Only 3.8% of Australian aged care homes would meet new mandatory minimum staffing standards: new research

One of the most significant outcomes from the aged care royal commission was the federal government’s commitment this year to mandate minimum staffing levels in residential aged care homes by 2023.

Payment to recognise value of registered nurses in aged care

The number of registered nurses working in aged care will be increased, particularly in rural and remote areas, under a new payment aimed at rewarding clinical skills and leadership.

A vision for a culturally inclusive aged care system

People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds make up approximately a third of our older population, however, they are not a homogenous group.

Rethinking retirement: Supporting workers in new ways

Fresh and innovative thinking is needed in the way employers support workers who are approaching retirement or choosing to return to the workforce from retirement.

Queensland Seniors 2022 Calendar launched for Seniors Month

ADA Australia – advocates for older Queenslanders - has released a 2022 calendar to celebrate Queensland Seniors Month.

Nominations open for Australia’s first Council of Elders on aged care

Nominations are now open for members of Australia’s first-ever Council of Elders – a panel of representatives charged with providing advice and feedback on aged care issues around the country.

International Day of Older Persons helping keep us connected

Older Australians are today recognised for the vital contributions they make to communities around the country as part of the United Nation’s International Day of Older Persons.

Hormone links exercise with cognitive benefits

Exercise may benefit brain health and improve cognitive performance during ageing. It’s also associated with reduced Alzheimer’s disease risk and cognitive decline.

Using internet in retirement boosts cognitive function

Using the internet during your retirement years can boost your cognitive function, a new study has found.

New report shows disparity in care following a hip fracture

The Australian and New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry (ANZHFR) has released its 2021 Annual Report into the recovery process after a hip fracture.

Socialising may improve older adults' cognitive function in daily life

Socialising with others is important for mental health and well-being, and it may help improve cognition, as well — especially for older adults, according to new research.

Dementia’s toll on the USA

A University of Michigan study shows major gaps in who gets care that could help them remain at home.

Discrimination is inevitable for people living with dementia

Recent research conducted by Dementia Australia has identified that discrimination against people living with dementia is real and so entrenched that even those at risk expect discrimination.

Immune cell betrayal explains why it gets colder as we age

Human evolution has provided us some protection from the existential threat of cold temperatures through our capacity to produce heat from fat stored in the body.

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for Western Australians 60 and older

Western Australians aged 60 and above will be eligible to receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from next week.

Social isolation entering ICU can be deadly for older adults

Socially isolated older adults who enter intensive care units (ICUs) are more likely to die and are at increased risk of disability after discharge compared with those who are more connected to family and friends, a new Yale University study shows.

Making the future memorable - unravelling why ageing minds fail us

Scientists are studying the ageing brain to unravel the mysterious decline caused by dementia in a bid to beat this debilitating disease.

New research explores social supports to help older caregivers in rural Australia

Charles Sturt University researchers seek participants for a survey for new research to develop interventions to address isolation and depression for older caregivers in rural Australia.

‘I tell everyone I love being on my own, but I hate it’: what older Australians want you to know about loneliness

Over the past 18 months of COVID lockdowns, many of us have experienced the heaviness of loneliness — missing family, friends, and meaningful social contact.

World failing to address dementia challenge

Only a quarter of countries worldwide have a national policy, strategy or plan for supporting people with dementia and their families.

Study identifies ways to reduce hospitalisations for older Australians

One in five South Australians will experience an unplanned hospitalisation or emergency department presentation within 90 days of undertaking an aged care assessment.