By Machaela Magennis, 10:19 pm on September 19, 2017

Here are some of the ways we have enriched the lives of our clients recently: Visiting the Maritime Museum Tenpin bowling Movies Fish and chips at Redcliffe Reading Billy Slater’s Autobiography Helping with post Stroke rehab Helping maintain the circulation in a client’s legs Taking a client to the Doctor and explaining the diagnosis Treating a client to a meal on us Sharing one of our wonderful books written by the founders See, so much more than showering and toileting. If you have an elder loved one who deserves this sort of personalised attention to enrich their life, please call us. Please follow and like us:

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By Machaela Magennis, 6:48 am on July 19, 2017

Anyone who has cared for someone with Dementia will say that it is quite unlike caring for someone with any other disease. For many other injuries and illnesses, often we can see gradual, or even rapid, improvements and those glimmers of hope help us to realise that our loved one will be on the mend very soon. However Dementia is a contrary disease and it changes the person who has it. Without warning and without regard for circumstances, day, time or occasion, it can change the mind, emotions and personality of those who suffer from it. Anyone who has cared for a loved one with Dementia will attest that it is difficult every day for both the carer and the…

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By Machaela Magennis, 6:59 am on July 12, 2017

Hands up who loves recipes from the Mediterranean Diet? Me too! I love it because it is often referred to as a heart healthy diet. (Actually, I really love it because I adore seafood and all the fresh tastes that are used). We are so lucky in Australia to have beautiful fresh fruit and vegetables available from a variety of sources like farmer’s markets, supermarkets and even our own backyards! By coupling these great foods with olive oil, we can help to lower our levels of “bad” cholesterol which narrows arteries and can contribute to heart disease. Further to this, the diet has been associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, overall mortality, reduced incidences of Cancer, Parkinson’s Disease…

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By Machaela Magennis, 7:04 am on July 4, 2017

I have written recently about consequences of falls and exercises to prevent falls. If you missed these blogs, please feel free to go back and read them on our website. There are some proactive measures we can all take, in addition to the exercises to improve balance, which may help to avoid falls. Avoidance will always be better than recovery. Some of the risk factors which your loved one may experience can include: Muscular weakness, especially in the lower body – simple exercises can help to build muscular strength. Difficulties with mobility and balance – mobility aids can help. For more serious issues, seek the assistance of a medical professional. Vitamin D deficiency which can lead to calcium deficiency –…

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By Machaela Magennis, 7:06 am on June 21, 2017

Last week, I spoke about the consequences of falls. This week I will give you some exercise to help prevent falls, by building balance and strength. It is recommended that these exercises be done on two non-consecutive days a week. This will help to minimise muscle strain and will trick your body into being forced to remember them all over again. In the beginning, just hold a chair as you do them. As you improve, you can hold the chair with one finger and then use no hands. For the brave and confident ones among us (and under the guidance of a care partner or family member), you could even try it with your eyes closed! But please, please, please…

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By Machaela Magennis, 7:08 am on June 14, 2017

Goodness knows I have had my fair share of falls in my lifetime. As a child learning to walk, running through a playground, climbing on things that were unstable or unsafe … yep, I have done all those things and more! I have just been very lucky that I have not sustained any serious or long lasting damage as a result of these trips and falls. Age has definitely been on my side but this will not always be the case. As we age, falls become extremely dangerous. Among older adults, falls are the most common cause of non-fatal trauma related hospital admissions, and are in fact the leading cause of fatal injuries. These are staggering facts (no pun intended)….

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By Machaela Magennis, 7:11 am on June 6, 2017

Wow! ‘This flavoursome and hearty meal sure packs a punch. If you love a bit of chili in your cooking …. This meal will spice up your tastebuds.’Hang on for an exciting ride. This delicious recipe is great for care partners to prepare, for clients with advanced level cooking skills to prepare and for our brains to enjoy!’It truly is a meal which feeds your brain – while preparing, cooking and consuming it, and will leave you thinking about it for hours afterwards.’This delicious vegetarian meal, using Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans, will help support memory improvement and may support reversing the detrimental effects of Alzheimer’s. Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili What you will need 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive…

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By Machaela Magennis, 7:12 am on May 31, 2017

As we age, we can start to forget things. That is an unfortunate fact of life. But how can we tell the difference between natural memory loss as a result of ageing, and the symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s? Memory loss is one of the most common and early symptoms of ageing, dementia and Alzheimer’s, however it is not the only one. We will explain five (5) early signs of dementia. But please note, that one symptom does not necessarily signal the early stages of dementia. If you or your loved one demonstrates more than one symptom, it is worth making an appointment to see a Neurologist just to be sure. Vision problems. Changes in vision associated with dementia are…

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By Machaela Magennis, 6:54 am on May 30, 2017

Some ways to support a Healthy Ageing Mind There is no doubt about it – our brains age and shrink as we grow older. Over the course of our lifetime, the brain can shrink 10 to 15%! Research suggests that this shrinkage typically affects our vocabulary and problem solving abilities, rather than knowledge base. In fact, a sudden decline in vocabulary and problem solving ability has been associated with death.  Unfortunately, employing the old adage “ignore it and it will go away” could only increase the likelihood and speed of this decline. The good news is that regular mental exercise can help to mitigate against the natural age-related declines in speed and cognitive skill. The even better news is that…

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By Machaela Magennis, 7:12 am on May 26, 2017

Gone are the days of oats (or porridge) reminding us of boarding school or cold Winter mornings.  Oats are making a comeback due to their excellent sources of fibre and protein, their low salt and sugar content, and their amazing ability to boost energy, prevent diabetes and promote heart health. It really should wear cape because they are a superfood …. And very economical too! Oats (or porridge) are: Full of nutritional benefits Substantial enough to keep even the most active person satisfied until lunchtime Easy to eat and digest Appealing to the taste buds Easy to match with your favourite foods Did you know that you can make them in a slow cooker, a microwave or on a stove…

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