LASA - Royal Commission report - protecting older Australians a national priority

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), the voice of aged care industry, thanks the Aged Care Royal Commission for their special report on aged care and COVID-19.

What are manufactured home estates and why are they so problematic for retirees?

Some operators have predicted manufactured home estates will be the most popular type of retirement living in the near future, surpassing retirement villages.

COVID-19 report identifies immediate areas for action

Aged Care Royal Commissioners, the Honourable Tony Pagone QC and Lynelle Briggs AO, have handed a special report on the COVID-19 pandemic in aged care to the Governor-General, David Hurley.

Government welcomes Aged Care Royal Commission’s COVID-19 report recommendations

On this 30th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons, the Australian Government welcomed the COVID-19 report from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, tabled in the Australian Parliament today.

More choice hasn’t improved aged care

Sweeping changes to national aged care funding in the past decade have resulted in worse mental health for older Australians, University of Queensland research shows.

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.