Thursday, 20 October 2016

Have you registered for War Memorial Hospital's upcoming ‘Men’s Health’ Seminar?

War Memorial Hospital will be hosting a free Men’s Health Seminar on the 7th of November 2016 for seniors. 

The seminar will address health and wellness topics focused on men’s health to equip people with information to assist them to take a proactive, preventive health care approach which can ultimately lead to improved health.

When: Monday the 7th of November 2016
Venue: Day Centre War Memorial Hospital, 125 Birrell Street Waverley
Time: 10:00am to 12:30pm

For more information and bookings contact Catriona Beaumont on 9369 0215.

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Thursday, 13 October 2016

Come along and play bridge at the Burger Centre

Be a part of our Positive Ageing Program and play Bridge at the Burger Centre

Bridge commences on Monday 31st October at 11.00am

• Transport provided within a designated area
• Tea, coffee and sandwiches for $5.00 per session

For more information and bookings contact: Ilona on (02) 8345 9222
Burger Centre: 120 King St, Randwick NSW 2031

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Have you registered for War Memorial Hospital's upcoming seminar on Healthy Brains?

War Memorial Hospital will be hosting a free seminar on Healthy Brains on the 10th of October 2016 for seniors.

Leading brain health experts will cover subjects including:

- Educational tools for everyday living

- Learning opportunities for the over 50s

- The benefits of learning for health and well being

- What’s new in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's

- Dealing with early memory loss and how to improve your memory

Guest speakers Professor Henry Brodaty and Dr Nick Brennan

When: Monday the 10th of October 2016

Venue: Day Centre War Memorial Hospital, 125 Birrell St Waverley

Time: 10:00am to 12:30pm

For more Information and bookings contact Catriona Beaumont on 93690215 or Catriona.Beaumont@SESIAHS.HEALTH.NSW.GOV.AU

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Did you know that September is Dementia Awareness Month

Dementia Awareness Month runs from 1st September to 30th of September every year.

The purpose of Dementia Awareness Month is to encourage Australians to become dementia-aware, have a better understanding of what it is like for a person to live with dementia and ultimately be encouraged to create communities where people with dementia are supported to live a high quality of life with meaning, purpose and value.

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The theme for 2016 is "You are not alone" and the main activities will be a series of seminars with international and local dementia experts and key note speakers. 
The international presenter this year is Dr Ron Peterson director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, both of which involve the study and characterisation of aging individuals over time with an emphasis on neuroimaging and biomarkers.

There are a number of events planned for ‘Dementia Awareness Month’ so check out Alzheimer's Australia's events page for more details.

Some of the events for Dementia Awareness Month include:
-Thinko! Gala Launch (For more information contact Rachel on 02 8875 4657)

-Using the 5 senses to trigger memories (For more information contact Myra Hechanova on 9911 9858)

R U OK? Day - Thursday 8 September 2016

The R U OK? Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to encourage all people to regularly and meaningfully ask 'are you ok?' to support those who are struggling. 

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4 steps to connect with anyone struggling with life:
1. Ask R U OK?
• Start a conversation some where private
• Build trust through open and relaxed body language

• Ask open-ended questions

2. Listen without judgement
• Give them time to reply
• Avoid solving their problems
• Don’t trivialize what they’re feeling

3. Encourage Action
• Summarise the issues
• Ask them what they plan to do
• Urge them to take one step towards that solution

4. Follow Up
• Put a note in your diary to call them in one week
• Listen without judgement again
• Ask if they’ve managed to take their first step

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How to ask 'R U OK?' 

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The truth is, some conversations just become too big for friends. If you’re worried about someone and feel urgent professional support is needed, contact your local doctor or click on this link to find a number of agencies that can help.

Lifeline 13 11 14 provides 24/7 crisis support

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Did you know that Hearing Awareness Week commences this Sunday? 21st of August 2016

                                 Hearing is precious and fragile

Hearing impairment or deafness, is when your hearing is affected by a condition or injury. Some people are born with hearing loss, while others may develop it as they get older.

Statistically we all begin to lose our hearing when we are in our 30s and 40s. One adult in five and more than half of all people over the age of 80 suffer from hearing loss.

Hearing Awareness Week reports that some of the early warning signs of hearing loss are: you can hear but not understand, you find it hard to hear in noisy situations or groups of people, you think people mumble, you need turn the TV up louder than others or, you don't always hear the doorbell or the phone.

To locate a free hearing test offered by Australian Hearing you can select ‘Find your nearest event’ on their web page and then add your postcode to receive contact details of your nearest Hearing Centre.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Did you known that Alzheimer’s Australia NSW is hosting a 'Your Brain Matters' seminar on the 6th of August in Little Bay?

                                    Your Brain Matters - The Power of Prevention

A third of all Alzheimer's cases worldwide are preventable, a study published in 2014 by researchers at the University of Cambridge has found:

The research, which was carried out by Cambridge University’s Institute of Public Health and published in the medical journal The Lancet said that one in three Alzheimer’s cases could be avoided if there was a change to people’s lifestyles.

Using population data, researchers were able to work out the seven main risk factors that brought about Alzheimer’s in later life.

A lack of exercise, smoking and poor diets (including obesity) were all seen as significant factors in making people more susceptible to the disease, while factors such as low educational attainment, depression and other conditions brought on by poor lifestyle, including vascular disease, were also seen as contributors.

The researchers led by Professor Carol Brayne, predicted that if these “modifiable risk factors” were reduced by just 10 per cent, nearly nine million cases of Alzheimer’s disease could be prevented.
Alzheimer’s Australia NSW will be holding a ‘Your Brain Matters, The Power of Prevention’ presentation on the 6th of August from 11am to 1pm and following the presentation staff will be available answering questions until 3pm.

The program will explore the five simple steps to maximize your brain health.

This program is suitable for anyone in the community who is interested in learning what they can do to reduce their risk of developing dementia.

When: Saturday the 6th of August
Time: 11am-3pm
Where: The Prince Henry Nursing and Medical Museum, 2 Brodie Avenue, Little Bay
No bookings are required.
For all enquiries contact 9399 0972 or email 

Following the presentation feel free to discuss any concerns you may have
about your memory with staff from Alzheimer’s Australia and the local Dementia Advisory Service.

If you would like to locate a 'Your Brain Matters'
prevention presentation closer to where you live contact Alzheimer’s Australia NSW on 9805 0100 or email (link sends e-mail). 

Why not test your brain by taking one of the 'Your Brain Matters' quizzes?

If you have any questions about Alzheimer's or dementia contact the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500. The National Dementia Helpline is available 9.00am to 5.00pm across Australia, Monday to Friday excluding public holidays.