Volunteers benefit from training sessions prior to getting to know residents, the early findings of a befriending study show.
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Also in this wrap: BlueCross completes redevelopment; and Old Colonists’ Association of Victoria opens exercise park.
Also in this wrap: LDK Healthcare acquires The Landings at Turramurra; National Ageing Research Institute partners with innovAGEING; and Healthcare Australia acquires Wellness & Lifestyle.
A study is looking at the physical, social and mental health benefits of creating outdoor “playgrounds” for seniors.
A study is looking at collaboration between indigenous art centres and aged care providers in remote parts of Australia in a project that could form the basis of a unique new application of consumer directed care.
A new study is investigating the impact that volunteer-led befriending has on the mental health of aged care residents.
An intervention that aims to improve the mental health of people living in aged care through the involvement of residents, family members, staff and student counsellors is among seven mental health projects targeting older people to share in $5 million funding.
Aged care residents need to be able to express their end-of-life preferences and have them supported by the health professionals who care for them, says the lead investigator of an end-of-life care study underway.
Advance Care Planning Australia and the National Ageing Research Institute have developed a resource to support aged care managers and senior staff to implement advance care planning within their organisations.
Work is underway to develop a series of films on dementia to improve awareness and early diagnosis among culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
Leading aged and community care researchers have highlighted serious shortcomings in department-commissioned research into the government’s home care changes.
Prominent dementia researcher and adviser among those recognised in the Australia Day Honours.
A consumer directed residential care model and a series of education programs on diversity are among 42 innovative projects to share in $34 million of funding.
The next generation of seniors will have worked hard to remain physically and mentally sharp, only to be confronted with ageism in social and aged care policy and practice, write Patricia Edgar and Don Edgar.