5 Common Challenges Faced by Family Caregivers

Everyone knows that caregiving isn’t easy, but unless you’ve experienced it, it’s difficult to comprehend the incredible sacrifice it takes to carry out the role. Family caregivers spend a significant amount of their own time, money, and energy when caring for an older relative. This can take its toll and can result in the caregiver […]

6 Facts About Frontotemporal Dementia

Frontotemporal dementia, also known as FTD, is a less common group of dementias. It affects the front and sides of the brain (the frontal and temporal lobes), which often causes problems with behaviour and language for the person living with FTD. According to the Australian Frontotemporal Dementia Association, between 3,500 and 11,500 Australians are currently estimated to […]

4 Ways to Help Overcome Elderly Depression

In our last blog, we discussed some of the main health challenges of ageing. Depression was one of those key challenges. It is thought that between 10 and 15 per cent of older people in Australia experience depression. There are a number of things that older adults can do to overcome depression. While medication and psychotherapy […]

The Pros and Cons of Living with the Person You Care For

According to a 2018 study conducted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the likelihood of older adults living alone increased with age. 39% of people aged 65–74 lived alone, with this number rising to 40% of 75–84 year olds, and 51% of those aged over 85. For caregivers, looking after a relative who […]

3 Steps to Early-Stage Dementia Caregiving

In the early stages of dementia many people will still function independently. For example, they will likely still be able to drive, socialise, and perhaps even work. At this stage of dementia, the role of the caregiver is to provide companionship and support to the person, as well as to help them with future planning. […]