Call for greater support for carers within community services

Carers Australia is urging the Federal Government to provide greater support to carers after new figures released by the Productivity Commission show decreasing levels of satisfaction amongst primary carers.

Dietitians in aged care: a recipe to save millions

Engaging Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) to support food and nutrition in aged care is projected to save more than $80 million per year which would otherwise be spent on costly malnutrition treatment.

Commonwealth Home Support Programme growth funding

The Commonwealth Government will provide up to $124.4m in additional CHSP grants across the 2020-21 and 2021-22 financial years.

Testosterone can help prevent type 2 diabetes in men

The largest investigation of testosterone treatment ever undertaken has shown that, over and above the effect of a lifestyle program, treatment with testosterone prevents or reverses newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes in men.

$44 million to extend dementia training, education and support

The Australian Government will extend grant agreements for programs providing support, training and education for services and individuals caring for people living with dementia.

Resistance training benefits older women just as much as older men

Sure, everything might come down to sex – but not when strength training is concerned.

Greater Brisbane’s COVID-19 lockdown ends at 6pm 11 January

The need for some precautions will remain in the Greater Brisbane hotspot, and for people who have been in the Greater Brisbane hotspot since 2 January until 21 January 2021.

Energy rebates could put cash back in vulnerable Queenslanders’ pockets

Vulnerable Queenslanders are being urged to check their eligibility to receive the Government’s electricity and gas rebates worth up to $416 per year.

Call for more culturally appropriate health and aged care for older Aboriginal Australians

A new study has found that the majority of older Aboriginal Australians are avoiding mainstream health and aged care services, as they feel safer using services that are governed and delivered by Aboriginal communities.

NT Concession and Seniors Recognition Schemes go online

Members of the Northern Territory Concessions Scheme (NTCS) and Northern Territory Seniors Recognition Scheme (NTSRS) may now undertake their annual renewals on a new online portal launching today.

Costs of informal end of life care are larger than formal care services

A study into the costs of informal end of life care found that in the UK, Ireland and the US, care provided by informal carers - family and friends - accounted for more than half of total care costs in the last three months of life.

Maintaining mobility and preventing disability

Many people worry about not being able to move around as well when they get older. They fear they won’t be able to continue their favourite activities, visit their favourite places, or keep up with everyday tasks.

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Campaign to help older people leave hospital when ready

A new UK campaign to support older people with frailty admitted to hospital in an emergency has been launched.

Millions face a bleak New Year as Coronavirus payments are cut again

With Australian governments and communities still grappling with the COVID-19 health and economic crisis, more than 2 million people without paid work face grave uncertainty about how they will make ends meet when the Federal Government cuts Coronavirus Supplement payments again on 31 December by another $100 to just $150 per fortnight.

Calls for overhaul of SRS sector to address abuse and neglect of vulnerable Victorians

Victoria's Public Advocate, Dr Colleen Pearce, has called for a new independent, safeguarding body to protect some 5000 vulnerable Victorian SRS residents from abuse and neglect and to ensure they are cared for properly.

Getting into shape pre-surgery to aid recovery for older patients

Older adults about to undergo elective surgery should undertake a sustained programme of targeted exercise beforehand to counteract the muscle-wasting effects of bedrest, new research suggests.

Research into how ageing immune system responds to Covid-19 needed

A call for urgent research into how age affects the immune system’s response to Covid-19 has been issued.

Age is no barrier to successful weight loss

A study of patients attending a hospital-based obesity service shows no difference in weight loss between those under 60 years old and those from 60 to 78 years old.

NDIS yet to solve disability accommodation shortage

For many people with disability, the right to choose where they live and who they live with is so constrained that they are left feeling unsafe and fearful in their own homes.

Stepping up ladder safety

Australians are being urged to put their safety first when using ladders for odd jobs, taking down Christmas decorations and DIY maintenance around the home, as part of an awareness campaign being launched today.

Older Aussies turn to video games to improve balance and brain function

A new exercise program based on arcade-style dance games is being trialled in aged care homes this month, to help improve the balance of older people and reduce their risk of falling by up to 50 per cent.