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HelloCare Mail Nov 20, 2017

Incontinence: Fundamentally, It’s About Dignity, say Aged Care Minister

Incontinence is a condition that affects more than 4.8 million Australians and is associated with a number of health challenges. Not only can it profoundly affect an individual’s quality of life, but it can also impact those around them. Incontinence describes any accidental or involuntary loss of urine from the bladder (urinary incontinence) or bowel motion, faeces or wind from the bowel (faecal or bowel incontinence). Incontinence can be caused by a number of issues, and is often a...
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HelloCare Mail Nov 20, 2017

Are GPs Prescribing Too Many Antibiotics?

Antibiotics are what many doctors, and therefore patients, turn to when there is a bacterial infection. Antibiotics are used for both treatment and prevention as they kill or “inhibit” the growth of bacteria. However, the overuse of antibiotics can also lead to resistance. This is where the bacteria are able to develop, or mutate, so that they are not impacted by the antibiotic - and then that new resistant bacteria multiply making treatment redundant. When this happens, a new antibiotic...
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HelloCare Mail Nov 16, 2017

Parkinson’s Disease on the Rise: The Fastest Growing Neurological Disorder.

Parkinson’s Disease is one of the fastest growing conditions on the planet - to the extent that it’s been suggested that it will soon become a pandemic. It’s reported that the number of people with the condition has doubled in the last 25 years, making it the world’s fastest growing neurological disorder. Globally there are approximately 6.9 million people with Parkinson’s disease. It’s been predicted that by 2040, that number will increase to 14.2 million. According to Parkinson’s...
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HelloCare Mail Nov 17, 2017

Victorian Government To Invest $62 Million For Palliative Care and Assisted Dying

The Victorian Government has announced that it will be investing more than $62 million in additional funding for palliative care services over the next five years. This new funning aims to increase the options for people with a terminal illness to be cared for, and die, in their place of choice. This includes $19 million to be provided immediately for this financial year. This will help provide more options for support and care, particularly for people living in regional Victoria...
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HelloCare Mail Nov 15, 2017

Late Amendments to Victoria’s Assisted Dying Bill: Upper House Vote Days Away

Victoria may be days away from passing the Assisted Dying bill with a vote from the Upper House.   However, there have been some last minute changes to the bill that could impact who the laws can apply to. There was great hope for euthanasia supporters and advocates in late October, when the bill passed in the Lower House.  At that time the bill applied to those who are suffering from “a serious and incurable condition and at the...
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Jane Sandwood Nov 10, 2017

Helping Your Loved One To Age Independently

Seeing an older family member begin to struggle with day-to-day tasks can be a difficult experience. You worry about their safety and quality of life but also respect and understand their wish to remain independent. Many of us are unable to invite senior relatives to live with us and many seniors are averse to the idea of living in a care home. Forming a solid support plan is key to allowing an older relative to enjoy their senior years without...
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A Harvard Psychologist Says This is the Most Important Thing You Should Do When You Wake Up in the Morning

Mornings can be tough but Harvard psychologist Amy Cuddy says they can be better if you stay mindful of one behaviour. Cuddy says that before you even put one foot on the floor, you should stretch your body as wide as possible. If you haven't heard of Amy Cuddy, she is the author of the popular book "Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges," a book that explains how we can use our body to make powerful...

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HelloCare Mail Oct 20, 2017

Dementia Through the Eyes of Youth

When a person has dementia, a whole family is impacted. Families are living with dementia, and often there are children within these families. Children of a person with dementia, grandchildren, nieces and nephews or even children of a significant relationship to the person with dementia. Over 400,000 people are diagnosed with dementia, and a large portion of these people have children in their lives. If these 400,000 people with dementia, each of them have a relationship with four...
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HelloCare Mail Oct 19, 2017

Life Before Death with Lewy Body Dementia

Trevor Crosby has Lewy Body dementia. But he wants to show people, that “you can live well with dementia”. Lewy Body dementia is one of the lesser knows kinds of Dementia, and is also known as DLB. Abnormal clumps of protein, known as Lewy bodies, develop in the main part of the brain, the cortex, which results in dementia. Lewy bodies can only be identified by examination of brain tissue after death, so there is no way of testing their presence...
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HelloCare Mail Oct 19, 2017

Risk, Rights and Autonomy: Is Aged Care Doing It Well?

People living with dementia are a growing sector of the ageing community. With the majority of aged care residents living in care diagnosed with some form of cognitive impairment - the risk, rights and autonomy of residents is a complicated issue for them, the staff and their families. So it was fitting that at Dementia Australia's “Be the change” conference, this was the topic of the panel discussion. Facilitated by Dr Susan Koch, the panel spoke about anything and everything when it...
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Jo Cleary Nov 20, 2017

Why Improving the Aged Care Meal Service is like Playing Chess

Too often improving the meal service can seem like winners and losers in a Chess game, with some moves knocking out the other side (staff, residents, family) and unintentionally compromising other parts of the meal service (quality, safety, compliance). Each “move” or idea should progress the service forward, without unintended consequences for the next move and other pieces of the strategy. With 45+ “functional stakeholders” who can potentially support or thwart the meal service, introducing change requires careful planning and...
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HelloCare Mail Nov 16, 2017

What Do the Best Nursing Homes All Have in Common?

Recent media coverage of aged care homes has shone a light to some of the more horrific things that are happening to older Australians in care. But among the various homes that are being closed down, reported for abuse or simple offering poor quality of care, there are many places that are doing things right. A positive environment creates good aged care - so what do the best aged care homes do that makes them stand about the rest? Quality Aged...
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HelloCare Mail Nov 15, 2017

Elderly Residents Out of Home as Controversial Retirement Village Closes

A number of elderly people will find themselves without a home this Christmas as retirement village Berkeley Living in Patterson Lakes is forced to close later this month. City of Kingston in Melbourne's south-east said that the village was too "dangerous" for people to reside in. When the local council inspected the properties, it was found that some had no smoke detectors or fire equipment. It was reported that owners of units at the retirement village with given fines and...
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