Stepping Into A Mindful New Year

The new year can be a busy time for all of us, especially when it comes to finding a healthy balance between time spent on family, friends, food, fitness and finances. It is also a time for reflection on the year that has been, to inspire a positive change in lifestyle and to set intentions for the year ahead.

Our minds are powerful, and our mental state can cause our bodies stress. However, recent studies have shown that focussing more on the present moment, a process known as ‘mindfulness’, can benefit our general well-being.

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How Can We Combat Loneliness Amongst The Elderly?

Being alone describes a state of being, whilst being lonely is derived from an emotional response to a circumstance. While some people prefer being alone, it’s rare for anyone to welcome feelings of loneliness. Social isolation can negatively impact a person’s mood, outlook on life, sense of purpose and can lead to severe mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.

At Twilight Aged Care, we value the importance of community and connectedness, and we understand that active social connections are imperative for our mental and physical well-being.

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Recipes from the Twilight Kitchen

By 14th December, 2017 All, News, Recipes No Comments
At Twilight we pride ourselves on delivering delicious and tasty home cooked meals to our residents. Wagma the Chef from Hunters Hill Village has shared a couple of her favourite traditional recipes that are ideal to try over the Christmas break to spice up those Christmas leftovers.

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Keeping Active and Stepping Out at Horton House

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 Over the last few months our residents have been enjoying activities that are not only fun but also benefit their health such as Tai-chi and Zumba. Ensuring our residents are aware of the importance of keeping active has resulted in more residents attending our Zumba classes.

Art Therapy is a great addition to our activities and is greatly appreciated and very popular. The quality of our Art Therapy program resulted in us displaying many of our artworks at our recent Open Day at Hunters Hill, with many pieces being auctioned off.

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Volunteers: The Heart of Twilight

By 14th December, 2017 All, Community, News No Comments

 The Twilight Volunteer program has been in full swing over the September/October school holidays. We were fortunate to have twenty students from St Ignatius College visit all four of our homes, sharing stories and assisting with many activities on the day.

Connecting young people (children and teenagers) and seniors is extremely rewarding and beneficial in bridging the gap between generations. The residents enjoy reminiscing with the students, as they laugh and played games and were genuinely interested in listening to them.

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Clinical News Update

Over the past few months many of our care staff have engaged in education including medication management, care for residents with Dementia and recognition of the deteriorating resident.

Following consultation with our facility managers and our RN’s, Twilight has also commenced a six month trial around our “On Call” roster. During this time, the facility managers and RN’s will be “On Call” for their homes only.

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CEO Report December 2017

By 14th December, 2017 All, News No Comments

It is hard to believe that the year is coming to an end and this is the last newsletter of the year. The last few months have flown by with a number of community activities contributing to a busy and fulfilling life for residents at Twilight.

The Glades Bay Singers have performed at Hunters Hill Village on two occasions in the last few months bringing much delight to both residents and visitors. Many of our residents love to sing and reminisce and this is one activity that brings people together and puts a smile on their faces.

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How our dietary needs change as we age

As we age, a healthy diet becomes more important than ever. The right foods give our bodies the best chance at maintaining our mobility, mind and overall health. Unfortunately, with age, our appetites decrease, along with our dexterity and our ability to chew, so eating the right food isn’t always straightforward.

At Twilight Aged Care, we aim to provide each individual with quality food that caters to their personal, cultural and dietary needs. In this article, we’ve put together some insights, information and tips on maintaining a healthy diet as we age.

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