The government has thrown another $171 million at the problem. But a real plan for aged care has been missing all along

As deaths in aged care continue to rise, the community may find the Morrison government’s announcement of an additional A$171.5 million to boost its response to COVID-19 in residential aged care reassuring.

Release of Newmarch House COVID-19 outbreak review

The Australian Government today releases the review findings into the spread of COVID-19 at Sydney aged care facility Newmarch House, April – June 2020.

Australia far behind in monitoring aged care quality

Currently the Australian Government has no care quality outcome reporting for home care and reports on only three indicators for residential care.

Formation of Aged Care Advisory Group

LASA has endorsed National Cabinet’s moves to provide additional support for aged care and to form an Aged Care Advisory Group, reporting to the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC).

QLD Seniors Week to close with special thanks to Care Army

As Queensland Seniors Week draws to a close, Queenslanders of all ages are being encouraged to acknowledge the work of the Care Army and thank them for helping our seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Laws passed to protect the most vulnerable members of ACT

Australian Capital Territory Attorney-General and Minister for Seniors Gordon Ramsay said the new laws were an Australian first making Canberra a more age-friendly and inclusive city.

SA Tall Poppies pursue a prescription for safer aged care

Two UniSA researchers working to improve medication use and the quality of aged care in Australia have been named Young Tall Poppies of Science for 2020.

Broccoli and Brussels sprouts a cut above for blood vessel health

New research from Edith Cowan University (ECU) has shown some of our least favourite vegetables could be the most beneficial when it comes to preventing advanced blood vessel disease.

The case for prioritising advance care planning in COVID-19 response

A new report has recommended that advance care planning could be better used as part of Australia’s COVID-19 crisis to help manage a surge in healthcare demand and reduce the need for rationing.

Call to end elder abuse

Leading elder abuse prevention organisation launches national campaign and website to provide information and practical advice to respond and prevent elder abuse.

Heart age test prompts lifestyle changes

Research into more than 1,300 Australians who took the Heart Foundation’s online heart age test show that 50 per cent lost weight and more than 60 per cent increased their exercise and improved their diet just 10 weeks after receiving their result.

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.

When you’re smiling, the whole world really does smile with you

From Sinatra to Katy Perry, celebrities have long sung about the power of a smile – how it picks you up, changes your outlook, and generally makes you feel better.

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.

Aspirin use linked to gastrointestinal bleeding in elderly

A new study analysing data from the landmark ASPREE trial has found that prolonged daily aspirin use increases the risk of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding by at least 60 per cent in people aged 70 and over.

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.