Alcohol consumption and related injuries are increasing among the elderly

The number of alcohol-related injuries among the elderly is increasing, since sensitivity to alcohol and the risk of injuries and diseases rise with age.

Restraint regulations in aged care homes tightened

The Federal Government has moved to strengthen the regulations that apply to the use of physical and chemical restraints in aged care homes.

Simplifying forms for aged care services

The Federal Government has reduced the amount of red tape older Australians face when applying for assistance with the costs of aged care services.

Health care needs Registered Nurses, not replacements

Australia’s health system is becoming increasingly reliant on unregistered carers with limited training and this is negatively impacting on levels of care in all settings and patient outcomes.

Strengthening protections for older Australians report

The Federal Government has released a new report detailing options for a Serious Incident Response Scheme for aged care, including findings that a broader range of incidents should be reported.

Skilling South Australia aged care workers

South Australians will be able to fast-track their careers in aged care through a new traineeship being offered by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Education Centre (ANMEC).

Music therapy improving lives as people living with dementia tune in

Research funded by the Federal Government highlights the potential of musical reminiscence therapy in reducing negative symptoms and improving the lives of older Australians living with dementia.

Federal Budget is a chance to better support older Australians

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), says next week’s Federal Budget is an opportunity to better meet the changing needs of older Australians.

Supporting men’s health with Men’s Sheds

The Victorian Government is building or upgrading men’s sheds for communities across Victoria.

Aged Care Sector Committee appointments

The Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, has appointed three new members to the Aged Care Sector Committee.

Older people are more digitally savvy, but aged care providers need to keep up

Older adults are more digitally connected than ever, even though their uptake of internet-based technologies remains lower than for younger age groups.

Delaying the onset of age related cataracts

Researchers from China and the University of South Australia have published the first study of its kind to verify the link between foods high in antioxidants and a lower risk of age-related cataracts (ARC).

Health insurance tops household worries for first time

A national survey from consumer advocate CHOICE shows that 82% of Australian households are concerned by health insurance costs.

Better health care can ‘make economic sense’

A major new South Australian research group focusing on improving aged, disability and public health care models is commencing at Flinders University this year.

Lack of visibility in home care and dementia a major concern

The spotlight on home care at the Royal Commission into Aged Care Safety and Quality is long overdue, says Dementia Australia.

Switchboard funded to support LGBTI senior Australians

The Federal Government will provide an additional $122,500 to Switchboard Victoria to provide volunteer visits to LGBTI senior Australians under the Community Visitors Scheme.

Leafy greens maintain muscles

Popeye was on to something. Eating just one cup of leafy green vegetables like spinach each day may help maintain muscle strength and mobility into old age.

Nurse competency-based training leads to better care for the aged

A study of competency-based training for registered nurses in aged care has found the program produced nurses who were more confident and skilled in the specialist work of caring for older people.

New Charter of Aged Care Rights

New laws will compel all aged care providers to sign and conform to a single, strengthened Charter of Rights from 1 July 2019.

Confused about aged care in the home? These 10 charts explain how it works

This week, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety hearings focused on aged care in the home.

Home care packages - older people not getting the personalised support

The Royal Commission into Aged Care has unleashed a spate of claims of system failure within the residential aged care sector.