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SHARE Community - April Newsletter

Welcome to the autumn edition of Pathways

As the world around us is responding to the global COVID-19 pandemic, we hope this finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe.
The accelerating pace of the coronavirus outbreak means more changes to services and our way of life that we have come to know. However our board remain committed to serving our participants, members, friends and partners to the best of our ability during this difficult time. SHARE has been delivering cooked meals to some vulnerable people in our community to provide support to vulnerable people, while ensuring safety and adhering to health requirements. We are also looking to do other food packages and services in the coming days.
 
The year so far has been a real test of our strength and resilience, both as individuals and as a community. As we are all now facing this challenge, the importance of self-care is paramount for us all - even for those who aren’t living with the backdrop of complex trauma.
 
The world as we know it has changed, and we are forced to change with it. For some, social isolation is all too familiar, but has now been magnified. This way of life is now being experienced by the broader community, as well and are now experiencing first-hand, the feelings and frustrations that isolation can foster.
 
In amongst the gloom, we are seeing positive developments and everyone doing their bit to get through this. We are working through the implications and all our classes and events have been cancelled from 18th March which is unavoidable but absolutely necessary.
 
SHARE have activated our business continuity plan and are looking at alternative through re-engineering our classes to digital platforms to access from home so participants can maintain their health routine and social connectivity through on- line.
 
We have also developed some at home exercise so our participants can continue with their routine and have also provided some really useful information on nutrition and diet which can be shared with your friends and family. Often at times of stress and anxiety people tend not to look after themselves and we want to ensure we do all we can for everyone.
 
SHARE like many other organisations is feeling the full impact of COVID -19 on our business, staff and partners. This is a particularly difficult time both economically and emotionally. What we are facing will certainly have a profound effect on so many levels on many Australians; financial, isolation for the vulnerable, mental health and depression, domestic issues and for many it will be a struggle to get back to normality.
 
Here at SHARE we do care, we will continue to provide as many of our usual services as we can through other mediums. As the health and wellbeing of our staff, people we serve is our absolute priority and we have transitioned our teams to working from home.
 
We have a role to play and together we will come through these stressful times. It is important we each take responsibility for limiting the transmission of COVID -19 by following the guidelines for your and others wellbeing. While social distancing can seem difficult, we know that it is an effective and vital means of stopping the spread of the virus and flattening the curve.
 
During a time of intense change, our strength is in community and SHARE community always step up.
We would like to take this opportunity to recognise the inspiring work of many of you are doing - responding to the pandemic. We’d also like to thank everyone else who’s doing their bit to help support our community during this time and particularly with us at SHARE.
 
We are looking to kick off May with an uplifting stories, tips and fun to take your mind off the current moment and restore a little hope. Please read below our special edition on Falls Prevention.
 
We wish you and your loved ones a Happy, Holy and Blessed Easter.


Take Care - From SHARE

Just for a laugh to break the COVID tension.
 

Plane with 5 passengers on board, Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, The Pope, Chairman Xi Jinping and a ten year old school boy.

The plane is about to crash and there are only 4 parachutes.

Chairman Xi said “I need one, I still have an unlimited terms of office to service my people”. He takes one and jumps.

Boris said “I still have lots of trade policies to wrestle with Euro after Brexit”. He takes one and jumps.

Trump said “I’m the smartest man in the USA. “He takes one and jumps”.

The Pope said to the ten year old boy, “you can have the last parachute. “I’ve lived my life, yours is only starting”.

The ten year old boy said, “Don’t worry, there are two parachutes left, “The smartest man the USA took my school bag”.

April Falls Week 2020 Stay Safe
 

What is a Fall? A Fall is an unintended change of position- landing lower than you were before.

 

Due to COVID – 19 all our programs have been cancelled, however we are providing our participants with home tips.

The Falls Prevention Program aims to reduce the incidence and severity of falls among older people and reduce the social, psychological and economic impact of falls on individuals, families and the community. It provides Statewide leadership, co-ordination and collaboration and provides resources and support for the implementation of local health districts and networks falls prevention plans.

No other single cause of injury, including road trauma, costs the health system more than falls. In NSW each year, falls lead to approximately 27,000 hospitalisations and more than 400 deaths.

More than one in three people aged 65 or over fall at least once a year and many fall more often. Falls are even more common among residents of aged care facilities and the number of falls-related incidents in hospital are high. There has been extensive research demonstrating that many falls among older people can be prevented.

 

When could a person be potentially Frail?

Fatigue | Resistance - Difficulty walking up stairs or getting out of a chair | Ambulation – difficulty walking 300 metres unaided | Illness- having 5 or more illnesses |Loss of weight  - Good News  -It can be reversed !!!

 

Risk Factors

Female | than 80 years of age | Having had a previous fall | Medical conditions e.g. Stroke, Parkinson’s | Too many medications | Dehydration →Urinary tract infections → confusion →fall | Incontinence → rushing to the toilet | Muscle weakness | Poor Eyesight | Poor balance | Poor reaction times | Decreased sensation in the legs e.g. Diabetes | Poor footwear | Room hazards e.g. rugs, clutter | Poor pavements and slippery surfaces | Faulty Walking aids or the wrong aid 



Strong Body (Physical strength), Strong Mind (improving your Mental health), Strong Spirit ( keeping connected/ Pastoral care).





Treatment of Frailty

Physical Exercise | Multicomponent interventions e.g.? change medications, treat the underlining chronic disease  problem |Individual Geriatric Care

 

Go for a walk outside in the sun | Do some strength and balance exercises




Nutritional Interventions




 

Vitamin D - We should spend at least 20 minutes a day out in the sun but not between 10.00am – 3pm
 

TIPS Improving your Muscle Strength



Balance Exercises in Safety

Nutrition to help you Stay Strong


is also needed to form blood cells, the building block for our muscles, helps keeps our muscles strong which will help to keep us upright and reduce your risk of having a fall. Protein will also help prevent sarcopenia (muscle loss) and frailty which will also help reduce our risk of falling.


Protein 
is a nutrient needed by the human body for growth and maintenance. Aside from water, proteins are the most abundant type of molecule in the body. Protein also helps to make: coenzymes, hormones, immune response, repairing our cells, and many other functions essential for life.


Protein We all know that eating well is important for your health but did you know it can impact our mood as well? Your brain works 24/7 and just like a car, it will perform better with premium fuel.  What you eat can make a big difference to your mood, anxiety and even depression and it often doesn’t take long to start helping.

Nutrition plays a huge role in helping us to stay strong as food is the fuel for our bodies to do all we need to do each day and supports every function in our bodies inside and out. Can you munch your way to happiness? 

 
How much protein do we need? Adults need about 1 gram of protein per kilo of their own bodyweight. For example if you weigh 60kg’s you require about 60g of pure protein per day.






Calcium for Bones Food Sources of Calcium





Magnesium






Tryptophan rich Foods 
 

Look after yourself and stay away from others 

The best way to avoid infection and the spreading of COVID-19 is to avoid contact with the virus. This image shows you what to do

Remember to follow the self-isolation advice, keeping your social distance from others while remembering to practice best hygiene practices including washing your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds.

Helpful links

For information on COVID-19 (coronavirus), including updates, alerts and resources, please visit the websites below. For general health advice, the NSW Health website at nsw.health.nsw.gov.au
 
The NSW Government has just announced thousands of small businesses battling with the COVID-19 shutdown across NSW will receive grants of up to $10,000 under a new assistance scheme. “While previous announcements from the NSW Government have centred around concessions, this latest fund focuses on small ‘mum and dad’ businesses with a couple of employees who may have had to close or vastly reduce their operating hours,”
 

Together against COVID-19 NSW Communities & Justice Health

Learn how our essential services will continue to operate as we respond 'Together against COVID-19'
For seniors in care advice, My Aged Care
For advice on children, Kids Helpline: Kids Helpline  
For Family and Community services advice, Link2home
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