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Preventing falls

Did you know 80 per cent of injury-related hospital admissions among those aged over 65 years are due to falls? For people living with dementia, this risk may increase up to eight-fold. To improve bone and muscle health and reduce the risk of falls, adequate vitamin D is recommended, particularly for those aged over 65…

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Minimising medication mismanagement

A person living with dementia who mismanages their medication is at heightened risk of adverse, drug-related events, hospitalisation and even death. Potential tell-tale signs of medication mismanagement include: Missing doses; Taking additional doses or doses that are too high or low; Taking medication at the incorrect time; Not identifying a medication by its brand name…

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Dementia research

Mediterranean diet positively impacts brain health UCLA researchers spruik the benefits of a healthy Mediterranean diet, regular physical activity and maintaining a healthy BMI to reduce protein build-up in the brain which is commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The Mediterranean diet (high in vegetables, beans and whole grains) limits red meat and dairy, and is…

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Medications for dementia

Although there is currently no cure available for dementia, certain medications can help to slow the progression of both cognitive and behavioural symptoms, and therefore, improve the quality of life of those living with dementia, and their carers. Several drugs are available in Australia for people living with dementia. They are categorised as either cholinergic…

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What is ACFI?

The ACFI is a scoring matrix that the government uses to assess the complex needs of people living in residential care. It helps the government to determine how much they will allocate, by way of a subsidy, to aged care providers so that they can provide adequate care to their residents. The ACFI comprises 12…

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Design for dementia

We know that dementia doesn’t discriminate, with people from all different walks of life affected by the disease. The risk increases as we age, with 1 in 10 people over the age of 65 developing dementia, and a further 3 in 10 affected in the over-85 age bracket. This can be an alienating and frightening disease.…

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Dementia’s impact on long-term memory

Unlike short-term memories from the past day or two, long-term memories can cover anything from people’s earliest memories as children, to anytime throughout their decades of life experience. Whilst early stages of dementia account for short-term memory loss, over time, a person with dementia will experience long-term memory loss too. Types of long-term memory loss…

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Offering support to the wandering

Wandering can be defined as moving in circular patterns, moving back and forth between two points, moving in no fixed pattern or moving to a chosen place. The duration and rate of wandering may vary and potentially carry a risk of harm. A person living with dementia may become disorientated or distracted when they’re out,…

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