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This issue we look at two niche social networking
sites for health and ageing.
Google is not the best place
to go for medical advice, which
is where Healthshare comes in. This Australian social network
helps connect people with trustworthy health information, as well as others who share their
experiences or interests.
Within Healthshare there are three types of profile -- person, organisation and health
practitioner -- making it clear when you're talking to someone with credentials.
A free social network from the UK, designed specifically to "look as
cool to a 14-year-old as it is easy and intuitive for an 86-year-old".
Victorian aged care provider Benetas recently introduced
Finerday to residents of its Colton Close facility to increase social engagement, and may soon
encourage residents in all facilities to use it.
Around the health and
ageing online community.
NOEL WHITTAKER, director of financial advisory firm
Whittaker McNaught, opining during a panel discussion at
the ACAA 2011 National Congress that during his career,
he'd not known of any situations where a woman was paid
less to do the same job as a man.
"Women are paid less," fellow panellist Avril Henry shot
back sharply, before promptly changing the subject.
Groans of disagreement were heard around the
room but perhaps he was misunderstood, and simply
commenting that sex discrimination hides insidiously
behind closed doors...
Five Facebook pages we've followed, and found they've filled our news
feed with facts, figures, philosophy and fun.
We weren't the only ones impressed by Dr
Nader Shabahangi when he appeared at
the ACAA 2011 National Congress, and
this page makes sure we don't miss out
on his pearls of wisdom.
HALE & FUN
A Sydney company that teaches older
people, including those in nursing homes,
anything from maths, biology and history
to photography, singing or how to speak
French. These guys even have experts on
comic books, aliens, yetis, bunyips and the
Loch Ness monster.
Alzheimer's Australia's second page is
just one part of the organisation's newer,
louder and more 'active' approach to
activism, which started with a march on
parliament last year.
GAY LESBIAN BISEXUAL
TRANS AND INTERSEX
Because sexual diversity exists in all age
groups, and Facebook is a great place
to connect with parts of the community
you might not know or hear much about
The journalist and author behind the New
York Times' famous 'New Old Age Blog' is
always good value. Definitely worth a look.
@WarrigalCareCEO mark w sewell
Tension in teams brings things into
the open or breaks things apart but it
should always lead to a change in the
way things are done. #change
@Dementia_Centre Dementia Centre
Joy is present in everyday activity.
Kay cannot walk, but in a warm bath,
moving her hands through the water
there's a sensation of freedom.
@deehumorous Nnwoka Daniel
Wow .. Old lady catches robber by
grabbing his balls and not letting go..
Talk about wisdom of the elders..
@MiaFreedman Mia Freedman
What's a hero? Those firefighters
who crawled on their hands & knees
through the Quakers Hill Nursing
[Home] fire to rescue elderly residents.
@_sarahwilson_ sarah wilson
In Finland, a slow supermarket
checkout lane for the elderly and
disabled "for a more peaceful
experience". Nice. springwise.com/
Pick of the
This issue, she's all apples.
Next time we'll look at some
great apps for Android
Developed jointly by
and the Bupa Health
Foundation to help
everyone keep their
brain and heart
healthy, the BrainyApp
was one of 2011's big
Based on a survey,
the app offers health
tips according to
the user's score out
of 1600, provides
brain-heart health information and games to
improve memory and concentration.
NPS MEDICINES LIS:
NPS is a not-for-profit that promotes safe and
correct usage of medications in Australia, and
its Medicines List app makes keeping track of
medication use easy. Winner of Best Medical
App at the 2011 Australian Mobile Awards.
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