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Being dementia-friendly means tackling isolation

Social isolation was found to be a major issue associated with a diagnosis of dementia, new findings have shown. Alzheimer’s Australia’s report Living with Dementia in the Community: challenges and opportunities, launched at the group’s Parliamentary Friends of Dementia meeting ...

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Breathe, smile, heal

Teacher demonstrates simple exercises that can produce extensive health benefits.  He’s an academic, researcher, clown doctor, teacher of tai chi and qigong – Bernie Warren is teaching people the world over to “breathe and smile”. Warren recently visited Victoria-based Emmy ...

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Get tough on crime

A security expert says many aged-care facilities aren’t as safe as they should be and offers some technology and techniques to improve. By Amie Larter Aged-care facilities are easy pickings for criminals, compared with many other places of work and ...

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i.on the prize at ITAC awards

Compliance software product plays role in success for multiple winners. By Dallas Bastian A governance, risk and compliance software company and one team that implemented its product were both big winners at the Information Technology in Aged Care (ITAC) 2014 ...

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Design with everyone in mind

The ability to create real and supportive communities requires an intimate understanding of the experiences of all users and how this knowledge can shape design. Such skills are becoming even more important in our increasingly regulated and competitive environment. A ...

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Film explores bond between staff, residents

A documentary that details the close relationship between staff, residents and their families as part of one provider’s approach to residential aged care is drawing international attention. It Takes A Community – A relationship-focused approach to celebrating and supporting old age ...

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Residents take the bucket list challenge

A project that helps aged-care residents check things off their bucket list has been honoured by the government. UnitingCare Ageing’s Starrett Lodge was given a Better Practice Award by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency for the program. Colin McDonnell, care ...

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LASA: unified voice speaks loudest

The old political mantra of united we stand divided we fall still holds true. Any organisation – be it corporate or, particularly, membership-based – achieves greater success when it is unified and focused on common goals or operational targets. Leading Age Services ...

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