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Challenge your brain regularly

We all know how important physical activity is, but giving your brain a ‘workout’ is just as important. Although the brain accounts for only 2% of the whole body mass it uses approximately 20% of the blood flowing from the heart. Also, it uses approximately 20% of all the oxygen …

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World-first research is identifying the role different hearing aids can have in reducing age-related cognitive decline.

Hearing aids may slow or halt the onset of dementia.  Research is beginning to show that untreated hearing loss speeds up age-related decline in thinking ability.  In middle age hearing loss is the number one preventable contributor to future dementia.  Hearing aids may reduce these negative changes by improving communication, …

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Is disco really making a comeback?

There is a new fitness craze sweeping residential care centers across the world – silent discos. A silent disco is an event where people dance to music listened to on wireless headphones. Rather than using a speaker system, music is broadcast via Bluetooth with the signal being picked up by wireless headphone receivers worn by …

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Should we be going digital?

The Australian Federal Government is introducing a national digital health record system “My Health Record”. This has the backing of all of Australia’s peak health bodies, including the Australian Medical Association, the Royal Australian College of GPs and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. However, it has come up against some …

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Cannabis and The Elderly

Cannabis is a hot topic. The government has introduced the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill, which allows for terminally ill people to possess and use cannabis but not grow it. National is proposing its own bill a “much more comprehensive and thought out” piece of legislation, which is …

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Age-related eye diseases and conditions

In our last Gazette post, “What is “normal” eye health?”, we mentioned a few eye diseases and conditions that we are at a higher risk of developing as we get older. These include: age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, and dry eye. While as you get older you are …

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