Barriers to effective medication management for those with dementia

Up to two thirds of people with dementia are prescribed potentially inappropriate medications, with a new study from Monash University exploring system challenges which may lead to this.

Aged Care Royal Commission hearings to resume in July 2020

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will resume hearings next month after a break to protect hearing participants and staff during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Abuse of Powers of Attorney under the spotlight in SA

In the face of increasing concerns about the abuse of Powers of Attorney, legal experts are asking for submissions as part of their review of existing South Australian law.

Ageing in Multicultural WA report

The challenges faced by older Western Australians from culturally diverse backgrounds have been highlighted in a new report to assist with service planning and work to combat ageism, discrimination and financial stress.

Funding to help combat WA elder abuse

Older members of the Western Australian community will be provided further protection from elder abuse following a funding increase to support services.

National sign language interpreting service for aged care

A free sign language interpreting service will soon be available for senior Australians who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing.

'Ageing in neighbourhood': what seniors want instead of retirement villages

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus the need for connection to our local community and the health challenges of the retirement village model.

Negative thinking linked with more rapid cognitive decline, study indicates

There is no cure, but reports indicate that approximately a third of dementia cases may be preventable, which is why many researchers have begun to focus on identifying risk factors.

Certain memory complaints predict future dementia

Research led by Dr Katya Numbers from UNSW’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) has shown that certain presentations of memory concerns by older adults are predictive of future dementia.

Immunisation status among the top 5 healthcare documents Australians want to access

Ten million Australians now have their immunisations in their My Health Record and people can’t get enough of them.

Serious Incident Response Scheme

A Serious Incident Response Scheme will be introduced by the Federal Government to protect vulnerable and senior Australians from abuse and neglect.

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’.

Preventing infection-related hospitalisations from residential aged care

A study by Monash University’s Centre for Medicine Use and Safety (CMUS) has identified strategies to limit infections in residential aged care services (RACS) and avoid unnecessary hospitalisations.

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.