ADA backs Senator's calls for better publicly-funded dental care
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) is calling on the Commonwealth Government to support calls by Senator Stirling Griff to provide more Medicare-funded dental care for all children, pensioners and welfare recipients.
ANMF welcomes senior counsel’s calls for minimum staffing in aged care
The ANMF, supports the recommendations of Senior Counsel Assisting, Peter Rozen, to the Aged Care Royal Commission today for mandated minimum staffing levels and skills mix in the system.
Three million Australians in poverty – report
The 2020 Poverty in Australia Overview, released today by the Australian Council of Social Service and UNSW Sydney, shows more than one in eight adults and one in six children live below the poverty line in Australia.
Pharmacists in Aged Care project - Strathalbyn
A new program designed to improve the health care of aged care residents in Strathalbyn has demonstrated how integrating pharmacists into the care team improves treatment outcomes and reduces medication related harm.
Critical need for a national residential aged care malnutrition audit
Malnutrition is a serious issue within aged care in Australia, silently abusing a substantial number of older Australians. Despite this, the true extent of this issue is unknown due to a lack in national data on the prevalence of malnutrition in aged care.
'I will euthanise myself before I go into aged care': how aged care is failing LGBTI+ people
Older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI+) people fear discrimination, exclusion and isolation in Australia’s aged care services, we found in our research.
Mediterranean diet promotes ‘healthy ageing’ in older people
Eating a Mediterranean diet for a year boosts the types of gut bacteria linked to ‘healthy’ ageing, while reducing those associated with harmful inflammation in older people.
Home-owning older Australians should pay more for residential aged care
Heavily subsidised aged care services used to be seen as a right and entitlement for all older Australians. But as aged care demand grows and costs rise, it’s becoming increasingly clear the current system isn’t sustainable.
Services for older Australians in rural areas at serious risk
LASA says that it is alarmed at new viability warnings showing 65 per cent of rural and remote residential care facilities lost money in the first quarter of this financial year.
Adelaide Hearing 3 to focus on future of aged care workforce
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Safety and Quality will hold a hearing in Adelaide on the morning of Friday 21 February 2020 about the aged care workforce.
Major insurers failing Australians with confusing “fire” cover
Over 70% of home and contents policies analysed by CHOICE have confusing, unfair or unclear “fire” definitions.
Code of Conduct ushers in new era for retirement living
Australia’s retirement living sector has entered a new era of quality assurance, with the Retirement Living Code of Conduct in full effect since 1 January and about 1000 retirement villages already pre-registered to participate.
Five ways seniors can overcome feeling socially isolated
Approximately one-fourth of the senior population is affected by social isolation and loneliness, which has a significant impact on mental and physical health.
Relationship between alcohol use and dementia - one area research grants
Clarifying the relationship between alcohol use and dementia is just one of 19 new projects that will share in $1.5 million in grants to conduct ground-breaking dementia research.
Strength training can help protect the brain from degeneration
For the first time, an intervention - lifting weights - has been able to slow and even halt degeneration, over a long period, in brain areas particularly vulnerable to Alzheimer's disease.
Women my age tend to drink - it’s normal
Women aged 50–70 are more likely than younger women to consume alcohol at levels that exceed low risk drinking guidelines – and most think that’s just perfectly fine.
Handle with care: Caring for older people – getting the fundamentals right
As part of the BRAVE Flinders Research and Innovation lecture series, Professor Alison Kitson, presents on the fundamentals of care in light of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety interim findings.
Romance scammers costing Aussies more than $28.6 million
Scammers are using new online platforms to take advantage of their victims, with dating and romance scams making up one fifth of losses across all scams reported to Scamwatch in 2019.
Alcohol and medication a dangerous cocktail
A new research program has found many older Australians who consume alcohol are putting their health at serious risk when taking commonly prescribed medications.
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