Brush up on hand washing and beat the bugs

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As the cure for colds, flus and other seasonal viruses and bacteria continues to elude us, it’s best to avoid getting sick in the first place, and good old handwashing is the cheapest and most effective form of infection control we have. Yet many of us don’t wash our hands when we should and when…

Your Consumer rights in dealing with salespeople

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We’ve all had the experience: you’re at home and the phone rings. It’s a salesperson with a strong desire to sell you something right now and with an almost bulletproof ability to withstand polite refusals. Or there’s a knock on the door and you open it to find the world’s pushiest salesperson with the world’s…

Muscling Up Against Disability

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A new article published in the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity reports on the cost-effectiveness of centre-based, progressive resistance plus balance training for Australians over the age of 65 years; the Muscling Up Against Disability program. Burnie Brae, in partnership with the University of Queensland and Bond University, are pleased that many Brisbane adults…

Reduce your falls risk this festive season

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Our Functional Fitness class will reduce your falls risk The holiday season is officially in full swing, trees are up and Christmas decorations are on display. As much as this is an exciting time of year, extra items in your home can be a cue to brush up on falls information. Don’t go clearing away…

Tips to Manage your Medication

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Did you know that two thirds of seniors are taking more than five types of medication on a daily basis? This is called Polypharmacy and unfortunately can put you at a higher risk of experiencing medicated related harm. Whilst medication often plays a vital role in management of diseases, it must be used correctly and…

Top tips to avoid scammers

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Scammers target people of all ages and demographics, however, seniors are often targeted more frequently. This is because older Australians are often more financially stable than younger people and are generally less familiar with the internet. Tips to avoid falling for scammers tricks are outlined below:   Pick out door-to-door sales scams While many legitimate…

Tips for seniors living alone

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It is normal to want to stay in your own home for as long as possible as you age. However, it is important to take certain steps to ensure your safety and comfort, especially when living alone. Listed below are five quick tips to improve safety. Get to know your neighbours Taking the time to…

Tips to reduce your fall risk

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If you missed our Let’s Talk: Balance and environmental hazards presentation last month fear not! We have outlined our top tips for reducing the risk of a fall in your home below. Create clear walking paths Arrange furniture so that you have a clear walking path, remove small furniture and clutter from hallways and stairs….

Benefits of Decluttering

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We are all guilty of owning a junk drawer or shoving mess away in a cupboard, however, it is important to take action when mess begins to get in the way of your physical or mental health. Decluttering a space is beneficial to people of all ages as it brings practical storage benefits as well…

Older people and mental health

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Getting older brings its share of challenges, and at times you may find it difficult to stay mentally healthy and strong.   If feelings like sadness or worry are preventing you from getting the most out of life, help and support is available.   Your mental health is important Your mental health is a central part of your overall…

Do’s and Don’t of downsizing your home

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Downsizing your home is a big decision for retirees in Australia and one that requires much thought and planning. A large home and garden is great when raising a family but cleaning and maintenance can become labourious when the chickens fly the coop. Throw in some health and mobility issues and downsizing your home to…