Living with rheumatoid arthritis

Living with rheumatoid arthritis

  Associate Professor Therese O’Sullivan, an accredited practicing dietician and lecturer at Edith Cowan University, recently shared some helpful tips with us, for those living with rheumatoid arthritis.   Rheumatoid arthritis, also known as RA, is the second most common arthritis after osteoarthritis. It affects more women than men, and is most likely to start at a younger age than…

Using exercise to fight cancer

Using exercise to fight cancer

  In recent years, there has been a greater focus on the importance of physical activity to enable cancer patients to function normally and to enhance their quality of life.   There is growing evidence that a physically active lifestyle protects against the development of colon cancer, breast cancer, endometrial cancer, and prostate cancer. In recent years, a number of…

World Cancer Day 2019 – “I am and I will”

World Cancer Day 2019 – “I am and I will”

  Every year on February 4, World Cancer Day empowers communities across the world to show support and raise the profile of cancer in a positive and inspiring way.   The campaign theme for World Cancer Day 2019 is ‘I Am and I Will’. Regardless of who you are, you have the power to reduce the impact of cancer for…

Strength training for seniors

Strength training for seniors

By Denis Taaffe, Professor Exercise Gerontologist, Edith Cowan University   Normal ageing is characterised by a reduction in muscle mass and strength, which can compromise an older person’s functional performance, such as the ability to climb stairs or rise from a chair, independence, and quality of life. Moreover, the decline in muscle strength contributes to poorer balance, increasing the risk…

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…