Not everyone is lucky enough to have family around them and some residents can become socially isolated. Similarly, many children do not have the benefits of having a relationship with a grandparent or older person.
I had a wonderful time trekking Torres Del Paine and Grey Glacier, spending time travelling up through the fjords, driving around Lake Llanquihue (the second largest lake in Chile) surrounded by volcanoes and also enjoying some of the local Chilean hospitality and wines.
With many Australians working and living longer, we need to rethink the concept of retirement. Traditionally, a person would work until the age of 65 and spend their remaining 10-15 years in leisure. An ageing population today suggests that retiring at the age of 65 could mean a person’s retirement fund must cover a possible 30 years of living expenses.
Palliative Care Australia has revealed that only one palliative medicine specialist is available for every 704 deaths each year. Concerningly, this means that people are not receiving the care that they desire and deserve at the end of their lives, and some are passing on in discomfort and fear instead of peace and dignity.
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.
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.
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.