Fiona Marsden: freelance writer/editor

Mental health & aged care

Modern life can throw a lot at us, and we may need to adapt our coping strategies to stay mentally healthy. What’s more, experts say that living longer means we’re more likely to experience age-related changes to brain functions like memory and concentration. This brings growing challenges for individuals, families and the organisations and systems that support them.



“Dementia in focus”
Venture magazine
(Swinburne University of Technology)
Issue no. 22, 2015

“Imagine a world where dark holes appear in the floor, you can’t tell the toilet from the bathroom sink, and the sudden whir of a fridge motor makes you think someone is breaking into your home … ”

Virtual reality technology is helping people with dementia and their carers navigate a daunting new turn of events. Read the full article here.

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Playing Mind Games - BMH Issue 1

“Playing mind games”
Better Mental Health magazine – Issue 1, 2014 (launch issue)

“Experts say that a daily dose of your favourite puzzle, quiz or card game can boost brain activity – with far-reaching benefits … “

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Aged Care Insite election feature - cover

“Federal election 2013: what’s on the aged care agenda?”
Aged Care Insite magazine, June–July 2013

“The major parties look like relying primarily on existing policies to spruik their aged care credentials … “

To read the full article, register or log in to the Aged Care Insite website.

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“No sweat”RMIT Making Connections magazine - cover
Making Connections magazine
(RMIT University insert in The Australian Financial Review, 13 June 2013)

Growing older can affect our quality of sleep—but a cutting-edge collaboration between academics and industry leaders may help provide a solution. Read my article here.

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“Friendship for lifFriendship for life - covere”
Mufti (Victorian RSL members’ magazine) September 2012

“Since 1945, the War Widows’ Guild of Australia (Vic) Inc has offered support, advocacy and the opportunity to forge lifelong friendships based on a common bond … “

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“A sense of belonging”A sense of belonging
Mufti,
March 2012

“Victoria’s ex-service community has seen a lot of changes in the last 50 years. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the feeling of belonging enjoyed by residents since then-Prime Minister Robert Menzies opened the Cheltenham independent living units in March 1962 … “

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“ANZAC Day Therapy Centre: a gold-standard service for veterans and their families”
Mufti, December 2011

“As war veterans grow older, care-giving organisations face the increasing challenge of providing services that cater for their changing health needs. Fiona Marsden reports on one facility in a peaceful pocket of Melbourne’s bayside suburbs that is rising to the challenge …”

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