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Aged Care issues under the spotlight in new podcast series

Renowned authors, industry leaders and prominent advocates from across Australia and New Zealand are taking to the mic to examine some of the biggest issues in aged care in a new podcast.

Currently halfway through its first series, the Aged Care Enrichment (ACE) podcast has explored innovation in aged care, the challenges of adapting to a Covd-19 reality and perceptions of dementia, among other topics.

ACE is produced by SilVR Adventures, a Melbourne-based start up with the mission of reducing isolation by bringing seniors together through shared experiences in virtual reality.

We wanted to provide a platform for leading figures from across the aged care sector and beyond to share their knowledge and experiences.

“Working to deliver the highest quality of care for seniors takes collaboration and innovation – we hope to contribute to that with the ACE podcast.”

Each fortnight our host, Ash De Neef, will be talking to some of the most experts and thought leaders working in aged care today, as well as those working to shape how it looks in the future.

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Guests on the podcast so far

Episode 1: Christine Bryden – author and dementia advocate

Diagnosed with early onset dementia in 1995 at the age of 46, Christine Bryden has become a passionate and outspoken dementia advocate, including writing five books on her experiences. Here Christine talks about her work to address the misconceptions around dementia and her fight to the way people with dementia are viewed.

Episode 2: Julianne Parkinson – CEO of the Global Centre for Modern Ageing

Julianne Parkinson is the head of a not-for-profit that helps organisations create and trial products that help older people live and age well. In this episode, Julianne shares new research on how older Australians are adapting to the Covid-19 pandemic. She also discusses ways to smooth the transition from care in the home to life in aged care facilities.

Episode 3: Kellie Curtain – journalist and author

Kellie Curtain is the author of the acclaimed What Will I Wear to Your Funeral? – the poignant story of the final weeks of her mother’s life and their conversations together. In a frank and fun conversation, Kellie champions the importance of having difficult conversations around dying and talks about her support of the Advanced Care Planning Week.

Episode 4: Karen Lake – Operations Clinical and Quality Manager for Ryman Healthcare

Karen Lake oversees standards of care, service and safety across Ryman retirement villages. Most recently, Karen has been working on a new model of care for people with dementia. In a wide-ranging conversation, Karen opens up about the ideas that underpin this new model of care and the new innovations that could help tackle the challenges of ageing.

Future guests on the ACE podcast include TV personalities, academics and senior leaders of major care organisations.

All episodes so far can be found at: https://ace-aged-care-enrichm.captivate.fm/

The series is also available on all major podcast and streaming platforms by searching “Aged Care Enrichment” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, YouTube and more, and you can subscribe to be notified when future episodes are released.

Wise Words feature on SilVR Adventures by Springwise Intelligence

Shout out to Springwise Intelligence for the follow up feature on SilVR Adventures. The world has certainly changed a bit since our article in December and was a pleasure to be asked to join the global ‘Wise Words’ series!

Thanks to Holly for the opportunity – it was fun discussing how we have progressed and adapted our model during the Coronavirus pandemic.

You can read the full article here: https://www.springwise.com/wise-words/virtual-reality-coronavirus-silvr-adventures-colin-pudsey

Seniors adventure the world, virtually – HospitalHealth Feature

Thanks to Hospital + Healthcare for the feature on SilVR Adventures! Over the past few months we have seen significant growth with new clients using of our group virtual reality solution in hospitals and multi-purpose sites ranging from patients with depression, anxiety, dementia and palliative care – even for their own front-liners to enjoy as a shared recreational activity during the Covid crisis.

It’s hugely exciting for our business and we welcome new innovative partners to help continuously improve our solution based on user experience and needs. You can see more here:

Thanks for the feature SmartCompany!

The Melbourne-based startup provides communal virtual reality (VR) sessions for seniors in aged-care facilities in order to reduce loneliness and isolation, and drive social engagement among residents…

Facilitating connections in aged care during lockdown with virtual reality

With restrictions on visits to aged care facilities to help stop the spread of coronavirus, how can older people stay connected with loved ones?

The coronavirus pandemic has had a massive impact on aged facilities across Australia.

With most of the country in lockdown, where does this leave the residents, who ­– according to a University of Melbourne study – may already have been experiencing a sense of disengagement living in an aged care facility?

Human-computer interaction experts from the university have studied the use of technology in the aged care sector to come up with ways it can be used to provide social and emotional enrichment for residents, particularly during the coronavirus lockdown.

These technologies range from relatively simple solutions, such as videoconferencing to connect residents with family, to more sophisticated programs, such as immersive virtual reality (VR).

Ageing and technology expert and project co-lead Dr Jenny Waycott told newsGP technology-based programs can be used to alleviate boredom or to provide distraction.

‘Over the past few years some aged care providers have started to include VR in their activities program. Immersive VR is particularly appealing for aged care because it is 3D and can make you feel as though you have really travelled to another place,’ she explained.

‘In this way, VR seems to bring the outside world into the confined physical world of an aged care home.’

Original article can be found on RACGP website: https://www1.racgp.org.au/newsgp/clinical/facilitating-connections-in-aged-care-during-lockd

Thanks to The Founder Podcast – Listen to the story of SilVR Adventures so far

Catch the latest episode of The Founder Podcast and listen to SilVR Adventures’ CEO Colin Pudsey have a chat with host Nic Bolto on the journey from idea to start up venture, using group virtual reality in aged cares to drive resident engagement among seniors and how SilVR Adventures’ new self-service solution can significantly reduce a growing isolation challenge.

For more information on our services, contact the SilVR Adventures team today and let’s discuss a solution that suits your needs: sales@silvradventures.com.au or visit us at www.silvradventures.com.au

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