Importance of engagement for people living with dementia during lockdowns

Because of restrictions and lockdowns, Dementia Australia is calling on the community, including health and aged care staff, to maintain engagement with people impacted by dementia during COVID enforced isolations.

Leading the way in aged care improvements

The SAHMRI-based Registry of Senior Australians (ROSA) has been entrusted to grow its position as the only national data solution for policy and practice change in aged care.

Supporting more Aboriginal workers in the disability and aged-care sector

Disability and aged-care services in the Northern Territory staffing by Aboriginal Territorians is a driver behind a new health services traineeship designed to upskill Indigenous workers in the sector.

Caffeine cuts close to the bone when it comes to osteoporosis

When it comes to drinking coffee, new research finds that excess caffeine may be linked to an increased risk of osteoporosis.

Seniors COVID-19 response strengthened

New South Wales is receiving Federal Government emergency preparedness and response activities with more stringent reporting requirements to protect senior Australians.

Queensland campaign to shine a light on advance life planning

A new awareness campaign to understand advance life planning will help protect Queenslanders from the risk of elder abuse in later stages of life.

Safe at home? We need a new strategy to protect older adults from violent crime

Compared to younger homicide victims, older homicide victims are more likely to be women who die in their own home at the hands of a stranger.

New UNSW research on ageing to use Apple Watch and iPhone

UNSW Sydney scientists are using new technologies to provide new insights on day-to-day activities of research participants.

Vulnerable seniors peak body to funded

The WA Government has extended its funding of the Council on the Ageing WA (COTA WA) for the Vulnerable Seniors Peak Body, to enable it to continue work in raising awareness of elder abuse.

Online learning to help keep senior Australians safe from sexual abuse

The Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) is to develop an online learning package aimed at helping aged care providers and health professionals prevent, and respond to sexual abuse.

Don’t worry, the kids are cool if you cash in on their inheritance

Cash in on the kids’ inheritance and spend up big on the retirement plans.

Future falls risk detected by a simple bone density scan

The build-up of calcium in a major blood vessel is linked with a 39 per cent higher risk of serious falls in older women, new Edith Cowan University (ECU) research has found.

Mandatory vaccination of residential aged care workers by mid-September

The Federal Government is supporting aged care workers to get vaccinated as part of an $11 million grant program.

Moving aged care reform forward

The allocation of 80,000 new home care packages worth $6.5 billion and a basic daily fee increase for residential providers are aged care reforms which start on 1 July 2021.

Voluntary Assisted Dying comes into effect in Western Australia

Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) has today 1 July 2021, become accessible to eligible Western Australians.

Don’t cross the line: taking action against elder abuse

Griffith University in partnership with ADA Law, has launched a new suite of resources on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day to assist in preventing elder abuse.

Empowering older people could be key to positive change

A research team led by Curtin University has demonstrated the potential of older people to play a direct role in tackling community issues affecting them such as food security.

Emergency leave extension for aged care residents

The Federal Government is extending emergency leave arrangements for people living permanently in residential aged care who want to temporarily relocate with family to reduce their risk of contracting COVID-19.

South East Queensland, Townsville, Magnetic and Palm Islands to enter lockdown

A three-day COVID-19 lockdown will come into force from 6pm Tuesday 29 June 2021.

Increased GP face-to-face access funding in residential aged care

The Federal Government is allocating $42.8 million to increase face-to-face contact with General Practitioners for senior Australians living in residential aged care.

New report calls for a fairer future for grandcarers

More than 60 per cent of grandparent carers are living in poverty, according to a new report involving Edith Cowan University (ECU) research.