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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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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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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The transition to aged care – what to expect

As we age, our mobility, coordination and memory begin to decline. This can make it difficult to perform basic day-to-day tasks such as getting around, cooking, and maintaining personal hygiene. There are several options available to those requiring additional assistance, including government funded community centre groups, live-in home care options, retirement villages and aged care facilities.

Twilight Aged Care offers aged care communities that allow residents to maintain independence, individuality, dignity and quality of life in a safe and supportive environment.

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Dementia Awareness Month

At Twilight Aged Care, we deliver expert care for residents with dementia on a daily basis, and part of our mission is to keep as up-to-date as possible on dementia care and how to manage the disease. As a result, we are very much looking forward to Dementia Awareness Month, which takes place throughout September 2017 and has plenty to offer.

Events are being held across Australia to promote awareness and understanding, and to support people with dementia as well as their relatives and carers. We have listed some of our highlights below.
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Volunteers in Focus

Twilight has been part of an important volunteer program with Multiple Sclerosis Limited (MS) that has greatly benefited residents. Known as the Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) and funded by the Australian Government, MS plays a vital role in providing companionship for people living in Aged Care Homes or living in their own homes and receiving care.

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Twilight Residents Out and About

It’s been a busy social calendar this past quarter for residents of Twilight Aged Care, with musicals, morning teas, farewells and more. Our Recreational Activity Officers (RAOs) are always looking for ways to strengthen partnerships with community groups such as local schools as this brings mutual benefits to our residents and the community.

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