while he or she feeds them resulting into a good-feel experience," I was told.

I know that my mother, during her old age used to spend some time feeding and watching birds to get connected with the outside world and reduce her isolation and loneliness. When anyone visited her, talking about birds provided her a means to get into conversation. She used to talk about the birds that used to come to her room window and make noise to demand food. She had also nicknamed some birds based on their behaviours.

Psycho-therapists inform that feeding and watching birds can provide physical therapy even to young people. Cleaning and filling bird feeders in the parks can provide exercise for residents who may lack motivation to exercise on their own.

Even for babies, bird feeding helps to develop their motor skills. For example, the simple hand and finger movements of breaking bread into small pieces for the birds helps in providing exercise for fingers or hands.

Also, birds provide sensory stimulation, both visual and audio. Further, watching birds may even provide better eye movement and increased visual field for some children.

It is even recommended that one must keep a feeder outside his or her room window to stimulate visual mobility eyes by watching the activities of the birds. One must listen to chirping, tweeting and singing by birds to stimulate auditory senses.

It has been seen that at some nursing homes and old people's homes, residents are encouraged to sit outside and sing or whistle with the birds. It's an activity that provides vocal exercise and helps to involve them with nature which has a healing effect.

Even, one must take deliberate bird watching tours or bird walks in different areas in the neighbourhood since they have great therapeutic value for those who get involved.

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