Getting home safely: Finding missing people with dementia faster

Queensland University of Technology researchers are calling on people all over Australia to contribute ideas to a new project that aims to get more people with dementia home safely if they go missing.

Joint research project to bring pet robot ‘puppy’ to aged care residents

Aged care residents in Perth will soon see MiRo, a robotic pet or ‘petoid,’ as part of a project between Curtin University, The Brainary, and Meath Care’s Michael Lee Centre in Perth.

Promising nutritional changes ahead for older Australians

The elevation of nutrition in aged care is a welcomed inclusion of the proposed recommendations presented by the Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

Older Persons Legal Clinic

A free legal clinic to support some of the most vulnerable people in our society – older people was launched with the NSW Attorney General, The Hon. Mark Speakman SC MP.

Work value case to lift aged care wages 25 per cent

The Health Services Union will today launch a landmark work value case in the Fair Work Commission to lift wages for the aged care workforce by 25 per cent.

Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line extension

Dementia Australia has welcomed an announcement by the federal government of $2.5 million funding to extend the Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line until 30 June 2021.

Ageing in place: home is where our heart and health is

Age may well be just a number, but it will inevitably catch up to us. Physically, and mentally, we just won’t be able to do the things we once could.

PhD student turned sorrow into study with research to improve aged care practices

Australians are fortunate to be living longer than ever before, but this has not come without a new set of challenges for families as ageing parents with complex care needs and co-morbidities often need the services of residential aged care facilities (RACF).

WA Seniors set to be celebrated with Seniors Week back for 2020

Western Australia's Seniors Week 2020 commences today, with a range of activities and events that celebrate the contributions of older people and supports their active participation in community life.

For elderly couples, negative thoughts about ageing can be detrimental to their spouses

Elderly husbands and wives can expect their health to decline—as well as that of their spouse—when their self-perceptions about ageing become negative, a new study suggests.

Value in preventing and reducing stroke

A report released on 6 November has detailed that thousands of lives and billions of dollars could be saved annually by preventing stroke and improving access to treatment and care.

Walking downhill increases risk of falls in older adults

Falls are a common cause of injury in older adults and can lead to disability. Luckily, the risk of falls can be reduced with regular exercise– but not all exercise.

A new approach to supporting frail patients in hospital

A new research project combining hi-tech solutions and the help of volunteer is aiming to help older patients dealing with pain and frailty in Australian hospitals.

Healthy life expectancy across Australia on the rise - global disease estimates

The latest global disease estimates, published in The Lancet, reveal a perfect storm of rising chronic diseases and public health failures fuelling the COVID-19 pandemic.

We can create neighbourhoods to support healthy ageing in place

In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic has exposed issues and inequities across society. How we plan for ageing populations and older people is one critical issue that has been neglected for decades.

Publicly available data on population ageing

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) has launched publicly available data on population ageing futures and estimates.

Home-based care for people living with dementia

With alternatives to residential aged care in high demand, a new program focused on supporting people with dementia and their carers to live well at home is showing significant societal and economic benefits in Australia.

Funding for better outcomes for elderly after hip surgery

With hip fracture posing a major risk of death in people over 50, a new study aims to establish evidence for improved discharge planning for elderly patients following hip surgery.

Australians are at risk of vision loss and blindness

Only one in 10 Australians are able to properly identify the major risk factors for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), Macular Disease Foundation Australia (MDFA) has warned.

People living with dementia stay connected online, with new video conferencing guide

Resources to support people living with dementia to stay connected by video conferencing are now available through Dementia Australia.

Evidence based guidelines on music for people with dementia

Researchers from Western Sydney University’s MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development have published a new research paper and recommended guidelines for music use for people with dementia after a successful trial program.