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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…

What is dementia?

What is dementia?

What is dementia? Dementia is the term used to describe the symptoms of a number of illnesses that affect the brain. It is not one specific disease. Dementia causes a progressive decline in a person’s functioning and affects a person’s thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks.   Who gets dementia? Dementia can happen to anybody, but it…

Exercise to manage dementia

Exercise to manage dementia

  Dementia is a chronic disease that impacts over 400,000 people nationally.  Over 50% of people living in residential care are living with dementia.   Researchers around the world have proven, that one of the most effective ways to live a long healthy life is by exercising regularly.   Matt Osman, Exercise Physiologist from the Vario Clinic, Edith Cowan University, …

Advance Care Planning – are you prepared for the future?

Advance Care Planning – are you prepared for the future?

  More and more people are choosing to prepare an Advance Care Plan that reflects their health goals, values and beliefs, that could be used to make decisions if due to advanced age, illness or cognitive impairment they are unable to make decisions for themselves.   The following information from Advance Care Planning Australia, an organisation that is dedicated to…

Government launches new elder abuse hotline

Government launches new elder abuse hotline

  The Federal Government has launched a new elder abuse hotline in its fight against elder abuse, ensuring seniors can have access to information and referrals to protect themselves.   Elder abuse can include incidents of a physical, psychological, sexual and financial nature. While the Government is also commissioning a national study to work out how widespread elder abuse is,…

Introducing the New Quality Standards

Introducing the New Quality Standards

  The Australian Government has set some new standards that clearly define what good care should look like. All aged care providers including Southern Cross Care and Southern Plus will have to use them from 1 July 2019.   The new standards make it easier to check that you are receiving good care and that providers are meeting your individual…

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…