Older people need to stay hydrated – here's how
Dehydration is associated with a higher risk of ill health in older people, from having an infection, a fall or being admitted to hospital. But an appetite for food and drink can diminish as people age, so older people should drink regularly, even when they’re not thirsty.
‘Safety signals’ may help slow down anxiety
For as many as one in three people, life events or situations that pose no real danger can spark a disabling fear, a hallmark of anxiety and stress-related disorders.
Assisted dying laws pass WA Parliament
Western Australia has legalised voluntary assisted dying, with the laws officially passed by State Parliament on 10 December 2019.
Australian therapy for people living with dementia goes global
A home-based intervention program that uses music to help people with dementia is set to change lives worldwide.
Physical activity target needs updating for mental health
Global physical activity guidelines should be extended to ensure they have the best impact on mental as well as physical health, according to new research involving researchers from Victoria University of Wellington.
Commission to explore aged care and health care interface
At its Canberra hearing, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will be inquiring into the interfaces between aged care and the delivery of health care in the States and Territories.
Why ageing in a climate crisis challenges risk modelling
The combination of climate change and an ageing population has been described as a perfect storm.
Who will care for older people with an intellectual disability?
The vulnerability of adults with intellectual disability in our society has been underlined by new research showing the number of older parents ageing in tandem with their adult offspring with intellectual disability is increasing.
Private health insurance premiums to increase again
The Australian Government has approved increases in private health insurance ranging from 1.98% to 5.63% with a meaningless average increase of 2.92 per cent, from 1 April 2019.
Travelling is a risky business when health is overlooked
Australians heading overseas are ignoring potential health risks out of a desire to escape reality through travel, according to University of Queensland-led research.
Design of the aged care system – submissions invited
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is inviting submissions on the future design of the aged care system.
End-of-life care risk for aged care
Almost a third of Advance Care Directives (ACDs) audited in Australian residential aged care facilities were found to be invalid following a nation-wide study.
New Stolen Generations resources to guide GPs, dentists, aged care
General practitioners, dentists and the aged care sector will be better placed to support Stolen Generations survivors following the launch of new resources at Parliament House on 5 December.
Seniors cherry-pick new homes from range in new WA Manjimup estate
New affordable housing for seniors is now available in the South-West following the completion of the first nine houses at Cherry Glades estate in Manjimup.
Aged Care Legislation Amendment Bill passes parliament
The Australian Parliament has passed the Aged Care Legislation Amendment (New Commissioner Functions) Bill 2019 strengthening independent oversight of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, from 1 January 2020.
Warning to avoid New Year aged care emergency
Australia’s largest aged care provider representatives have united in a pre-Christmas appeal to the Federal Government, to avoid an aged care emergency in 2020.
VR to improve health and meal times for people living with dementia
Dementia Australia’s Centre for Dementia Learning has launched a new workshop, ‘A day in the life – mealtime experience’.
Research cracks higher fracture risk in women
A novel way of analysing scans from bone density machines has revealed that more than 50 per cent of older women have advanced blood vessel disease, putting them at an increased risk of suffering a bone fracture.
Falls reduction in older people – new app for health workers
In an Australian first, healthcare workers in New South Wales and Victoria are using a new clinically-tested home exercise app to improve balance and reduce fall risk among older Australians.
Falls prevented in older people through phone coaching
A new, phone-based falls prevention program called RESPOND has been shown to reduce falls in older people who are sent home from hospital emergency departments.
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