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Clinical Focus

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.

Just as we suspected: stress does turn hair grey – and it’s reversible

Legend has it that Marie Antoinette’s hair turned grey overnight just before her beheading in 1791. Though the legend is inaccurate—hair that has already grown out of the follicle does not change colour—a new study from researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons is the first to offer quantitative evidence linking psychological stress to greying hair in people.

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.

Some blood pressure-lowering meds linked to less memory decline in older adults

Older adults taking blood pressure-lowering medications known to cross the blood-brain barrier had better memory recall over time compared to those taking other types of medicines to treat high blood pressure, according to newly published research (June 21) published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

Tai chi’s potential relief of depression and anxiety in stroke survivors

A small feasibility study has suggested that tai chi has the potential to reduce depression, anxiety and stress plus improve sleep in people who have had a stroke.

New study looking into Mediterranean diet and dementia risk reduction

It’s been named the world’s best diet for weight loss, but now researchers at the University of South Australia (UniSA) are confident that the Mediterranean diet – combined with a little daily exercise – can also help stave off dementia, slowing the decline in brain function that is commonly associated with older age.

New program aims to combat aged care residents’ poor mental health

More than half of Australians living in residential aged care facilities suffer from depression, while 33 per cent of them experience thoughts of suicide.

Older adults’ mental health the focus of newly funded screening tool

A new tool to provide mental health screening for older adults and enable early interventions is being developed thanks to funding provided by The Ian Potter Foundation.

Nurse-led home blood transfusions continue healthcare trend

A trend from hospital to home-based care, accelerated during COVID-19, looks set to continue with the first evidence in Australia that regular blood transfusions can be safely performed in residential homes and aged care facilities.

Ask Annie app offers dementia ‘micro-lessons’ to support home care workers

Dementia Australia has launched an innovative mobile app aimed at improving the quality of care for people living with dementia.

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