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.
In addition to bed availability, look for specialist dementia wards, skilled staff and good communication channels.
Admitting a loved one to a nursing home is a difficult decision and is usually only arrived at once the person's care needs cannot be met by the family and community-based services.
All hail the ‘silver surfer’. But other terms used to describe older Australians are not so complimentary.
Our mixed feelings about ageing are clearly revealed in the language we use to talk about it.
Competition among aged care providers may not necessarily be the answer to better aged care.
Increasing competition among aged care suppliers may not mean better services, due to market failures.
People nearing the end of their life often express fear of dying alone.
Research shows people who suffer from loss of meaning die earlier than those who maintain purpose. We can help people find meaning again by nurturing their "spirit".
A perverse funding incentive creates or maintains the dependency of older people living in nursing homes.
A perverse funding incentive creates or maintains the dependency of older people livin
Unfortunately for every “good” death, there are many which are much more stormy and drawn out.
Most people in western societies die in hospital or in institutional care. Keeping death out of sight and out of mind means few people have real experience of death and dying.
Aged care residents are three times more likely to have suicidal thoughts than their house-bound peers.
More than half (52%) of aged care residents have symptoms of depression, compared with 10-15% of older people living in the community.
Nursing homes are not set up or resourced to facilitate the independence of younger residents.
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More than 7,000 young Australians with disabilities are forced to live in nursing homes because they're unable to find suitable accommodation that meets their needs. But this may be about to change.
There is precious little dignity available for those Australians who are in the last stages of their lives.
The contrast between rights with dignity and rights without is increasingly apparent with regard to two groups of Australians: retirees and those in aged-care facilities.
Devoting time to looking after others can result in significant hidden costs to the carer.
If the 5.5 million unpaid carers didn't look after others – at the expense of careers and incomes – taxpayers would bear the costs, so as a community we should give carers a fairer deal in retirement.
We all have the legal right to refuse health care.
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The majority of Australians want to die at home but just 14% are able to do so.
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