Antipsychotic meds over used in aged care

New research by the Australian Institute of Health Innovation at Macquarie University, shows that many people with dementia living in residential aged care facilities are being treated with antipsychotic medication for an average of twice as long as the recommended maximum time, increasing the risk of stroke.

Wound management project to help the aged

Flinders University will support a new $5.25 million research project with industry leader Wound Innovations and global partner Paul Hartmann Pty Ltd.

WA Seniors Awards nominations 2019 open

Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray has called for nominations for the 2019 WA Seniors Awards.

Helping employers to benefit from a growing mature workforce

New research has identified how organisations can overcome the so-called ‘challenge’ of Australia’s ageing workforce in order to reap the benefits of an age diverse workforce.

Sexually transmissible infections check is the healthy thing to do

People of all ages are being urged to get tested for sexually transmissible infections (STIs), with new figures showing that last year saw highest number of STI notifications since records began.

Commonwealth Home Support Programme extra funding

The Federal Government is providing $150 million over 3 years to enable more senior Australians to access entry-level home support.

Royal Commission, Melbourne - Younger people in residential aged care

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will hold a public hearing in Melbourne in the week beginning Monday 9 September 2019. The hearing will inquire into younger people in residential aged care.

Age isn’t an issue – you can retrain the brain

Multi-tasking has traditionally been considered the domain of the young and frantic. But a new, large-scale study by researchers from Australia and California has shown that older people can keep pace with those in their twenties – it’s simply a matter of practice.

Social factors for optimal memory

Being an older male who utilises the services provided by community aged care is more likely to result in healthy brain function for longer.

Weight training to treat a common form of cardiovascular disease

Weight training should be a recommended alternative treatment approach for peripheral artery disease, a form of cardiovascular disease that affects many elderly Australians.

New way to measure quality of aged care - research

The Caring Futures Institute at Flinders University is leading research into developing a new quality of life measure that aged care providers can use for quality assessments with their clients.

Royal Commission community forum in Launceston

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has announced details of a community forum to take place in Launceston, Tasmania.

Multiple medication risk for older persons

A triple whammy risk to older Australians is occurring in aged care when oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medication is taken along with loop diuretics and hypertension medication.

Study helps employers benefit from growing mature workforce

New research has identified how organisations can overcome the so-called ‘challenge’ of Australia’s ageing workforce in order to reap the benefits of an age diverse workforce.

People in their 90s are Australia's fastest growing senior age group

When the media discusses ageing, it commonly focuses on people older than 65. But generally, a 65-year-old and a 95-year-old have about as much in common as a 65-year-old and a 35-year-old.

Anxiety and depression: why doctors are prescribing gardening rather than drugs

Spending time in outdoors, taking time out of the everyday to surround yourself with greenery and living things can be one of life’s great joys – and recent research also suggest it’s good for your body and your brain.

Experiences of Australians living with disability

The diverse experiences of more than 4 million Australians living with disability is the subject of a new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

New guidelines for “Runner’s Knee”

Active rather than passive treatments are the key to recovering from “Runner’s Knee”, according to new international treatment guidelines co-authored by La Trobe University physiotherapy researcher Dr Christian Barton.

Better design could make mobile devices easier for seniors to use

A loud “bing” sounded as we drove onto the highway access ramp. I didn’t see a message on our car’s screen. Was it my phone or my wife’s? Was it a calendar alert, or did one of us receive a text message? Was it the low battery warning on one of our hearing aids?

When caring hurts: recognising and responding to vicarious trauma

Every day across Australia, the compassion, empathy and expertise of thousands of social workers and counsellors helps people from all walks of life come to terms with personal trauma.

When a baby is stillborn, grandparents are hit with 'two lots of grief'

Six babies are stillborn every day in Australia. This significant loss affects parents for years to come, often the rest of their lives. However, stillbirth also affects many others, including grandparents.