Residential aged care providers would be required to offer some respite care in return for improved Commonwealth subsidies under proposals from the peak carers’ group.
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Experts say the government’s new mental health advisory group must ensure the needs of older Australians, particularly those living in aged care, are given greater consideration.
Seniors are ramping up pressure on the Federal Government over the lack of access to psychological services for older people living in residential aged care, launching a petition calling on new health minister Greg Hunt to reverse the discriminatory policy.
The Federal Government is not committing to remove current restrictions that prevent aged care residents from accessing Medicare-funded psychology sessions, despite a growing chorus of experts calling for a change and mounting media coverage of the issue.
Despite high rates of depression among older people living in residential aged care, access to psychologists in facilities remains poor, an Australian-first study has found.
Mental health charity beyondblue has launched a free online course to help aged care staff, including community care workers, recognise and manage depression and anxiety in their clients, as well promote their own mental health.
Exercise, tai chi, self-help books, computer-based therapies, and reminiscing on the challenges a senior has overcome in life have been rated as the top five most effective activities for improving the emotional wellbeing of older people.
Age is not a barrier to success in treating depression and anxiety online, says a leading researcher in the field, whose multiple studies have found four in every five participants improve plus older people have higher course completion rates
Kate Carnell encourages aged care providers to ensure their staff receive beyondblue’s depression and anxiety training, with travel and accommodation subsidies now available.
New research findings from the University of Western Australia suggests that the suicide rate among the older cohort could be reduced if seniors with depression and anxiety were screened for the presence of suicidal thoughts.
The national depression initiative, beyondblue, has just launched a new training program for aged care staff to better understand and manage issues relating to depression and anxiety.
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One-in-four Australians think that someone who is depressed should just get over it, according to new beyondblue survey results. But the situation is not all bad. More seniors are opening up and talking about the illness, over time.
The latest ‘research to practice’ briefing from the Benevolent Society aims to improve care workers’ understanding of mental health problems in older people.