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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jun 18, 2018

Dementia: tips to de-escalate conflict

Sometimes people caring for those who are living dementia must deal with situations where the person in their care becomes combative, and even aggressive. In this article, we will look at ways to help caregivers de-escalate these challenging situations, without feeling as though the only option is physical restraint or medication. Why do people become aggressive in the first place? Dementia is a condition in which the functioning of the brain gradually declines. The symptoms of dementia usually include loss of...
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Caroline Egan

Caroline Egan

Caroline Egan has been a writer and editor for a surprisingly large number of years. She has managed to work 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 openly admits to being a grammar pedant, and loves playing Scrabble, going to the movies with her funny children, and walking in nature.

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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jun 15, 2018

1950s diner opens in UK nursing home to awaken memories for residents with dementia

A British aged care home has opened a 1950s-style diner on site, with the intention of stimulating memories and conversations for residents who have dementia. Residents of the Anchor - Mill View care home in Bradford, Yorkshire, are spoilt for choice. They already have a cinema on site, as well as a functioning corner shop, and now their dining room has been converted into their very own US-style diner. Residents voted for which type of cafe they would like to...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jun 15, 2018

The nine-year-old who sings and plays piano for local nursing home residents

When we come across someone who acts with rare kindness and generosity of spirit, we often feel inspired by their goodness. But when that person is only nine years old, we can also be encouraged that the future is in safe hands. When Summer Wootten has spare time, she doesn’t turn to computer games or the TV for entertainment, like many other nine year olds I know. Instead, Summer visits her local nursing home, where she sings and plays piano...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Jun 14, 2018

97-year-old’s carer avoids deportation after minister intervenes

Only weeks before she was due to be deported, the American carer of a 97-year-old war veteran has been allowed to remain in Australia. Henrietta Santiago, who is 76 years old, has cared for Louis Smit for the last four years, but her visa was due to expire in a matter of weeks. After numerous attempts over the last two years to secure a visa for Ms Santiago failed, their local member became involved in the case, and the ABC...
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