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It’s Biology!

Have you ever wondered why some of us are are annually seized by a sudden urge to air out the house, banish dust, organize wardrobes, clean out cabinets, scrub floors, wash windows and organize our garages etc as soon as spring comes? Is it because suddenly there is an overload …

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Mind your language!

We really should reconsider some of the words we use to describe older people. While it seems like huge sensitivity is taken with terminology relating to race and gender, it seems to remain “open season” for attitudes and descriptions related to ageing. Don’t believe me? Just look at the synonyms given …

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Keeping your house warm

Keeping your home warm and dry is essential to remain as healthy as possible this winter. Low temperatures increase the risk of flu and other respiratory problems and can raise blood pressure. Blood pressure takes longer to return to normal in older people after being out in the cold and …

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Beating those Winter Blues

Winter weather can take a toll on everyone, especially older adults. Because it can be difficult and dangerous to get around, many older adults may have less contact with others during cold months. This can add to feelings of loneliness and isolation. To help avoid these issues, there is a …

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Reducing the risk of falls this winter

Icy, snowy roads and paths make it easy to slip and fall. Unfortunately, falls are more of a common occurrence during the winter months. A fall can be life-changing for an older person, impacting on their independence and wellbeing, with implications for their family or whānau and significant others. We …

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Preserving end-of-life tikanga

A recent New Zealand palliative care needs assessment concluded that approximately three quarters of people die an expected death from an existing chronic condition and would benefit from palliative care. It also highlighted that, because of health disparities, Māori are more likely to die with palliative care needs than the …

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Keeping warm this winter

Brrr… Winter has arrived and has brought with it cold temperatures, rain and in some places snow. While no one likes being cold, it is pretty important older people to stay warm. Older adults are typically more vulnerable to cold weather as the skin’s protective abilities, bone strength, and the body’s …

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Worried about your hearing? Here are a few reasons why you should do something about it now!

Estimates of hearing loss do vary, although research shows that some 40–50% of adults over the age of 65 years have a hearing impairment, with this rising to 83% for those over the age of 70 years [1]. This makes hearing loss the third most prevalent chronic medical condition among …

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Cleaning your Dentures/Implant Dentures

Here are our recommendations for cleaning your dentures or implant dentures: Rinse your dentures after meals removing food remnants from their under-surfaces. Cleaning your dentures each day with a denture brush over a basin /sink partly filled with water or covered with a wet face-cloth / tea-towel. This is to prevent …

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