Deaths slightly higher than the historical average in April
A higher than average number of deaths were recorded in April, continuing the pattern evident at the end of March 2020, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Older Australians at risk unless oral care improved
Millions of older Australians will continue to risk developing chronic and life-threatening diseases and suffer unnecessarily unless current oral care health services are transformed.
Need to monitor diabetes management during the pandemic
This National Diabetes Week, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and Diabetes Australia are urging Australians living with diabetes to look after their health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Apathy not depression helps to predict dementia
Apathy offers an important early warning sign of dementia in individuals with cerebrovascular disease, but depression does not, research led by the University suggests.
Stroke numbers decline
Latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) figures show more Australians are now surviving stroke.
Support for Victoria's aged care residents and workers
Additional measures have been announced to ensure aged care providers are equipped to minimise the spread of COVID-19.
Why loneliness may be the biggest threat to survival and longevity
Never before have we experienced social isolation on a massive scale as we have during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.
Pandemic aged care to-do list for the Federal Government
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (Victorian Branch) is calling on the Federal Government to direct private providers to increase their nursing, personal care, cleaning and support staff numbers following the COVID-19 outbreaks in Melbourne’s nursing homes.
Medication management in frail older people
An international collaboration has developed consensus principles for medication management in frail older people.
Stop the rot in older Australians’ oral health
Medicare-funded oral health check-ups for over-75s, access to daily oral hygiene measures and denture cleaning and more dental health education for aged care workers and carers must be introduced to stop the widespread and unacceptable neglect of older Australians’ oral care.
Five activities that can protect your mental and physical health as you age
No one is immune to developing chronic illnesses such as heart disease, cancer or arthritis as they get older. But research shows social activities, like joining clubs, interest groups or volunteering, are linked to better mental and physical health and a longer lifespan.
Blood-pressure medications could reduce prostate cancer recurrence rate
Alpha blockers (blood pressure medication) may reduce the risk of prostate cancer recurrence and delay the time to chemical relapse.
Additional testing support for Victorian residential aged care services
Five new COVID-19 testing teams will be deployed to test staff and residents in residential aged care services located across metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire.
Older people at high risk of malnutrition due to low intake of meat and dairy
A recent study involving people over the age of 65 in New Zealand, Canada and the Netherlands shows two thirds of the participants are at high risk of malnutrition.
Study future-proofs technological needs of older people
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for better communication technologies across all age groups and it is particularly important for many older people who live in aged care separated from their families and friends.
When child care meets aged care, worlds align
While our oldest and youngest generations may seem worlds apart, a new ageing well initiative will bring them together in an intergenerational education and development program to connect children with older people in a structured way.
Face masks required for aged care workers in Melbourne hotspots
Aged care staff who work in residential facilities or provide home care support across Victoria’s lock down zones will be required to wear surgical masks following recommendations from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC).
Australia talks about older age and aged care
Australians of all ages want to be assisted to live independently in their own home during their retirement years rather than ever having to go to an aged care facility , new research from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has shown.
Music and Memory pilot program
This month, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) pilots Music and Memory, a program designed to benefit people with dementia through live music.
Healthscope urges Victorians to look after their health during renewed COVID lockdown
Private hospital operator Healthscope is urging Victorians not to neglect their health, as much of the state is again placed under Stage 3 COVID-19 restrictions.
Shining a light on how exercise reduces cataract risk
Chinese and Australian researchers have combined studies of more than 170,000 people and found conclusive evidence that regular physical exercise reduces the risk of age-related cataracts.
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