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.
Major discrimination still found in Australia
Nearly one in four Australians have recently experienced a form of major discrimination, while religious and racial minorities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples face the highest levels of prejudice.
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.
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.
Study shows where in western Victoria people are injured most from falls
New Deakin University research has pinpointed the parts of Western Victoria with the highest rates of falls, something researchers say must be better prevented, especially with Australia's ageing population.
What can I do to avoid Alzheimer’s disease?
It’s a question Dr Stephanie Rainey-Smith answers in the latest episode of Edith Cowan University’s Body of Knowledge podcast – and the answers might surprise you.
Caregiving can affect quality of life for up to a year after loss
Family members who have been the primary carer for a dying loved one may experience considerable grief and poor health and quality of life for several months after the person has died.
Newstart debate must focus on people not politics
University of Adelaide economists have added to the national debate about the Newstart Allowance, arguing that Newstart should be increased by as much as $120 a week and urging politicians to address the issue with maturity.
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