Australia’s largest provider of rural home support services is participating in a study to assess whether using the internet to connect elderly people in regional communities can reduce depression.
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.
Melbourne residential aged care facilities are helping to research whether exposure to trees, gardens and plants in aged care can help reduce depression, anxiety and other mental health issues amongst residents.
Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt has heard from experts about how to address the current exclusion of residents from subsidised psychological services but there is no timeline for action, department officials say.
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.
Focusing on cohesion and support among staff is key to improving the wellbeing of aged care residents with depression and dementia-related behaviours, and those who care for them, according to new research.
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.
Older people are the least likely age group to use mental health services or to discuss their emotional wellbeing with others. Julie Bajic shares some tips for recognising the signs and symptoms of mental illness.
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.
Are we inadvertently responsible for the high numbers of Australians dying through suicide in old age, asks Dr Roderick McKay.
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