Digital divide, seniors locked out of essential services

Seniors are missing out on access to online banking, public safety alerts and essential government services because they don’t know how to use the latest digital media platforms, a new survey has found.

Australian College of Nursing aged care continual professional development

ACN has launched an aged care continual professional development series to support nurses’ in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

Yes, older Australians need more home-care funding

Aged care in Australia is underfunded. As a consequence, many older Australians don’t have the support they need.

Morrison likely to elevate aged care to cabinet, as government boosts its funding by $1 billion

The government will inject a further $1 billion into aged care, most of it for home care packages, in Thursday’s budget update.

Older renters are lonely and struggling financially

A new publication released by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) into the impact of COVID-19 on renters shows that older renters are more lonely than before the pandemic and are struggling financially.

Enabling aged care residents and their families to come together over the holidays

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission is calling on all aged care providers to enable and support their residents to be visited safely by family members and friends – especially over the holiday period.

Aged care homes “must not ruin Christmas” by barring visitors

Many older Australians are at risk of a ruined Christmas with a minority of rogue aged care providers still preventing them from seeing their loved ones, or excessively restricting visiting.

Aged Care policy reform crucial to attract workers

Work-related stress, lack of career progression and up-skilling opportunities are key deficiencies in Australia’s aged care sector.

Device aims to improve balance for hearing impaired

Researchers are investigating whether a device giving feedback on body position can improve balance and stability in older adults with hearing loss.

Know the signs of elder abuse this festive season

Queenslanders are being encouraged to recognise the signs of elder abuse and seek help over the Christmas period.

Seniors’ dental scheme must have expert input

A proposed scheme allowing older Australians to finally access affordable dental treatment must have the full input from dental practitioners and other key stakeholders, a coalition of peak oral health advocates has warned.

Aged care medication going unchecked

New research from the Registry of Senior Australians at SAHMRI has shown just one in five older Australians receive a government-funded medication review after entering an aged care facility.

Your Natter Matters: Ask R U OK?

R U OK? has launched a campaign to connect senior Australians through the ‘Gift of Conversation’.

Drinking linked to a decline in brain health from cradle to grave

The evidence for the harmful effects of alcohol on brain health is compelling, but now experts have pin-pointed three key time periods in life when the effects of alcohol are likely to be at their greatest.

Mental health impacts of COVID-19 on people living with dementia

The need to address the loneliness and isolation by people impacted by dementia has been brought in to focus by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Dementia Australia.

For better heart health, step to it, pair of studies say

If you’re sitting down, the findings of two major new studies led by University at Buffalo researchers are likely to get you moving.

The deadly side effects of a QLD summer

Danger Sun Overhead is calling on all Queenslanders this summer to play it safe in the sun but particularly employers and employees involved in outdoor work.

Why single, older women without children face economic insecurity

"I feel as I don’t have family responsibilities, more is expected of me": participant.

Playing it cool: how the body copes during heatwaves

What's the best way to keep cool in extreme temperatures?

Serious Incident Response Scheme establishment

The Australian Government has introduced legislation into the Parliament to support the establishment of the Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) for residential aged care.

Government's response to Aged Care Commission's COVID recommendations

The Australian Government will allocate a further $132.2 million in its response to the Aged Care Royal Commission’s recommendations on COVID-19.