Australia: Older people in aged care drugged up

The 101-page report, “‘Fading Away’: How Aged Care Facilities in Australia Chemically Restrain Older People with Dementia,” found that instead of providing support to older people with dementia, facilities use drugs to control their behaviour, a practice known as chemical restraint.

Chemical restraints imposed on older Australians

A Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, supported by ADA, released today at Parliament House in Canberra, has revealed the extent to which Australian aged care facilities unnecessarily restrain older people with medication.

Safe and efficient tool to reduce seniors’ medication overload

The elderly are often prescribed multiple medications for different health conditions. While some medications are needed, polypharmacy and medication overload can be costly and even harmful.

Patient-aligned care reduces unwanted medications, tests for older adults

An emerging approach to health care that focuses decision-making on older patients’ health goals and care preferences can reduce unwanted and unhelpful treatment, such as medications and diagnostic tests.

Aged care workforce survey released

Four-in-ten workers plan to leave the aged care sector within five years, according to the largest ever survey of the sector’s workforce. And nine-in-ten residential aged care and home care workers are too stretched to offer appropriate support to residents and clients.

Royal Commission Melbourne Hearing 3 – aged care workforce

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Melbourne Hearing 3 will next week examine aged care workforce planning, the link between quality of care and staff numbers.

Aged care staffing level benchmark comparisons

Many Australian residential aged care facilities staffing levels compare poorly with international and national benchmarks.

ASIC urges consumers to question whether SMSFs are right for them

ASIC has warned Australian investors considering establishing their own self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) to be particularly aware of the potential downside to such a strategy.

Sharp rise in antidepressant use in UK over-65s

More than 300m people suffer from depression around the world. Of those, about 7% are people over the age of 60.

Aged care needs to reflect multicultural Australia

This week, the aged care royal commission looks at diversity in aged care, an issue becoming increasingly relevant to both residents and the staff who care for them.

Dealing with UK prisoners who are growing old and dying in custody

There are prisoners in the UK who are now into their 70s, 80s and 90s.

Gym trial puts weight behind active bones

Community exercise programs could be key to helping Australia's ageing population maintain bone and muscle health, while busting common misconceptions about the type of exercise best for older adults.

Early Start’s Intergenerational Playgroups benefit young and old

Children and grandparents enjoy active play in relaxed, research-focused environment.

Pharmacists can help protect older Australians

One hundred and sixteen aged care residents are hospitalised every day in Australia due to medication errors.

Takata airbag misdeployment can result in death or serious injury

Major car manufacturers, including BMW, GM Holden, Honda, Mitsubishi and Toyota, are warning that 20,000 vehicles already under recall for defective Takata airbags are now classified as “critical”.

Commission's Melbourne Hearing 2 - diversity in aged care

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will hold a public hearing in Melbourne from Monday 7 October 2019 to Friday 11 October 2019 on the aged care needs of people who have diverse backgrounds, experiences and characteristics.

Investigating lifestyle interventions to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s

The role of lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise and brain training in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease will be the focus of a major new study funded by the Medical Research Future Fund.

What happens when students call an aged care facility home

Intergenerational living aims to benefit students and older people in care.

Applications open for 150 new rural aged care beds

The Australian Government is providing ongoing funding for up to 150 high needs rural aged care beds with $5 million available in the round.

‘We need to stand up now’ for the elderly: urges UN rights expert on World Day

In the coming decade, the number of persons aged 60 or over is projected to grow by 46 per cent.

International Day of Older Persons

1 October 2019 marks International Day of Older Persons, with the theme for this year being “The Journey to Age Equality.”