December 2016 Update

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December 2016 Update – Care Forward, Care Consultancy & Care Assess

My warm and best wishes to you and all your family and friends for this Christmas and New Year period.

And I hope you really enjoy this newsletter update as you reflect on the great outcomes of 2016 that we have achieved together.

Joe Towns (Managing Director)

 

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Appointment of Wendy Edwards as CEO!

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December 2016 Update – Care Forward, Care Consultancy & Care Assess

 

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Forty per cent of Australians over 65 years are either malnourished or at high risk of malnutrition; leading to serious complications like increased risk of osteoporosis, an impaired immune system and poor wound healing.

And the peak body for dietitians say this is the season to be jolly and at the same time tackle the hidden health issue of malnutrition among older Australians.

They are urging people to enjoy a meal with their older relatives this festive season to ward off malnutrition at the same time as providing meaningful connection.

Apparently social isolation and loneliness are one of the biggest causes of under-nutrition in our older generation; when older people are living alone, their diet suffers as elderly people often lack the ability or motivation to prepare and cook balanced and nutritious meals.

But good news: improving social ties can help address this and bring better health!

Click here to read more about aged care help at home on this topic for home care and support clients in Tasmania.

A World War II veteran saved himself from ‘dying of boredom’ at home by securing a cafe job in the UK.

Describing the job as a salvation from ‘solitary confinement’, the pensioner first placed an advertisement in a newspaper seeking work to stop him becoming ‘bored stiff’ at home.

He made headlines in the UK when his notice in the local paper read: “Senior citizen, 89, seeks employment… 20hrs+ per week. Still able to clean, light gardening, DIY and anything. Save me from dying of boredom!”

Click here to read more about aged care help at home on this topic for home care and support clients.

Older Tasmanians would not be unusual in being lonely, missing conversation and a chance for a hug.

New research has shown that lonely older people most miss having somebody to sit with, while almost half miss enjoying a cuddle.

The poll of more than 1,000 over-65s who said they were lonely showed it was the simple things that people missed the most, like a face to face chin wag and a good old bit of human affection.

Click here to read more about aged care help at home on this topic for home care and support clients.

A new study encourages us to “stroll into better mobility” during later life.

The findings from studies done with women in their mid-70s suggests we should be urged to walk up to one hour per week to avoid losing mobility as they enter their late 80s.

The Australian study looked at whether walking maintained mobility amongst women as they transitioned from their mid-70s to their late 80s.

Click here to read more about aged care help at home on this topic for home care and support clients.

You’re never too old to quit smoking; and it’s never too late to extend your life by quitting!

Even if they wait until their 60s to kick the habit, research has shown that smokers can extend their lives by quitting. The new study confirms it’s never too late to stop smoking.

At the same time, the earlier you give up, the longer you are likely to live. Scientists found that current smokers aged 70 and over were three times more likely to die over a period of six years than people who were never smokers.

Click here to read more about aged care help at home on this topic for home care and support clients.

Not only is heart attack a major cause of death for home care clients, for survivors cardiac arrhythmia after the heart attack can also be fatal.

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Heart health is key to healthy ageing

But now researchers, including from Australian, believe they may have found a way to “mend the broken heart,” quite literally!

Apparently they’ve developed a patch that can be stuck onto the heart to prevent the potentially fatal cardiac arrhythmia after the heart attack.

Click here to read more about aged care help at home on this topic for home care and support clients.

Older people are more likely to be ripped off in online scams, a new Australian study confirms.

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Aged care clients (65 and over) were more likely to be scammed by computer support fraud schemes.

 

These clients in the home (aged) care client group were significantly more likely to send money as a result of a fraudulent invitation.

 

It goes without saying we need more specific campaigns to raise awareness in Tasmania’s aged and community (home) care group, including at Care Forward!

 

Click here to read more about aged care help at home on this topic for home care and support clients.

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A study outside Australia on arthritis drugs could show they are safe for the heart, giving some reassurance to Tasmanian home care clients with arthritis who want pain relief but are worried about side effects.

 

It found that Celebrex, a drug similar to ones withdrawn 12 years ago for safety reasons, is no riskier for the heart than some other prescription pain killers that are much tougher on the stomach.
Click here to read more about aged care help at home on this topic for home care and support clients.

Apparently the more we blokes drink, the greater our risk of prostate cancer.

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A new study including Australian researchers found evidence of a significant link between the two. It’s not just regular, high-level drinkers who are at risk. There seems to be a close relationship between the level of use and your level of risk, making this relevant to all as home health and care clients and providers, across Tasmania.

Click here to read more about aged care help at home on this topic for home care and support clients.