Education program improves care quality in aged care

An education at the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), UNSW Sydney has resulted in significant improvement in care service quality in aged care homes.

Men's breast cancer risks awareness urged

October 20 is Male Breast Cancer Awareness Day, and Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is using it to highlight a lack of awareness by men about the disease.

New report raises further fears for viability of aged care

Leading Age Services Australia says new data reveals the need for Government intervention to relieve financial stress affecting the aged care sector, while the Aged Care Royal Commission goes about its work.

Heart attack patients’ independence - simple function test

A study just published in JAMA Internal Medicine finds that hospitals can administer a simple walking test to evaluate the likelihood of functional decline in older adults following a heart attack.

Osteoporosis national action plan launch

Osteoporosis Australia (OA), and the Australian Government officially launched the National Strategic Action Plan for Osteoporosis in Canberra.

Framework offers housing direction for WA seniors

Western Australian Housing Minister Peter Tinley and Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray have released a new State Government directions paper detailing how to best address the housing needs of older Western Australians.

Staffing level rating system could help force funding model rethink - ACSA

The peak body for non-profit aged care providers Aged and Community Services (ACSA) supports the idea of a universally understood and utilised star rating system for staffing levels in residential aged care.

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.

SHONKYS 2019: Major fridge fail, junk finance and “bag of sugar” cereal

IKEA, Kogan, AMP and the entire pet insurance industry are named in 2019 CHOICE SHONKYS

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.