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Provider launches new trial to help relatives of people living with dementia A leading not-for-profit provider is helping make mealtimes for families living with a dementia a more positive experience. Funded by the Federal Government and developed by Benetas, the ...

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Walking to wellness

Australian study to reduce Alzheimer’s symptoms through exercise A new study will test whether physical activity can improve the memory and wellbeing of people living with Alzheimer’s. The study, which is supported by Alzheimer’s Australia, will be conducted in Brisbane ...

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Dieting against dementia

US research finds link between Alzheimer’s and certain foods. New research has found certain food combinations could help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. The study in the journal ‘Archives of Neurology’ found a link between decreased Alzheimer’s risk and ...

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Device for people with dementia expands

Victoria follows WA and NSW in trialling innovative project for people with dementia. An innovative device that allows people living with dementia the freedom to walk independently is being piloted in Victoria. The Safe2Walk project is a 12 month pilot ...

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Act now or pay for it later

Group calls on government to prepare for dementia epidemic now as part of health reforms. Government must improve services, increase funding and better plan to deal with the impending dementia epidemic, a leading advocacy group has said. Current predications are ...

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Plaque in the brain linked to Alzheimer’s disease

CSIRO discovers red flag for brain degeneration. Australian scientists have identified an early warning sign for Alzheimer’s, evident in the brain years before the disease causes any cognitive decline. Scientists at the CSIRO have mapped the presence of amyloid-beta “plaques” ...

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The dreaded diarrhoea

Gaye Philpott looks at faecal incontinence. Constipation is a common frustration for many residents and the staff who care for them in aged care facilities. However, an even bigger frustration can be diarrhoea. Combine diarrhoea with an inability to get ...

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