Many older people find themselves living with pain. However, it should be noted that pain is not an inherent part of ageing.
The reason pain is more prevalent is because of the increasing in age-related disorders - such as dementia, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis to name a few.
For instance, when a person has dementia, their declining brain function and abilities may mean they are less able to communicate to their carers that they are in pain.
If an older...
First established by Rosemary Lamb in 2003, Aromacare believes in promoting a better understanding of aromatherapy, and its value in managing a variety of health concerns.
Aromatherapy may not be something you expect to see in an aged care facility, but it has been proven to have a number of positive effects on aged care residents if used appropriately.
In aged care, it’s not uncommon for older people to experience symptoms such as loss of appetite, anxiety or trouble sleeping at night. And for those caring for them, you naturally want to try everything you can to ease their symptoms.
Aromatherapy can assist to soothe people’s...
When the time comes for Palliative Care, it is difficult for the person and their family as it signals a terminal illness and nearing the end of life. Making the person as comfortable as possible at this stage is the primary goal.
Supportive therapies, such as aromatherapy and massage, are often helpful during this time.
Aromatherapy can be used in a number of ways; through a relaxing or pain-relieving massage, via a diffuser, or warmed aromatic cloths to bathe the...
There are more than 100 different diseases that cause dementia, and with it a range of varying symptoms that are different and unique to each individual who lives with dementia.
One of the symptoms that can be a challenge for both people living with dementia and those that care for them is what is referred to as sundowning, or sundown syndrome. This is where certain symptoms get worse around the time of day when the sun goes down, and...