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By Machaela Magennis, 6:52 am on May 10, 2017

Some ways to support a Healthy Ageing Mind Last week we gave you some tips to improve your mind through brain activities. It can definitely be a case of “use it or lose it” and it can be really easy to incorporate regular mental exercise into our everyday routines. Now let’s switch our attention to improving our short term memory. By remaining socially, mentally and physically active, we have a better chance of improving our short term memory, and to help you achieve this, here are some quick tips: Spend a few minutes each night recalling the events of the day with a loved one or care partner. Pay special attention to the date and the headlines in the news….

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By Machaela Magennis, 6:51 am on April 25, 2017

Last week we gave you three tips to keep your loved one safe at home. To recap: Remove slip, trip and fall hazards. Keep in contact regularly. Keep emergency numbers handy.This week we will give you three more useful tips to maintain safety in the home of your loved one. Protect against fire: Run a careful eye over everything in the home and identify possible fire hazards and risks. If possible, remove fire hazards such as stacks of newspapers, piles of dry wood, frayed electrical cords and so on. On 1st April each year, it is excellent practice to replace the batteries in smoke alarms. This ensures that in the event of a fire, someone with a limited sense of smell will…

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By Machaela Magennis, 6:50 am on April 19, 2017

Enabling an ageing parent to remain at home for as long as possible is a great thing. There is a certain level of comfort and security we find in our homes. It is difficult to find the same level of comfort, security and reminiscence in a new environment. Often, people who stay in their own homes can live longer while still remaining happy, healthy and active. However, none of this is possible without providing a safe environment in which to live. It is very important to conduct a risk assessment in the home and to consider the physical and cognitive needs of our loved ones. As we age, one or more of our senses can dull, which can create safety…

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By Machaela Magennis, 6:44 am on April 12, 2017

We’ve all experienced it. Someone hums a tune or uses a phrase from an old song and we cannot shake that song from our head all day. Sometimes they evoke great memories, sometimes the song just becomes annoying. There are songs that remind me of happy memories from over 30 years ago! Did you know that these sorts of memories driven by song are great for people with Alzheimer’s disease? Those chords and verses of music can reactivate memories and remind people of happy times, which creates a sense of calm and joy. This is very reassuring for people with Alzheimer’s disease. Even though some people may lose the power of language or memory in the advanced stages of the…

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