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Navigating Behaviourally Difficult Residents

Many carers, nurses and employees in the aged care sector have spoken of having to navigate tricky areas when it comes to behaviourally challenging residents. While many residents may be acting out due to circumstances out of their control, carers regularly have to deal with challenging situations with emotional and physical factors at play. It is important to acknowledge the difficulties faced by facility personnel so as to provide a space of transparency, affirmation and importantly solution based resources. It’s Difficult For All Carers Rowan Harwood, Consultant Geriatrician and Professor of Geriatric Medicine and Health Care of older persons at …
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How ‘oldpreneurs’ are fighting ageism one business at a time

The stigma of old age has long held a restraining force over the world’s seniors. Going even further than a dismissive hand, much of Western society and thought has set the tone that when it comes to the new, when it comes to the progressive and successful, it is the domain of the young and hungry. When the magazines run a spread on the up and coming entrepreneurs to watch, a slew of young dapper men will commonly grace the pages. Yet in spite of the tone laid down by a large portion of the business world, there is a …
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Understanding the Prevalence of Diabetes in older Adults

Diabetes is a serious issue among the world’s population. Working adults are consistently the subjects of medical studies conducted to determine cause, severity and wider ramifications. Yet strong evidence from recent investigations highlight that older persons are facing increasing likelihoods of developing diabetes and its side effects. The U.S. based organisation, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a National Diabetes Fact Sheet which stated that in the U.S. more than 25% of those aged 65 and over have Diabetes. They also stated that the aging of populations was also a drive in the case count of diabetes. It …
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Thickened fluids – why are they used and is taste a factor?

As people age, the likelihood of the body struggling with vital functions increases. From mobility difficulties due to energy and decreasing muscle density to difficulty swallowing, medical teams within aged care facilities have been tasked with finding sustainable, accessible and strategic ways to meet residents’ needs. One of the prevalent difficulties faced by many residents in aged care is dysphagia. Dysphagia is the medical term for difficulty swallowing. The triggers for dysphagia have been found to be stroke, neck cancer, dementia and Parkinson’s disease related as well as developing with the advancement of age. Thickened fluids have been used as …
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Food for thought, Nutrition is vital for aged care residents

Ngaire Hobbins is an experienced dietitian that has been working in the aged care sector for some years. When it comes to the importance of food for the healthy functioning of the body and brain, she has championed the importance of nutrition for seniors. In order to deeply progress as a sector, all who work in aged care have the opportunity to enter into discussion and learning so as to ensure the best quality care for the elderly in our society. Far from being in the rat race and having the resources and strength to have their voice heard, it …
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Nursing Professionals Burnout And The Ethics Challenge

The calls upon nurses across the health care sector are immense. Within the aged care space they are usually responsible for hundreds of patients at any given time and are the first responders day or night. Not only are our nursing professionals expected to consistently provide excellent care but to navigate the many tricky gray areas when it comes to whole spectrum of care. The burden of responsibility, workload and breadth of care must be acknowledged when it comes to championing and supporting our nurses. It may be in entering into the dialogue of the gray areas of care, that …
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Principles of palliative care protect our most vulnerable

When it comes to end of life care it is vital that all areas of care are coordinated to ensure the highest quality and standards. One of the leading resources in this area is the collaborative endeavour by many of the aged care sectors leading organisations. The Principles of Palliative and End-Of-Life Care in Residential Aged Care is a rich guiding resource when it comes to palliative care. A combined effort between Palliative Care Australia, Alzheimer’s Australia, COTA Australia, Aged & Community Services Australia, Leading Age Services Australia, Catholic Health Australia and the Aged Care Guild have provided a united …
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New scan could detect dementia 10 years before symptoms develop

A study lead by a team from University College London has lead to a groundbreaking new scan in the field of dementia. The straightforward, 5 minute neck scan could detect the likelihood of dementia developing in the brain years out from symptoms exhibiting. Those in the medical community believe the scan could be a pivotal component of the screening approach for middle-age persons at risk of developing the disease. The Science Behind The Study Researchers explained that healthy, elastic blood vessels near the heart are integral to healthy brain and body functioning. These healthy, elastic blood vessels function to soften …
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Depression in main caregiver looking after someone with dementia

Disease is a complex and challenging process for anyone who has to face it, including family. The reach the process of ageing and disease has on people is not limited. From children of affected persons to carer staff in residential homes many individuals in our communities are shoulders tremendous burdens of care. Depression is becoming a serious problem for carers of those with dementia, as the burden of care, isolation and fatigue are straining many who are seeking to do good. It is incredibly important that as a sector, a people, a health community that we train our eyes on …
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Puttin’ On The Ritz, Why Music Can Do Wonderful Things To The Brain

Music has long held a special place in our ears and hearts. Regardless of age, gender, health and memory, music has been found to stay with us. As humans it is hard to fight the pull of a particularly swaying beat and stay completely still. No way! Most of us start bopping our feet along to the rhythm, humming along merrily, perhaps even subconsciously. If we’ve known and loved the song for some time, we might start softly singing the words, remembering all the times we had listening to that merry ditty. The phenomenal effects of music and what it …
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