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December 18, 2023

RECIPE | Cheat’s Mango Mousse

Enjoy an easy, summer treat with this cheat’s mango mousse recipe from the Adelaide Central Market. Serves – 3 Prep time – 15mins Ingredients 1 ½ mangoes 150 mL Pure pouring cream 1/2 cup Greek style yoghurt 2 tbsp cup icing sugar ½ tspn vanilla bean paste Method Remove mango cheeks and scoop out flesh. Place two mango cheeks (1 mango) in a food processor and puree until smooth. Set half cup of puree aside to serve and place remaining in a bowl until required for the mousse. Finely dice the remaining mango cheek, place in a bowl and set aside for later. To make the mousse, place cream in a medium mixing bowl and using electric beaters, whisk to soft peaks. Add yoghurt, sugar and vanilla, whisking to stiff peaks. Add reserved mango puree, folding gently until combined. To serve, place two tablespoons of mango puree in the base of three serving glasses. Evenly divide the mango mousse between the glasses and top with diced mango. Place in refrigerator and chill for at least an hour.  …

December 15, 2023

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December 14, 2023

A healthier, happier holidays

The holiday season is synonymous with indulgence, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your health goals. With a few smart swaps, you can enjoy the festivities guilt-free. ECH Dietitian Deepti shares some delicious healthy food alternatives to savour the holiday spirit without compromising your wellbeing. SNACKS ENTRÉE MAINS DESSERT Wholegrain rice crackers and vegetable sticks with low fat dips (tzatziki, capsicum, beetroot and hummus). Greek garden salad with low fat feta or roasted vegetable salad dressing with extra virgin olive oil and vinegar. Lean turkey breast with cranberry sauce or small amounts of gravy (reduced salt preferred). Summer pudding with low fat custard. Reduced fat cheese (low fat feta, ricotta, cottage or low fat tasty). Fresh seafood (prawns, mussels, scallops). Baked fish with herbs of choice. Pavlova with reduced fat cream and fruit or Eton mess with yoghurt and berries. Lean cold cut meats (turkey, chicken or ham). Roast vegetables, lightly coated with olive oil spray and cooked in a separate dish to the roasting meat. Fresh fruit platter. Unsalted nuts and dried fruit. Antipasto (sundried tomatoes, capsicum, olives, artichoke – drain oil well – opt for vinegar if available).   MEET DEEPTI Deepti is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and Accredited Nutritionist (AN) with a Masters in Food Nutrition and Dietetics. She is committed to evidenced based practice and helps her client to achieve realistic goals. She works effectively with people of all cultural backgrounds. She has a passion for assisting people to achieve optimal health…

December 14, 2023

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December 13, 2023

Bridging the generational divide with augmented reality games

Over two school terms, a group of students from Mitcham Primary designed and created video games based on real-world settings with a group of ECH clients in mind. The students then introduced ECH volunteers and participants at the Cumberland Park Community Centre – known fondly as The Cumby Crew – to their digital creations. Augmented Reality games are based in real-world settings which users can control. The games the students designed involved getting people to use parts of their bodies to move characters on the screen. Mitcham Primary School principal Scott Greenshields says the Years 5 & 6 students gained valuable learnings from the experience of designing activities with a much-older end-user in mind. “The benefit for our students is engaging with senior people to showcase their projects and to give feedback that will allow them to look at their programs and adjust them accordingly,” Mr Greenshields says. Cumby Crew participant Marie says she has learned so much in her journey with technology. “Today was absolutely fantastic. Five years ago, I couldn’t turn a computer on, but now I can do a lot more on it. For older people, I think they should get more involved, and it will encourage them.” ECH Chief Executive Claire Scapinello says collaborations such as this between Mitcham Primary and the Cumberland Park Community Centre created meaningful community connections which were essential to overall health and wellbeing. “Each week, the ECH Community Connections Team ensures bonds are built and friendships are formed to encourage participants…

December 13, 2023

Hot weather and bush fire warning

With hot summer days just around the corner, it pays to be prepared for the impact the fire danger ratings and extreme heat may have on your health and the services you receive from ECH. BE BUSHFIRE SMART If you live in, visit, or drive through bushfire prone areas make sure you know the Fire Danger Rating each day throughout the fire danger season by checking the CFS website cfs.sa.gov.au or listening to ABC Adelaide. If you live in a bushfire area, ensure you have a bushfire plan. On days where a Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating has been forecast in your local area, you may be contacted by ECH to reschedule your services to another suitable day. For further information regarding bushfire safety, call the CFS information hotline 1800 362 361. SAFETY DURING HEATWAVES Summer weather brings a higher risk of heat-related illness, especially if you have medical conditions or if you take certain medicines so it is important to watch for signs of being affected by hot weather. During extreme heat, ECH may reschedule services to your home or village. ECH will always contact you in advance to advise of any changes before they happen. The Australian Red Cross offers free daily telephone checks to people who are vulnerable and isolated, to see if they are safe and if they need any help coping with extreme weather events. To register for the Telecross REDi service call 1800 188 071. KNOW WHERE TO GET HEALTH ADVICE Summer can…

December 12, 2023

Beware! Loyalty point scams: protecting your rewards

Loyalty points programs have become an integral part of our shopping experience as we eagerly collect points with every purchase. However, it is important to remain vigilant with any program that collects our personal information. The National Anti-Scam Centre has detected a new scam targeting customers of loyalty points programs with large, well-known Australian companies. The National Anti-Scam Centre is warning consumers about a new text message scam currently targeting Qantas Frequent Flyer, Telstra and Coles loyalty programs’ customers, following 209 reports to Scamwatch in the past several months.  HOW THE SCAM WORKS Consumers receive a text message or email stating their loyalty points are The text or email includes a link to a fake website, which prompts customers to Customers may also be prompted to provide credit card details to use loyalty points. Scammers steal customers’ Scammers also steal customers’ login details and personal information to use on other platforms and commit identity fraud. PROTECT YOURSELF Don’t ever click on a link included in a text Access the app or website independently to check on the status of your points While the National Anti-Scam Centre has contacted the companies that have been impersonated by scammers and is working with web host providers to have the fake websites taken down, to minimise harm to the community, there are steps you can take to avoid being scammed. TOP TIPS FOR AVOIDING SCAMS STOP – take your time before providing any personal information. THINK – ask yourself if the message could be…

December 12, 2023

A smile from Tacito brightens everyone’s day

Moving thousands of kilometres across the world to be closer to their daughters ushered a new life chapter for ECH residents Tacito and his wife Glacy. Originally from Brazil, the couple moved to Australia in March 2012, following their daughters who had settled in Adelaide some years before. “When we started planning our move to Australia, our eldest daughter, who at the time worked with ECH, told us about independent living in retirement villages. We saw it as a great opportunity to meet people and to live our retirement years to the full, and with less worry. And so, while still in Brazil we put our name down with ECH to buy a unit in one of their villages, and by December 2013 we had moved into our unit.” “My wife and I were both retired when we came to Australia, and after learning that around a third of the Australian population did some volunteering work, I really wanted to become a volunteer in some capacity. My personal drive for this was to contribute, and to turn my gratitude for the good life we were building in Australia into action.” As soon as they arrived in Adelaide, Tacito started volunteering in a Nursing Home, which was then part of ECH. More than a decade later, he continues as a volunteer in the same home, as well as in many others. He found great joy in visiting and supporting the elderly. “I started helping with the card game group and…

December 12, 2023

Summer in the Adelaide Botanic Garden

Every season there is something special to see at the Adelaide Botanic Garden – your very own natural wonderland in the heart of the city. In summer, the lush green surrounds, shady lawns, colourful blooms and botanic scents provide a cool haven on a hot day. There are 50 hectares of pristine plants to enjoy, here are some must see summer delights: LOVELY LOTUS FLOWERS The Nelumbo Pond springs to life with its sacred lotus flowers (Nelumbo nucifera) stopping crowds in their tracks. In beautiful shades of pink, these flowers are sacred to Hindus and Buddhists, and are seen as an example of divine beauty. Not only are they pleasing to the eye, but they are also used for medicine in some cultures, and their leaves, stalks and flowers can be eaten as vegetables. They will be in bloom until the end of February. DECORATIVE DAHLIAS The Dahlia Garden hits its peak in February, when these decorative flowers are in full bloom. These much-loved perennials originally came from Central and South America where the Dahlia imperialis species was an important food and medicinal crop to the Aztec people. Today, Dahlias are grown for their decorative flowers. Over the past three centuries hybridisation (combining different varieties) has given rise to a range of fascinating flower types. They will bloom until late March so there is plenty of time to visit. INTERNATIONAL ROSE GARDEN The International Rose Garden won a Garden of Global Excellence award in 2022 and takes visitors on…

December 12, 2023

Hot tips for staying cool and fit in the summer heat

When the summer sun blazes overhead, staying active and maintaining your fitness routine can be a challenge. However, with the right strategies, you can exercise and keep cool during scorching hot weather. ECH Exercise Physiologist Bridget shares her tips for staying cool and fit this summer. CHOOSE THE RIGHT TIME Opt to exercise earlier in the morning or later at night when it’s cooler and the sun is not at its peak. You can also break your exercise into smaller chunks throughout the day to avoid overexertion and overheating. TAKE IT INDOORS Exercise indoors in air conditioning when possible and use a cooling neck towel or handheld fan to stay cool during exercise sessions. SLIP SLOP SLAP Remember to stay sun smart with a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and appropriate clothing when doing activity outside. STAY HYDRATED Maintain water intake throughout the day not just after exercise, aiming for at least 1.5L (6 cups) per day. If you struggle to drink enough water, try: having a drink with each meal and snack, whether you feel thirsty or not. keeping a drink bottle with you and sip from it regularly throughout the putting a glass of water nearby where it is in view BE WARY OF INDOOR POOLS Indoor pools carry increased risks in hot weather including dehydration because of the humid environment. Hydrotherapy programs should be discussed with a GP or Exercise Physiologist on an individual basis before beginning. MEET BRIDGET Bridget is an accredited Exercise Physiologist by Exercise and…

December 12, 2023

Writing helps Annie feel visible

For ECH resident Annie, writing has been her constant companion for as long as she can remember. Over the decades, their relationship has taken different forms – from competitive when she was a speech writer, creative when she was writing short stories, nurturing when crafting inspirational quotes for a daily calendar, and professional when compiling pamphlets when working as a counsellor in Sydney. To Annie, a pivotal point in her relationship with writing came when she was awarded a mentoring grant in poetry from Arts SA. She was inspired to write and publish in 2017 her first book, A Slide into the Invisible – a collection of poetry and photography. “When you’re meant to be visible as an artist you do it. That is what art is – showing up for ourselves,” Annie explains. A recent opportunity to hear from and meet one of Adelaide’s most successful contemporary authors at an ECH Book Club event was ideal for Annie. The evening at Dymocks, Rundle Mall, was hosted by Jane Doyle, who interviewed Pip Williams, whose first novel, the global best seller The Dictionary of Lost Words, was recently adapted to the stage by the State Theatre Company South Australia. “It was a joy to meet the author Pip, she was humble yet truthful, she’s inspiring and the whole evening was a delight,” Annie says. “For ECH to be involved with arts and culture really shows what is important to the organisation. “The arts help us understand each other as people…

December 12, 2023

Finding Your Voice

According to a study by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, increasing numbers of older migrants tend to revert to their birth language as they age. This is known as language attrition. The study found, for example, that 73% of migrants aged 65-74 spoke their birth language at home, increasing to 82% among migrants aged 85 and over. ECH client Joanna, who migrated to South Australia from her native Greece more than 50 years ago, has benefitted greatly in the past year since she has been connected with a Greek-speaking Home Support Team Member. When Joanna started receiving some extra support including cleaning, gardening and social outings through her Level 2 Home Care Package last year, she felt self- conscious about her limited English skills. While Joanna learnt and spoke enough English to get by in her jobs throughout her early years in Australia, her daughter Litsa says she had noticed her mum’s English skills dwindling. “As mum has gotten older, and more isolated, she doesn’t really use English – if you don’t use it, you lose it,” Litsa says. For the past 20 – 30 years that mum and dad haven’t worked, they’ve lost a lot of English and as a result, lost that confidence. Litsa, while happy with the services her mum was receiving, wondered if more could be done to put her mum at ease. “The ladies who came out to help mum were lovely, but mum felt self-conscious not being able to speak English…