Victorian Aged Care Services put on high COVID-19 alert

All residential aged care services are reminded to be on high alert following COVID-19 cases linked to aged care services in the State - Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission.

Vulnerable older people at greater risk of depression and anxiety during pandemic

Older people who are clinically vulnerable to COVID-19 are at greater risk of deterioration in health and social well-being during the pandemic, according to a new study.

Report endorses value of new face-to-face aged care navigation services

Face-to-face support to access and navigate aged care will be the centrepiece of new services to help senior Australians.

Most Australians support tax levy to improve aged care

The vast majority of Australians aren't confident in the country's aged care system, with more than one-in-10 saying they have no confidence at all.

Study finds gaming improves memory and physical function in older people

While we often think of children and youth when we speak about gaming, new research shows that older adults have much to gain from participating in active gaming. Especially those who report memory loss.

Women carers to be better supported in the workplace under a new program

 In a win for women carers looking to combine work and care, Carers Australia has been announced as a grant recipient of the Federal Government’s Women’s Leadership and Development Program.

Budget changes make Pension Loans Scheme more attractive to senior homeowners

The Pension Loans Scheme allows senior Australians to get a loan from the government to supplement their retirement income.

One in ten palliative care-related services provided at home

The number of Medicare-subsidised palliative care services received by Australians in their own home almost doubled between 2015–16 and 2019–20.

e-Health exercise program helps prevent falls by up to 20 per cent

A new study into the balance exercise program, StandingTall, has shown promising results in significantly reducing the rate of falls in older persons over two years by up to 20 per cent.

Reimagining volunteering for the future

New official data reveals the severe impact COVID-19 has had on volunteering with nearly one in ten Australians having not returned to volunteering in the past year.

The key barriers to meaningful aged care reform

Australia’s Federal Budget commitment to aged care matters, not only to the 1.3 million older Australians currently receiving support, but to all of us.

How we can retrain our anxious brains to think positive

Worried brains can be retrained to respond to everyday situations in a less threatening way to reduce anxiety levels.

Transforming aged care must start with improving wages and conditions

New HESTA aged care workforce research reveals we risk missing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build the skilled workforce needed to meet future demand if there is not an adequate national effort to improve wages and conditions in the sector.

Elder abuse – an age-old crime fuelled by greed

The most common forms of elder abuse are psychological and financial, it’s not new and we will never know the full extent of this criminal activity.

Aged care Budget cash splash, but where’s the transparency?

The 2021 Budget allocation for aged care goes some way to address the issues in the industry identified in the Aged Care Royal Commission, but glaring shortcomings remain.

Support for nurses in aged care

This International Nurses Day, 12 May 2021, LASA is supporting extra nurses in aged care and a workforce program to attract and retain nursing talent in the industry.

Researchers to help create age-friendly communities

Researchers from Western Sydney University are conducting an scoping review for the World Health Organisation (WHO), to improve health outcomes for the world’s ageing population.

New WHO report to bolster global action to prevent shocking rates of falls

A new technical report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) will reduce suffering and loss that result from falls.

New study to shed light on surveillance cameras in aged care

A new Edith Cowan University project will investigate how security cameras could be used to improve patient safety in aged care homes.

How 103,000 heart attacks, strokes and deaths could be prevented by 2026

A staggering 103,137 heart attacks, strokes and heart disease deaths could be avoided over the next five years if all Australians at high risk were on necessary medications, a new report reveals.

Australian businesses still reluctant to recruit older workers

New research published by the Australian HR Institute, together with the Commission, shows almost half of Australian businesses say they are reluctant to recruit older workers.