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Chelsea Channing


Wearable monitor could help older people remain living independently for longer

With the vast majority of older Australians wishing to age in their own homes comes a level of anxiety for their loved ones. But Adelaide father and medical device engineer Shem Richards is hoping to change that, with a smart suit currently being adapted and trialled for the aged care market.

The key to improving risk management is changing the way we think about risk

How can we prepare for what we can’t predict? It’s a question many in the aged care sector have no doubt been asking since the Coronavirus pandemic began, finding themselves with dwindling supplies of PPE, staff shortages, gaps in infection control training, unclear government guidelines and unprecedented lockdown restrictions to enforce. 

New research delves into social inclusion in residential aged care and what it really means

Social inclusion among older Australians is immensely important, not only for mental wellbeing but physical health as well. In fact, a cuppa and a chat with likeminded peers can even keep the doctors at bay.

It is high time our aged care system better accommodated cultural and language diversity

When Danijela Hlis’ Slovenian-born parents went into respite care in Tasmania while she, their family carer, recovered from surgery, it wasn’t long at all before she received an alarming phone call. “They vanished,” she says.

Designer input a no-brainer when charting the road ahead for aged care

When Professor Lisa Scharoun ponders the future of aged care, she hopes design thinking and co-design will play a much bigger role in the sector.  

The re-invented car that’s getting older drivers back behind the wheel

One of the frustrating and sometimes soul destroying aspects of dementia is the loss of freedom and independence for those living with the condition.

LASA’s Roadmap to Reform forum: Pollaers says the future for aged care is now

When Professor John Pollaers OAM fronted LASA’s Roadmap to Reform Virtual Forum on July 15, he had a message of warning for delegates.

Q&A: Maree McCabe AM, CEO of Dementia Australia and Director of the NARI Board

Maree McCabe AM has dedicated most of her working life to making a difference in mental health and the aged care sector. As the CEO of Dementia Australia Maree was recently appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to people living with Alzheimer's and dementia.  She speaks to Aged Care News.

Why society cannot afford to continue overlooking the stigma of working in aged care

While health-care workers have been recognised as heroes throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, it is a travesty that the aged care workforce remains undervalued.

New versions of MoCA test now cater to hearing and vision impaired

The Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) is the most widely used dementia screening test in the world. In fact, it’s the test former US President Donald Trump famously bragged about ‘aceing’ as part of his cognitive health check in 2018.

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