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.

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.