Tips on Helping Someone Living with Dementia Through the Pandemic

Originally published on HelloCare.  

Maintaining a routine is extremely important for anyone living with dementia. The coronavirus pandemic has inevitably disrupted those routines, regardless of whether the person living with dementia is in a residential facility or at home.

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In Limbo: Rethinking Living Arrangements as COVID-19 Defers Care Facility Moves

Originally published on HelloCare.

As the aged care sector continues to grapple with the coronavirus, an increasing number of older people are finding themselves caught in a tough spot – requiring care but hesitant to move into an aged care facility.

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Mr Brownie Is Four Storeys of 70s and 80s Tunes and British-Indian Fare in South Melbourne

Originally published on Broadsheet.

The latest from the owner of Horn Please and Daughter In Law has a bar on each eclectic level – including one on the roof with city views – with vindaloo pies, samosa burgers and curry chips on the menu. 

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Eat Like an Italian: Try Cooking Three of Italy’s National Treasures

Originally published on SBS.

‘Italian food’ is really a massive umbrella shielding the country’s highly-localised cuisines. The real discovery comes from finding out which dishes hail from where, and what they were born out of – be it poverty or triumph.

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Kisumé, Chin Chin and Hawker Hall Are Now Delivering Up to 10 Kilometres From Each Restaurant

Originally published on Broadsheet.

Lucas Restaurants has launched its own delivery service with a flat fee of $7.50. Order in deluxe sushi boxes from Kisumé, Chin Chin’s barramundi-and-ginger dumplings with XO sauce, or a coconut-y beef rendang from Hawker Hall. Plus, bottled cocktails and more.

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Begging For Help: an Aged Care Worker’s Letter Reveals the Realities of a Nursing Home Battling Coronavirus

Originally published on HelloCare.

HelloCare has attained a de-identified letter from an aged care worker sent to Leading Age Services Australia desperately asking for more registered nurses (RNs) and personal care assistants (PCAs) on board. The home they work at was down to only one PCA at one point.

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Coasting on the North Island: Exploring the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

Originally published on Lonely Planet.

Scenic, versatile and beautifully understated – if New Zealand is on your travel radar, consider putting the Bay of Plenty on your wish list. It was named by James Cook when he anchored in the country in 1769, and it’s a name that still rings true today. Continue reading “Coasting on the North Island: Exploring the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand”

First Look: A CBD Cake Shop-Slash-Cafe From Insta-Famous Baker Raymond Tan

Originally published on Broadsheet.

Step inside for Malaysian chicken-curry pies; egg-and-Spam brioche rolls; jazzed-up fortune cookies; and the signature kuih (petite, glutinous desserts flavoured with mung bean paste, coconut and more).

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Why This is the Year to Plan the Perfect Camping Vacation

Originally published on Lonely Planet.

Few activities can make you slow down and recharge quite like camping. In the age of coronavirus, these sort of trips satisfy our desire for adventure. You can stay local, you have more control over your destination, and it’s affordable.

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The Best Wild Swimming Spots in New Zealand

Originally published on Lonely Planet.

The pleasure of swimming in wild settings could be one of the most human exercises we can undertake. New Zealand then, is a country offering ultimate outdoor therapy. As well as boasting glorious beaches, New Zealand is a patchwork of rivers, waterholes and lakes that are perfect to take a dip or dive in. Continue reading “The Best Wild Swimming Spots in New Zealand”

How to Help a Loved One with Dementia

Written for Medibank.

My yiayia (grandmother) Stratigoula was a total inspiration. She was clever and strong, her name aptly translating as ‘lead soldier’. Though, when dementia hit there was no stopping it. My family was put on a ride they never anticipated, trying to understand and navigate the trickiness of the disease.

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Tourists Often Pay More Than the Locals. Is That Fair?

Written for the ABC.

Being “ripped off” is often part of the travel experience. Whether it’s those tourist menus with prices double what locals pay, unregulated taxis charging five times the regular price, or seeing someone at a market pay less than half for a T-shirt you bought two days ago. But does the fact it happens so often make it fair?

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Video | Kekou is a Modern Asian Newcomer to be Reckoned With

Originally published on Zomato, produced in collaboration with Raw Films.

It’s a big call, but we’re going to make it. Kekou is one of the most exciting, forward-thinking restaurants we have visited in the last year. It’s a simple concept, done exceptionally well – pairing Australian 18 rotating craft beers with progressive Asian-inspired dishes. Continue reading “Video | Kekou is a Modern Asian Newcomer to be Reckoned With”

How to Eat Through Southern Spain Like it’s Your Last Week on Earth

Originally published on Lonely Planet.

A fusion of Arabic cuisines and the Mediterranean diet, Andalucian food is about the simple pleasures – affordable and unpretentious. It is Moorish food, within Moorish surrounds and it’s easy to let your stomach run wild – the food is vibrant and prices are reasonable. Continue reading “How to Eat Through Southern Spain Like it’s Your Last Week on Earth”

Your Guide to Australia’s Hamilton Island

Originally published on Lonely Planet.

One of the Whitsundays’ greatest treasures, Hamilton Island is like nowhere else in Australia. It’s a haven of pure and sophisticated calm, largely thanks to most of the island getting around on golf carts and the fact there are only 1200 staff and residents present. Continue reading “Your Guide to Australia’s Hamilton Island”

Why I Won’t Give up on Sri Lanka and you Shouldn’t Either

Originally published on Lonely Planet.

“Welcome to Sri Lanka!” was one of the first greetings I heard in Colombo, the country’s bustling big city. A local graced me with those lovely words from across the street. Not a storekeeper, nor a hawker. Just a person who wanted to pass on a warm hello.
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A Weekend in the Dandenongs – a Getaway from the Hustle and Bustle

Originally published on Trivago.

Lush with hills that make for memorable drives, filled with endless gleeful ferns and much to do among them, the Dandenong Ranges are one of Victoria’s most glorious gifts. The hills are currently alive, with plenty of new things to see, do and eat, alongside some impressive accommodation options to top it all off. 

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Going Solo in Shanghai: Eight of the Best Activities for Lone Travellers

Originally published on Lonely Planet.

Shanghai could be the perfect place to fall in love with travelling solo. There’s always something new to eat, a new show to catch, a new skyscraper to head up for sunset drinks. Plus, there are so many people around (over 26 million) you need not fret about anyone staring at you on your lonesome.
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