There are no known ways to prevent or cure dementia, but researchers are learning more about what might help stave it off, including diet.
Also in this wrap: Benetas announces a new chair; and Australian Digital Health Agency appoints chief digital officer.
Improving organisational culture in residential aged care can reduce the use of psychotropic medications among residents, a consultant pharmacist and researcher tells Australian Ageing Agenda.
There needs to be greater awareness within general practice and other primary health care services about how to prevent falls among seniors, an expert will tell an international conference on aged care and ageing in Sydney tomorrow.
Clinicians now have a new tool to help reduce the prescribing of unnecessary medications in older people living with dementia.
An analysis of aged care provider data has called for new research into possible “unplanned effects” of the federal government’s aged care quality indicator program.
The changing needs of retirement village residents combined with ageing housing stock is challenging the retirement living sector, a forum has heard.
A new collaboration between the Brain and Mind Centre, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) and Alzheimer’s Australia NSW will lead a groundbreaking study on the impact of art on people living with dementia.
Healthcare professionals should be proactive about discussing the reduction of unnecessary medication with residents, with research showing almost 80 per cent would be willing to have one or more of their medicines deprescribed if a doctor said it was possible.
The failure of successive governments to invest in a national elder abuse strategy means that authorities are in the dark as to the scale of the issue or which prevention and intervention strategies work best, researchers and agencies have warned.
The sector’s workforce is increasingly interested in acquiring new skills and knowledge. AAA meets two aged care professionals who are undertaking further studies and are passionate about the difference it will make.
Residential aged care providers may be more effectively recognising and managing pain among people with dementia than they have been in the past, according to a forthcoming study.
Aged care has an older workforce compared to the national average, and one that’s ageing faster. A consultant has some sage advice for providers seeking to engage their older workers.
As Australia moves to a national system of quality indicators in aged care, new research into their use in Victoria finds the majority of senior clinicians see the benefits, but there are caveats to successful implementation.