The Maggie Bear Foundation established in 2014 aims to improve the food experiences for older Australians. Working in fellowship with her board of industry leaders, professors and health advisors, Maggie is focused on how the food that we eat impact upon brain health and general wellbeing. One suggested initiative is the creation of kitchen-gardens which aged care residents can assist to maintain, or a smaller projects like easily grown kitchen herbs, salad greens and/or spinach in pots.
The World Health Organisation has identified that older people should not be exposed to temperatures lower than 20 degrees and around 24°C is a comfortable temperature during winter months. The rising costs of electricity is a major concern for all, however spare a thought for our elderly who are attempting to keep warm on reduced incomes, often in larger family homes.
Dental health is essential, though many of us actively avoid the dentist. However maintaining dental health as we age is of vital importance. It is expected that by 2015, 900,000 Australians will be living with dementia. It is likely that as dementia advances that a person living with it may lose the ability to brush their own teeth.
Humanity has had an interwoven relationship with animals throughout civilisation, particularly with the domesticated canine. Two-thirds of Australian households, consider their furry companions as family members, so what happens to the pets of elderly people when they transition into residential care? This is of great concern to the Animal Welfare League of Australia (AWLA) who are engaged in a project, Positive Ageing in the Company of Animals.
Today (May 12) is International Nurses Day. Nurses are the principal providers of primary health care in most nations of the world and without them, the health of communities everywhere would be severely compromised. So thank you to all nurses, who spend their lives caring for the well-being of others.
Relay for Life was held at Bunbury Football Club, Payne Park on 4th November. Corporate First Aid Australia’s Jane Goff and Di Needham attended on a volunteer basis as first emergency responders. Our two highly experienced and capable nurses attended to multiple minor situations, including cuts and abrasions, and a whip injury from the tug of war activities.
Arthritis is a large and very complex family of diseases, with over 100 types of arthritis and related conditions. The common link is that these conditions cause damage to joints and connective tissues. This makes the tasks of everyday life very challenging and often extremely painful, making living a ‘normal life’ impossible for some.
In our fast paced lives, filled with competing demands and disruptive technologies like Facebook and Instagram, we appear to be more connected to other people than ever before, or are we? Take the time to get to know your elderly neighbour, exchange phone numbers, share a cup of tea and ask them, R U OK?