The situation for older Australians isn’t what was envisioned when the Aged Care act was introduced in 1997.
Twenty years since the Aged Care Act was introduced, the situation for older Australians remains dire. They're sicker and have more complex care needs, but little access to medical care.
The incidence of poverty among people over 65 is decreasing in part because of increased labour force participation.
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There has been a substantial improvement compared to 15 years ago, when the incidence of poverty among the elderly was 32.4%.
Two high-level reports on elder abuse in aged care in Australia have recommended better reporting systems.
The rising global prevalence of dementia, particularly in the nursing home population, means aggressive behaviours between residents will increasingly be an issue.
While assisted dying is contentious, access to palliative care should not be.
One would think governments would do all they could to ensure palliative care is available to all who need it. This is not the case in Australia today.
Living in a single-storey unit can lead to much higher air conditioning costs.
Aged-care units can be a lottery of comfortable versus uncomfortable temperatures, depending on the building's construction and where you live within it. That needs to improve.
Australian governments of all persuasions have shared three common beliefs about the economic value of home ownership in later life.
The promotion of home ownership as a way of funding care in later life is part of a broader policy trend toward making people individually responsible for the opportunities they have.
Aged care costs are rising.
As the population ages, Australia needs a new way of funding aged care. Insurance could be the answer.
Elder abuse covers physical, sexual, psychological, emotional and financial abuse.
A report that recommends 43 ways to prevent elder abuse acknowledges we don't even know how often it occurs in Australia.
Russell Broadbent has taken a stand on the way aged care places are allocated.
Russell Broadbent said on Wednesday that the message being sent was that 'little people don't count' and 'my resignations were to make the point that they do'.
Premature death is still an issue if the patient is in a nursing home.
We tend to consider the deaths of older people, and especially those in care, are due to natural causes. But new research shows how many die from injuries and violence.
Families who are around at mealtimes can check their relatives are swallowing food properly and alert nursing home staff if there’s a problem.
Poor oral health in our nursing homes can lead to many complications, including choking to death. Here's how family and staff can help advocate for better care.
Many people in aged care facilities have swallowing disorders and particular dietary needs.
There's a lot to consider in the problem of creating enjoyable foods for people with swallowing difficulties. Could 3D-printed food be part of the solution?
Flu vaccination uptake rates are low in adults, including among those who work in health, aged care and childcare.
Most immunisation campaigns continue to primarily focus on infants and children, but almost 4 million Australian adults are not vaccinated against preventable diseases.
Music can be a stronger trigger for shared memories than photos as we age, even in people with dementia.
For couples, families or friends who share a significant song, the effects of music can be powerful and persistent, lasting well into old age, even piercing through dementia.
Allowing nursing home residents to come and go as they wish may not be so dangerous after all.
Older people in nursing homes or aged care facilities are often locked up "for their own safety", which new research says isn't usually needed.
Some people will find it harder than others to choose a new home care service provider to help with gardening or getting out and about.
Older Australians needing extra help at home with bathing or gardening can now choose who provides that service. So what do you need to know before choosing a new service for yourself or a family member?
As our population ages, doctors and hospital staff need to know how to care for increasing numbers of patients with dementia.
As our population ages and life expectancy increases so does the need for comprehensive health and care services for older people.
Senator Jacqui Lambie, speaking on Q&A.
Senator Jacqui Lambie told Q&A that a third of Australian age pensioners are living below the poverty line and that it's estimated to rise to two-thirds within five years. Is that right?
Personal care attendants are responsible for residents’ personal hygiene – they’re not trained to undertake more complex assessments.
Nursing home providers looking to cut costs are bypassing registered nurses and employing less-skilled personal care attendants (PCAs) who aren't trained for the job.
The rise of care is the biggest economic story of our time – but one rarely celebrated.
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Often the same centres in need of more care workers are those with high local unemployment.