Aged Care men’s shed provides community connection and mateship for older men with dementia

Aged Care men’s shed provides community connection and mateship for older men with dementia

A newly opened men’s shed at a Glenvale aged care home is helping older men with dementia reconnect with their past and forge new friendships. Toowoomba West Men’s Shed president Murray Trewavas has collaborated with Ozcare Aged Care Facility on Greenwattle Street to provide residents with projects to work on in between his monthly visits to the onsite men’s shed, known as “The Folly”.…

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National Carers Week 2019

Throughout Queensland, it is estimated there are around 474,000 carers who take care of a family member or friend without being paid for the care and support they provide. From 13-19 October, National Carers Week 2019, raises awareness for and celebrates the outstanding contribution of our carers across Australia.…

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Parenting advice from older generations ‘touches hearts’ of new parents

Timeless advice from some of the Gold Coast’s oldest residents is helping transform new parents’ lives through an initiative aimed at connecting the very young and old in the region. As a generation who have raised their children, residents at Ozcare’s Ozanam Villa Burleigh Heads Aged Care Facility, are calmly giving back through a new `intergenerational nurture and play’ program.…

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Lives transforming through ‘play’ for Queensland’s oldest and youngest

A play-based initiative between some of Queensland’s oldest and youngest residents has become a major catalyst for transforming the lives of people living with dementia in a Brisbane aged care facility. The playgroup, held in the vibrant inner city suburb of New Farm, is part of a program of intergenerational activities run by Ozcare at aged care facilities across the state, breaking down age barriers through childhood play.…

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Dementia Action Week - 16 to 22 September 2019

Did you know that last year our Dementia Advisory & Support Service (DASS) supported 1,807 clients living with dementia and their families? Many people worry about their memory getting worse as they get older. The good news is that there are lots of things you can do to promote your brain health, at any age. It's never too late to start. In honour of Dementia Action Week, we're promoting five tips for Brain Health as suggested by DASS.…

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Singers with disability help with dementia connections

Unique musical pathways are working to break down the stigma around dementia on the Sunshine Coast, part of a region facing some of the highest rates of the illness in Australia. Participants from Sunshine Butterflies ‘Rhythm & Soul’ program forged connections with people living with dementia, conjuring the songs of yesteryear to deliver a heartfelt musical performance for Seniors Week on Friday. It is the second visit by the Sunshine Butterflies to Ozcare’s Noosa Heads Aged Care facility after a concert earlier this year left staff, residents and performers teary-eyed.…

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Celebrating Seniors Week in Disguise

This year we are celebrating Seniors Week, 17-25 August 2019, with masquerade parties at each of our aged care facilities and day respite centres. This week is one of our favourite weeks of the year; we get to recognise the contribution that seniors have made - and continue to make. We also get the opportunity to promote the experience that our services offer; warm, caring and full of life. If you’ve always wondered what life is like in an Ozcare aged care facility or at a day respite centre then come and join us at a masquerade party during Seniors Week.…

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New 'Screen Time' Project Empowers Ageing Australians to Get Online

People living with dementia in Queensland are showing there are no barriers to learning new technology as they take part in a pilot project that aims to improve digital literacy amongst ageing Australians. Therapists at Ozcare’s Day Respite Centre on the Gold Coast have started rolling out the project that involves the use of a new ‘smart’ technology screen recently adopted throughout Australian schools as a teaching tool.…

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Dancing for Dementia at Burleigh Heads Day Respite Centre

According to the Australian government guidelines, the secret to staying healthy as we age includes at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most days as the minimum. One fun way to get your heart pumping is to participate in a DanceWise program which uses music, song and simple dance moves to increase cardio fitness, and, you don’t have to leave your seat to do it! Since the introduction of DanceWise into the weekly schedule this year, living well with dementia was taken to a new level at the Burleigh Heads Day Respite Centre.…

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Community Care Reaches for the Stars for Wayne

Ozcare's community care staff reached for the stars recently as part of the Wellness Program with Home Care Package client, Wayne. Wayne and his Ozcare companion were looking for locations to enjoy the relaxing art of people watching. Can you guess where they ended up? Click to read more.…

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