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The benefits of animals and pets

The benefits of animals and pets

Interacting with animals can often improve the health and wellbeing of the elderly. Stroking a dog can release a hormone called oxytocin, linked to anxiety relief, helping to improve mood. It is also thought to reduce the level of stress-related hormones in the blood, as well as being a great way to give and receive love; especially helping those who lack regular social interaction

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Make your own...Butterscotch sponge

Make your own...Butterscotch sponge

Did you know Butterscotch is a type of confectionery whose primary ingredients are brown sugar and butter? The largest butterscotch candy made was created in 1996. It weighed over 3500 lbs! Try your hand at making your own, more modest, family sized sponge with this simple and easy to follow recipe. Butterscotch sponge is definitely a firm favourite among residents in our homes.

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When Ian came to stay

When Ian came to stay

Initially Ian was apprehensive about coming into aged care, but he had suffered a series of falls in his family home and was struggling to cope, so began to come into Estia Health for short periods of respite care.

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Make your own pumpkin soup

Make your own pumpkin soup

Did you know pumpkin is a type of winter squash that belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family? In Australia, pumpkin may refer to any type of winter squash. While commonly viewed as a vegetable, pumpkin is scientifically a fruit, as it contains seeds. That said, it’s nutritionally more similar to vegetables than fruits. Beyond its delicious taste, pumpkin is nutritious and linked to many health benefits.

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ANZAC Biscuit recipe

ANZAC Biscuit recipe

With our ANZAC’s being remembered later this month on 25 April, our residents will be enjoying these sweet little treats. It has been claimed that biscuits were sent by wives and women's groups to soldiers abroad because the ingredients do not spoil easily, and the biscuits kept well during naval transportation.

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Relieving feelings of social isolation

Relieving feelings of social isolation

Many experts note that the acts of nurturing can relieve feelings of social isolation. Studies have shown that pet owners have less depression, suffer less loneliness and feel more secure. Even taking care of a garden can provide motivation.

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Staying healthy in winter

Staying healthy in winter

Several health conditions are associated with the change in conditions experienced during winter, so we’ve prepared some tips to help keep you and your family healthy and avoid those illnesses.

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