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Tips for keeping elders active and healthy during coronavirus times

The pandemic has meant restricted indoor and outdoor opportunities for our elders to exercise their minds and bodies. Here are some fun activity ideas suitable for elders to get them up and about - and smiling.

Isolated, confused and depressed: the pandemic’s toll on people with dementia and their carers

The COVID pandemic has had a huge impact on people living with dementia and their family carers around the world. A new study has found people with dementia experienced worse symptoms after the pandemic began.

‘Back to normal’ simply not on for many women, post-pandemic pay and conditions must change

Affordable childcare, generous paid parental leave and better pay and conditions in the care sector should all be front and centre of a post-pandemic economic recovery. MARION RAE chatted to Grattan Institute chief executive Danielle Wood about the way forward.

While bonus payments at least acknowledge sector professionalism, overdue reform must be the goal

While the Federal Government’s announcement of up to $800 in bonus payments to aged care staff has been dismissed by some as a pre-election stunt, for many toiling in an under-pressure sector, it is at least a tacit acknowledgement of their incredible professionalism in caring for our most vulnerable during this prolonged pandemic.

Eleven hundred aged care homes are locked down in Australia due to COVID. What have we learnt from deaths in care?

Across the nation, fear of outbreaks has prompted homes to lock down and their residents are suffering the serious physical and psychological effects of isolation and, sometimes, inadequate care, due to major staff shortages. Meanwhile, Government responses to last May’s aged care royal commission’s recommendations have only begun to scratch the surface of longstanding problems in the aged care sector.

Retirement communities: ageism exists even among the elderly – new research

One of the problems with retirement villages is that they tend to treat “older people” as a homogeneous category, as more or less “the same” simply because they are over 60. The reality is that residents have extremely diverse needs and span up to three decades – from 60 to over 90.

Deputy CMO Professor Michael Kidd on what to do if you, or a family member, tests positive for COVID-19

With COVID-19 cases increasing in Australia due to the highly transmissible Omicron variant, many of us are directly experiencing infection with the virus for the first time – or know someone who has been infected.

Miniature brains offer new directions in dementia research

In between juggling home schooling and the other stresses of pandemic life, Macquarie University dementia researchers Associate Professor Yazi Ke and Professor Lars Ittner found that stem cell technology had progressed to a point where they could potentially use it to create miniature brains.

Older Australians are already bamboozled by a complex home-care system. So why give them more of the same?

by Stephen Duckett and Hal Swerissen, Grattan Institute More than a million older Australians need care at home each year. More than 1000 agencies provide...

‘Brain fog’ during menopause is real – it can disrupt women’s work and spark dementia fears

Despite great progress in understanding the medical aspects of menopause, we are only beginning to recognise the experience and impact of cognitive changes during this natural part of life.

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