Medical alert devices or Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) have been with us since the 1970’s when they were invented in Germany by Wilhelm Hormann.  Hormann wanted to create something that would serve not only as an alarm for the elderly, but also serve as a means to communicate between patients and care providers.  Hormann…

The state of one’s mental health can impact one’s quality of life positively or negatively. This is why seniors are advised to do as much as possible to enhance their mental well being.  Luckily, there are many simple ways to do so. 5 Simple Ways Seniors Can Improve Mental Health Continue reading Email this |…

A momentous event for accessibility took place recently and despite the significance of the event, it was not picked up in the media.  We thought it was too big to miss and as such have provided a copy of the media release below.  Hopefully this helps draw more attention to the fact that Sydney Observatory…

Seniors who are forced to live in nursing homes often suffer many losses. In fact, the overall experience of moving from a state of independence in one’s own home to a state of dependence in a shared space with little control over one’s own life can be traumatic. This is why those who can should…

LIVABLE PROJECTS offers specialist advice at design stage on how best to integrate your mobility needs with the construction of bespoke new homes and architectural renovations. LISTEN: We know from experience that prescriptive solutions can only get you part of the way.  Finding complete solutions requires listening and translating needs into a robust Brief that…

Aging in place has many advantages so it is no wonder the option is becoming more attractive to seniors and their families. Unfortunately, many believe the option is too expensive. However, this may not be the case, especially if they consider the following. Understanding the Basics Continue reading Email this | Subscribe to this feed…

You’ve lived in your house for decades. You’ve raised your children there, you’ve made so many memories, and most importantly – you’ve grown there.  You’ve been on this earth for many years, you’re a wise old bird and you refuse to let others decide what you know is right for you. You’ve built your nest…

Depression can strike at any age, but for seniors in Australia, and for residents of nursing homes in particular, the rates of depression are startling high.  According to US studies, half of all nursing home residents had a diagnosis of depression in 2011–2012. Over the same period, an equivalent number of nursing home residents had…

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…

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