Seniors Week 2017

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Seniors Week 2017

Will you help us celebrate seniors week in August 2017?
Queensland Seniors Week 19-27 August 2017, provides the opportunity for older Queenslanders to explore programs and services, events and activities, connect with people of all ages and backgrounds, to celebrate the many contributions older people make in their communities.

Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland coordinates Seniors Week on behalf of the Queensland Government. Both COTA Queensland and the State Government value the contribution older people have made – whether as volunteers or in the workforce, community carers or leaders, grandparents or advocates.

Last year, our Jubilee Wanderers decided to flash mob Brisbane CBD’s Queen Street Mall to celebrate with a routine choreographed by Busy Beats Fitness and Dance’s Alyssa Beasley. To Madonna’s Vogue and many other hits including Gangnam Style, the dancers rocked through this unique performance in the middle of the mall. Dancers of all ages joined our Wanderers who proudly danced their hearts out with orange props, wheelie walkers and walking sticks. The audience that gathered were brought to tears of joy as they watched these seniors dancing with a very special freestyle by Sergeant Sarmiento from Queensland Police Service’s Indooroopilly Beat. Through media across Brisbane, they raised awareness with an audience of 3.5 million!

Will you join us this year? Get involved this year by calling Vicki on 07 3871 3220. We are inviting our whole community to join us.


Nicky’s top 10 tips

for caring for someone, either family or friend, who is living with Dementia.

  1. Maintain your sense of humour. Use humour whenever possible, though not at the person’s expense. People with dementia tend to retain their social skills and are usually delighted to laugh along with you.
  2. Communication is key. Listen with your ears, eyes and heart.
  3. When the going gets tough, distract and redirect. Eg You might say, “I see you’re feeling sad – I’m sorry you’re upset. Let’s go get something to eat.”
  4. Respond with affection and reassurance.
  5. Ask simple, answerable questions. Ask one question at a time; those with yes or no answers work best. Refrain from asking open-ended questions or giving too many choices.
  6. Avoid asking questions that rely on short-term memory, such as asking the person what they had for lunch. Instead, try asking general questions about the person’s distant past – this information is more likely to be retained.
  7. Break down activities into a series of steps. This makes many tasks much more manageable. You can encourage your loved one to do what they can, gently remind them of steps they tend to forget, and assist with steps they’re no longer able to accomplish on their own.
  8. Caring for yourself is one of the most important – and one of the most often forgotten – things you can do as a caregiver. Only when we first help ourselves can we effectively help others. When your needs are taken care of, the person you care for will benefit too. Take time out for yourself. This includes getting enough rest and sleep, good nutrition and regular exercise.
  9. When offers of help are made – accept these offers of help from friends and family. Having a break for an hour or two each week could be enough to assist you to maintain your caring role for that much longer.
  10. Gather as much information from health professionals about dementia and the diagnosis of the person you are caring for. Each person’s dementia diagnosis and symptoms are very specific and as unique as that person is.

Jubilee Community Care can assist you to register yourself and the older person you are caring for with My Aged Care so that you can access government subsidised care. This will assist you to arrange for more formal supports for both you and your loved one such as In Home Respite Care for a few hours per week or you may prefer for your family member to attend a Dementia specific Day Respite Centre and Activities program.

Nicky Panagopoulos is a Registered Nurse and Jubilee Community Care’s Client Support Manager. Call 07 3871 3220 to speak to Nicky.


Stay Standing in May

Learn falls prevention strategies with Jubilee. “One out of five falls causes serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury and the risk increases as we get older,” states, Client Support Coordinator, Sandy Kelly. “Stay Standing is Australia’s first nationally quality accredited falls prevention program.” Stay Standing is an 8 week course designed to empower older people to continue living at home and focuses on strategies from medical professionals alongside a program of exercises.

The program is over 8 weeks and is held 4 times a year with the following focus:

  • Week 1: Assessment with Monique or Tim & home program of exercises to prevent falls
  • Week 2: Falls contingency planning, SMART goals & managing chronic pain
  • Week 3: Managing continence with a Nurse & healthy bones with a Dietitian
  • Week 4: Safety at home with an Occupational Therapist and Vision with an Optometrist
  • Week 5: Footwear to stay safe and comfortable on your feet with a Podiatrist & Safety away from home with the Queensland Police Service
  • Week 6: Managing medication & sleep with a Pharmacist
  • Week 7: 1st Aid with Queensland Ambulance Service including recognising common senior emergencies
  • Week 8: Exercise review & outcomes with Tim or Monique & Celebration.

Over 120 seniors have successfully completed the course with Jubilee since 2013 and the next one starts on May 12 in Indooroopilly.

Call Sandy on 07 3871 3220 to book today.


Medical Professionals found out how to Stay Standing

Jubilee Community Care invited our local medical professionals to find out about Stay Standing over breakfast last month.

Our speakers were Monique King, Stay Standing Founder, Physiotherapist and Falls Prevention Expert and Tim Douge,
Exercise Physiologist, Director of Iridium Health and Stay Standing Master Trainer. Tim and Monique are pictured below with our Director Shaun and Client Support Manager Nicky.

Monique and Tim explained the science behind Stay Standing, which has helped over 120 of Jubilee Community Care’s clients over the last five years. It is Australia’s first nationally quality accredited falls prevention program and is registered with the Healthy Living Network. It is a best-practice, person-centric approach for reducing falls risk and strengthening Primary Care and community provider partnerships.

It was a wonderful session, greatly received and attended by medical professionals including local GPs, hospital staff and nurses – all with the intention of providing better falls prevention strategies to our elder community members. They learnt how the life Stay Standing results driven program focuses on strategies to help reduce the risk of falls, allowing people in their later years to continue living at home. The program is over 8 weeks and is held 4 times a year with the following focus:

  • Week 1: Assessment with Monique or Tim & home program of exercises to prevent falls
  • Week 2: Falls contingency planning, SMART goals & managing chronic pain
  • Week 3: Managing continence with a Nurse & Healthy bones with a Dietitian
  • Week 4: Safety at home with an Occupational Therapist and Vision with an Optometrist
  • Week 5: Footwear to stay safe and comfortable on your feet with a Podiatrist & Safety away from home with the Queensland Police Service
  • Week 6: Managing medication & sleep with a Pharmacist
  • Week 7: 1st Aid with Queensland Ambulance Service including recognising common senior emergencies
  • Week 8: Exercise review & outcomes with Tim or Monique & Celebration.

April is Queensland’s “no falls” month – so Stay Standing and join us on our next course, which starts on Friday, 12th May. Call Sandy on 07 3871 3220 to find out more.


Living with Dementia

by Volunteer Lauren

Last month was the launch of the Living with Dementia Support & Information Sessions. The first meeting was at the Toowong Bowls Club and it was a full house with guests of all ages and varying experiences with dementia, as well as representatives from Jubilee Community Care and Ozcare. Pictured below are some of the attendees – from left to right: Shilpi, Lorraine, Mary Ann, Catherine, Ann, Ric, Ann and Karyn.

Catherine and Shilpi, our dementia experts, kicked things off with an in-depth explanation of dementia and the potentially different journeys those living with it might experience. Dementia is the umbrella term to describe over 100 diseases and symptoms with 60 to 80% of diagnosed cases being Alzheimer’s. It is a collection of symptoms explained our dementia experts. They showed the group pictures of a healthy brain versus a brain affected by dementia, which was shrunken and had holes in it. They went on to explain that the symptoms depend on what part of the brain has been affected as can the length from diagnosis through to the passing away of the person affected can vary greatly. It was a great opportunity for guests to share their personal stories of diagnoses of dementia and to get answers to some of their questions. The information session finished off with some practical information on the support available to those living with dementia. Over morning tea, there were some great conversations between guests living with dementia, carers and our team. The whole morning gave guests a chance to talk in a supportive environment about something that can be very personal.

It was a great start to the series of sessions, which will be running bi-monthly throughout the year. The next meeting will centre around ways to manage some of the communication challenges that can be part of living with dementia.

Next free session is Tuesday, April 4 from 10am to noon at Toowong Bowls Club.


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