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Never underestimate the power of creativity. As we grow out of childhood and become adults, going out into the wide world to do serious things like earning a living and paying the bills, it’s easy to lose that connection with the things we loved as children. Painting, sculpture, music, poetry, plays… they seem to fall off the agenda so easily. Whether this is good and healthy is another matter. Scientists, researchers and those working in aged care all over Australia, and around the world, are reporting on the positive effects art therapy can have for seniors. People who engage in creative pursuits when they’re older – even with conditions like dementia or Alzheimer’s – can experience a range of physical, cognitive and psychological benefits. Read More
Australian residents who are older or who have relatives receiving aged care breathed a sigh of relief in April when the government unveiled its federal budget for the financial year 2017-18. Many were worried there would be major cuts to aged care, but thankfully none materialised.
To this day Ross Smith has nightmares about fighting the Japanese soldiers who he describes as a “determined enemy who didn’t surrender because they didn’t care whether they lived or died because to die for their Emperor was considered supreme.”
In a move that proves community is alive and well in the area, the local Hunters Hill Congregational Church (HHCC) has forged an alliance with local aged care provider, Twilight Aged Care (TAC), in a partnership which will enable both groups to enlarge their capacity to care for the local community.
The two organis
ations share similar missions to provide quality services and amenities to the communities they serve, this includes supporting the disadvantaged, frail and aged. It is this commitment and synergy that led to a formal agreement that has just been reached between the two.
Residents from Hunters Hill Village were lucky enough to have recently been invited to a Riverside Girls High School musical performance of the classic, Mary Poppins. One of Twilight’s more colourful residents, Father Kevin Kerley, gave us his review (David Stratton style) of the local school’s production:
“We were very excited to have been invited by Riverside Girls High School to their Mary Poppins production and the school was so helpful with ushering us into the school hall and making us feel comfortable. It was impressive that the girls had also invited students with disabilities from other schools to attend. Read More
Discover a new skill. Taste a new flavour. Laugh till it hurts. Or just relax and refresh. However you choose…find a new you today. This was our mantra for the 84-day cruise around South America that started 11 January 2017. We visited around 14 countries, explored 28 cities and went on a 4-day excursion and land tour to Cusco and Machu Picchu. I now have certificates for the “Crossing the Dateline” (twice); “Crossing the Equator”; “Rounding Cape Horn” (twice, the temperature was minus 10 degrees) and one for transiting the Panama Canal. We celebrated crossing the Equator, Australia Day, St Patrick’s Day, Carnival and Chinese New Year. I took close to 10,000 photos on my iPhone, which I am sure I’ll bore you with when I next visit your facility!
It has been a busy beginning of the year for Glengarry. I’m pleased to report that our Food Lovers program has had great success with a high participation and engagement level as well as positive feedback with residents saying they are looking forward to the next session.