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Global experts shed light on ways Australia can create age-friendly dwellings.  Two international experts on age-friendly housing designs and cities have shared their knowledge at an Australian public lecture. The event, hosted by Monash University’s faculty of design and architecture, ...

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Labour of love

Filmmaker captures lives, joys and enduring humanity of dementia patients and their loved ones.  A family history of dementia, coupled with a fierce passion for health and well-being, sparked filmmaker Corinne Maunder’s interest in creating a short film based on ...

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Sense of safety

Homes equipped with devices that collect data on health and activities could help more seniors stay home longer. The challenge of keeping people at home is resulting in the development of technologies that can create safer independent living environments for ...

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All’s well for dream facility

New Sunshine Coast health and well-being precinct ready to serve the region.  All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: ...

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Know the signs, lower the risk

A keen eye, good record-keeping and some preventative steps can help control malnutrition.  Nurses are often the first point of contact when it comes to managing patients who are malnourished, so it is important to stay well informed. The silent ...

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New look can help now

Don’t wait for the next generation of hospitals, a few changes can make current environments better for dementia patients.  Admission to hospital can be a confusing and frightening experience for people with dementia. Their problems with memory, orientation and confusion ...

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How art can bypass the limitations of dementia

Moments of connection with people who have advanced dementia are possible and art can make these moments happen.  Special moments with loved ones who have dementia can become rare over time. The movie The Notebook highlighted the moving connection you ...

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Say yes to yoga

Research confirms that yoga improves balance and mobility, and can also reduce the risk of falls.  Every year, a third of all Australians over 65 experiences a fall – reducing quality of life, independence and sometimes resulting in serious injury ...

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