Reduce frailty and improve mental health by connecting older Australians and preschoolers
In an Australian first, scientists have begun a pilot trial bringing together older adults and preschoolers to assess the mutual health benefits of intergenerational activity, such as reducing frailty and depression.
ACT elder abuse laws to safeguard the vulnerable
People who commit financial elder abuse in the Australian Capital Territory could face jail of up to three years, as part of new laws coming into effect 19 April 2021 covering abuse against vulnerable people.
Floods can worsen inequality. Here are 4 ways we can ensure people with disabilities aren't left behind
Disasters like flooding can worsen social inequalities around health and housing. For people with disability, however, the effect can be especially profound.
Aged care – the way forward
Australia’s aged care industry has urged the Federal Government to adopt its 15-point plan to ensure older Australians get the most benefit in the quickest time from an improved aged care system.
Aged care consumer peaks propose aged care reform plan
Twelve leading aged care consumer organisations, led by the Council on the Ageing (COTA) Australia, have issued a detailed joint response to the Final Report of the Aged Care Royal Commission.
For older patients, focusing on what matters most is often the best medicine
A woman in her 80s wanted to play with her great-grandchildren when they came to visit, but knee pain made it difficult for her.
StandingTall: A new e-Health exercise program helps prevent falls in older people
Coinciding with Falls Awareness Month, a new study into the balance exercise program, StandingTall, has shown promising results in significantly reducing the rate of falls over two years by up to 20 per cent.
People with dementia need more support for decision-making
People living with dementia need support to make their own lifestyle and health care decisions. Supported decision-making can secure the rights, will and preferences of people with disabilities.
Volunteer register for new trials to prevent Alzheimer’s disease
The Australian Dementia Network (ADNeT) has launched a new dementia prevention and treatment trial volunteer register as Australia prepares to join trials to treat Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms emerge.
Serious Incident Response Scheme starts 1 April 2021
The Federal Government has allocated $67.2 million to implement the Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) which intends greater safety for Australians in residential care settings.
Banks call for consistent laws to prevent elder abuse
Australian banks are urging state and territory governments to adopt consistent laws on powers of attorney to prevent elder financial abuse.
Government funding for interpreter dementia training
A new study has won Federal Government funding to establish specialist dementia training for interpreters, in an effort to improve cognitive assessment for dementia of people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.
Up to 65 per cent of age care homes may record operating losses in 2021-22
The latest independent StewartBrown report says 58 per cent of homes surveyed were operating at a loss in the first six months of this financial year, with an average operating deficit of almost $2,750 per bed per annum.
Dementia prevention action plan needed
Dementia prevention needs to be Australia’s next public health area of focus, as the nation heads towards a projected number of one million people with dementia by 2056.
Don’t waste opportunity to fix aged care, says ACU experts
ACU aged care experts say the final report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care and Safety needs to be the tipping point to ensure older Australians are respected after decades of neglect.
Aged care providers must act to be ready to report serious incidents
Aged care providers must be ready for the introduction on 1 April 2021 of new management and reporting of incidents processes affecting persons in residential aged care.
94% of older adults prescribed drugs that raise risk of falling
From 1999-2017, more than 7.8 billion fall-risk-increasing drugs were prescribed to older adults in the U.S., and deaths from falls doubled.
COVID-19 is a “serious risk” to 80% of older Australians
At least 80 per cent of Australians aged over 70 years are at high risk of serious illness or death if they contract COVID-19, according to a new study led by the University of South Australia.
Sleep maximises vaccine effectiveness
With the roll out of COVID-19 vaccines now underway, University of South Australia sleep experts are urging people to reprioritise their sleep, as getting regular and sufficient sleep is known to boost your immune system.
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