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.

Private health premiums to rise in October

Following reports of private health mega profits, consumer group CHOICE says private health funds must dump their upcoming October price rises.

Higher fruit, vegetable and whole grain intake - lower risk of diabetes

Higher consumption of fruit, vegetables and whole grain foods are associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to two studies published by The BMJ.

Aged care precinct gets green light

The Western Australia Government has approved a planning scheme amendment that will facilitate the development of a new residential aged care residence and health and wellness precinct at Currambine North of Perth.

Bandages to revolutionise chronic wound treatment

World-first plasma-coated bandages with the power to attack infection and inflammation could revolutionise the treatment of chronic wounds such as pressure, diabetic or vascular ulcers that won't heal on their own.

COVID-19: Senior Australians urged to stay vigilant

Senior Australians have been urged to stay vigilant as the fight to contain the spread of COVID-19 continues.

New website helps older people stay active at home

Leading physiotherapists concerned ‘stay at home’ restrictions could exacerbate falls and poor physical function in older people have developed a new website to support older Australians to stay active, safely, at home.

‘Meaning in Frailty’ research to aid aged care

New Charles Sturt University research into frailty will inform policy and practice for the care of frail older people.