Decline in financial performance impacting aged care

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) says figures released last Friday by the Aged Care Financing Authority (ACFA) show that expenses of residential care providers have increased faster than income.

New aged care service for Nhulunbuy

The Federal Government is providing over $20 million to build a new aged care service for Nhulunbuy in East Arnhem Land.

Study probes how to tell elderly patients not to bother with cancer screening

Over the past decades, the idea that all adults should get regularly screened for cancer — with mammograms, colonoscopies and prostate specific antigen blood tests — has been conveyed to the public time after time.

Ending needless chemotherapy for breast cancer

A diagnostic test developed at The University of Queensland might soon determine if a breast cancer patient requires chemotherapy or would receive no benefit from this gruelling treatment.

Royal Commission Darwin and Cairns hearing - quality of care, quality of life

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will hold a public hearing in Darwin from Monday 8 July 2019 to Friday 12 July 2019 and in Cairns from Monday 15 July 2019 to Wednesday 17 July 2019.

Grandparents raising kids need more support

A James Cook University study of the challenges grandparents face when acting as carers of their grandchildren has found they are in dire need of more support, and they are not seen as key to decisions made about their grandchildren.

Young leaders taking action to shape the future of age services

The next generation of leaders in aged care are mobilising to start shaping the future of age services in Australia.

ScoMo stop exploiting seniors

First it was franking credit scares and now deeming rates.

Why older Australians are more trusting, and what that means for them

Populations around the world are ageing rapidly. Almost one in four people will be aged 60 or more by 2050. This growing cohort of older adults is often portrayed as too trusting – why should this be so?

Tackling the growing problem of loneliness and isolation

A program to address social isolation and reduce burden on the health care system is being trialled in Australia, thanks to a partnership led by The University of Queensland.

Dietitians a link to aged care quality

Commencing 1 July 2019, Commonwealth subsidised residential aged care homes are required to report on unplanned weight loss, pressure injuries and use of physical restraint, under the National Aged Care Mandatory Quality Indicator Program.

Becoming more active in middle and older age linked to longer life

Keeping physically active or becoming more active during middle and older age is associated with a lower risk of death, regardless of past activity levels or existing health conditions.

Understanding people gets harder when you're over 50

Older people have trouble understanding speech, even if their hearing is fine.

New aged care standards to lift performance across the sector

Today marks the commencement of the new national Aged Care Quality Standards which apply to all aged care settings including residential and in-home aged care services.

Personalised approach to ageing brain health called for

University of Arizona psychologist Lee Ryan and her collaborators have proposed a precision ageing model designed to help researchers better understand and treat age-related cognitive decline on an individual level.

Robots may care for you in old age

It’s likely that before too long, robots will be in the home to care for older people and help them live independently.

Government inaction on growing numbers waiting for home care

The Federal Government must take action to better support the more than 129,000 older Australians who are waiting to receive home care packages.

Our ailing aged care system shows you can't skimp on nursing care

Staff shortages and a lack of training have once again emerged as key issues underpinning the nation’s aged care crisis, as the aged care royal commission hears testimony in Perth.

Aged care indexation inadequate and unsustainable

The indexation increase for home and residential aged care funding announced on 25 June 2019 will be inadequate and services for older Australians will suffer said Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA).

Deaths from falls increase among older US adults

Death rates from falls for U.S. adults 75 or older increased from 2000 to 2016 in a study that analysed nationally representative vital statistics data.

Better targeting of Australia’s age pension

The Australian retirement income system has been praised as one of the best in the world.