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Alf had been a widower for ten years. He lived alone in a small fishing town on the coast. The things he most loved were throwing a line in, and his weekly catch up with mates at the local club. One day on his way home from the shops he tripped on an uneven piece of footpath, landing heavily on his knee. A bystander helped him up as Alf silently cursed himself and his local council. After that, Alf began to lose confidence about getting out and about, and stopped his weekly trip to the club. He missed his mates, but he was more worried about falling and really hurting himself, so he began staying home and playing it safe. Alf’s daughter noticing the change in him, referred him to the local Aged Care Assessment Team. That is how he met Beth. more

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Monique just moments after crossing the finish line at the 2014 City2Surf, giraffe ears in situ.

I have heard that good writers often share something personal with the reader, so I hope this blog post makes me a better writer! This a photo of me taken immediately after I finished my first ever Sydney City2Surf race in 2014. And yes, those are pink giraffe ears on my head.

Why did I go from no regular exercise to running? And how does this relate to SMART goal setting? In 2014 a dear family member passed away with dementia. I felt powerless and grief-stricken. Research strongly supports regular physical activity to maintain brain health (see our Maintaining Brain Health blog). For the sake of my loved ones’ and my own quality of life, I decided to exercise more regularly and I set myself a SMART goal. more

Welcome to another Stay Standing blog!

Do you suffer with problem feet? You are not alone. Foot problems affect around one in three Seniors, and increase the risk of falls and loss of independence. Podiatrists are the primary health providers for all things relating to feet. Podiatrists can assess, request tests (like xrays) and treat your feet, and you do not need a referral to visit them. Podiatrists work across a variety of health settings, including in hospital and the community. Podiatrists commonly treat foot conditions due to:

– bone and joint disorders (such as arthritis)
– soft tissue pathologies (like fungal infections and other toenail problems)
– neurological and circulatory diseases (including diabetic ulcers and other wounds) more

This blog is about Bone Health. What are bones made of? How can we keep our bones healthy over time? What is osteoporosis and who should be concerned about it? If you are interested in the answers to these questions, read on!

Bones are a living material. They are constantly being remodeled according to the stresses we place on them. Throughout life, old bone tissue is broken down and removed, and new bone tissue is added. The bone “remodeling” process is regulated by hormones including calcitonin, parathyroid hormone, Vitamin D, oestrogen (in women) and testosterone (in men). more

fallen woman

Are falls becoming an issue for you? You are not the only one. In developed countries, at least one out of every three people aged 65 and over fall every year. By the time people are aged in their eighties, around 40% to 50% of people fall at least once a year.  Falls can result in serious injury and hospitalisation. Apart from the high economic cost, a fall can reduce your independence and confidence for everyday activities.

Falls usually result from a combination of factors.  Certain risk factors have been identified as increasing the risk of falling. Take this quick quiz to find out more about your own falls risk: more

When well-known Australian Hazel Hawke passed away, the media reported that Hazel had suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia. During the course of her condition, Hazel Hawke helped to raise public awareness of dementia and advance the work of Alzheimer’s Australia. Dementia poses an increasing challenge for health practitioners and caregivers. Statistically, one in ten Australians aged 65 and over, and one in three aged 85 and over, now suffer from dementia. Although there are many forms and causes of dementia, common symptoms include progressive memory loss, confusion and impairment of daily function. People with dementia are also at increased risk of falling and losing their independence. more