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Want to live longer and happier? Here’s how…

Most of us would like to live for a long time. And, while we’re at it, to have fun. So, what do the experts recommend that we do to achieve this goal? “The most important advice we offer people about longevity is, “throw away your lists,” says Howard Friedman, Professor of Psychology at the University…
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10 things you can do to prevent dementia

In Australia, there are over 1,500 new cases of dementia diagnosed each week. It’s predicted that by 2050 there will be almost one million Australians with the condition and 10 times as many family members and friends directly impacted by its effects, according to Neuroscience Research Australia. Dementia is the second leading cause of death…
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Older Australians making the most of social media and apps

A recent report undertaken at Griffith University has found that the number of older Australians using social media and apps to stay connected with family and friends is “surging”. It appears that older Australians are catching up with their younger, tech-savvy peers. As technology has become user-friendly so that almost “anyone can use it”, older Australians aged…
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Top eight iPad apps to support people with dementia

Tablets and touchscreen devices such as iPads are very useful in helping people with dementia engage with their community. iPads are tactile, versatile and very simple to use and the apps make it easy to play accessible games, which help memory, interaction and can support people with dementia. There is no end of great content…
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Veterans’ Health Week 2018

Did you know that Veterans’ Health Week is next week? It will be held from Saturday September 22 through to Sunday September 30, 2018. The Department of Veterans Affairs, ex-service organisations and community groups will come together during the week to highlight the importance of having a healthy lifestyle. The theme for this year’s campaign is nutrition. Good…
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Do you know what to do if a stroke happens?

It’s estimated that more than 80 percent of strokes can be prevented simply by managing risk factors and living a healthy lifestyle, according to the Stroke Foundation. There are some risk factors for stroke which can’t be prevented like age, family history and prior stroke. If you’re male, your risk is also higher. The Stroke Foundation…
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Time with family and friends helps stave off depression, especially for those in aged care

Isolation and loneliness are major contributors to depression. It’s true for everyone, but it’s especially relevant for older people, who may be dealing with physical limitations, ill health and new living situations and experiencing feelings of loss, anger, frustration—even despair. Close social support from family and friends has been shown to reduce the risk for…
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Wendy Mitchell’s book provides inspiration to those living with dementia

(Image courtesy of Alzheimer’s Society, UK)  Wendy Mitchell was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease at 58 years of age. Her disease became obvious when she had a fall while jogging by the River Ouse in York, where she lives in the U.K. She was 56-years-old at the time. This event was followed by more falls, a…
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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’m a 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 European Prevention of Alzheimer’s…
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Pets help the elderly, especially those receiving aged care…

Parisian author and poet, Anatole France once wrote: “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” The benefits of having a pet and pet therapy have been exhaustively studied for years and the conclusion is simple: pets are good for you, and especially if you are in aged care or…
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