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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Aug 14, 2018

People with dementia can be vulnerable to financial abuse: falls could be early warning sign

People with dementia who are struggling to manage their finances may be more likely to share their personal financial details with strangers, the author of new research says. Most of us have little trouble managing our finances. We can pay our bills, set up direct debits, use cash with ease, buy items online with a credit card, and pay our taxes. These transactions are easy enough for most of us much of the time - but they actually involve complex...
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Caroline Egan

Caroline Egan

Caroline Egan has been a writer and editor for more than 20 years. She has worked across several sectors, including banking, finance, economics, real estate, and aged care. She was Managing Editor at Macquarie Bank for several years, and also spent a number of years presenting financial market news on television and radio for CommSec. Caroline loves playing Scrabble, going to the movies with her funny children, and walking in nature.

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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Aug 13, 2018

Aged care provider cuts staff as government funding tightens

An aged care provider in regional New South Wales is cutting back staff hours, saying that tighter government funding means operators need to run their facilities more efficiently. Paul McMahon, Chief Executive, Southern Cross Care (NSW & ACT) (SCC) told HelloCare the company has reduced staff hours to the equivalent of 8.5 full time staff per fortnight at its Grafton and Casino facilities. He said the company is making the cuts “to ensure SCC remains sustainable long-term, particularly in regional...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Aug 8, 2018

Could Chinese herbs be the key to treating vascular dementia?

There are only very limited treatments available for vascular dementia at present - but that could be about to change. A trial of a Chinese medicine is being expanded here in Australia, and if the initial studies are anything to go by, the results could be promising. The drug being trialled is called Sailuotong (SLT), and it contains extracts of the Chinese herbs ginkgo, saffron, and ginseng. Ginkgo is said to have antiinflammatory properties. Saffron is believed to improve learning...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Aug 6, 2018

90% of dementia carers don’t get enough sleep

A new study has shown that more than 90 per cent of those who are caring for a family member with dementia don’t get enough sleep. The research, by the University at Buffalo School of Nursing in the US, showed that family carers are getting less than six hours of sleep a night - when between seven and nine hours is generally recommended. In the short hours that family carers sleep, their sleep is also disrupted - sometimes up to...
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