Federal departments had no specific COVID plan for aged care: royal commission counsel

Australia’s aged care sector was “underprepared” to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak and federal authorities had no specific plan for it, according to a stinging indictment from Peter Rozen QC, senior counsel assisting the royal commission into aged care.

Women with caring responsibilities at greater risk of poverty

A new report by UNSW Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) and Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) highlights the relationship between caring roles and poverty in Australia.

COVID-19 and aged care accommodation Commission hearings

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will hold hearings in Sydney from 10 to 14 August 2020 to inquire into the response to the coronavirus pandemic and into aged care accommodation.

Excellence in Age Services Awards 2020 – state and territory winners

LASA is proud to announce the state and territory winners of the excellence in age services awards 2020, putting a spotlight on those who work tirelessly to care for older Australians.

Concetta Fierravanti-Wells on aged care – what needs to be done differently

The Royal Commission into Aged-Care Quality and Safety delivered it’s interim report in October 2019. Titled ‘Neglect’, it provided a scathing insight into the aged care industry - finding it centred around transactions not care. It minimised the voices of people receiving care, lacked transparency, and was staffed by an under-appreciated and under-pressure workforce.

Action needed to stop malnutrition being COVID-19's lasting legacy

As aged care homes across the country continue lockdown precautions in a bid to keep COVID-19 at bay, the sad reality is that another crisis – malnutrition – is building for many older Australians.

Aged Care Employee Day

Today’s Aged Care Employee Day is a timely opportunity to thank all aged care workers for their outstanding devotion to senior Australians in care.

Why seniors and older adults are more prone to tooth decay

Tooth decay doesn’t discriminate – it can happen to people of all ages.

Alzheimer’s is far more prevalent in women

Alzheimer’s is significantly more prevalent among women and many risk factors for the disease can be mitigated.

Day of solidarity between the generations

For the first time in its 60 year history the Queensland Seniors Week will be presented virtually.

Deprescribing: how many medicines is too many?

In an article published today in Australian Prescriber, pharmacist Michelle Liacos from Alfred Health in Melbourne, and her co-authors, look at stopping medicines when they are no longer needed to reduce the risk of medicine-related harm. This is known as deprescribing.

400,000 women over 45 are at risk of homelessness in Australia

Older women have been recognised as the fastest-growing group of homeless people in Australia in recent years. Yet until now we have not known exactly how many older women are at risk of homelessness.

Aged care sector backs quality dementia care action plan

Leadership, culture change, building workforce capacity and continuous improvement are prioritised in Dementia Australia’s Quality Care Initiative Action Plan released on 4 August 2020.

Hearing to examine evolving impact of COVID-19 on aged care

A hearing dedicated to the responses by the aged care sector to COVID-19 and the effect of those responses on aged care services is being held from 10 to 13 August 2020.

Concussion risks dementia and Parkinson’s disease

Concussion is linked to a heightened risk of subsequent hyperactivity disorder, dementia, and Parkinson’s disease, as well as mood and anxiety disorders among women in particular.

Doctors urge people to ‘mask up’ to curb COVID-19

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is urging people to ‘mask up’ to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Replacement value of unpaid care in Australia rises to $77.9 billion per year

A new report commissioned by Carers Australia has confirmed that the estimated annual replacement value of all unpaid care in Australia has risen to $77.9 billion – an increase of 29% since similar research was last conducted in 2015.

Seniors Tea with NGV Online

The National Gallery of Victoria has launched a new free online event series called Seniors Tea with NGV Online for older people to connect virtually through art discussions while the Gallery is closed.

Australia's oral health getting worse ... and COVID is not helping

The increasing prevalence of tooth decay and gum disease among Australian adults are disturbing new trends in the nation’s oral health.

Banks have key role in preventing elder financial abuse

Social isolation of vulnerable older people, financial pressure from the COVID-19 pandemic and “inheritance entitlement” have created a perfect storm for increased incidences of elder financial abuse.

The ten factors linked to increased risk of Alzheimer's disease

Although there’s still no cure, researchers are continuing to develop a better understanding of what increases a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.