Hard of hearing and elderly Aussies at greatest risk of fatal fires

At least one Australian dies from residential fires each week, with people aged over 65 accounting for over a third (36%) of all fatalities.

Competition isn’t improving the aged care sector

In Australia, competition and consumer choice have been key components in aged care reforms since the 2011 Productivity Commission Report.

Aussies avoiding what matters most in last stage of life

Experts are issuing a public health plea for improved communication, acceptance and preparation for last stage of life.

Empowering older Australians in cancer treatment decisions

A new resource is empowering older Australians living with cancer to discuss and prioritise their needs when making decisions about treatment and care.

Fewer dementia deaths during first 10 months of COVID-19 pandemic

The age-standardised death rate of Australians with dementia fell during the first 10 months of 2020.

Reduce frailty and improve mental health by connecting older Australians and preschoolers

In an Australian first, scientists have begun a pilot trial bringing together older adults and preschoolers to assess the mutual health benefits of intergenerational activity, such as reducing frailty and depression.

ACT elder abuse laws to safeguard the vulnerable

People who commit financial elder abuse in the Australian Capital Territory could face jail of up to three years, as part of new laws coming into effect 19 April 2021 covering abuse against vulnerable people.

Floods can worsen inequality. Here are 4 ways we can ensure people with disabilities aren't left behind

Disasters like flooding can worsen social inequalities around health and housing. For people with disability, however, the effect can be especially profound.

Aged care – the way forward

Australia’s aged care industry has urged the Federal Government to adopt its 15-point plan to ensure older Australians get the most benefit in the quickest time from an improved aged care system.

Physical inactivity linked to more severe COVID-19 infection and death

Physical inactivity is linked to more severe COVID-19 infection and a heightened risk of dying from the disease, finds a large US study published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Design makes a place a prison or a home. Turning 'human-centred' vision for aged care into reality

The Royal Commission into Aged Care left organisations that provide housing for aged care wondering how they will put its recommendations into effect.

Aged care consumer peaks propose aged care reform plan

Twelve leading aged care consumer organisations, led by the Council on the Ageing (COTA) Australia, have issued a detailed joint response to the Final Report of the Aged Care Royal Commission.

For older patients, focusing on what matters most is often the best medicine

A woman in her 80s wanted to play with her great-grandchildren when they came to visit, but knee pain made it difficult for her.

StandingTall: A new e-Health exercise program helps prevent falls in older people

Coinciding with Falls Awareness Month, a new study into the balance exercise program, StandingTall, has shown promising results in significantly reducing the rate of falls over two years by up to 20 per cent.

People with dementia need more support for decision-making

People living with dementia need support to make their own lifestyle and health care decisions. Supported decision-making can secure the rights, will and preferences of people with disabilities.

Volunteer register for new trials to prevent Alzheimer’s disease

The Australian Dementia Network (ADNeT) has launched a new dementia prevention and treatment trial volunteer register as Australia prepares to join trials to treat Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms emerge.

Serious Incident Response Scheme starts 1 April 2021

The Federal Government has allocated $67.2 million to implement the Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) which intends greater safety for Australians in residential care settings.

Banks call for consistent laws to prevent elder abuse

Australian banks are urging state and territory governments to adopt consistent laws on powers of attorney to prevent elder financial abuse.

Government funding for interpreter dementia training

A new study has won Federal Government funding to establish specialist dementia training for interpreters, in an effort to improve cognitive assessment for dementia of people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

Up to 65 per cent of age care homes may record operating losses in 2021-22

The latest independent StewartBrown report says 58 per cent of homes surveyed were operating at a loss in the first six months of this financial year, with an average operating deficit of almost $2,750 per bed per annum.

Dementia prevention action plan needed

Dementia prevention needs to be Australia’s next public health area of focus, as the nation heads towards a projected number of one million people with dementia by 2056.