Celebrating carers’ outstanding contribution

National Carers Week, which runs from October 11 to 17 October 2020, is held annually to highlight the contribution made by carers and ensure they seek the support they need to fulfill this important role.

Tuned lighting helps nursing home residents get better sleep

A study led by researchers at the Brown University School of Public Health found that using tuned LED lighting cut in half the number of sleep disturbances among older residents in long-term care.

Five ways to increase protein intake as we age

Protein is an essential part of a healthy diet. It helps us build and maintain strong muscles and bones, helps us better recover from illness and injury, and reduces likelihood of falls and fractures.

Tackling malnutrition

Identifying and treating malnutrition is the focus of the latest virtual issue by the Journal of Dietitians Australia, Nutrition & Dietetics.

New report shows impact of COVID-19 on cancer screening

The number of cancer screening tests performed as part of national population screening programs declined during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia.

Exercise intensity not linked to mortality risk in older adults

Exercise intensity appears to make no difference to risk of mortality among older adults, suggests a randomised controlled trial from Norway published by The BMJ.

Virtual classrooms for dementia education - aged care workers during COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dementia Australia has developed virtual classroom education for aged care workers, to equip staff with strategies and skills to provide quality care for people living with dementia.

Research backs home-based program for people living with dementia

With alternatives to residential aged care in high demand, a new program focused on supporting people with dementia and their carers to live well at home is showing significant societal and economic benefits in Australia.

Aged care staffing recommendations don’t go far enough

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), has welcomed the Aged Care Royal Commission’s six recommendations which the Morrison Government must implement immediately to manage COVID-19 in aged care.

Green spaces and walkable neighbourhoods can all help in the fight against dementia

Thirty years ago dementia was a condition less understood than it is now and assumed to be a normal part of ageing.

Sleep test predicts dementia in older adults

Measurements of brain activity during sleep reveal signs of accelerated brain aging.

Antipsychotics for treating adult depression linked with higher mortality

Physicians managing adults with depression should be aware of the potential for increased mortality from antipsychotics use, study finds.

Commission launches elder abuse awareness campaign

The Australian Human Rights Commission launched an elder abuse awareness campaign on the International Day of Older Persons (1 October 2020).

Do not forget food: the essential ingredient in health and wellbeing of older Australians

The importance of providing nutritious food and satisfying mealtimes in the wellbeing of older Australians must be recognised if the Royal Commission’s report into the impact of COVID-19 on aged care are to improve quality of life for residents.

Aged care residents eat more when served larger portions

As Australia’s aged care sector continues to be scrutinised, researchers at the University of South Australia show that plain solutions are often the best.

Dementia caregivers’ stress leads to sleep deprivation

New Edith Cowan University (ECU) research has found 94 per cent of Australians caring for a loved one with dementia are sleep deprived.

Older Australians deserve more than the aged care royal commission's COVID-19 report delivers

Amid the ongoing disaster in Victorian aged-care homes, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety yesterday released its special report into the COVID-19 pandemic.

Call for government to support a Convention on the Rights of Older Persons

In recognition of the International Day of Older Persons (1 October), the Law Council of Australia is providing in-principle support to the development of a Convention on the Rights of Older Persons and calls on the Federal Government to support the initiative.

Federal government did not prepare aged care sector adequately for COVID: royal commission

The royal commission into aged care has said government did not prepare the sector well enough for the pandemic.

NSA - response to Royal Commission COVID-19 report

National Seniors Australia has welcomed the COVID-19 report into aged care by the Royal Commission and its recommendations.

LASA - Royal Commission report - protecting older Australians a national priority

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), the voice of aged care industry, thanks the Aged Care Royal Commission for their special report on aged care and COVID-19.