ACP uptake remains low; emergency department use near end of life; nutritional benefits of Meals on Wheels investigated; world’s largest primary prevention aspirin study.
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An Alzheimer’s Australia NSW discussion paper is calling for flexible, locally appropriate and culturally safe dementia services to meet needs of people living in regional, rural and remote areas.
Work on electronic advanced care planning gathers pace; university-provider collaboration investigates falls program; participants sought for study on exercise and brain function.
Partnering with local arts organisations will allow residential aged care facilities to better support their residents to live well and age creatively.
New research has added to the growing body of evidence showing the positive impact and long-term cost savings associated with reablement services, with the authors calling for such services to be central in Australia’s reformed aged care system.
People with mental health illness are being locked out of aged care services due to the reluctance of Aged Care Assessment Teams to assess people under the age of 65, according to the results of a SANE Australia survey.
All residential aged care facilities should have access to dedicated palliative care services, a forum hosted by Palliative Care NSW and attended by health professionals, carers and policymakers has heard.
Thirty per cent of people assessed as requiring residential aged care are waiting more than three months before they are admitted to a bed, the latest statistics from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show.
The ACT government’s five-year palliative care plan has been welcomed by stakeholders but more emphasis is needed on home-based services and support for carers, says Palliative Care ACT.
A four-year study to reduce falls in people with dementia through exercise has secured a $1.2 million grant from the Federal Government in the latest National Health and Medical Research Council grants.
Protecting elderly during heatwaves; chronic pain more complex in women; investigating medicine use among older people; and calls for training prompted by depression research.
AAA reports on the importance of Advance Care Directives for aged care residents, people living at home and society’s marginalised.
The peak body representing occupational therapists has called for improved government funding and incentives to boost the number of occupational therapists working in aged care.
More than half of permanent aged care residents show signs of depression, according to new figures.