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.
Uganda's primary healthcare system needs to be strengthened to provide long term care for older people with chronic conditions.
The number of adults living with cancer will likely triple in size by 2030.
The number of adults living with cancer is expected to triple in size by 2030. How can we prepare for this public health challenge?
Spending on older people is an investment, not a cost.
Older people require both psychological and nutritional support during drought and famine. Kenya needs to implement a comprehensive public health response that assists during emergency situations.
Kenya needs to pass laws to provide for the healthcare needs of its ageing population.
With an increased demand for health care for older people, Kenya needs to pass legislation that protects them.
Older people are more likely to have falls as their balance and muscle strength usually isn’t what it was.
In 2012 the total cost of poor bone health in adults aged over 50 years was A$2.75 billion, and 64% of this cost was the direct cost associated with treating and managing fractures.
How can we help the one in three people in hospital end-of-life care who suffer from delirium?
Antipsychotic medications for delirium don't work and could harm, a new study shows. So what options are left?
It might not be a bad thing for senior citizens to live in age-specific communities.
When older people live predominantly with others their own age, there are far more benefits than costs.
Before patients can state their preferences about dying, they need to talk about them first.
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Conversations around end-of-life medical care can be challenging. Consider someone I’ll call Mrs. Jones, an elderly patient with advanced heart disease. When her doctor asked her to discuss the kind of…
We need to rethink care for the elderly.
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By 2030, the last of the Baby Boomer generation will have turned 65 years old, putting the population of “senior boomers” in the United States at approximately 71 million. Currently, only about 7,000 certified…
People with a history of drinking problems in middle age are more than twice as likely to exhibit memory problems in later…
Those days need not remain in photographs.
It is a sad fact that old age brings diseases. Many may not be life-threatening, but they make life less fun. One such condition is sarcopenia, which causes the loss of muscle mass and strength, and it…
Death rates for hip fracture patients are almost four times greater in certain New South Wales public hospitals. A study…
When it comes to caring for older patients, gaps exist in clinicians’ knowledge, as there is often little or no scientific…
The Gillard government can expect resistance to implementing the report’s recommendations.
What is the most remarkable aspect of this report? The Productivity Commission is proposing an important set of reforms with its Caring for Older Australians Report. These reforms chart a way to cut through…
Research has found a drop in hip fracture rates in people over 55. Analysis of data from the Geelong Osteoporosis Study…
Research reveals the rate of emergency ambulance use among people aged 85 or over has almost doubled in the 14 years from…