Few people are aware of the difficulties mealtimes may present for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia and those caring for them in the home environment. Ensuring that the nutritional needs of elder people are met is an important aspect of caring for people with dementia and, with a little additional effort and understanding, meals can be an enjoyable part of life that also assist in supporting the individual’s wellbeing. “When caring for people living with dementia, it is important to also keep in mind that one is also responsible for supporting the healthy aging of the individual in a broader sense,” notes Ivan Oosthuizen, chief executive officer of the Livewell Villages in Bryanston and Somerset West. Particular attention should be paid to meal planning, which includes various considerations such as the nutritional requirements of older people according to their individual activity levels, the individual’s ability to safely chew and swallow solid foods, and the types of food that people with dentures can comfortably eat, as well as personal culinary preferences. “Residents with more advanced dementia sometimes have difficulties with mealtimes that few people can imagine. Some people gradually lose the ability to master cutlery, while others may not be able to clearly distinguish between their plate, the food and the table, for instance. Occupational therapists, carers and other members of the Livewell team work together to find ways of overcoming these challenges,” he explains. Mercy Tokoyo, cook and kitchen team leader at the Livewell Village dementia care facility in Bryanston, says seasoning is particularly important when catering for senior citizens because the taste buds and sense of smell of older people tend to be less sensitive than younger people. “For health reasons, we are careful to limit the amount of salt in the food we prepare. To ensure the meals we prepare are tasty and tempting, we use lots of fresh . . .
Parklane Radiology, based at Netcare Park Lane Hospital in Johannesburg, has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation for its mammography imaging service following a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). It is the only facility in South Africa to have its service recognised in this way. “The ACR golden seal of accreditation represents international recognition of the mammography services offered by Parklane Radiology in terms of high image quality and patient safety,” affirms diagnostic radiologist Dr Peter Schoub, who established a comprehensive women’s imaging service at Netcare Park Lane Hospital in 2012 in partnership with Dr Harry Said. Dr Pam Smilg joined the practice in 2018. “The ACR Committee on Accreditation awards this recognition only to those facilities meeting ACR practice parameters and technical standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field,” explains Dr Schoub. “The doctors and staff members at the women’s imaging department at Parklane Radiology have worked hard to ensure that we consistently provide outstanding levels of service to our patients in order to achieve this accreditation from ACR. We are delighted that our mammography service has been acknowledged in this way, and is the first in the country to be accredited by the ACR.” Dr Schoub explains that mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine the breasts. A mammography examination, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women. The radiology department at Netcare Park Lane Hospital offers both 2D and 3D mammography imaging. Sandile Mbele, director of Netcare’s hospital division’s Gauteng South West region, points out that this latest accreditation for the department’s 2D and 3D mammography imaging service follows the earlier ACR accreditation for its breast MRI (magnetic . . .
We all understand the importance of keeping clean throughout the day, to not only feel confident but to also minimise unwanted bacteria, especially when going in and out of bathrooms. This is why Baby Soft® toilet paper is proud to introduce a new design embossing pattern called “Soft Wave” Technology. The brand continues to create new innovations that are sure to not only give you a softer experience but to also provide you with a better clean. “Baby Soft® commits in actually providing a noticeable experience of clean that resets how you feel, so that one can leave the bathroom feeling renewed and ready for what is next. Baby Soft® is doing this by giving you an active texture by introducing the Soft Wave technology, that works hard so you don’t have to,” says Li-Anne Hide, Marketing Manager of Family Care at Kimberly Clark. Baby Soft® continues to provide a thick, soft and absorbent range, offering families good value with every purchase. Not only does the range now carry out all those great same benefits that we love but now also promising you a clean that renews you. With the new Baby Soft® “Soft Wave” technology you will feel at your absolute best and maintain the clean that you need throughout the day. The new Baby Soft® range is available at major retail and selected convenience store outlets nationwide CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
In 2018, Port Elizabeth based Radiology group, Bayradiology, installed a Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography Scanner at their rooms at the Cancer Care Centre in Mangold Street, Newton Park. Not only was this the first PET/CT scanner in the Eastern Cape but it remains the only one in operation in the Province today and has proven to be of enormous assistance to oncology patients who previously had to fly out of town to get a PET/CT Scan. Benefits of the new PET/CT Scanner: PET/CT is particularly effective in identifying whether a cancer is present or not. It can also be used to assess the response to treatment. Cancers, for which PET/CT is considered effective include lung, head and neck, colorectal, oesophageal, lymphona, melanoma, breast, thyroid, cervical, pancreatic as well as other less frequently occurring cancers PET/CT images indicate biochemical activity and can accurately characterise a tumor as benign or malignant, thereby guiding the surgeon to an appropriate biopsy site or even avoiding surgical biopsy. Because a PET scan images the entire body, confirmation of distant metastases can alter treatment plans in certain cases from surgical intervention to chemotherapy. In an effort to further maximise their service capabilities, Drs Naude and Kaarse underwent training in Zurich and the PET/CT Radiographers of Bayradiology have received extensive practical training on the official PET/CT Scanner. Patients who wish to have a PET/CT scan will need a referral from their doctor. In most cases, the cost of the PET/CT scan could be covered by the medical aid, but patients are advised to enquire about this from their medical aid prior to the examination. For more information, please contact the Bayradiology branch at the Cancer Care Centre on Tel: (041) 363 0759. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Yes – the MagniStretch Mattress from Magniflex, available at Vencasa, can – Your Spine’s Dream Come True Imagine having a mattress that stretches your spine while you sleep! Now that dream is a reality with the new Magniflex MagniStretch Mattress, available exclusively ats Vencasa stores. At night, while sleeping, your brain recharges with new strength and with the MagniStretch mattress, your back muscles get stretched too, thanks to the distension and extension action during sleep. When you sleep on a MagniStretch, a sort of “massaging” action is unleashed. Thanks to its tilted layers, MagniStretch exploits the body’s weight to stretch out the spaces between your vertebrae. Available at Vencasa, the only home to Tempur and Magniflex. MagniStretch mattresses are designed to favour the lengthening of the spine, reducing muscle contractions and relieving cervical pain caused by bad postural habits. The layer with different tilted sections uses your body weight to move from the lumbar area to the cervical one, and from the lumbar area towards your feet, stretching your spine and increasing the space between the vertebrae. MagniStretch uses a technological patent created in collaboration with the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Zaragoza in Spain, through an articulated program of ergonomic tests, and it is certified by ACA, The American Chiropractic Association – the leading national association in the USA – for the beneficial effect of the mattress in lengthening and relaxing the spine. MagniStretch is a firm favourite among athletes and more people are starting to realise the benefits of this mattress that helps to stretch and soothe the spine. This mattress has strikingly positive effects on the back. Its action is like a curative treatment that can help to improve the quality of life of millions of people all over the world. Test and rest on a MagniStretch in a Vencasa store, priced from R 14 499. Vencasa, The World . . .
Nairobi, Kenya – 7 February 2019 – Terumo BCT, a global leader in blood component, therapeutic apheresis and cell therapy technologies, has expanded its footprint into sub-Saharan Africa. The company’s regional office in Nairobi will support better general healthcare by advocating for access to an adequate, safe and sustainable blood supply. The company will provide training and education to transfusion medicine professionals, innovative technologies to maximize blood donations and improve treatment options, and a local support infrastructure to build sustainable solutions in the region. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that the amount of blood required to sustain an adequate level of health should be 10 units per 1,000 people or 1 percent of the population. This means a country with Kenya’s population size would require approximately 450,000 units of blood to be collected annually. Last year, the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service (KNBTS) collected a total of 164,275 units of blood, about 91 percent of the annual target of 180,000 units. Every 10 minutes, about seven Kenyans need blood and are at risk of dying if it is not available, according to KNBTS. For Kenya to claim blood sufficiency, it needs at least 1 percent of the 45 million Kenyans to donate blood annually to equate 450,000 units of blood. Together with stakeholders such as the KNBTS, Terumo BCT aims to address this shortage with the deployment of a donor management and retention program. The intent is to encourage first-time donors to transition to regular voluntary non-remunerated blood donations and establish a stable donor pool. Focused on Improving Healthcare “The decision to establish a presence in Nairobi is fueled by our mission to Contribute to Society through Healthcare,” said Hiroshi Nagumo, Senior Vice President, Blood Center Solutions, Terumo BCT. “Success of healthcare systems can only be achieved through a collaborative and sustainable approach. Opening an . . .
Cannabis-Oil lists only the most dependable CBD products of the highest quality in South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa (January 2019) - This new site has been launched, dedicated to those who not only want to become familiar with CBD oil, as well as guided and educated about the topic. cannabis-oil.co.za provides informative articles about the plant, as well as different kinds of strains. All articles on the site are written by marijuana and cannabis enthusiasts. Since the legal era is fairly new, the aim is to educate and notify the South Africans about the pros and cons of the cannabis oil products on the market today. The focus of the site is to educate the readers about CBD oil and products online, with all research supported by scientific papers. Moreover, the idea is to help you become familiar with the effective uses of this oil - ultimately allowing you to have a better, healthy life. Unlike other sites, Cannabis-oil.co.za explains how it can help people suffering from anxiety, insomnia, cancer, stress, and ADHD. What's more, you have the option to immediately purchase a suitable CBD oil. Even though the main focus is on CBD oil, the site also offers Hemp oil and clearly explains the difference between the two. Cannabis-oil is thoroughly explaining how to use hemp oil in the kitchen. Cooking with hemp is no different than using any other oil/herb. “My parents hated the fact that I smoked weed occasionally when I was younger. Anything related to cannabis was bad. Nowadays both my father and mother don't sleep a night without CBD oil and they even invest in some Cannabis related companies. I am happy to bring my expertise from the Netherlands to South Africa, to pursue my passion” —Olivier van Geenhoven (Founder) Finally, the site’s blog contains informative articles that manage to remain interesting and entertaining. The articles show controversial findings after multiple case studies but are also just really fun to read. There is . . .
After successfully designing the country’s first reusable sanitary range – Subz Pants and Pads – the organisation’s founder, Sue Barnes, is expanding the Subz brand with the inclusion of reusable nappies, maternity and incontinence wear. “We’ve noticed that the market is really embracing the sustainable option of hygiene wear and the demand for alternatives has increased,” explained Barnes. “The Subz range can be washed and reused, making every product environmentally friendly and cost effective. The design also ensures maximum comfort for the user at all times.” Barnes created the Subz Pants and Pads menstrual management kit - which includes panties and clip-on pads with a sealable bag – to meet the monthly needs of young, school-going women. She was driven to create this sustainable, economic option when she learned that South African schoolgirls were missing valuable class time as they could not afford sanitary pads. Through her non-profit extension, Project Dignity, Barnes and her team have donated thousands of packs to schools around the country and further afield. The Subz sanitary pad range now also includes a self-clipping pad in standard and large sizes for women, as well as the ‘butternut’ size suitable for incontinence. These work for monthly menstruation needs as well as post-birth maternity requirements, keeping moms comfortable and secure. The pads are available in sensible black and– with proper care – can last the user anywhere from three to five years. The Subz hygiene range for the elderly is ideal for both men and women with a limited income as they provide sufficient absorption for those suffering from incontinence, and will last the user up to five years. Depending on the individual’s need, Subz offers the butternut pad and clip-on underwear, or the self-clipping butternut pad, as well as a range of discreet adult nappies. Moms are also discovering the incredible benefits – and particularly cute look – of the Subz cloth nappy . . .
Pulsus Group, host of 10th International Conference on Dementia and Dementia Care conveys an extraordinary program which glazes the entire range of research in Dementia and Dementia care and share the concurrence of different treatment and Care Practices. Dementia Care 2019 scheduled during July 24- 25, 2019 at Rome, Italy brings together the researchers to dissertate novel drug discovery, technical development in care methods, on-going clinical trials, end of life issues and organizational development. The Dementia Care 2019 conference scientific program covers the whole range of research in Dementia and Dementia care and share the multifaceted encounters of different treatment methodology. The scientific program focuses on the advancements in the research and leading strategies in the Care practices. It revolves around the theme “Novel Approaches in Dementia Treatment and Care” and the conference highlights are: Clinical Stages in Dementia Progression, Alzheimer’s Disease, Vascular Dementia, Dementia with Lewy Body (DLB), Frontotemporal Dementia, Posterior Cortical Atrophy, Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia, Diseases associated with Dementia, Neuroepigenetics, Causes and Risk factors, Bioinformatics Approach, Recent Advances in Dementia Diagnosis, Treatment Modalities, Therapeutic Targets, Clinical Trials and Drug Development, Awareness and Care Practices, Case Reports The conference will feature keynote presentations by top professionals as well as renowned experts in the field of Dementia from all around the globe and many Sessions which are covered by Plenary Speakers. In addition, attendees will enjoy special events and lecturers featuring specialists and top scholars. It is a perfect platform for Dementia educators, practitioners, researchers and Dementia Care takers to exchange & share their experiences, research findings about all aspects of Dementia and Dementia Care. This year Dementia Care 2019 is officially collaborated with Remind Me . . .
Cape Town, January, 31, 2019: EDSA is an outpatient treatment centre for individuals with eating disorders or who have suffered from various forms of trauma. The centre will open in Constantia Cape Town in March at 8, Klein Constantia Road under the Recovery Direct banner. “I wanted a central location so we can reach as many people as possible,” says marketing manager Doug Kemp, who has a played an intergral role in the establishment of the Recovery Direct treatment centres for non-12step addiction treatment facilities. Though treating eating disorders will be a particular focus, Kemp says he wants the centre to be “for any person that has trauma that they’re wanting to work through.” That could be a physical trauma or something that’s manifested as anxiety, anger or depression. Kemp says that healing trauma that’s been stored in a person’s body “is something that is new in the field and far more innovative and constructive and effective than the majority of treatments presently offered within the industry in South Africa.” Staff members will include a variety of professionals, such as psychologists, dieticians, nurse practitioners, psychotherapists that are what Kemp calls a “trauma-informed” specialists in their field. The centre will have a soft opening in early March 2019. Updates can be found on the dedicated Eating Disorders Website or on the following pages associated to the Eating disorders community in South Africa. (Residential ED private care treatment centre) (National ED awareness programme and outpatient help centre) (Free dedicated national help line) "The distinctions between Recovery Direct Eating disorder residential programme and the other residential treatment programmes offered in South Africa are that Recovery Direct's centres do not follow the 12 step treatment model. Recovery Direct's focus is on delivering far more intensive evidence based (one on one treatment sessions) via the registered psychologists and . . .