33 episodes

Have you ever wanted to get more out of your mind and body, or wondered how best to care for your loved one? The Better Ageing Podcast aims to improve the health and wellbeing of our ageing population, empowering women and men to live healthier, more independent lives, for longer. Join Jonathan Reece, and experts Dr Jane Fyfield and Jason Lee as they provide simple, real-world advice on healthy ageing. Together Jason and Jane have over 45 years of experience working with elderly Australians. Jason runs his own physiotherapy practice, with a focus on strength and conditioning programs for over 60 year olds, and Jane works as a consultant to aged care services, is a former Medical Director, and has worked in the public, private and government sectors as a clinician and a non-clinical consultant.

The Better Ageing Podcast New Tricks Co

    • Health & Fitness
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Have you ever wanted to get more out of your mind and body, or wondered how best to care for your loved one? The Better Ageing Podcast aims to improve the health and wellbeing of our ageing population, empowering women and men to live healthier, more independent lives, for longer. Join Jonathan Reece, and experts Dr Jane Fyfield and Jason Lee as they provide simple, real-world advice on healthy ageing. Together Jason and Jane have over 45 years of experience working with elderly Australians. Jason runs his own physiotherapy practice, with a focus on strength and conditioning programs for over 60 year olds, and Jane works as a consultant to aged care services, is a former Medical Director, and has worked in the public, private and government sectors as a clinician and a non-clinical consultant.

    Episode 32: Living with Parkinson's Disease | The Better Ageing Podcast

    Episode 32: Living with Parkinson's Disease | The Better Ageing Podcast

    Each year, about 2,500 people are diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in Australia. And just like in our last episode where we looked at dementia, this number is increasing year on year as we live longer and longer lives. 

    In this episode we take a look at this common neurological disease, first talking about what exactly Parkinson's Disease is and what effects Parkinson's Disease can have on someone (importantly the disease effects everyone differently). 

    In particular we discuss the latest research that supports physiotherapy interventions and exercise for Parkinson's Disease, and the positive impact it has on the health outcomes of individuals living with with the disease. Resistance and balance training are cited as the best exercise to combat Parkinson's, along with dancing! This is due to the fact that dancing is good for both balance and strength, and also features rhythm which helps with initiating movement. 

    As always, we hope this episode helps you better understand your own health and wellbeing and how you can care for those you love too. If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us: https://newtricksco.com.au/contact/

    Show notes/ topics covered:

    0:07 - Welcome 
    1:35 - Introduction to the topic 
    4:50 - It should be diagnosed by a doctor and a neurologist 
    5:47 - Exercise should go hand in hand with medication
    7:33 - What does the research say? 
    9:05 - Dancing works!
    12:29 - What else does the literature say? 
    17:08  - Closing thoughts 

    About the experts: 

    Jason Lee and Dr Jane Fyfield have over 45 years of experience working with elderly Australians. Jason Lee runs his own physiotherapy practice, with a focus on strength and conditioning programs for over 60 year olds. Dr Jane Fyfield works as a consultant to aged care services, is a former Medical Director, and has worked in the public, private and government sectors as a clinician and a non-clinical consultant. 

    • 19 min
    Episode 31: Exercise and dementia | The Better Ageing Podcast

    Episode 31: Exercise and dementia | The Better Ageing Podcast

    As the health of our society continues to improve and our lives grow longer and longer, incidences of dementia increase as we reach older and older ages. Of course, it's important to remember though that dementia is not a normal part of ageing, so what, if any, are some of the ways to reduce the risk of dementia? 

    In the episode of The Better Ageing Podcast we're discussing research surrounding exercise and dementia. In particular we look at the role exercise might play in reducing the risk of dementia or delaying its onset, and how it can help during the care of someone with dementia. We discuss how exercise has been linked to a slower loss in brain tissue as we age, and how supervised exercise can improve physical function for people with cognitive decline.

    As always, we hope this episode helps you better understand your own health and wellbeing and how you can care for those you love too. If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us: https://newtricksco.com.au/contact/

    Show notes/ topics covered:

    0:07 - Welcome 
    2:20 - Introduction to the topic 
    4:02 - One problem about living longer 
    4:39 - What role does dementia play in reducing risk of dementia
    5:50 - Exercise for people with dementia 
    9:05 - Can exercise reduce the likelihood of dementia? 
    10:12 - Are you getting enough exercise? 
    10:57  - Closing thoughts 

    About the experts: 

    Jason Lee and Dr Jane Fyfield have over 45 years of experience working with elderly Australians. Jason Lee runs his own physiotherapy practice, with a focus on strength and conditioning programs for over 60 year olds. Dr Jane Fyfield works as a consultant to aged care services, is a former Medical Director, and has worked in the public, private and government sectors as a clinician and a non-clinical consultant. 

    • 14 min
    Episode 30: When are scans actually needed? | The Better Ageing Podcast

    Episode 30: When are scans actually needed? | The Better Ageing Podcast

    CT scans, MRIs, X-rays ... we've all had at least one at some point! But are they always necessary in proper diagnosis and treatment? 

    In this episode of The Better Ageing Podcast we're discussing scans and the role they play in the treatment of common conditions like joint pain and osteoarthritis. In particular we look at recent guidelines that outline how scans should be used by health professionals, how sometimes scans can be misleading, when they should be used, and why avoiding unnecessary scans is a good idea. Importantly, we conclude that health professionals should always treat the person in front of them and their symptoms/story and not the scan or image.

    As always, we hope this episode helps you better understand your own health and wellbeing and how you can care for those you love too. If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us: https://newtricksco.com.au/contact/

    Show notes/ topics covered:

    0:07 - Welcome 
    0:56 - Introduction to scans
    1:30 - When are scans needed? 
    3:11 - Clinical practice guidelines 
    5:01 - Is unnecessary testing bad? 
    7:00 - Lower back pain statistics 
    11:07 - Treat the person not the image 
    12:21 - Scans do not have a role in diagnosis of osteoarthritis 
    13:40  - Closing thoughts 

    About the experts: 

    Jason Lee and Dr Jane Fyfield have over 45 years of experience working with elderly Australians. Jason Lee runs his own physiotherapy practice, with a focus on strength and conditioning programs for over 60 year olds. Dr Jane Fyfield works as a consultant to aged care services, is a former Medical Director, and has worked in the public, private and government sectors as a clinician and a non-clinical consultant. 

    • 17 min
    Episode 29: Exercises to reduce the risk of falls: research review | The Better Ageing Podcast

    Episode 29: Exercises to reduce the risk of falls: research review | The Better Ageing Podcast

    Did you know that a third of people over the age of 65 living at home have a fall each year? Given that falls in older age can often lead to a rapid decline in independence it's a startling statistic! However, reducing the risk of falling is something everyone can do right now, and you can even do it from home.

    In this episode of The Better Ageing Podcast we're discussing falls and balance. In particular we look at recent research that outlines the positive impact exercise can have in reducing one's risk of falling. In our discussion we look at the types of exercise that have the biggest positive impact, how often you should be exercising, and what someone can start focusing on right now to improve their balance and strength.

    As always, we hope this episode helps you better understand your own health and wellbeing and how you can care for those you love too. If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us: https://newtricksco.com.au/contact/

    Show notes/ topics covered:

    0:07 - Welcome 
    1:02 - Introduction to driving into old age 
    2:00 - What do we know about falls? 
    3:19 - Exercise can help reduce risk of falls 
    4:01 - Cochrane review 
    5:09 - What exercises did the research find were most beneficial? 
    6:48 - How often do you need to exercise? 
    8:42 - What should someone focus on now? 
    9:39  - Closing thoughts 

    About the experts: 

    Jason Lee and Dr Jane Fyfield have over 45 years of experience working with elderly Australians. Jason Lee runs his own physiotherapy practice, with a focus on strength and conditioning programs for over 60 year olds. Dr Jane Fyfield works as a consultant to aged care services, is a former Medical Director, and has worked in the public, private and government sectors as a clinician and a non-clinical consultant. 

    • 11 min
    Episode 28: Driving into old age | The Better Ageing Podcast

    Episode 28: Driving into old age | The Better Ageing Podcast

    Driving allows people to stay independent and socially connected. Staying safe is important for all drivers, but as we age the challenges of staying safe might be getting too much for us.

    In this episode of The Better Ageing Podcast we're discussing driving and old age.  In particular we debunk some myths around older drivers (hint: older drivers aren't unsafe!) and discuss some of the lesser known physical changes that can affect driving, how to prepare for a life beyond driving and how to have a discussion with a parent or loved one when it might be time to hang up the driving gloves.

    As always, we hope this episode helps you better understand your own health and wellbeing and how you can care for those you love too. If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us: https://newtricksco.com.au/contact/

    Show notes/ topics covered:

    0:07 - Welcome 
    1:04 - Introduction to driving into old age 
    1:26 - Myth 1: older drivers aren't safe 
    2:44 - Myth 2: older drivers have to be tested regularly 
    4:40 - Physical changes that might affect driving 
    5:20 - Older people and car crashes 
    6:36 - Physical changes that reduce safety 
    10:04 - How can medication affect driving 
    12:01 - Planning for a life without driving 
    13:02 - Dementia and driving 
    13:35 - Having a conversation with a parent about their driving 
    16:30 - Staying fit for driving 
    17:06 - Final thoughts 

    About the experts: 

    Jason Lee and Dr Jane Fyfield have over 45 years of experience working with elderly Australians. Jason Lee runs his own physiotherapy practice, with a focus on strength and conditioning programs for over 60 year olds. Dr Jane Fyfield works as a consultant to aged care services, is a former Medical Director, and has worked in the public, private and government sectors as a clinician and a non-clinical consultant. 

    • 19 min
    Episode 27: Bone health and exercise, what does the research say? | The Better Ageing Podcast

    Episode 27: Bone health and exercise, what does the research say? | The Better Ageing Podcast

    In this episode of The Better Ageing Podcast we're discussing the important role weight bearing exercise plays in maintaining and improving bone health. 

    In particular, Jason highlights recent research that demonstrates the types of exercises that benefit bone density and how often someone should be exercising. Jane and Jason summarise the research and break down how it applies to you at home and how you can incorporate it into your own lifestyle. 

    As always, we hope this episode helps you better understand your own health and wellbeing and how you can care for those you love too.

    Show notes/ topics covered:

    0:7 - Welcome 
    1:08 - Introduction to bone health 
    3:04 - Jason explains the recent research 
    4:46 - Repetitive exercise has diminishing returns for bone density 
    5:33 - Finding your benchmark 
    6:46  - High impact exercises 
    9:01 - Do you need a physio, or can they be done at home? 
    11:05 - How much should I be exercising? 
    12:19 - How often should I be incorporating weight bearing exercise? 
    13:31 - Risks of low bone density 
    13:56 - Final thoughts 

    About the experts: 

    Jason Lee and Dr Jane Fyfield have over 45 years of experience working with elderly Australians. Jason Lee runs his own physiotherapy practice, with a focus on strength and conditioning programs for over 60 year olds. Dr Jane Fyfield works as a consultant to aged care services, is a former Medical Director, and has worked in the public, private and government sectors as a clinician and a non-clinical consultant. 

    • 15 min

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