Improving strength and balance

Improving strength and balance

  Balance is important for maintaining postural stability and thus for the avoidance of falls. Balance exercises should include multi-tasks situations which require the body to perform many activities of daily living; such as walking downstairs while having a conversation or stepping over an obstacle while carrying shopping bags.   Besides balance, muscle strength/power is also important for activities of…

Winter activities for seniors

Winter activities for seniors

  Winter is the time of year when most of us want to stay indoors, but it is important to keep the body and mind sharp by staying active. Learn more about five activities that you and your senior loved one can safely enjoy together throughout the winter season. Exercise is important for your health. The National Institute of Aging recommends that…

Staying connected as we get older

Staying connected as we get older

By Ian Simms, Head of Pastoral Care and Volunteer Services at Southern Cross Care WA   It’s a curious irony we live with, you know. The improved communications and the rapid transport are supposed to make us feel more connected to other parts of the world. Yet for all that, we can be some of the most isolated of people.…

Managing chronic disease made easy with Southern Plus

Managing chronic disease made easy with Southern Plus

  Australia has a rapidly ageing population with increasingly complex health needs. While the population can, on the whole, look forward to living a longer life, many people will be living with one or more chronic diseases. Chronic disease can have a profound effect on the health and quality of life of seniors, not to mention the financial burden of…

Successful recovery after a hospital stay

Successful recovery after a hospital stay

  The first few weeks of rehabilitation after being discharged from hospital are imperative to a patient’s recovery; this is especially true with seniors, who often need care and support to avoid complications that can lead to re-admission.   For some people, this will mean intensive physical rehabilitation. For others, it might mean initially resting with support around the home…

How to keep fit during the holidays

How to keep fit during the holidays

  Holidays are filled with family obligations, travelling, festive outings and all sorts of delicious treats.  However, it is important to balance indulgence and stick to a health and wellness routine or create one if you don’t already have. Here are some tips to get you started:  Keep moving – Avoid sitting down for too long. Research shows that getting up…

Beat the heat this summer

Beat the heat this summer

  In the hot weather, you need to take care of your health. Western Australia can experience long periods of extreme heat, where the maximum and minimum temperatures are much hotter than usual. The WA Department of Health advises people to follow the following information to stay safe as the weather heats up. How can you plan ahead for the…

Living well with Arthritis

Living well with Arthritis

1 in 6 Australians have arthritis. That’s approximately 4 million people.   Do your joints ache more than they used to? Have you noticed inflammation in your hands, feet or back? These are all symptoms of arthritis. You can live well with arthritis. Exercise and healthy living is key to managing this common condition for seniors. What is arthritis? Arthritis…

Spring cleaning tips for your home

Spring cleaning tips for your home

  Now that the rain has cleared up and spring is in the air, it is the perfect time for spring cleaning!   Spring is the time to clear out your wardrobe, clean out the garage or get up to speed with the gardening; however caring for a home takes a great deal of time and energy which can become…

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…