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Music over matter

American researchers have shown that music has the potential to improve cognition and satisfaction with life in the elderly.  Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Edelweiss are just two classic hits elderly residents in the US are singing to boost brain ...

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Start with a spotless floor

Cleanliness in aged-care environments is essential and requires a detailed approach from the ground up.  Residential and community aged care is already a huge business in Australia and it is estimated that it will grow by 25 per cent annually ...

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Bringing home a winner

Team effort, detailed vision help Blue Care/Aurecon Redcliffe centre claim award for project management.  An aged-care community development has taken out the award for the best construction and engineering project under $100 million in the nation. The Australian Institute of ...

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Welcome to the Men’s Den

Perth centre creates a pub-like space for the guys. A room for men is giving residents at a Perth aged-care facility the chance to spend quality time together. The space, in Baptistcare’s Sunshine Park Village in the suburb of Lesmurdie, ...

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How seniors thrive online

Digital technology is delivering huge benefits to older people, including those in aged care, keeping them connected to friends, family and the wider world.  “The research reveals that almost one in five internet users between the ages of 50 and ...

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Balancing act

As the elderly are at greater risk of dehydration than younger and healthier people, it is essential that carers know how to identify, prevent and treat it.    It is well-known that Australia is an ageing nation, and that this ...

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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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