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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.

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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 20: What are mobility aids and who are they for | The Better Ageing Podcast

    Episode 20: What are mobility aids and who are they for | The Better Ageing Podcast

    As we have talked about in previous episodes of The Better Ageing Podcast, falls later in life can often herald a rapid decline in independence and quality of life. We know that there are many preventive measures that can be taken to improve balance such as keeping active and seeking the help and guidance of a physiotherapist. However one other tool to improve balance and increase mobility are mobility and gait aids. 

    In this episode of The Better Ageing Podcast we're talking about gait and mobility aids, specifically what they are and who needs them. As we discuss, gait and mobility aids shouldn't be feared, rather they should be embraced when recommended as part of an exercise and physiotherapy program, as they are a key tool in sustaining and improving independence. 

    As always we hope this episode helps you or someone you care for.

    Show notes/ topics covered:

    0:14 - Welcome 
    1:00 - Introduction to gait and mobility aids 
    2:30 - Who is need of a mobility aid? 
    4:42 - What are mobility aids for? 
    7:20 - Common types of aids 
    9:04 - They shouldn't be recommended in isolation 
    10:22 - Getting the right size stick/frame 
    11:10 - How do you know it is time for a mobility aid 
    12:55 - Electric scooters and wheelchairs 
    14:07 - Take home message 

    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
    Episode 19: It's about time we talked about incontinence | The Better Ageing Podcast

    Episode 19: It's about time we talked about incontinence | The Better Ageing Podcast

    It's time we talked about incontinence. 

    Too often incontinence is dismissed as 'just part of the ageing process', yet over 4 million Australians suffer from bowel or urinary incontinence, both young and old, making it an extremely common condition, and one that as we find out in this podcast, is quite treatable. 

    Despite its commonality, incontinence is often deemed an embarrassing or socially awkward thing to talk about. This means that sufferers often stay silent when they could be getting treatment and advice that empowers them to take back their continence.

    In this podcast we talk about what incontinence is, and the key signs to look out for, before talking about what someone can do to get the help they deserve. (Of course, the first step is often to book an appointment with your GP!)

    As always, we hope this episode helps you or someone you care for. 

    Show notes/ topics covered:

    0:14 - Welcome 
    0:53 - Incontinence is not just part of the ageing process 
    1:55 - We need to talk about it more 
    3:02 - Where does someone go to first for help? 
    5:20 - A definition of incontinence 
    6:57 - Which health professionals can help? 
    8:22 - Causal medical conditions need to be managed carefully 
    10:20 - Good toilet habits 
    11:36 - Pelvic floor physio 
    12:20 - Take home message 

    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 18: What is chronic pain and what can you do about it | The Better Ageing Podcast

    Episode 18: What is chronic pain and what can you do about it | The Better Ageing Podcast

    Pain is a topic that is frequently talked about on The Better Ageing Podcast - often it is the reason that many of us head in to see our doctor or physiotherapist. Thankfully, pain is typically a temporary  sign that something isn't quite right, but what about when pain doesn't go away?

    In this episode we're talking about Chronic Pain; pain that lingers longer than it should, often with no obvious cause or acute injury. We take a look at some of the causes of chronic pain, the difference between chronic and acute pain, and discuss strategies for dealing with chronic pain (hint: 'just putting up with it' is not one of them!)

    So if you or someone you know has struggled with ongoing pain, then we hope this episode helps and that you are able to take control of your pain to live a healthier and happier life.

    Show notes/ topics covered:

    0:19 - Welcome 
    1:31 - Introduction to chronic pain 
    5:18 - Everyone deserves to have their pain treated 
    6:57 - What isn't chronic pain? 
    9:19 - Chronic pain is often pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks
    10:35 - Where do you go to discuss your chronic pain? 
    12:25 - Retraining your relationship with pain 
    14:58 - Make sure you get some help for your pain 

    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 17: Coronavirus vaccinations | The Better Ageing Podcast

    Episode 17: Coronavirus vaccinations | The Better Ageing Podcast

    The coronavirus pandemic has rocked the world, however one of the most amazing things to witness has been the dedication and collaboration of the world's scientists in the development of multiple vaccine options to help stop the spread of Covid-19...

    • 14 min
    Episode 16: How to have the perfect night's sleep | The Better Ageing Podcast

    Episode 16: How to have the perfect night's sleep | The Better Ageing Podcast

    It's no secret a good night's sleep can do wonders for your mental and physical wellbeing, so why is it that after all these years of practicing many of us still struggle each night to get to sleep and stay asleep! In this episode of The Better Ageing...

    • 17 min
    Episode 15: Is Teleheath here to stay? | The Better Ageing Podcast

    Episode 15: Is Teleheath here to stay? | The Better Ageing Podcast

    After emerging in 2020 as a safe way to keep in contact with your health professionals, in this episode we're talking Telehealth; how it has changed, and how to get the most out of your next online consultation ...

    It's episode 15 of The Better Ageing Podcast, the second in our new shorter format featuring easy to follow advice from our experts geriatrician Dr Jane Fyfield and physiotherapist Jason Lee. 

    Prior to 2020, the only way many of us would have considered going to the doctor or physio was in person, often planning ahead of time what to read in the waiting room. However due to the necessity to stay home last year, telehealth emerged as a way to stay in touch with your health professionals and continue consultations in a safe way. 

    Now, over a year on from the rise of telehealth, and hopefully having mastered the challenges of online video communication, we're discussing all things telehealth; how it's changed, what to expect in a consult, what to prepare, and asking the question, has telehealth become the new norm for health consultations for 2021 and beyond? 

    Whilst the question may remain unanswered for now, telehealth does have many benefits and advantages over physical consultations that go beyond the physical distancing considerations ... the fact that practitioners are typically always on time being one as Jane tells us! 

    So enjoy, and we hope you make the most of your next online consultation after listening! 

    Show notes/ topics covered:

    0:25 - Welcome 
    1:24 - Telehealth continues 
    3:27 - Thinking of telehealth consultations as virtual consultations 
    6:58 - How to prepare for a telehealth consultation 
    9:55 - Do some conditions not suit telehealth? 
    13:08 - Telehealth is here to stay 

    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. 

    • 16 min

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