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Anaemia: You May Be Missing Out On Iron-Rich Foods

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 If an individual is diagnosed with anaemia, it means their body can not carry adequate levels of oxygen around their body through their blood. Being anaemic can cause individuals to experience higher levels of exhaustion and agitation, as well as becoming vulnerable to the cooler weather. Within Australia, one of the most severe forms of anaemia is iron-deficient anaemia that is triggered through consuming insufficient amounts of iron or the body not utilising it adequately.

WHO IS AT RISK

There are a series of factors that place an individual at risk of iron-deficient anaemia including adopting fad diets and elimination programs.

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METABOLIC SYNDROME: LET’S GET MOVING AGAIN!

– By Jack Warner, Exercise Physiologist at Optimum Health Solutions Tasmania. 

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Metabolic Syndrome and Exercise

It has been recommended that the primary management and prevention of MSyn should be focused on changing the person’s lifestyle habits, this includes both the persons current diet and exercise activity. The risks can be reduced by increasing leisure time and high intensity exercises, the risks on the other hand are increased when the individual has a sedentary behaviour. Interventions should be focused on childhood and adolescence population; this includes reducing screen time [ie. Watching TV, video games, etc.] and increasing their participation in physical activity and sporting activities, this should reduce the likelihood of developing MSyn in the persons later life.

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SWEET POTATO & FETA FRITTATA

frittata

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and grated
  • 8 eggs
  • 100 grams reduced-fat feta, crumbled
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup Greek or Natural Yogurt

METHOD

1. Preheat oven to 170ºC.

2. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add sweet potato and onion; sauté until vegetables begin to softer, 5-7 minutes. Stir in spinach, cooking until wilted. Remove from heat.

3. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs until smooth. Whisk in yogurt until smooth. Stir in sautéed vegetable mixture.

4. Pour into muffin tins or large pan and top evenly with crumbled feta.

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The Importance of Evidence Based Practice in Physiotherapy

– By Katie Gallagher, Physiotherapist at Optimum Health Solutions Sylvania

EVIDENCE BASED PHYSIOTHERAPY

EBP refers to the way in which practitioners, such as physiotherapists, base their assessments and treatments on currently available research, which provides evidence that they are accurate or effective. The term has been defined as:

“The integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values.”

This means that in order to be an evidence-based practitioner, physiotherapists must consider:

  • What assessments and treatments the currently available research supports
  • Incorporate their own clinical knowledge, experience, the scope of practice (what they are competently trained in) and judgement 
  • Keeping in line with their patient’s personal values and beliefs, preferences and abilities.
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Communication & Swallowing Difficulties Following a Stroke

SPEECH THERAPY & STROKE

In Australian alone, every 10 minutes, separate individuals encounter a stroke equating to over 60,000 strokes annually. In fact, over half a million individuals are predicted to suffer from a stroke in the next 10 years , causing this to be the main cause of injuries for Australians. As a result, 60% of people with a stroke will develop associated difficulties swallowing from these situations (dysphagia), as well as 20% developing issues involving spoken language (aphasia).

IMPLICATIONS OF A STROKE

When blood flow to the brain is disrupted a stroke occurs. It can inflict damage to the affected brain components which may contribute to difficulties in areas including:

  • speech comprehension 
  • visualisation
  • writing
  • recognition and usage of body language and movements
  • thought processing
  • focusing
  • memory
  • social interaction
  • hearing
  • swallowing

TIPS IN COMMUNICATION TO THOSE EFFECTED BY A STROKE:

  • Talk in brief , clear sequences
    Give the individual a chance for discussion, avoid hurrying and trying to finish their sentences
  • Empower the individual to be as independent as possible, however offer assistance if requested or needed
  • Urge each individual to speak, even though it takes a long time
  • Remain empathetic to the individuals struggle and anger 

SPEECH PATHOLOGY

Speech pathologists can assist individuals that have suffered from a stroke, studying, diagnosing and treating communication disorders as well as issues with swallowing.

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Exercising After Having a Stroke

STROKE

WHAT IS A STROKE?

A stroke occurs when blood stops or significantly reduces flow in the brain. There is a loss of blood to parts of the brain and as a result, brain cells are damaged leading to impaired neurological function. A person who has experienced a stroke are commonly left with paresis (partial paralysis), paralysis, stiff muscles, muscle spasms and the inability to control muscle movement, usually in one side of the body. This often has a detrimental effect on a person’s ability to complete daily activities or participate in social/ community events of everyday life to some extent.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS?

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ZUCCHINI PESTO PASTA

zucchini pasta

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 large zucchini, washed, skin on.
  • 2 Cups of your favourite pasta sauce

OR

  • 2 TB Good quality basil pesto
  • ½ Bunch Fresh Basil
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes, halved

METHOD

1. Using a mandolin or Spiraliser process zucchini into long thin strips.

 

If using pasta sauce:

1. Heat sauce in a medium saucepan and cook over low heat until warmed through.

2. Add zucchini and mix through. Serve with salad and a small amount of fresh parmesan.

 

If using Pesto:

1. Place zucchini in a microwave safe container and cook for 30-40 seconds until just heated.

2. Stir through pesto, basil and cherry tomatoes and serve immediately.

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DECREASED BALANCE & FALL RISK

FALL RISK

Did you know, not being able to hold your balance on one foot for longer than 5 seconds greatly increases your risk of falls. There are many senses and processes that begin to decrease as people begin to age. One very notable loss as we age is our ability to balance and control where we are in space. Balance is an essential part of our day to day lives and plays an important role in allowing us to live life to the fullest and with confidence.

When working with people who are being affected by the symptoms of aging I am constantly amazed how so many people believe that balance was something that you just ‘lose as you age’.

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AGING INTO HEALTH

– By Delena, Physiotherapist at Optimum  Health Solutions Campbelltown

AGING INTO HEALTH

As people get older, they may need some extra help around the home or out in the community to maintain their independence. Common things aged-care support workers may help with for people living out in the community include personal care, helping with shopping, cooking, cleaning and even helping people engage in fun, social activities around the home. 

PHYSIOTHERAPY & SUPPORT WORKERS

There is a high need for physiotherapists to support older people as they age, as there’s health and fitness declines. This can lead to more frequent falls and higher risk of injury.

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Older Individuals with Communication Disorders

elderly communication

Australia is now becoming an ageing society thanks to the rising average lifespan and decreased birth levels. By the year 2050, There will be 36 million Australians present, including 1.8 million aged 85 years an Australia is now becoming an ageing society thanks to the rising average lifespan and decreased birth levels. By the year 2050, There will be 36 million Australians present, including 1.8 million aged 85 years and older.

With that emergence, the percentage of older Australians having speech and trouble swallowing will indeed soar.

Communication disorders

As individuals mature their speech, the language, memory, voice as well as swallowing  inevitably tends to change.

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