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Breathe, smile, heal

Teacher demonstrates simple exercises that can produce extensive health benefits.  He’s an academic, researcher, clown doctor, teacher of tai chi and qigong – Bernie Warren is teaching people the world over to “breathe and smile”. Warren recently visited Victoria-based Emmy ...

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Get tough on crime

A security expert says many aged-care facilities aren’t as safe as they should be and offers some technology and techniques to improve. By Amie Larter Aged-care facilities are easy pickings for criminals, compared with many other places of work and ...

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Design with everyone in mind

The ability to create real and supportive communities requires an intimate understanding of the experiences of all users and how this knowledge can shape design. Such skills are becoming even more important in our increasingly regulated and competitive environment. A ...

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Film explores bond between staff, residents

A documentary that details the close relationship between staff, residents and their families as part of one provider’s approach to residential aged care is drawing international attention. It Takes A Community – A relationship-focused approach to celebrating and supporting old age ...

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Residents take the bucket list challenge

A project that helps aged-care residents check things off their bucket list has been honoured by the government. UnitingCare Ageing’s Starrett Lodge was given a Better Practice Award by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency for the program. Colin McDonnell, care ...

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Film takes viewers beyond stigma

Alzheimer’s Australia video details some simple steps towards creating a dementia-friendly nation. Three Australians living with dementia have spoken about the small things people can do to help create a dementia-friendly Australia in a video Alzheimer’s Australia launched today. In ...

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Studying what drives older motorists

Research to focus on how to increase safety for older drivers through better feedback instead of revoking licences. A road safety researcher is turning her attention to older drivers to determine how feedback influences their decisions surrounding risk. Heidy Hassan, ...

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Better ageing by design

Professor takes international look at how senior living spaces are built. A professor from Deakin University is encouraging more Australians to ask: “Where will I live as I get older?” Professor Lorraine Farrelly, who spoke on the topic at the ...

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