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…

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…

Preventing falls in older people

Preventing falls in older people

  Falls are a common cause of injuries in older people, however they can be easily prevented.  According to a Better Health survey in 2012, falls are the top reason for injury-related hospital admissions in people aged over 65.   Falls can cause fractures, dislocations, abrasions, strains and result in activity restriction.  There are steps that can be taken to prevent…

Preparing for summer

Preparing for summer

  During summer we are all at risk of dehydration. However, if you are older you are at more risk of severe heat stress and dehydration. As this week marks the first days of summer, there are a few important tips to be conscious of as the temperature increases. During a heatwave it is vital to monitor fluid intake, so…

Summer food safety

Summer food safety

Here are some tips to enjoy those summer salads, fresh vegetables and mouth-watering barbecued meats in a safe way. During warm weather, it is particularly important to take extra precautions and practise safe food handling. Warmer temperatures result in a higher number of food poisoning cases each year. It is recommended to follow these precautions carefully, especially during summer. Always wash…

Sally’s Art Exhibition

Sally’s Art Exhibition

Sally Bosenburg, a recovery partner in our community mental health team, held her first art exhibition on Saturday, 28 October. Sally has been drawing for years, and this year decided she would like to share her creations with others.  She uses Facebook as a platform to showcase her work. She posts photos and details of all of her art onto…

Matt Fuller’s 24 hour Cycle for Telethon

Matt Fuller’s 24 hour Cycle for Telethon

  This year marked 50 years for Telethon’s aspiring fundraiser in Western Australia. Matt Fuller, retired professional rugby league player, directs his support for Telethon by participating in a 24 hour spin bike challenge. This gruelling challenge consists of Fuller cycling solo for 24 hours straight in order to raise money for Telethon. This year marked his ninth year participating…

Homemade Granola Recipe

Homemade Granola Recipe

  Do you love granola for breakfast but are wary of the high fat and sugar content from most store-bought options? The solution? Make your own, delicious, crunchy granola at home. This recipe is loaded with nuts and seeds to keep you fuller for longer. Pair it with some fresh fruit and Greek yogurt for a well-rounded, diet-friendly breakfast.  …

Zesty Beetroot Salad

Zesty Beetroot Salad

Wake up your taste buds with this fresh and zingy beetroot salad. The sharp mustard, warming pepper and vibrant lime make this salad perfect to prepare for the upcoming summer weather. Serves: 2         Prep time: 10 minutes              Cooking time: less than 5 minutes   You’ll need for the dressing: Juice 1 lime 1 tsp wholegrain mustard 1 tsp honey 3…

R U OK?

R U OK?

  If you were not already aware, R U OK Day was last Wednesday, the 14th of September. It is a national day of action that encourages Australians to stop little problems becoming bigger by simply asking “Are you ok?” Simple, right? At Southern Cross Care we understand that change can be overwhelming, no matter how little it may be.…