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Have you ever wanted to get more out of your mind and body, or wondered how best to care for your loved one? The Better Ageing Podcast aims to improve the health and wellbeing of our ageing population, empowering women and men to live healthier, more independent lives, for longer. Join Jonathan Reece, and experts Dr Jane Fyfield and Jason Lee as they provide simple, real-world advice on healthy ageing. Together Jason and Jane have over 45 years of experience working with elderly Australians. Jason runs his own physiotherapy practice, with a focus on strength and conditioning programs for over 60 year olds, and Jane works as a consultant to aged care services, is a former Medical Director, and has worked in the public, private and government sectors as a clinician and a non-clinical consultant.
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The coronavirus pandemic has rocked the world, however one of the most amazing things to witness has been the dedication and collaboration of the world's scientists in the development of multiple vaccine options to help stop the spread of Covid-19 disease. In this episode we're looking at the vaccine options available in Australia, discussing the proposed rollout of the vaccine, and reminding everyone about the importance of the continuing to practice the 'CovidSafe' behaviours that have been instilled in us over the last year and a bit. We encourage you to visit the Government Health website to find out more about the vaccine and when you can expect to be able to do your bit. https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccinesShow notes/ topics covered:0:20 - Welcome 1:50 - Covid-19 vaccines in Australia 5:35 - Rollout timeline 6:50 - Talk to your GP 8:20 - CovidSafe behaviour refresher 11:32 - Concluding thoughts About the experts: Jason Lee and Dr Jane Fyfield have over 45 years of experience working with elderly Australians. Jason Lee runs his own physiotherapy practice, with a focus on strength and conditioning programs for over 60 year olds. Dr Jane Fyfield works as a consultant to aged care services, is a former Medical Director, and has worked in the public, private and government sectors as a clinician and a non-clinical consultant. 
It's no secret a good night's sleep can do wonders for your mental and physical wellbeing, so why is it that after all these years of practicing many of us still struggle each night to get to sleep and stay asleep! In this episode of The Better Ageing Podcast we're talking all things sleep, and sharing our tips and tricks for achieving a good night's rest. And, as we find out, often the recipe success starts long before you go to bed ... So if you struggle to get your full 8 hours of sleep each night, then this episode is for you. It is our hope that this helps put you to sleep (but only after you've finished listened to the podcast!).Show notes/ topics covered:0:20 - Welcome 2:09 - How important is sleep? 3:07 - What if you don't get enough sleep? 4:54 - What is bed time hygiene? 6:54 - Achieving a good sleep position 9:31 - Pillow choice 11:14 - Pain after sleeping 12:43 - Daytime activities to help your sleep 14:16 - Is it OK to nap? About the experts: Jason Lee and Dr Jane Fyfield have over 45 years of experience working with elderly Australians. Jason Lee runs his own physiotherapy practice, with a focus on strength and conditioning programs for over 60 year olds. Dr Jane Fyfield works as a consultant to aged care services, is a former Medical Director, and has worked in the public, private and government sectors as a clinician and a non-clinical consultant. 
After emerging in 2020 as a safe way to keep in contact with your health professionals, in this episode we're talking Telehealth; how it has changed, and how to get the most out of your next online consultation ...It's episode 15 of The Better Ageing Podcast, the second in our new shorter format featuring easy to follow advice from our experts geriatrician Dr Jane Fyfield and physiotherapist Jason Lee. Prior to 2020, the only way many of us would have considered going to the doctor or physio was in person, often planning ahead of time what to read in the waiting room. However due to the necessity to stay home last year, telehealth emerged as a way to stay in touch with your health professionals and continue consultations in a safe way. Now, over a year on from the rise of telehealth, and hopefully having mastered the challenges of online video communication, we're discussing all things telehealth; how it's changed, what to expect in a consult, what to prepare, and asking the question, has telehealth become the new norm for health consultations for 2021 and beyond? Whilst the question may remain unanswered for now, telehealth does have many benefits and advantages over physical consultations that go beyond the physical distancing considerations ... the fact that practitioners are typically always on time being one as Jane tells us! So enjoy, and we hope you make the most of your next online consultation after listening! Show notes/ topics covered:0:25 - Welcome 1:24 - Telehealth continues 3:27 - Thinking of telehealth consultations as virtual consultations 6:58 - How to prepare for a telehealth consultation 9:55 - Do some conditions not suit telehealth? 13:08 - Telehealth is here to stay About the experts: Jason Lee and Dr Jane Fyfield have over 45 years of experience working with elderly Australians. Jason Lee runs his own physiotherapy practice, with a focus on strength and conditioning programs for over 60 year olds. Dr Jane Fyfield works as a consultant to aged care services, is a former Medical Director, and has worked in the public, private and government sectors as a clinician and a non-clinical consultant. 
We're excited to say that The Better Ageing Podcast is back for 2021! After some time off during the strange and challenging year that was 2020, we're back and excited to share our new and improved shorter format for 2021. Each episode we will be talking about one specific topic, with the simple aim of improving the health and wellbeing of our (gracefully) ageing population, As always, you will hear easy to follow advice from our experts geriatrician Dr Jane Fyfield and physio Jason Lee. The goal is that you will be able to listen to these shorter episodes on your commute to work, over a morning coffee, or a walk with your dog. In this week's episode we are discussing weight management, and what this means as we age. Jane discusses how as we age maintaining weight is often more of a challenge than reducing weight, and that it takes a two pronged approach for healthy weight management; diet and exercise. Jane shares her tips for achieving a healthy diet, before Jason discusses the importance of varying your exercise to ensure it is sustainable long term.  As always, thank you for listening and we hope you enjoy the episode. Please share it with those that you care for, and remember, we'd love to submit your question to have it answered by Jane and Jason on the show! Show notes/ topics covered:0:24 - Welcome 1:40 - What does weight management mean as we age? 3:21 - Diet tips and tricks 4:59 - Weight management and exercise About the experts: Jason Lee and Dr Jane Fyfield have over 45 years of experience working with elderly Australians. Jason Lee runs his own physiotherapy practice, with a focus on strength and conditioning programs for over 60 year olds. Dr Jane Fyfield works as a consultant to aged care services, is a former Medical Director, and has worked in the public, private and government sectors as a clinician and a non-clinical consultant. 
Lucky for some, unlucky for others we're back for episode 13 of The Better Ageing Podcast!In this episode we're discussing the easing back of coronavirus restrictions in Australia and in particular how to return to exercise safely, and maintaining new found hygiene and physical distancing behaviours.Jason explains how to manage returning to exercise or activity that you may have altered or stopped due to coronavirus, with a focus on managing your load to prevent injury, before sharing his tips on ensuring you have good posture given you might have increased your amount of sitting recently. Jane then discusses the importance of keeping up the habits you've learnt during isolation to ensure you minimise the risk of spreading infection and avoiding higher risk situations.As this has been recorded from three separate locations using Zoom, rather than our traditional podcast studio, you may notice different audio quality, and the occasional internet delay (read: Jason's internet), so please bear with us!Show notes/ topics covered:1:36 - Welcome 5:36 - What does returning to exercise safely mean? 8:40 - Two extremes: exercising a lot more or doing a lot less 11:52 - Posture tips 13:36 - Protocols at health practices 15:16 - Maintaining new hygiene behaviours 19:40 - Be mindful of your behaviour and high-risk situations 21:04 - What about masks? 35:50 - Audience question: Should I keep doing video health consults or go back into my clinic? 29:09 - Closing story: A genie that only gives one wish
And after another short hiatus, we're back! Whilst the coronavirus crisis may have kept us separated momentarily, we've come together virtually via Zoom to record Episode 12!For this episode, we're talking about two important topics, wellbeing in the face of adversity, and telehealth consultations. Jane and Jason discuss both the mental and physical aspects of health during this unusual time, stressing the importance of keeping both socially and physically active at home during this unusual time - of course whilst maintaining physical distancing. We then unpack what telehealth consultations are, and what you can expect if you are considering an online consultation with your GP, physio or other health professional. And as we find out, with the right structures in place from your clinician, telehealth consultations can be as valuable as physical consultations. As this has been recorded from three separate locations using Zoom, rather than our traditional podcast studio, you may notice different audio quality, and the occasional internet delay (read: Jason's internet), so please bear with us!We will be also publishing the video recording of our podcast on our Facebook page, so make sure to check that out if you prefer to watch as well as listen! Show notes/ topics covered:1:35 - Welcome 5:04 - Wellbeing in the face of adversity 8:27 - We have evolved to focus on potential threats and negativity 10:36 - Wellbeing in this time of adversity 13:06 - We're engaged as a community 16:34 - Physical aspect of wellbeing at home 24:37 - Concluding thoughts on wellbeing during this time 25:25 - Telehealth consultations 30:28 - Preparing for a telehealth consultation 33:12 - Common questions: don't I need manual treatments, and can these sessions be claimed like a normal appointment?38:29 - Audience question: is it safe to be going to the GP, will I get coronavirus?42:10 - Closing story 
Happy New Year! It might be a tad late, but we're extremely excited to be back for 2020 with Episode 11 of The Better Ageing Podcast.In this episode, Jane provides timely advice on how to avoid spreading infections as the world grapples with the new coronavirus. Then, Jason discusses post-operative treatment and rehabilitation following orthopaedic surgery with the help from Jane's personal knee replacement experience. As always, thank you for listening and we hope you enjoy the episode. Please share it with those that you care for, and remember, we'd love to submit your question to have it answered by Jane and Jason on the show! Show notes/ topics covered:1:36 - Welcome 5:00 - How to not spread infections: introduction 5:58 - What is a virus? 8:53 - Jane's top tips for avoiding the spread 13:50 - Are masks a good idea? 17:08 - Summary of ways to avoid the spread 20:31 - Post-operative rehabilitation 21:21 - What is orthopaedic surgery? 23:25 - The work after surgery is as important as the surgery itself 26:30 - Rehabilitation first steps: the hospital  28:52 - What happens when you're discharged after surgery? 32:05 - Audience question: difference between tennis and golfer's elbow? 34:54 - Closing story 
Happy holidays! In this bonus episode we're spreading the festive cheer and bringing you the 10 closing stories from our first 10 episodes. We hope this brings you a smile or two this holiday season, and maybe even gives you a joke that you can add to your repertoire to pull out at your next party. As always, thank you for listening and we hope you enjoy the episode.Jokes:1:21 - The Italian tomato garden 3:17 - Old ice fisherman 4:19 - Long-lost friends find a magic lamp 5:24 - Old man goes to the doctor 6:15 - Old man goes to the zoo 7:01 - Dog goes to the vet 8:21 - Two cannibals 9:56 - Man stopped by the police 10:57 - The Pope goes driving  12:22 - Recurring dreams 
It's the tenth episode of The Better Ageing Podcast! This episode we discuss continence and in particular urinary incontinence, and a common physio complaint, Tennis Elbow.Jane breaks down urinary incontinence and tells us that it can be both managed and continence can be restored, and highlights the importance of talking to someone about this condition which can sometimes be ignored due to embarrassment. Jason then explores the frustrating condition of tennis elbow and provides easy to follow advice for both rehabilitation and prevention.As always, thank you for listening and we hope you enjoy the episode. Please share it with those that you care for. Show notes/ topics covered:1:37 - Welcome 4:41 - Continence 6:02 - Urinary incontinence 7:37 - When should you worry about it? 11:48 - Pelvic floor exercises 13:11 - What contributes to incontinence 14:35 - A myth about incontinence 18:14 - Tennis Elbow20:38 - Why does tennis elbow occur? 23:48 - Treatments 27:25 - Exercises for Tennis Elbow  28:44 - How to avoid  Tennis Elbow  31:28 - Audience question: when to start worrying about posture 35:12 - Closing story 
Our ninth episode of The Better Ageing Podcast has come just in time for the warmer weather down under! In this episode we discuss good posture, and how to manage the heat in the warmer months. Together Jason and Jane provide easy to follow advice that will get you thinking about your own posture, with tips on how to achieve a good posture, and what the effect posture has on our body. Geriatrician Jane then shares her advice on how to avoid heat stress, and the warning signs to look out for, particularly for those elderly loved ones you care for. Show notes/ topics covered:1:30 - Welcome 3:55 - Introduction to posture 6:33 - Why is good posture important? 7:38 - Less stress on your muscular-skeletal system 10:02 - What does poor posture look like? 11:32 - Are you born with it? 15:18 - Tips to achieve good posture 20:22 - Posture in the office 24:37 - Heat stress 28:40 - What to look out for 30:35 - Planning for the heat 34:37 - Audience question: too many questions for my doctor appointment 38:52 - Closing story 
In the eighth episode of The Better Ageing Podcast Jason talks us through how to develop a structured exercise program that features cardiovascular exercise and strength training, and Jane discusses making the best use of your doctor. Together the pair provide easy to follow advice that will enable you to start a basic exercise program to find your 30 minutes of exercise a day, and prepare you for your next visit to the doctor, ensuring you know the right questions to ask and tips to follow so that your consult doesn't feel like a blur!Show notes/ topics covered:1:37 - Welcome 4:17 - What is a structured exercise program? 8:15 - The talk test for cardiovascular exercise 8:55 - Heart rate for moderate exercise  13:35 - 5 days of moderate exercise 16:24 - The 10% rule  19:21 - Strength training 24:15 - How to increase strength training safely 27:36 - Making the best use of your doctor 31:00 - Taking someone with you to the doctor 36:05 - Audience question - aspirin to prevent risk of stroke 39:07 - Closing story 
It's the seventh episode of The Better Ageing Podcast, and in this episode we're discussing the daunting, yet important topic of Stroke, and the particularly common and sometimes unknown condition of Frozen Shoulder, or Adhesive Capsulitis.Our experts Jason Lee (physiotherapist) and Dr Jane Fyfield (geriatrician) provide insight into what's happening during stroke, ways to minimise your risk, what to do if someone has a stroke, and what rehabilitation looks like following stroke, before providing very practical insight into avoiding and managing frozen shoulder.Show notes/ topics covered:1:37 - Welcome 4:17 - What is a stroke? 6:15 - Risk factors for stroke 10:58 - Signs of a stroke 19:17 - Trajectory of treatment of a stroke20:40 - Neuroplasticity for rehabilitation 23:50 - What happens after hospital? 27:09 - Adhesive capsulitis 32:50 - Three stages of frozen shoulder 36:30 - Medical interventions 47:25 - What to do at home 51:01 - Audience question - ankle/wrist weights at home54:52 - Closing story 
In our exciting sixth episode of The Better Ageing Podcast we're discussing what it means to 'age well' and a common condition experienced in ageing, bursitis and tendon pain.As always, our experts Jason Lee (physiotherapist) and Dr Jane Fyfield (geriatrician) provide great insight and practical advice on what ageing well means for you, with the summation that is a different answer for everybody, and how to prevent and manage bursitis and/or tendon pain.Show notes/ topics covered:1:37 - Welcome 4:37 - Why do we want to age well? 7:09 - What is frailty? 8:06 - What does ageing well look like? 15:55 - Who is responsible for ageing well? 21:52 - Bursitis and tendon pain 29:20 - What to do if you have pain 38:11 - Audience question: is it ok to wear angle/wrist guards 41:41 - Closing story 
It's our fifth episode of The Better Ageing Podcast and we're talking about two 'Ds' of ageing: diabetes and dementia. This week's episode is particularly important as over 1 million people in Australia have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, and Dementia is seen by many as one of the most daunting conditions.Our experts Jason Lee (physiotherapist) and Dr Jane Fyfield (geriatrician) break down both diseases, providing practical advice for people who have Type 2 Diabetes or are pre-diabetic, and explain ways to minimise the risks of dementia and how an early diagnosis can assist you to take control of your life. Show notes/ topics covered:1:37 - Welcome 4:15 - What is diabetes?  5:50 - Type 2 Diabetes 8:20 - What does diabetes actually mean? 10:03 - How to know if you have diabetes 11:34 - Diabetes treatments 12:35 - Can it be reversed? 15:55 - Who's at risk of diabetes? 18:38 - Hyper vs hypo 20:20 - Diabetes and exercise  25:55 - Dementia 28:55 - Early dementia diagnosis 33:35 - Can you prevent a diagnosis? 35:15 - Dementia and exercise 42:29 - Three key things to remember for dementia  44:14 - Audience question: how long to get better after knee replacement47:14 - Closing story 
It's our fourth episode of The Better Ageing Podcast, and this week's episode is quite a personal one as Jane talks about her experience of living with arthritis, and of having a knee replacement.Our experts Jason Lee (physiotherapist) and Dr Jane Fyfield (geriatrician) provide really practical advice for people living with arthritis and/or thinking about a joint replacement of the knee or hip. They discuss ways to manage arthritis, how to 'prehabilitate' before a joint replacement, things to expect following surgery, and how to get the best results from a joint replacement through proper rehabilitation. Show notes/ topics covered:1:37 - Welcome 4:10 - Living with arthritis 5:20 - How life with arthritis can be made a bit easier 14:40 - Surgery isn't the end point 16:40 - Why would you consider joint replacement?19:25 - Prehabilitation and planning20:35 - Is replacement a last resort? 23:08 - Prehabilitation exercises 32:38 - "It was the most difficult thing I think I have ever done" 34:22 - Rehabilitation exercises 41:08 - Audience question: fish oil 43:50 - Closing story 
It's the third episode of The Better Ageing Podcast. In this episode, experts Jason Lee (physiotherapist) and Dr Jane Fyfield (geriatrician) discuss osteoporosis and back pain with host, Jonathan Reece. Listen in as the pair provide simple, real-world advice that you can easily follow and share with those that you care for. Show notes/ topics covered:1:38 - Welcome 3:40 - What is osteoporosis and osteopenia? 5:07 - Warning signs and how to identify early 5:45 - Dexa scans 7:20 - What age for regular scans 8:58 - Diet for osteoporosis and weight bearing exercise 9:28 - Weight bearing exercise is the key 10:55 - Improving bone density 12:53 - Fractures 14:37 - Getting enough calcium from non-dairy sources 16:05 - Back pain basics 17:44 - Pain assessment 18:18 - What aggravates and what eases back pain 19:40 - Sciatica 20:58 - What to do in the acute pain phase 21:48 - Hot or cold? 22:36 - Preventing recurrence in the long term24:09 - Audience question: dementia 26:25 - Closing story
It's the second episode of The Better Ageing Podcast. The show that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of our ageing population, empowering women and men to live healthier, more independent lives, for longer.In this episode, experts Jason Lee (physiotherapist) and Dr Jane Fyfield (geriatrician) discuss strength training and fitness over fatness. Listen in as the pair provide simple, real-world advice that you can easily follow and share with those that you care for. Show notes/ topics covered:1:38 - Welcome and introductions 3:44 - What is strength training? 4:43 - Benefits of strength training 5:08 - Best way to start strength training  5:56 - Muscle weakness - a doctor's perspective 6:50 - Safe strength training 8:38 - Quality over quantity 9:56 - How often should we do strength training? 11:08 - Is cycling strength training? 12:38 - Jason's favourite exercises 13:40 - Fitness over fatness14:55 - Focus on getting fit15:43 - Is it OK to eat anything then? 16:39 - Audience question 17:05 - Dizziness and falls 18:18 - Vestibular physio 19:11 - Thank you for listening19:59 - Closing story
Welcome to the first episode of The Better Ageing Podcast, the show that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of our ageing population, empowering women and men to live healthier, more independent lives, for longer. In this episode, experts Jason Lee (physiotherapist) and Dr Jane Fyfield (geriatrician) discuss joint pain (in particular arthritis) and falls and balance. Listen in as the pair provide simple, real-world advice that you can easily follow and share with those that you care for. Show notes/ topics covered:1:31 - Welcome and introductions 3:37 - What is arthritis? 5:40 - Do drugs work for arthritis? 7:10 - Joint pain physiotherapy first steps 9:07 - Rheumatologists 9:40 - What can we do about arthritis/joint pain? 10:34 - Best exercises for arthritis 11:34 - Walking aids 13:15 - What to ask your GP about arthritis 14:55 - Falls and balance 16:45 - A proactive approach to balance 18:38 - Best exercises for balance 19:55 - Kettle exercises 21:03 - Balance after a fall 23:50 - Sloppy slippers 25:56 - What to do at home 26:50 - Medications affecting falls/balance 27:20 - Audience question 28:00 - Moving/resting after back pain 28:26 - Thank you for listening 29:41 - Closing story 
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