What are ‘fasting’ diets and do they help you lose weight?

Clare Collins, University of Newcastle Trying to lose weight is hard work. You need to plan meals and snacks, and make a big effort to avoid situations that trigger more eating and drinking than you’d planned. Dieting can also be…

Ways Hospitlisation can be reduced Among the Elderly

Safety and Quality Issues in Aged care       The top five areas to explore for safety care investigation are; restraint use, information sharing systems, behavioural management, staffing issues and reducing unnecessary hospital transfers in aged care.  The topic chosen to…

Assisted dying referendum: why NZ’s law lacks necessary detail to make a fully informed decision

Rhona Winnington, Auckland University of Technology When New Zealanders go to the polls in September, they will also be asked to vote in a referendum on assisted dying. Parliament already passed the End of Life Choice Act in 2019, but…

Mental Health Issues in Nursing Homes

Mental health relates to any behaviours and conditions which impedes with social functioning capacity to negotiate daily life (WHO | Mental Health, 2019) . Many older people will have some sort of mental health issue at some point, this may be due to illness, grief and loss, financial stress and loss of independence. Between 2017-18, 9.9 billion dollars was spent in mental health and 4.3 million people received mental health services. Mental health is as important as physical wellbeing for elderly people, this is also true for people with dementia (Mental Health Services in Australia, Prevalence, Impact and Burden, 2019). The vulnerable group chosen for this paper is elderly people with dementia living in long term aged care homes and in the community. The national health priority in focus is mental health.

Health Focus: What is Sundowning Syndrome?

Sundowning syndrome or nocturnal delirium is used to describe a wide range of behaviours of neuropsychiatric (NPS) symptoms that often happen in people with dementia. The behavioural and neuropsychiatric symptoms seen in people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease include; repetitive behaviours, delusions, misidentification, wandering, suicidal and sociopathic behaviours. Both normal ageing and dementia are associated with changes to the circadian regulation of physiology and behaviour (Cipriani et al., 2015)

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