In the 16th century, French philosopher Rene Descartes moved the body from the sacred to the profane by separating it from the mind. The body thus became a proper object of study by the emerging natural sciences. From anatomy flowed physiology and the birth of what we know as modern medicine. The model of the…

Many people who have considered living in a retirement village have also considered the prospect of potentially needing to move into an aged care facility if their health deteriorates. The sector is responding accordingly, with many providers offering potential residents the option to ‘age in place’, removing the stress of the need to relocate at…

A NEW era in aged care started last week and gives senior Australians greater flexibility around the help they can get while remaining in their own home. The home care overhaul offers more choice, and is also expected to deliver better value for money than the previous system, which critics say was rife with rip-offs….

Now open for applications This grants program provides funding for projects that help isolated people from CALD backgrounds connect with existing or new support networks and activities. Activities could include: •assisting older Victorians to use public transport so they can participate independently in the community •creating a choir to help older migrants to learn English…

Aging-in-place may not be all it’s cracked up to be. That’s the view of a University of Florida professor of gerontology, who argues that the popular notion that older people are better off remaining in their homes may be simplistic — a view summed up by the sentiment, “I’d rather rot in my own home.”…

Fall related injuries are quite common, but in the case of seniors they can be extremely dangerous. As bones become weaker with time, seniors are at more danger of breaking them with falls and the recuperating process could also be quite long. Due to the fatal nature of such falls, it becomes imperative that you…

Unfortunately, some seniors living in assisted living communities will never be able to complete all of the travel items on their bucket lists. That’s where Rendever Health, a startup helmed by two graduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, comes in. Rendever is developing virtual reality software for Samsung Gear…

In my last posting (What’s all this about Livability and Age-friendliness, May 2016) I talked about the broad ideas of what livability and age-friendliness mean. I described the World Health Organization’s (WHO) and AARP’s recognition that throughout the world we are getting older. WHO states that “the number of people aged 65 or older is…

In our society, partners, families and friends provide an enormous amount of support for older people. Most of the time, this support is focused on the expressed wishes and needs of the older person and I want to record my appreciation for the great amount of love and care provided by partners, families and friends…

CHEERING filled the halls as residents at Mercy Place Albury waved green and gold flags to support their teammates. Inspired by the Olympics, they took part in a series of activities against their friendly competitors from Lutheran Aged Care Dellacourt. The room became packed with people wearing face paint and holding balloons for the inaugural…

AROUND 50 passionate Port Augusta locals voiced their opinions and concerns regarding council’s planned sale of aged care facilities at an aged care forum at Lea Memorial Theatre on Wednesday night. Aged care expert Greg Adey, Council’s Director of Community Services Anne O’Reilly and Nerrilda Care Manager Des McKinlay were on hand to tackle questions…

Keith Tremain always believed that when times got tough, you could count on your mates. After suffering two strokes, a heart attack, and the loss of his wife, the 81-year-old is now bracing for a battle with construction giant Lendlease, which wants to demolish the entire wing of the Sydney retirement village he lives in,…

Aggression and agitation top the triggers of the 381 referrals to the new national advisory service for aged care residents experiencing severe dementia-related behaviours, a dementia conference has heard this week. The government established the Severe Behaviour Response Teams (SBRTs) to provide a second tier of support to the existing Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service…

Aurangabad: In Marathwada, around 20% of the people between the age group of 50 and 80 years suffer from one or more neurological diseases, including stroke, dementia and Parkinson’s, experts said at a patient education programme organised to mark the World Brain Day on Thursday.. As per the World Federation of Neurology report, the global…

We all hope to not only live a long life, but a meaningful one. Along with that hope however comes aging – something easily forgotten in this fast-paced age of smartphones and Wi-Fi. With more and more of the baby boomer generation reaching the age of retirement, technology is turning its eye on how to…

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