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Who will speak for you?

Advance care planning (ACP) is the process of thinking about, talking about and planning for your future health care needs. An ACP plan is a tool that can help you to think about who is in your support network and how to mobilise them should you need to.  It is …

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Head and Neck Cancer

Author: The Pure Food Co Cancer can manifest in many different ways one of which is head and neck cancer (HNCA). HNCA and its treatment can result in significant swallowing difficulties in which speech-language therapists play a key role. Head and neck cancer can refer to cancers of: The mouth …

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Brain Training – Does it really work?

We’ve all heard of apps and online courses that can help to improve our memory and cognition, but until now, there’s been no group to review these programs to show which ones work – and which ones don’t. That’s why a group of Australian scientists undertook a systematic review of what studies …

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How Dehydration Increases Falls Risk, and Who’s at Risk?

Author: The Pure Food Co I know what you might be thinking… what on earth does speech-language therapy have to do with falls and fall prevention?? Well you’d be surprised with the areas us speechies manage to be of use. Prevelance of falls Falls are common in the elderly population …

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Growing inequalities are disadvantaging older people

Health, income and education levels all contribute to the growing gap between the “top 10%” and the “bottom 10%” globally. Older people are not immune to the effects of this division. A study conducted by the Centre for Ageing Better found “shameful and stark” contrasts in people’s experiences of later life. This …

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Malnutrition Screening – Essential for detecting nutrition problems at an early stage

Author: The Pure Food Co Malnutrition in New Zealand is a real problem, especially in the older population. National studies illustrate malnutrition affects 20 to 50 percent of older adults in the health care setting, and up to 31 percent in the community. It is an issue that is often …

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