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Musical interludes

A two-year study highlights the benefits of music for dementia sufferers and their carers.  “It helped calm things down and settle things down and allowed me to do other things.” “He taps away with his foot and his head wobbles ...

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Bits, bytes, beds and wi-fi

Digital hospital promises benefits in efficiency, safety and care.  Plans are under way for the first fully integrated digital hospital. UnitingCare Health will expand the St Stephen’s day hospital at Hervey Bay, which will house 96 beds. It will be ...

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Holmesglen, Healthscope launch joint venture

Partnership will include clinical placements for students, career development. The first TAFE-based hospital is in the works. The $126 million joint venture between Holmesglen Institute and Healthscope would generate about 150 beds initially, with the prospect of an increase to ...

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Love’s old sweet song

Pine Woods helps couples keep romance alive.  Reverend Ted Hutton was separated from his wife, Shirley, when she moved into Blue Care Pine Woods Aged Care Facility in Brisbane. It meant he would be making regular visits to be with ...

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One site fits all

Architects design centres that allow residents to stay put as their needs change.  Australia’s ageing population is growing larger every year. According to the latest Census, people aged 60 and older are the largest demographic today and this is expected ...

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Words moves minds

Bush poet’s live performances bring excitement and social stimulation to residents.  This article describes the experiences of Nerelie Teese, an Australian bush poet who performs in retirement villages, aged hostels and nursing homes in rural Victoria, New South Wales and ...

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Meal matching

One diet doesn’t fit everyone. Pay attention to the particular nutritional needs of residents.  As we age, good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle are central to maintaining a high quality of life and independence. The Australian Dietary Guidelines, launched in ...

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International friendly

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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