Coordinated action needed to save lives of people with dementia
Dementia Australia has called for immediate action to prevent neglect or premature death – and ensure support and care of people living with dementia in residential aged care homes.
Ability, not age, should be the only factor determining what exercise you do
It’s a common assumption that exercise in older people is difficult and dangerous, so it’s perhaps best avoided. But this is often not the case – even if these ideas are ingrained in society.
Older Australians drinking more heavily
Many older Australians are drinking at risky levels, and the wealthy are drinking more than most, according to new research from La Trobe University.
Victorian Aged Care Response Centre operations
The Victorian Aged Care Response Centre has aligned its resources and operations with more than a dozen federal and state agencies, to address the unfolding situation in aged care facilities.
QLD Seniors Week brings new opportunities to celebrate
Minister for Seniors Coralee O’Rourke today (Wednesday 12 August) hosted a lunch with a group of seniors at Parliament House in the lead up to Queensland's Seniors Week.
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.
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.
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