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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.