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.…

Benefits of exercise physiology

Benefits of exercise physiology

  Exercise physiology is medical science that uses exercise to treat health conditions. It is proven that exercising and starting to move more can help improve any health condition with benefits including lifting your mood, improving memory, regulating blood sugar, enhancing circulation, helping prevent falls, strengthening your heart health, lungs and protects your joints and bones and can even increase…

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…

Celebrating Christmas with dementia

Celebrating Christmas with dementia

  Christmas is just around the corner and caring for people with dementia around this time can be challenging, however with the appropriate dementia care strategies in place, you and your loved ones can enjoy the festive season. Our Dementia Services Manager, Rejane Le Grange, has some tips to ensure your family has a merry Christmas, and dementia doesn’t need…

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…