Only three out of every 100 older Australians have a statutory advance care directive, a review of existing research shows.
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.
Aged care organisations are being encouraged to take part in research looking at advance care planning documentation within residential aged care facilities, hospitals and general practices.
Rates of advance directives low among Australians; healthy seniors wanted for Alzheimer’s study; ageing well in CALD communities; call to reduce the disproportionate suffering of older persons in disasters.
The NSW branch of Alzheimer’s Australia has recommended that every new aged care client be required to make plans for their end-of-life care.
One organisation is particularly chuffed at the PC’s warm reception of their submissions.
A new report from Alzheimer’s Australia urges education and action on planning for end of life with dementia