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  • If This Tree Could Talk…

    They say that storms make trees take deeper roots. Such wisdom and reflection surely took place for residents at Patrick Bugden VC Gardens who enjoy their regular Art Therapy session with Therapist Clare Booker. Residents had observed that the environment in their secure Baker Unit was a bit bare and needed brightening up. They decided […]

  • Looking into the eyes of another

    RSL LifeCare Picton equine instructor Max Streeter tells the story of a serviceman whose demeanour changed once he had groomed and saddled his horse.   He was speaking as the co-ordinator of a program which assisted returned soldiers suffering post-traumatic stress, and the frail, by providing therapeutic time with horses.   “He arrives quite rattled,” Mr Streeter said of the gentleman. “Nothing is right. Then he grabs his saddle and he heads down to […]

  • Finally resting

    A peaceful resting place for two German World War I relics belies their brutal and savage origins.   Earlier this year, RSL LifeCare’s Lara Aged Care Facility in the NSW town of Dungog became the new home for the two German mortars, salvaged from the Battlefields of the Somme in 1918.  Chequered past now inspires reflection The German Mittlerer Minenwerfers (trench mortars) were impounded in France during the war, travelled to Australia, and have been in the Dungog area […]

  • Doris Takes 100th Birthday In Her Stride

    It may well be that Australians are living longer, but it’s still an incredible achievement to reach the milestone of 100 years old. Today Doris Feist, resident of RSL LifeCare’s Cherrybrook Gardens for the past 18 years, did just that. Surrounded by family and friends she celebrated her 100th birthday with a Morning Tea Party […]

  • When the Past Refuses to Let Go

    War Neurosis, War Trauma, Shell Shock, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – the names may have changed from war to war yet the crushing, brain-addling effects are the same. In recognition of Worldwide PTSD Awareness Day on 27 June we share the story of Tim Ridgway, WWII Navigator on Wellington Bombers in the North African Campaign. […]

  • Building a shed

    When Arthur Thomas left Emu Plains to take up residency at RSL LifeCare’s Kingsford Smith Village, North Richmond, he knew he would not need his stockpile of wood-turning tools. Rather than putting them behind him forever, the 83-year-old decided instead to give them to the Village’s men’s shed. “I had a garage full of equipment […]

  • Milne-Wood Medal Recipients 2018

    On International Volunteers Week RSL LifeCare would like to thank the many volunteers who give us their time, their talents and their compassion to make the lives of our residents full of colour and variety. Each year we present the Milne-Wood Award to outstanding volunteers across the organisation. In 2018, from ten nominees, five outstanding […]

  • Pen Pals Bring Care Homes Together

    In these modern times of facebook, Instagram and facetime, many may think the art of letter writing is lost. But some residents at RSL LifeCare’s Peter Cosgrove House (PCH) have revived the tradition. Since November 2018 they have been corresponding with residents at Croft Avenue Residential Home in the Lakes District, England. Emails have been […]

  • Minding the Gap

    RSL LifeCare and ACT Playgroups recently won a Council on the Ageing (COTA) Award for the weekly playgroup they co-run. The Lyneham Intergenerational Playgroup, Canberra, was established to bring the elderly and children together to build each other up and, in the process, learn from one another. RSL LifeCare’s Sir Leslie Morshead Manor, Lyneham, ACT […]

  • “The War Vets” turns 80

    This ANZAC Day RSL LifeCare celebrates the 80th Anniversary of “The War Vets” Village, Narrabeen. To celebrate the Village’s birthday we have produced a short video using archive footage and interviews to showcase the history, dedication and love that has made The War Vets such an important part of the community. Our story of veteran […]

  • Diggers Young and Old Enjoy Anzac Biscuit Baking

    It is a simple recipe that has stood the test of time. Children at Little Diggers PreSchool, located in the grounds of RSL ANZAC Village Narrabeen, spent this morning making Anzac biscuits, proving these treats are as popular today as they were when they were sent to soldiers in World War I. The youngsters mixed […]

  • Virtual Reality makes age no barrier in care homes

    Our care home residents have been having great fun using Virtual Reality (VR) glasses as part of their recreation activity program. Consisting of a mobile phone or IPod, virtual reality goggles and virtual reality software, this technology allows residents to leave behind the world of their care home and experience trips to far-flung locations, underwater […]

  • Veterans’ Home Care (VHC) Services and RSL LifeCare

    RSL LifeCare is pleased to announce that Veterans’ Home Care (VHC) Services are now available to all veterans across NSW and the ACT through RSL LifeCare Veterans’ Home Care (VHC) is designed to help veterans to continue living at home by providing a small amount of practical help. VHC services include: Domestic Assistance Personal Care […]

  • Cuddle Therapy Seals the Deal

    At ten to five in the afternoon, the bed alarm goes off. Betty (not her real name) is calling for assistance. She’s had a big day for anyone, let alone an elderly woman in her nineties, having had a visit to the local hospital for day-surgery to remove some skin cancers, an operation which also […]

  • Don’t make scammers’ Christmas | RSL Life Care

    It’s that time of the year again when the low-life scammers who plague our email inboxes and phones, ramp up their activity with an almost festive frenzy, in the knowledge that we’re extra busy, extra tired, we’re paying out money hand over fist and that even the most cautious of us can slip and be […]

  • Remembrance Day – 11th November 2017

    Each year on this day Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11 am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts. In 2017, 11 November marks the 99th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18). Through October 1918, Allied troops advanced quickly through a sequence […]

  • 4 Tricks to Rev Up Your Memory

    Stay ahead of age-related changes in thinking skills by making the most of your brain’s memory process. We all have moments of forgetfulness about where we put the keys, why we walked into a room, or what an object is called. Most likely, this reflects age-related changes in thinking skills. “In terms of brain function, […]

  • Veterans Health Week

    This year Veterans’ Health Week (VHW) will be held from Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th October and the theme will be Physical Activity. The week is an opportunity for veterans, war widows, widowers, current and ex-Australian Defence Force members and their families to improve and maintain the health and wellbeing of themselves and their friends. […]

  • Cancer Council – Daffodil Day – Friday 25 August 2017

    WORKING TOWARDS A CANCER FREE FUTURE Chances are, we all know someone affected by cancer. In Australia today, there are more than 1.1 million people either living with cancer or who have survived a diagnosis. It’s a disease that doesn’t rest. The Cancer Council works towards: RESEARCH Funded more ground breaking cancer research than any […]

  • 11 foods that lower cholesterol

    If your diet gave you high cholesterol, it can lower it, too It’s easy to eat your way to an alarmingly high cholesterol level. The reverse is true, too — changing what foods you eat can lower your cholesterol and improve the armada of fats floating through your bloodstream. Doing this requires a two-pronged strategy: […]

  • Can drinking tea prevent dementia?

    A study in the December 2016 Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging showed that drinking tea frequently is associated with a lower risk of dementia, especially for people who are genetically predisposed to the disease. Researchers followed 957 older adults, average age 65, who were part of the Singapore Longitudinal Aging Study. Of these, 69% […]

  • 21 June is Red Apple Day

    A highlight of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is Red Apple Day (Wednesday 21st of June 2017), where Australians are encouraged to support the vital work of Bowel Cancer Australia through the purchase of a Bowel Cancer Awareness Ribbon (incorporating the apple pin). Bowel Cancer Australia’s apple logo is symbolic of the charity’s bowel cancer message: […]

  • June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

    Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is an annual initiative of Bowel Cancer Australia running throughout the month of June (1 – 30 June each year), to raise public awareness of a disease that claims the lives of 80 Australians every week. Bowel Cancer is Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. Bowel Cancer Awareness Month has a positive […]

  • Lower your Alzheimer’s risk

    Studies have shown that keeping your brain active is one of the best ways to combat Alzheimer’s disease. A quick and easy way to achieve this is by playing games which exercise your grey matter. Crosswords and Sudoku can help to keep your mind healthy for longer. Crosswords are a great way to exercise the […]

  • Choices to Home Care Packages Launched

    The Increasing Choice in Home Care reforms began on Monday 27 February and as with any major reform, the department has in place quality control processes to support the sector in this transition period. Changes to Home Care Packages, starting 27 February, mean that funding for home care will – for the first time – […]

  • ANZAC Service at the War Vets

    On Tuesday, 25 April, the Today Show, with Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson will air live from the War Vets village, Narrabeen and Northern beaches families are invited to join them for their dawn service followed by a community breakfast and see Karl and Lisa broadcasting live. Click on the link below for further details. […]

  • Flu Shots on the way ahead of season

    AUSTRALIANS are being urged to “take advantage” of the flu shot as soon as April to protect against the potentially deadly virus. Influenza is estimated to be responsible for more than 5000 hospitalisations and almost 170 deaths in Australia each year. The most common groups affected include young children, and older adults. TWO new deadly […]

  • ACT Seniors Week – 18 to 26 March 2017

    LOVE LATER LIFE ACT Seniors Week is an annual celebration featuring hundreds of free events held across the ACT by government, community and commercial organisations. The objectives of Seniors Week are: Encourage older people to live healthy an active lifestyles all year round. Demonstrate that older age can be a time of learning and adventure. […]

  • NSW Seniors Week – 3 to 12 March 2017

    Local seniors across NSW are being encouraged to enjoy new experiences, continue learning, impart their skills, and have fun in the lead up to the 2017 NSW Seniors Festival. With the theme ‘Let’s do more together’, the festival promotes inclusive communities and provides an opportunity for seniors to try new things, contribute, and remain active […]

  • Changes to Home Care Packages

    There are some important changes currently taking place with respect to in-home support and care services. The Australian Government wants to help you live independently in your own home for as long as possible, which is good news! In light of this the Government has developed some new reforms around what is called Consumer Directed […]

  • We shall remember them

    Remembrance Day is commemorated every year on 11 November. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare during the First World War. In many parts of the world, people observe a two-minute silence […]

  • Protecting yourself from scams

    Today there are an increasing amount of reports in the media about people who have fallen victim to scams, where personal details and money have been stolen. The ACCC advises that to date they have 16,654 reports of money lost to scammers, totalling $6.84 million! And these are just the reported cases. Of these scams, […]

  • Pets and Positive Ageing

    Animals play an important role in our lives. As Community Staff, we are blessed to see the bonds that exist between our clients and their pets as we go about our daily visits. It has been well documented and proven that the companionship of pets is extremely beneficial to our health. Our clients pets are […]

  • A healthy diet for a healthy heart

    Valentine’s Day saw people thinking of love and things of the heart and we thought it would be a good time to focus on making sure that what you eat helps your heart and your general well-being. Live longer and stronger: Good nutrition keeps muscles, bones, organs, and other body parts strong for the long […]

  • Laughter is the best medicine

    Laughter releases endorphins, giving us the ‘feel good factor’ Acts as aerobic exercise and is like ‘internal jogging’ Unleashes inhibitions, breaks down barriers Great team building tool encourages better communication Helps boost our immune system which helps us resist disease Tones muscles, improves respiration and circulation Encourages positive thinking and creativity Relaxes the whole body […]

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