Living with dementia series: what dementia feels like

Living with dementia series: what dementia feels like

By Rejáne Le Grange, Dementia Services Manager   Think about the skills you use every day to look after yourself, your family and to be successful at your job or your community responsibilities.   Now imagine a day where everything goes wrong. Things break, financial demands suddenly seem to increase, you don’t feel as well, extra tasks that are given…

Staying healthy in winter

Staying healthy in winter

While the cooler weather is often a welcome change for all of us after the warmer summer months, the change in climate can present health risks especially for older people.   The following tips prepared by the WA Department of Health offer some great advice for staying healthy during the winter months.   Preventing colds and flu Colds and flu…

Observations from the finish line

Observations from the finish line

Someone I admire and respect described life once as a race. It’s a great description and one that has relevance for us no matter our age. I used to imagine the race to be a sprint, but I am more inclined these days to view it as a marathon. My efforts, lately, have placed me at the finish line in many respects. I work now in aged care, or more specifically in pastoral care in aged care. I get to join people for part of their race, especially as they near the finish line. Perhaps it might help to share some observations from there.

Chronic Headaches and Migraines

Chronic Headaches and Migraines

Leading pain management expert, Professor Visser from the Churack Chair of Pain Education and Research, University of Notre Dame Australia, explains what is the cause of chronic migraines and headaches and what can be done to alleviate the associated pain. What are chronic daily headaches? Chronic daily headache (CDH) is defined as having a headache for most of the day,…

Protect yourself from the Flu

Protect yourself from the Flu

  As a nurse practitioner, I’m often asked about the effectiveness of Flu vaccines. As you get older we become more susceptible to the flu and medical professionals tell us that having a flu vaccination is a safe and effective way to protect yourself against getting the flu this winter. Once again, this year, Southern Cross Care was very pleased…