Spotlight on drug use in aged care
Residential aged care providers should rethink use of psychotropic medicines according to researchers behind the latest research in South Australia.
‘Pre-frailty’ from age 40 – what to look out for
With all eyes on avoiding major illness this year, health researchers are urging people as young as 40 to build physical and mental health to reduce or even avoid ‘frailty’ and higher mortality risk.
Aged care visitation directive
The Australian Government is determined to ensure a safe environment exists in aged care facilities while care continues to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Free COVID-19 support line for Senior Australians
Senior Australians, their families and carers can now call a dedicated free call support line aimed at supporting the mental health of those impacted by the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 fears lead to patients wrongly stopping GP visits
The Australian Patients Association (APA) has urged patients with chronic and undiagnosed health issues to continue to visit their local GP amid concerns patients were staying away from GP clinics for fear of potentially contracting COVID-19.
Growing number are turning to alcohol during COVID-19
Psychologists are urging Australians to seek help for their mental health and wellbeing, as the worrying trend of increase in alcohol consumption suggests many are struggling to cope with the current isolation and anxiety of the COVID-19 crisis.
Alzheimer's: the 'switch-on moment' discovered
The past three decades saw a dramatic improvement in our understanding of what brings about Alzheimer’s disease. Two proteins are thought to be responsible: amyloid and tau.
Use of health services in the last year of life by people with dementia
In one of the first studies of its kind in Australia, the use of health services by people with dementia in their last year of life has been examined in a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
Primary Health Networks mobilise for flu vaccination season
Staff and residents of aged care facilities across Australia are being urged to roll up their sleeves for flu vaccinations under a sweeping campaign to protect their health.
Aged care COVID-19 testing in Tasmania
The Federal Government will act immediately to test for COVID-19 at three aged care facilities across Tasmania’s North West Coast as the campaign to stop the spread of the virus continues.
Employers need to get ready for JobKeeper now
The new JobKeeper Payment has passed through parliament and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is working to assist businesses to access the scheme, helping them to retain their employees.
Risk of increased blindness in COVID confusion
Australia is facing a massive increase in the number of people who could unnecessarily lose their sight to wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) due to treatment cancellations caused by fear and confusion around COVID-19.
Measures to ensure continuity of aged care during COVID-19
Emergency contingency measures are to ensure aged care recipients continue to get the care they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mable partners with government to connect seniors with needed support
Grandparents and parents, who are most at-risk and isolated during the current COVID-19 crisis need help now more than ever.
No need to renew QLD senior driver medical certificates
Senior Queenslanders are again being urged to stay at home with the Queensland Government changing its medical certificate requirements for drivers 75 and over.
Tasmanian hospitals and aged care facilities restrictions
Keeping Tasmanians safe and secure during the coronavirus pandemic is a priority.
2020 flu vaccine now available in SA
South Australians eligible for a free influenza vaccine through the National Immunisation Program are being encouraged to immediately contact their immunisation provider to book in for a flu shot.
Downsizers value spare rooms and will leave neighbourhood for new home
Space remains important to Australian downsizers, with more than half moving to a dwelling with three or more bedrooms and a third moving to an apartment, AHURI research released has found.
The rise of multigenerational households
Multigenerational living arrangements thought to be more commonplace in many parts of the world are quietly emerging in Australia.
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