How good design can make aged care facilities feel more like home

The stark difference between an aged care “home” and a real home has been laid bare by the COVID pandemic.

Support at Home Program and Regulation update webinar

The Australian Government Department of Health is hosting the Support at Home Program webinar on Tuesday, 8 March from 2:00 to 4:00pm AEDT.

Self-Managing In-Home Care keeps older Australians healthy and happy longer

New research has found that self-management of aged care packages can be a successful option for older Australians.

Australians urged to request stethoscope heart checks from their GPs

More than 250,000 people are estimated to be living with undiagnosed heart valve disease.

RACGP releases user-friendly online guide for managing COVID-19 at home

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has launched a new interactive online guide to help people with COVID-19 manage their symptoms at home.

Nursing home residents are paying $800 a week for services they are barely getting

Nursing home residents confined to their rooms during COVID are like hypothetical tenants locked in their bedrooms by landlords – unable to take showers, able only to make only sandwiches for meals and cut off from visitors and socialising with fellow residents.

Australian first digital platform helps older people age their way - LiveUp

iLA announces the launch of LiveUp, a new free, nationwide, digital-first healthy ageing service at www.liveup.org.au.

20 minutes of daily exercise at 70 may stave off major heart disease

Any physical activity is better late than never but earlier in older age, better still.

Isolated, confused and depressed: the pandemic’s toll on people with dementia and carers

The COVID pandemic has had a huge impact on people living with dementia and their family carers around the world.

Council of Elders Communique #1 of 25 January 2022

The Council of Elders which was recently appointed by the Federal Government held its first meeting on 25 January 2022 in the presence of the Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt and the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Richard Colbeck.

20-year snapshot of Alzheimer’s impact

Cases of Alzheimer’s disease are estimated to nearly double in Australia by 2041, and cost the national economy $26.6 billion annually.

Pets in aged care homes makes paw-fect sense with new tool

Australia has launched a new online tool to assess whether individual pets can safely be accommodated in aged care homes, easing the stress for many older people moving into residential care.

Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner reappointed

The Commissioner for Aged Care Quality and Safety, Ms Janet Anderson PSM, has been reappointed for a further three years.

Aged Care Situation Report released by sector

A Situation Report on the aged care sector’s fight to keep older Australians safe during the pandemic paints a grim picture of the stresses faced by aged care providers and their staff.

Age pensioners experience higher living cost increases

Annual increases in living costs ranged between 2.6 per cent for Employee households and 3.4 per cent for Age pensioner households in the December 2021 quarter.

New treatment option for thyroid disorder lists on PBS

The one in 33 Australians living with hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid – now have access to a new treatment option listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

New Support at Home Program that will start in 2023

In response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, the Australian Government is developing a new Support at Home Program that will start in July 2023.

Older people can struggle with sustainable living, despite its obvious benefits

Improving the sustainability of Australia’s housing stock is crucial to meeting national emissions reduction goals.

Aged Care Council of Elders meets

The Federal Government has welcomed the first meeting of the Aged Care Council of Elders.

Almost one in six older Australians report experiencing abuse in the last 12 months

The National Elder Abuse Prevalence Study found that the most common form of elder abuse was psychological abuse (11.7%),

Union calls on Federal Government to pay everyday Australians to help solve aged care crisis

The Health Services Union is calling on the Prime Minister to fund a ‘home guard’ style system which would allow everyday Australians to provide support to the overwhelmed aged care sector.