Push for elder abuse to be a crime
Law firm Maurice Blackburn says new laws are needed to tackle elder abuse, as too many perpetrators face no consequences for their actions.
Coronavirus: why we need to keep protecting the over-70s
As lockdowns ease and more people begin to leave their homes on a regular basis, there’s still one group that is often singled out as needing to remain isolated: people over the age of 70.
Don’t neglect your health during the pandemic
People are being urged to keep their health in check during the coronavirus pandemic by continuing to seek medical treatment and general healthcare checks.
Royal Commission public submissions to close on 31 July 2020
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has announced that the deadline for general submissions to the Commission will be at the close of business on Friday, 31 July 2020.
Towards a dementia-friendly Canberra
The Australian Capital Territory’s (ACT) Age-Friendly City Plan launch includes a focus on some areas becoming dementia-friendly.
Survey highlights COVID-19 protections financial impacts
A national survey by LASA shows the infection control measures by aged care providers and the impact of costs to combat COVID-19, and some dissatisfaction with Government support.
Government breaks another promise to aged care workers
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), says the Federal Government has broken another promise to aged care workers in the fight against COVID-19 - by taxing their ‘retention bonus’.
Short term lifeline for adult public dental patients
The Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announced (10 June 2020) that National Partnership Agreements (NPAs) have been extended another year for Adult Public Dental Service.
Looking after the mental health of older Australians
Swinburne’s Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults has launched a free national telehealth counselling and support service to provide emotional support to older adults living in residential aged care facilities.
HESTA Awards for disability, allied health, aged care and community sector
Nominations have today opened for the inaugural HESTA Excellence Awards, which recognise the dedicated professionals working in disability, allied health, aged care and community services.
Stanford psychologists investigate why some older adults remember better than others
Even among healthy people, a faltering memory is often an expected part of aging – but it’s not inevitable.
Delayed breast cancer detection increases government, individual costs
Australian women are encouraged to continue getting regular check-ups for breast cancer to avoid potentially thousands of dollars in increased treatment costs.
One in six medications prescribed to older people causing more harm than good
Around one million Australians over the age of 70 are taking at least one medication every day that is causing them more harm than good, leading to falls, confusion, hospitalisation and even death.
Grants for high-income home owners
The Australian Council of Social Service rejects the Federal Government’s plan to provide large grants to home builders and renovators as a wasted opportunity to address the backlog of urgent social housing repairs and the shortfall in social housing stock.
Over-use of antipsychotics without consent in long term aged care
Researchers have highlighted a critical need to address non-consensual and overly lengthy use of antipsychotics in long term aged care residents.
Fatal but forgotten - high blood pressure threat
Aussies are being implored not to discount the dangers of high blood pressure, as new research suggests few think of the ticking time bomb behind almost half of cardiovascular disease deaths.
Integrated care improves outcomes for older cancer patients
A recent study led by Monash University shows that integrating geriatric assessment with cancer treatment can reduce unplanned hospital admissions and improve quality of life for older Australians.
Research into suicide risks for over-60s during COVID-19
Charles Sturt has awarded $27,000 in funding to a study that will investigate whether risk factors associated with suicide increased among older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Use it or lose it: Website helps older people stay active at home
Easy to follow exercise advice for older Australians
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