How to prevent social isolation with widowed men for Father’s Day – Expert shares tips

As COVID-19 cases continue to soar in the community, lockdown has become a stressful and lonely time for many.

Poorest twice as likely to feel lonely in lockdown compared to richest

Older people in the poorest sector of the population were more than twice as likely to feel isolated and lonely during the first lockdown than the richest.

Hearing loss could be cause of depression in older people

University of Manchester researchers have discovered that hearing loss may act as a cause of depression in older people.

National HESTA Awards winners: allied health, aged care, community and disability services

The eight winners of the 2021 HESTA Excellence Awards were last night announced in a virtual celebration of Australia’s top organisations and teams.

MPs call on Morrison Government to act on mandated nursing levels in aged care

Politicians are calling on the Federal Government to support critical staffing recommendations of the Royal Commission.

More aged care advocates for Brisbane

Aged care advocacy services are being expanded into Brisbane to raise the voices of older Australians and protect their rights in aged care.

Researchers to train next generation in supporting older Australians

Federation University Australia researchers are partners in a new training centre working to help improve the quality of life for older Australians.

Over 80 not ‘over the hill’

Later life can be a rich and fulfilling time, particularly if there is social-community engagement and meaning to every day activity.

Loneliness, isolation and heart disease: new study reveals deadly link

Loneliness, social isolation and a lack of social support can increase the risk of having a heart attack or stroke in older Australians.

Easing dementia’s burden on Indigenous Australians

Improving the impact of high dementia rates on Indigenous Australians and communities is the focus of a University of Queensland-led telehealth project with a global track record of success.

Home Care Workforce Support Program

Australia’s personal care workforce is being increased under a $91.8 million Federal Government initiative helping older people live at home for longer.

Australia’s shortage of aged-care workers requires immediate action

Australia is facing a shortage of at least 110,000 direct aged-care workers within the next decade unless urgent action is taken to boost the workforce, a new report by CEDA has found.

Are robots the answer for aged care during pandemics?

In an echo of last year’s devastating COVID-19 outbreak in Victorian aged care homes, the virus recently struck aged care in New South Wales, leaving people fearing for older parents and friends.

Northern Territory Seniors Policy 2021-2026 launched

Acknowledging the NT has Australia’s fastest-growing rate of seniors aged over 65-years, the Territory Government has launched its Northern Territory Seniors Policy 2021-2026.

Dental health week

Ignoring oral health can have serious implications on the rest of the body through impacts on a surprising and diverse range of negative effects.

People entering aged care with new GP experience an increase in medication

New research reveals people with dementia entering aged care with a new GP experienced a 20 per cent increase in prescribed medication.

Support for senior Australians as COVID-19 restrictions continue

Senior Australians affected by ongoing lockdowns can access vital support services to ensure they stay socially connected and maintain their health.

Wheatfields SA - $11m aged care funding

Freeling not-for-profit aged care home, Wheatfields Incorporated, is South Australia’s biggest winner with an $11.265 million Federal Government capital grant in the latest ACAR.

Blood pressure variability associated with increased risk of dementia

The long-term ASPREE study has revealed high blood pressure variability (BPV) in older adults, particularly in men, is associated with an increased risk of dementia and cognitive decline.

Blood donation is an essential service - exempt from all travel restrictions and stay at home orders

With lockdown announced for 11 local government areas in South East Queensland, it is important to remember blood and plasma donation remains absolutely vital and is one of the reasons you are allowed to leave the house.

Infrastructure funding and aged care boost

Senior Australians in regional and remote areas will benefit from a Federal Government investment in residential aged care infrastructure.