Making future medical decisions

National Advance Care Planning Week starts today encouraging Australians to plan their future care. But it prompts the questions - what does this mean in a time of COVID-19 and is now the right time?

Staying active in self-isolation quarantine or working from home

As more and more Australians find themselves isolated at home due to COVID-19, the Heart Foundation is offering tips for staying active when alone and in confined spaces.

New aged care sector funding

The National Cabinet agreed on temporary funding to support Aged Care providers, residents, staff and families, on 20 March.

Aged Care Royal Commission suspends hearings and workshops

The Commissioners have decided to suspend all hearings and workshops for the time being, subject to ongoing review.

International students to fill critical staff shortages in aged care

Aged care providers will temporarily be able to offer more hours to international students to care for senior and vulnerable Australians to combat the impact of coronavirus.

Early influenza shots called for over 65s

The Western Australian Government is advising older Western Australians to book an appointment for their annual influenza vaccination.

ANMF calls for immediate stop on all non-essential visits to nursing homes

The ANMF is calling for a temporary ban on all non-essential visits to chronically understaffed nursing homes to shield older Australians from the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Limits on the dispensing and sales of prescription and over-the-counter medicines

From 19 March, pharmacists will be enforcing Federal Government direction to limit dispensing and sales of prescriptions and certain over the counter medicines for the benefit of all Australians.

The 'dreaded duo': Australia will likely hit a peak in coronavirus cases around flu season

The prime minister earlier today announced that from May 1, people need to be vaccinated against the flu before visiting an aged care facility.

Anzac Day 2020 services canceled

The Australian Government has made the decision to cancel all Australian-led overseas Anzac Day services.

Strengthened guidelines to protect aged care residents

Aged care facilities around Australia are now required to restrict visitation as the Federal Government continues to combat the spread of coronavirus.

New series navigates grief and independence of elderly parents

Not-for-profit aged care provider, Benetas, has launched a humorous web series to address the daily challenges that many older Australians face in maintaining independence, particularly in the case of a partner’s death.

COVID-19: Medical experts urge planning not panic

As Australia prepares for COVID-19, medical experts are urging people to plan for a scenario where they become suddenly unwell, by clarifying their preferred medical treatment and the person they wish to make their decisions.

Neighbours and friends can offer digital support to older people

Family, neighbours, friends and work colleagues should take the time to reach out and offer older people support in using digital technologies.

COVID-19 prevention guidelines issued to Aged Care providers

Residential aged care providers will be encouraged to limit visits from today (16 March 2020) under national guidelines aimed at the prevention and control of coronavirus.

Why you get shorter as you age

While you may be aware that a loss of vision, hearing and memory is a sign of ageing, something that is perhaps not so noticeable is a reduction in height.

Why young people are drinking less – and what older drinkers can learn from them

Young people are drinking less than ever before. Some reading this will be able to recall the 1990s – the decade of peak alcohol, when drinking was a key part of life for young people.

Royal Commission hearings and workshops closed to public

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has taken the precautionary step of not permitting the public to attend hearings and workshops until further notice.

People living with dementia urged to plan early to maintain choice and control

People in the earlier stages of dementia are being urged by experts to make a plan for their future medical treatment so they can continue to have a choice in the care that they receive.

Driving legends join forces to lead the race against dementia

Racing legends Sir Jackie Stewart OBE and Allan Moffat OBE have committed to raising awareness and funds for dementia through their newest roles as Dementia Australia Ambassadors.

Sleep-deprived Aussies at risk of Alzheimer’s

New research links lost sleep to increased risk of Alzheimer’s Disease1