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Multi-sensory simulation gives carers the dementia experience

By on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Most of us have a vague understanding of the symptoms but very few can relate to the struggle of living with dementia.

Thanks to Unreal Dimension Kit (UDK), an award-wining game engine, Alzheimer’s Australia Vic have created an immersive simulation program to allow individuals to experience first-hand what it might be like to have dementia.

Resident choir brings harmony to home

By on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mill Park aged care home BlueCross The Boulevard was bustling in a riot of colour and music this month as residents, their families, local businesses and community groups came together to celebrate the annual Family Fun Day.

The hawker market, roving musician and pop-up animal farm were a hit with all ages, but the real spectacle was the performance put on by the resident choir, VonBoulevard.

The Aged Care Rating System launch

By on Thursday, April 17, 2014

A timely effort towards greater transparency.

More than 80 delegates from the aged care industry turned out for the official launch of the Aged Care Ratings System (ACRS) yesterday, from facility managers and financial planners to allied health service providers and local media.

Aged Care Online managing director Ben Hannemann headed the proceedings, explaining the functionality of the rating system for both consumers and providers.

Wellbeing for all

By on Thursday, April 17, 2014

One of the main components of the Australian Government’s ten-year, $3.7 billion aged care reform package is the push towards consumer-directed care. The approach aims to give the recipients of care greater choice and control over the way their care is delivered.

So how are aged care providers adapting to this demand for a greater consumer focus?

Staff as Change Agents - Enhancing and sustaining mental health in aged care

By on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Psychology researchers from Deakin University and Monash University are trialling a program to enhance and sustain mental health in aged care.

With mental illness largely going undiagnosed amongst elderly people in Australia, the research aims to empower aged care staff to properly identify and manage depression, and other mental health and challenging behavioural issues amongst their residents.

Dementia prevention in our hands

By on Wednesday, April 9, 2014

If the current generations of young people take better care of themselves we could see a decline in the numbers of people developing dementia, a recent report shows.

Released today by Alzheimer’s Australia and the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing, ‘Is the Incidence of Dementia Declining?' looks at several European studies compiled recently that suggest preventative health measures, such as limiting alcohol consumption and staying physically active, could make a significant contribution to reducing the risk of dementia.

“I suppose I’m pretty good for my age”

By on Monday, April 7, 2014

Age truly is just a number for 90-year-old Rona Panos, who still dances, bowls and volunteers her time helping others.

Mrs Panos lives independently in a unit of Amana Living - Wearne Village, which she maintains herself on top of her ongoing duties as member of several clubs and institutions.

Online presence extends reach for aged care provider

By on Friday, April 4, 2014

Residential and home care provider SummitCare has launched a more user-friendly website in an effort to better communicate their core values and services to the public.

The new website is optimised for smartphones and tablets as well as desktop computers.

New-look courtyard brings aged care community together

By on Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The green thumbs and budding artists of BlueCross Broughtonlea have been working hard to give their central courtyard a brand new look.

Yesterday afternoon they were able to sit back and admire their handiwork as the Mayor of Whitehorse Sharon Ellis joined BlueCross Broughtonlea staff and residents for the official opening of the new space.

You're only as old as you feel in Western Australia

By on Monday, March 31, 2014

A recent survey has revealed Western Australians are conflicted over what age signifies senior citizenship.

The research, commissioned by West Australia’s largest not-for-profit aged care provider, the Bethanie Group, indicates as we get older, we become increasingly reluctant to accept senior status.

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