Negative thinking linked with more rapid cognitive decline, study indicates

There is no cure, but reports indicate that approximately a third of dementia cases may be preventable, which is why many researchers have begun to focus on identifying risk factors.

Certain memory complaints predict future dementia

Research led by Dr Katya Numbers from UNSW’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) has shown that certain presentations of memory concerns by older adults are predictive of future dementia.

Immunisation status among the top 5 healthcare documents Australians want to access

Ten million Australians now have their immunisations in their My Health Record and people can’t get enough of them.

Serious Incident Response Scheme

A Serious Incident Response Scheme will be introduced by the Federal Government to protect vulnerable and senior Australians from abuse and neglect.

Push for elder abuse to be a crime

Law firm Maurice Blackburn says new laws are needed to tackle elder abuse, as too many perpetrators face no consequences for their actions.

Coronavirus: why we need to keep protecting the over-70s

As lockdowns ease and more people begin to leave their homes on a regular basis, there’s still one group that is often singled out as needing to remain isolated: people over the age of 70.

Don’t neglect your health during the pandemic

People are being urged to keep their health in check during the coronavirus pandemic by continuing to seek medical treatment and general healthcare checks.

Royal Commission public submissions to close on 31 July 2020

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has announced that the deadline for general submissions to the Commission will be at the close of business on Friday, 31 July 2020.

Towards a dementia-friendly Canberra

The Australian Capital Territory’s (ACT) Age-Friendly City Plan launch includes a focus on some areas becoming dementia-friendly.

Survey highlights COVID-19 protections financial impacts

A national survey by LASA shows the infection control measures by aged care providers and the impact of costs to combat COVID-19, and some dissatisfaction with Government support.

Government breaks another promise to aged care workers

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), says the Federal Government has broken another promise to aged care workers in the fight against COVID-19 - by taxing their ‘retention bonus’.

Preventing infection-related hospitalisations from residential aged care

A study by Monash University’s Centre for Medicine Use and Safety (CMUS) has identified strategies to limit infections in residential aged care services (RACS) and avoid unnecessary hospitalisations.

Short term lifeline for adult public dental patients

The Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announced (10 June 2020) that National Partnership Agreements (NPAs) have been extended another year for Adult Public Dental Service.

Looking after the mental health of older Australians

Swinburne’s Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults has launched a free national telehealth counselling and support service to provide emotional support to older adults living in residential aged care facilities.

HESTA Awards for disability, allied health, aged care and community sector

Nominations have today opened for the inaugural HESTA Excellence Awards, which recognise the dedicated professionals working in disability, allied health, aged care and community services.

Stanford psychologists investigate why some older adults remember better than others

Even among healthy people, a faltering memory is often an expected part of aging – but it’s not inevitable.

Delayed breast cancer detection increases government, individual costs

Australian women are encouraged to continue getting regular check-ups for breast cancer to avoid potentially thousands of dollars in increased treatment costs.

One in six medications prescribed to older people causing more harm than good

Around one million Australians over the age of 70 are taking at least one medication every day that is causing them more harm than good, leading to falls, confusion, hospitalisation and even death.

Grants for high-income home owners

The Australian Council of Social Service rejects the Federal Government’s plan to provide large grants to home builders and renovators as a wasted opportunity to address the backlog of urgent social housing repairs and the shortfall in social housing stock.

Over-use of antipsychotics without consent in long term aged care

Researchers have highlighted a critical need to address non-consensual and overly lengthy use of antipsychotics in long term aged care residents.

Fatal but forgotten - high blood pressure threat

Aussies are being implored not to discount the dangers of high blood pressure, as new research suggests few think of the ticking time bomb behind almost half of cardiovascular disease deaths.