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.

Limiting alcohol could prevent almost 30,000 cancer cases

QIMR Berghofer research has shown nearly 30,000 cases of cancer could be prevented in Australia over the next 25 years if everyone stuck to the government’s alcohol guidelines of no more than two standard drinks per day.

Open Arms community and peer program expands nationally

Support for veterans and their families who may be struggling with mental health conditions or at risk of suicide, will be enhanced through the Community and Peer Program.

Who wants to work forever?

Older workers are in the news, with the Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg calling for more people aged over 65 to help out with the heavy lifting of reducing national debt by prolonging their working lives.

Enduring Power of Attorney reforms considered by Attorneys-General

A meeting of the Council of Attorneys-General (CAG) was held on 29 November 2019 in Adelaide, South Australia.

Ageing population a time bomb, only if policy makers don’t anticipate it

Australia’s ageing population is projected to slow labour force growth, reduce national income and tax revenue but we aren’t in the dark, yet.

Smartphone app to screen for early signs of dementia

Dementia screening could be as easy as using a smartphone app that listens to elderly people speak.

Earle Haven report tabled in Qld Parliament

The report of the committee’s investigation into the closure of the Earle Haven aged care facility was tabled in the Queensland Parliament today.

Elder abuse action needed by Council of Attorneys General

Australia’s banks along with older persons advocacy groups are calling on state and federal governments to agree to establish a national online register of Powers of Attorney at tomorrow’s Council of Attorneys General meeting in Adelaide.

World-first study pinpoints best exercises to beat back pain

Active treatments including Pilates, stabilisation exercises, weight training and aerobic exercise could be the most effective to help beat chronic low back pain.

Royal Commission Interim Report response a missed opportunity

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) has acknowledged the Prime Minister’s announcement of more than $500 million for aged care in the wake of the Royal Commission’s Interim Report.

Government responds to Aged Care Royal Commission Interim Report

The Prime Minister Mr Scott Morrison has announced that the Federal Government is taking action to respond to the three priority areas identified in the Aged Care Royal Commission’s Interim Report released on 31 October 2019.