Thursday, 26 November 2015

Did you know that War Memorial Hospital is holding a free future planning Seminar on the 7th of December 2015?

War Memorial Hospital will be holding a free future planning Seminar on the 7th of December 2015 for seniors.  

  • Experts will look at planning for the future and what to consider if you plan to stay in your own home
  • Find out about power of attorney, enduring guardianship, advanced care directives & wills

When: Monday the 7th of December 2015

Time: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Venue: Day Centre War Memorial Hospital, 125 Birrell Street Waverley

For more Information and bookings contact Catriona Beaumont on 9369 0215.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

National Skin Cancer Action Week 15th - 21st of November 2015

Each year the Cancer Council Australia and the Australasian College of Dermatologists come together for National Skin Cancer Action Week.
As we head into summer the National Skin Cancer Action Week (15th – 21st of November 2015) provides a timely reminder for Australians about the importance of staying SunSmart to reduce their risk of skin cancer.

Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they reach 70 and around 2000 Australians die of skin cancer each year.

This year’s slogan is ‘UV. It all adds up’, which will focus on the unintentional UV damage Australians can accumulate when they forget sun protection. Yet most skin cancers can be prevented by the use of good sun protection.

When you do venture out remember to:
- Seek shade
- Wear sun protective clothing that covers as much of your body as possible
- Put on a broad-brimmed hat that shades your face, neck and ears
- Wear wrap-around sunglasses
- Apply SPF30+ broad spectrum water resistant sunscreen liberally to clean, dry skin, at least 20 minutes before being exposed to the sun, and reapply at least every two hours when outdoors
- Carry a bottle of water

If you notice any changes in your skin or have any questions regarding this topic remember to always speak to your GP about it. 

Here is information on how hot weather influences your health, how you can prepare for and stay healthy in the heat, how you can recognise and treat heat-related illness, and how you can care for people who are at risk of heat-related illness:

Try using the SunSmart App to check the weather, temperature, UV level, and sun protection times for the day anywhere in Australia:

Be aware of UV levels and protect yourself:
Use these guidelines and other resources to stay SunSmart:

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Thursday, 12 November 2015

Did you know that this Sunday is World Diabetes day? 14th of November 2015

                                                    World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day is celebrated annually on November 14.
Led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes.

World Diabetes Day 2015 will focus on ‘healthy eating’, which is a key factor in managing Type 1 diabetes and helping to manage and prevent Type 2 diabetes.

International Diabetes Federation reports that by 2035, almost 600 million
of us may be living with diabetes. 

Education and prevention is about knowing the warning signs and risks associated with diabetes, knowing who can help to manage and control diabetes, and what to do if you have this condition.

Education is particularly important as diabetes can affect all aspects of life. Diabetes is life-long and requires many lifestyle adjustments to be made such as diet, exercise, and medication all need to be monitored and altered.

Poor diabetes education and control results in more chance of complications and less chance of leading a healthy life.

Being aware of risk factors such as obesity, glucose intolerance, lack of exercise, and an unhealthy diet is important in the fight against further incidences of diabetes. 

People with these risk factors also need to look out for warning signs including tiredness, weight loss, increased thirst, blurred vision, and lack of concentration.

Diabetes Australia and Diabetes NSW provide the following information to help educate people about diabetes:

-Information on Type 1 diabetes 

-Information on Type 2 diabetes 

-Healthy Eating for Older People  

-You and Your Health Care Team

-Managing Diabetes As You Age

The Community Aged Services team recommends that you keep yourself informed about the causes of diabetes and know the strategies to best prevent or manage the condition.

Remember that people who don't have diabetes need to be informed too.

The Australian Diabetes Council's Customer Care Line number is 1300 342 238 and should be used for seeking support, services, information or advice regarding diabetes.

Test your knowledge on Diabetes with DIABETES KNOWLEDGE QUIZ
There are only 14 quick questions to answer!

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Thank you to all who attended and made our Café Europa event yesterday very special

JewishCare's Community Aged Services would like to thank all who attended and made our Café Europa event yesterday very special.  


There was beautiful classical music and people sang along to well known songs.

This was followed by a sumptuous High Tea and people sat and schmoozed for a long while afterwards, catching up with old friends.

We were pleased to hear many people ask when our next Café Europa event will be held.