Home' Australian Ageing Agenda : AAA Nov-Dec 2012 Contents By Stephen Easton
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Around the health and
ageing online community.
"We get the thirty bonus years now.
It's the business of living, not
the business of ageing."
Alexis Abramson PhD - Keynote
speaker at ACSA National
Five Facebook pages we've followed, and found they've filled our news
feed with facts, figures, philosophy and fun.
THE FUTURE OF
A new page set up only a few months ago
with a really great idea, which is summed
up by its first update: "Welcome to an open
forum on aged care. We hope to discuss
any and all aged care issues facing
Australian seniors in the hope that we can
create a better future together."
A consistent stream of absolutely stunning
photographs of nature, people and places
from all over the world to brighten your news
feed. Unfortunately the comment sections
of extremely popular pages like this can be
less inspiring. Don't feed the trolls.
REALLY USEFUL STUFF
This is a UK-based forum for sharing useful
items that make life easier for people
with disabilities. It presents products with
pictures and plain information, negotiates
deals with suppliers, and lets users share
their own reviews and great finds.
BUCK INSTITUTE FOR RE-
SEARCH ON AGING
The Buck Institute is an independent,
nonprofit research facility near San
Francisco (USA), which is dedicated
to investigating healthy ageing through
links between chronic disease and older
age. Its Facebook posts on topics like
longevity, diet and exercise are interesting,
accessible and informative.
This page pumps out masses of diverse
content all about healthy and active
lifestyles, on behalf of the UK National
Health Service. Much more than a series
of public health announcements, this is a
great forum that will add a lot of value to
your Facebook experience.
Rod Hunt @rodhunt
Difference between good providers
and exceptional providers is the
effectiveness of the leadership
Zach Galifianakis @ZachGalifinak
Procrastinator? No. I just wait until the
last second to do my work because I
will be older, therefore wiser.
Vange Tamez @vanget
"These are the soul's changes. I don't
blv in ageing. I blv in forever altering
one's aspect to the sun. Hence my
optimism". Virginia Woolf
Eric Bass @ebassprod
Does it mean that I'm getting old
if all of the tv channels I watch at
night have ads for "a new, more
Treat the elderly how you would like to
be treated if you are blessed to reach
their age one day.
Pick of the
A couple of clever apps
that have been brought
to our attention. Drop us
a line if there's one you
think is worth sharing!
Free from Google Play
Scam Detector gives
easy and portable access
to a library of over 500
from around the world,
constantly updated by
thousands of users.
The award-winning app
organises con-jobs by country and category
-- from car repair rip-offs to financial frauds,
phone calls to online 'phising' and many more.
$2.99 from iTunes
iDown detects falls using
hardware in your iPhone
and automatically calls
help to your location. You
can adjust the sensitivity
as well as the delay
between fall and alert
message to avoid false alarms, or call for help
yourself with a big, simple switch in the middle
of the screen.
A couple of new online offerings recently
launched in the aged care space.
This handy Virtual Information Centre for the Dementia
Enabling Environments Project (DEEP) launched earlier this year. The new site offers resources
and information on home, garden and aged care facility design and adaptation for people with
Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. All the information is up-to-date, evidence-
based and presented in a way that's clear and easy to navigate.
1st Available is a free service to book appointments with a health practitioners, like those that
book hotel rooms and airline tickets. GPs, dentists and allied health professionals, can be
sorted by name, profession, gender, languages they speak or distance from the user. The
interface is simple and currently links to about 1,200 practitioners, mostly in metropolitan areas.
The dentist who created it, Dr Rick Luu, says more detail will be added as the site grows, so
you could find GPs who visit aged care facilities, for example.
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