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How can I avoid getting dementia?

Did you know?  Almost half of 2,000 people surveyed by the BBC’s ‘Trust Me, I am Doctor’ program were keen to know ‘How can I avoid dementia?’ (49 per cent according to a ComRes poll conducted online April 22-23, 2015).  To look at the issue, Michael Mosley, Television Journalist and Presenter of the program, visited the

February 2, 2018 by Gilian Douglass
Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Oxley Home Care

New blood test detects Alzheimer’s Disease with 90 per cent accuracy

Scientists from Australia and Japan have developed the world’s first accurate blood test for Alzheimer’s Disease that can detect the presence of the disease up to 30 years prior to symptoms showing. The blood test measures the build-up of the protein amyloid-beta, which is one of the first signs of Alzheimer’s Disease. Blood samples from

February 2, 2018 by Gilian Douglass
Dementia Care, Oxley Home Care

Five thoughtful things you can do for an elderly parent living with dementia

Family and friends matter when it comes to navigating life’s ups and downs. So, what can you do to keep the special bond alive when an elderly parent is living with dementia? How can you stay connected, especially when they may forget some of your shared experiences and interests you both enjoyed? Focus on the

October 13, 2017 by Gilian Douglass

Dementia Awareness Month

Did you know that September is Dementia Awareness Month? Dementia Awareness Month is a campaign conducted by Alzheimer’s Australia that’s all about encouraging Australians to become aware of dementia and to have a greater understanding of what it’s like for a person to live with dementia. The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘You Are

September 10, 2017 by Gilian Douglass

Maggie Beer to launch recipe book to help Australia’s elderly with Alzheimer’s Disease

 Well-loved Australian cook, Maggie Beer and Professor Ralph Martins, a leading Alzheimer’s Disease Researcher, have teamed up to help Australia’s elderly fight a debilitating disease – Alzheimer’s Disease. Using the latest scientific research, Maggie Beer has created more than 200 recipes in Maggie’s Recipe for Life, to help provide nutrient-dense recipes to assist in fulfilling elderly people’s need

August 28, 2017 by Gilian Douglass

Three families living with dementia featured on ABC’s ‘Four Corners’ program

(Photo taken by Janine Cohen) The ABC’s recent ‘Four Corners’ program, ‘Forget Me Not’ featured a story on three Australians who have been diagnosed with dementia. http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2017/07/10/4697530.htm According to the ‘Four Corners’ program, “more than 400,000 Australians currently live with the disease and the figures are rising. Dementia is the second biggest cause of death

July 21, 2017 by Gilian Douglass

Exercising the brain helps those living with dementia

It’s well documented that exercising your brain can help ward off dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, but it can also help once a diagnosis has been made. Researchers have looked into whether exercising the brain can improve the thinking capacity of people with dementia or slow the rate of cognitive decline, and how exercising the brain

May 3, 2017 by Gilian Douglass

Safe and fun activities for those living with dementia

For a person living with dementia, the need for a good quality of life, full of activities and engagement does not diminish. There are many safe and rewarding activities which people living with dementia and their carers can introduce into their lives. Ideally, some dementia care options should compensate for lost activities; promote self-esteem, maintain

April 6, 2017 by Gilian Douglass

Dementia, loneliness and becoming re-engaged with society

Loneliness can be crippling at any stage of life, but can be very pronounced as we begin to age. Children move away and start their own families, partners and friends pass away and it becomes harder to get out and about. Government programs to keep more people in their homes have improved in the last

April 5, 2017 by Gilian Douglass