Colouring our World as We Age

This month we were asked to contribute an article in a new eMag called TILT by Build in Common. For any of you who haven’t heard of them Build in Common was created to EMPOWER, ENABLE and DE-MYSTIFY the process of building or renovating.

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Who Nose About This?

Anna Wolf and Alex Bahar-Fuchs from the University of Melbourne recently wrote an article in The Conversation titled “An impaired sense of smell can signal cognitive decline, but ‘smell training’ could help” to explain that as we get older, we can experience problems with the sense of smell. 

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KnowledgeAmy Bosnar
Pleasure and Purpose right under our nose!

Familiarity and reminiscence products are something we are always on the look out for in aged care. One of the simplest ways, of course, is by using essential oils.  However, you need to be careful about using them as they can be very potent.  Aesop, a brand that deals entirely in the uplifting power of plants, ran a promotion called “Purpose and Pleasure” .

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DesignAmy Bosnar
Sunglasses with a Sound Track

Wearable technology is certainly becoming a way of life.  We have headsets to treat depression, scarfs to protect us from air pollution and now we have sunglasses from Bose that bring a whole new level of entertainment to immersive audio.

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DesignAmy Bosnar
Granny Does Graffiti!

A program in Colorado called ‘Granny Does Graffiti’ arose from the concept that both street art and memory are fleeting.  Programs such as these explore memories and pathways in the brain for creativity and engagement.

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And the winner is...

I would like to thank everyone who participated in our survey last month, we were thrilled to get such a great response. The winner of the wonderful Treasury Gift Voucher was Graham Francis, CEO of SwanCare. Congratulations Graham, enjoy the Treasury. This time of the year also means the launch of new products and showrooms, so the design team have been busy looking and evaluating all the wonderful new products on offer. They also attended the launch of the new Materialised showroom and I believe what is now on offer allows them better opportunities to design bespoke fabrics and wallcoverings. This means more exciting product to offer all our clients.

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Old Skool

The piece labelled 'Old Skool'  is a firm favourite amongst Banksy fans and we cant help but love its ability to challenge stereotypes of the elderly and reminding us to look beyond what is first seen. This particular piece was situated in London’s Clerkenwell Road and showed old people engaging in the type of loitering usually expected from young people!

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Remember Me?

As we age, we can experience memory lapses and forget things from time to time.  However, this is different to the persistent and progressive memory loss associated with dementia.

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The Future of Aged Care Design

I’m sure all of you know of Bernard Salt and recently I read an article he wrote on the future of aged care design.  I’m always fascinated with his findings and observations and I truly believe his messages are right on the money! 

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Paper Memories

Photographs can have a powerful effect on mortality, time and memory. This image is from a touching stop motion film titled Paper Memories by filmmaker and photographer Theo Putzu who explores the ideas of both happiness and loss in old photographs.

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Arts on Prescription

Arts on Prescription was a HammondCare led and Australian government funded evidence based program informed by similar initiatives in the UK.  This uses a participatory art approach alongside traditional health care approaches to improve the physical and mental well-being of older people.  It is different to diversional therapy.  Read on to find out more and to get your copy of the free guide on using Arts on Prescription in aged care!

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2018, what a year!

Only 12 more sleeps until Xmas. I cannot believe another year has ended and what a year it has been!  Let me start by saying thank you to all our wonderful readers. It has been 2 years since we started our newsletter and we really hope that you have found the information valuable. We look forward to presenting new products and interesting ideas in 2019.

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