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A carer’s life can be a lonely one

Let me ask you two questions. What happens after we retire and the social interaction of our working life ends? What plans have you made to ensure you will remain socially connected and engaged? Over the last twenty years I…
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Dying to Know Day

I’ve noticed a lot of awareness days, weeks, even months, lately. National Diabetes Week and NAIDOC Week are just two that come to mind from recent weeks. There are some weird and wacky ‘days’ too. Some of these revolve around…
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It takes a village…

We live in interesting times of fast-paced change.  We face challenges from places and spaces never before experienced or anticipated. Never before did our society have to support such a large proportion of elders.  With the advent of that great…
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Health better than wealth

Retirement and getting older puts a new angle on talk about ‘sustainability’.  It’s a current buzz word for the financial survival for Governments, businesses and anything else we’re trying to deliver or sell.  As we retire and move beyond 60,…
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Coffee catch ups to remain socially active

Importance of remaining socially active

It has been long known that a simple cup of tea possesses magic powers capable of fixing just about anything. Winston Churchill is rumoured to have said tea was as important to the Second World War effort as bullets, and…
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Ageing in Place

Ageing in place safely

Home sweet home.  T.S.Elliot wrote ‘home is where one starts from’.  With age, we also know that home is where we want to end.  One of the things we work hardest for throughout our earning life is the security of…
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GPS Devices

GPS devices for people living with dementia

There’s been a lot of discussion recently, both in the media and the community, about GPS devices for people living with dementia. Many people like to take a walk, go to the shops or exercise a pet. This doesn’t change…
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Elder Abuse

Tips to protect yourself from elder abuse

With increasing life expectancies for the ageing baby boomers, savvy financial planning for the golden years is the new black. Numerous revelations of the enquiries into the financial services sector, especially the Royal Commission, raises the bar in terms of…
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Aboriginal people with dementia spend their twilight years on traditional country

A pilot program at Bidyadanga

In remote Indigenous communities access to aged care services, in particular dementia-specific support, is limited or even non-existent. There is a pressing need for improved services and greater awareness and understanding of dementia among Aboriginal communities. Data suggests dementia prevalence…
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Life with dementia alters, it doesn’t end

Telling people about your dementia diagnosis

A diagnosis of dementia is often confronting. Sadly, the first emotional response is often one of shame. I say sadly, as dementia is not a self-inflicted injury, yet the stigma of dementia means that shame can complicate how individuals respond…
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