Aged-care residents will be among the first to receive the Pfizer vaccine when the rollout begins next week. For some, the process of consenting to the vaccine could raise ethical questions.
Loss of muscle mass is a growing concern for the tens of millions of older Americans. It leads to falls and increased isolation, already a huge problem during coronavirus.
Publishing hospitalisation data is a good start. But ultimately we need information about each aged care facility's performance to be publicly available.
A recommendation from a German vaccine advisory body not to give the AstraZeneca vaccine to people aged over 65 has caused concern. But we should interpret this advice with caution.
The crisis caused by COVID-19 has significant consequences for the future of this retail sector.
Transportation planning for the elderly should consider their needs, including safe pathways and accessible vehicles.
Older adults, who are at a higher risk for COVID-19 complications, can strengthen their immune systems by exercising.
The pandemic is bringing up tough new questions as parents and grandparents develop advance care plans. Here's how to start the conversation.
Distributing a vaccine is a bit like boarding a plane — we can’t all board at the same time. So who gets priority? There are a few reasons we should consider vaccinating older people first.
New statistics show that people with dementia have been particularly vulnerable during the pandemic.
If you became suddenly unwell, would your family or health team know your wishes? Here's why advance care planning should be part of Australia's strategic response to COVID-19.
A new approach is making a big difference in Virginia.
The stigma that dehumanizes people living with dementia is reflected in the toll of COVID-19 in long-term care. Reforming long-term care must challenge this stigma with a new ethic of care.
The social isolation older adults are experiencing as they try to stay safe from the coronavirus pandemic is raising new mental health risks, but people can take steps to protect themselves.
COVID-19 public health messages often classify 'elderly neighbours' as in need of aid, and overlook the substantial contributions, achievements and resources of older people.
Every year, about 70 per cent of long-term care residents have at least one fall, and half of those result in injury. Wearable gear and changes to living spaces aim to prevent falls and limit injury.
Immunosenescence — the decline of immune system function with age — means that vaccines are not as effective in older adults, the demographic most susceptible to many diseases, including COVID-19.
Social distancing is leaving older Americans more isolated and opening them up to serious health risks.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons recently opened a unit for people suffering dementia. But is incarceration a 'cruel and unusual' punishment for those who don't understand why they are behind bars?
There is good reason for older people to stay isolated, even as lockdown lifts.