PBO report - older women at risk of long-term unemployment without Government action

The Parliamentary Budget Office released a report 30 September showing that in the lead up to the COVID-19 crisis, older women were increasingly recipients of JobSeeker (then Newstart).

The budget must address aged care — here are 3 key priorities

Australia’s aged care system has produced a litany of failures: unpalatable food, poor care, neglect, abuse and, most recently, the tragedies of the pandemic.

Leave extended for aged care residents during COVID-19

Senior Australians who have moved out of an aged care home during the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to benefit from the Australian Government’s emergency leave arrangements.

New tool provides comparisons to improve aged care

Australia’s aged care sector will soon have a new tool to improve care by providing accurate quality and safety comparisons between aged care homes.

Research confirms link between sleep apnea and Alzheimer’s disease

New research has confirmed long-suspected links between sleep apnea and Alzheimer’s disease, finding identical signs of brain damage in both conditions.

Older people with early, asymptomatic Alzheimer’s at risk of falls

Even without cognitive problems, those with Alzheimer’s-related brain damage are at increased risk of falls.

Treating our elderly people ethically and with transparency

The dramatic increase in COVID-19 deaths in Australia’s aged care homes begs the ethics around our treatment of people in aged care, says a UNSW expert.

A guide for lawyers to help with Elder Abuse released

Coinciding with Dementia Action Week, the Law Council of Australia is today releasing a Best Practice Guide for Legal Practitioners in relation to Elder Financial Abuse (the Guide).

Sign language milestone for seniors

Senior Australians who are deaf or hard of hearing will have access to sign language services for a broader range of daily activities.

Dementia Action Week

Helping lift the burden for people living with dementia and those who care for them is the focus of an awareness campaign across Australia this week.

Research shows rural aged care shortfall

La Trobe University researchers have submitted a research report to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety outlining some of the shortfalls of aged care markets in rural and regional areas.

Discrimination a real issue for people living with dementia, survey finds

Three out of four people who live with dementia say people don’t keep in touch like they used to, while 65 per cent say people they know have been avoiding or excluding them, results from a Dementia Australia survey have found.

7 things you probably didn't know about home aged care work

Home care workers are essential - allowing nearly 1 million older Australians to remain at home - yet their working conditions are some of the poorest in the country.

Respite care providing broad relief for aged care sector

A study by the Registry of Senior Australians (ROSA) suggests residential respite care is effective in helping older Australians remain in their own homes for longer and spending fewer days in residential care.

Future of age care must be built on better housing design: report

Pragmatic housing design features are vital to enable older people to stay home longer, have greater independence and reduce the cost of age care services, according to new RMIT University research.

The deadly impact of non-melanoma skin cancer

New report finds critical blind spots hampering efforts to tackle Australia’s non-melanoma skin cancer1.

Addressing registered nursing shortfall in aged care

A nursing expert says COVID-19 has put a spotlight on the shortage of registered nurses in aged care sector and, without interventions, the shortfall and care of residents will only get worse.

Release of COVID-19 infection data in aged care

The Commonwealth Government has releases a data snapshot of residential aged care facilities which have recorded COVID-19 infections.

Investigating the mental health impacts of COVID-19 in aged care

A national consortium of researchers led by co-director of Swinburne’s Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults, Professor Sunil Bhar is conducting a study to understand the mental health impacts of COVID-19 on aged care residents and staff.

Grandparent-grandchildren video calls are vital during COVID-19

COVID-19 has seen a huge increase in video calling as we try to socially distance but still stay in touch.

Lifestyle changes could beat Alzheimer's

It may be possible to prevent Alzheimer's disease for those already experiencing cognitive decline, according to new research from The Australian National University (ANU).