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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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Alive with Alzheimer’s

An internationally acclaimed photographic exhibition featuring people with Alzheimer’s is touring Australia.  People with dementia are commonly perceived as “empty shells” or “no longer here,” but as a globetrotting photo exhibit has been showing, life goes on after a diagnosis ...

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Set to go

Lifelong tennis ace Margaret Fisher looks to make history at world championships in Austria.  Australian singles champion Margaret Fisher is going to Austria for the over-80 Super-Seniors World Championships in September, with $8550 in support from crowd funding. Fisher, 83, ...

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Worth a visit

A tour of aged-care sites in Europe and the UK leaves local officials encouraged and enlightened.  Australia’s senior living and aged-care sectors’ skills and expertise are on par with their European contemporaries, according to results from a recent study tour. ...

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Breaking down perceptions

Whilst aged-care residences are often in the media spotlight for the wrong reasons, there are plenty where residents, staff and visitors enjoy a close bond.  Margaret Thompson is a ‘young’ 71-year-old. Despite recovering from knee surgery, Margaret has never felt ...

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