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Will aged care buckle under the weight of obese elders?

A recent report out of the US highlighted the increasing number of elderly clients in aged care who were  morbidly obese and as a result were in need of higher levels of care and support.

The obesity epidemic challenges our image of aging.

When we think of the elderly we generally imagine them as smaller and slight of frame. This stereotype is quickly being challenged by the increasing demographic of obesity among developed nations. Continue reading “Will aged care buckle under the weight of obese elders?”

To tattoo or not – challenging perceptions and designing for aging – this weeks top reads

5 Tops Reads This weeks round-up of aging in the news has some interesting  challenges to our image of old age and how we can design for a better ageing and aged care. Continue reading “To tattoo or not – challenging perceptions and designing for aging – this weeks top reads”

Retirement – for all of god’s creatures

While this blog focuses on aging of humans (I make the distinction now because of today’s story) it is worth considering the fate of older animals.

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A CEO with a difference – we need more in aged care

I was inspired by the recent appoinment of a Chief Elder Officer at Revera Inc Ms Hazel McCallion. This appointment a first for Revera demonstrates their commitment to ageing with purpose and the elders of their community.

I urge you to take a few minutes to see and hear her conviction to living with purpose in the following YouTube video.

Continue reading “A CEO with a difference – we need more in aged care”

We all have it in us to be creative – explore your creativity for care

Today I am sharing some information about a new set of resources created by the National Creative Caregiving Aging. As part of my investigation I also trialled one of these FREE resources called ‘Tree Poem’.

Continue reading “We all have it in us to be creative – explore your creativity for care”

The Aging Issues Every Presidential Candidate Needs To Address – Huffington Post

The 2016 presidential election is crucial for programs that affect 44.7 million Americans. Which candidates will stand up for the issues that have a significant impact on our fast growing aging population?

Sourced from: www.huffingtonpost.com

This is a great example of the influence of the ‘grey vote’.

The questions put to candidates by a broad range of professionals and consumers captured in this article are testament to the growing political influence of elders in our community.

It is great to see a strong self advocacy and that politicians are taking heed of this ageing demographic.

Leading a revolt against ‘stock photos’ in aged care

Its true the old adage ‘a picture is worth a thousand words‘ and yet so often we resort to ‘stock photos’ to express those words. Continue reading “Leading a revolt against ‘stock photos’ in aged care”

30 minute visits = the gold standard in homecare for Australia?

The Ugold standardK has just released new gold standard ‘guidelines’ which signpost what is expected from organisations who are providing caring for the elderly. Continue reading “30 minute visits = the gold standard in homecare for Australia?”

Women destined to follow behind throughout life

“Get behind me … woman”

Used to be that women had to respectfully follow our man, keeping a couple of paces behind him. In some places this, thankfully, is no longer an expected practice. Continue reading “Women destined to follow behind throughout life”

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