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Learning to walk again “gym dandy”

Immobile 70yo had to be hoisted out of bed - but can now walk on her own. Janice McIvor suffered so badly after a serious fall, she couldn’t get out of bed and had to be hoisted into a chair. Now she can walk on her own again. Doctors told the 70-year-old she might never able to walk again after falling when getting out of a taxi several years ago – but the gym at her Radius Care home in...

When a person won’t eat or drink

Even end of life legislation doesn't cover people in aged care who feel "enough is enough". The elderly woman, suffering from dementia, had made a decision. She would no longer eat. As her daughter-in-law put it: "In a private room, with only the television for company, she clearly decided – somewhere in the recesses of her addled brain – that enough was enough. She simply stopped...

The Danger Facing Our Elderly

Falls are one of the biggest health hazards for elderly people living at home or in aged care. It sounds counter-indicative but, for many of New Zealand's elderly people, the most dangerous room they inhabit is the bedroom. That's because the bedroom is the last frontier for guarding against one of the most perilous events faced by elderly folk: a fall. Laurel Winwood is facility manager at...

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