The flu season is fast approaching and aged care workers and residents are among those recommended to have a vaccination, writes Natalie Soulsby.
Health & medical
An Australian study suggests that dopamine treatment could reduce apathy in Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders including dementia.
Dementia rates are on the decline in Australia thanks to a shift towards healthier lifestyles, new research claims.
A new initiative will deliver psychological services to aged care residents and provide training opportunities for staff working in residential care facilities.
There are other solution-focused ways to try and overcome a resident’s aggression or agitation, Tamar Krebs writes.
Researchers are working with Meals on Wheels to find ways of boosting the energy and protein intake of customers.
Benzodiazepines have limited use and should be used with caution in older people, writes Natalie Soulsby.
Victoria will establish a state-wide navigator service to support people who want access to voluntary assisted dying (VAD) and connect them with participating health professionals and services when VAD is implemented in the state in June.
There are no known ways to prevent or cure dementia, but researchers are learning more about what might help stave it off, including diet.
The aged care royal commission has heard people are missing out on support and management after being diagnosed with dementia because of a breakdown in the referral process.
More than two thirds of older Australians have not left any formal instructions about their end of life care for when they are unable to make their own medical decisions, and half have left no directions at all, new research has found.
Australia’s peak doctors’ group is calling on the Commonwealth to fund a quality aged care workforce following the release of a member survey that raises concerns over doctors cutting back on facility visits, a lack of trained nurses and inadequate financial compensation.
The team behind a successful intervention to reduce hospital readmission among aged care residents is looking to facilitate its widespread adoption as a new standard of care.
Two lots of palliative care resources, including new standards, guidelines and support materials, have been released this week to support aged care providers.