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Pets wonderful means of helping elders exercise, engage and reduce their social isolation

As communities cautiously reengage after years of pandemic isolation, COTA VIC is encouraging older Australians to discover the health boosting power of life enjoyed with a four legged friend by their side. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

COVID inquest into St Basil’s described as being a criminal ‘dress rehearsal’

WorkSafe has been accused of using an inquest into the deaths of dozens of St Basil's Home for the Aged residents as a "dress rehearsal" for the prosecution of the home's management. 

How going on holiday could be a quality treatment option for dementia: new study

A new cross-disciplinary paper from Edith Cowan University proposes we change the way we view tourism, seeing it not just as a recreational experience but as an industry that can provide real health benefits.

Older person’s self-perception of own health a predictor of future health: research

An older person’s perceptions about their health — known as 'health-related quality of life' (HRQoL) — may predict their health in the future, new Monash research shows.

Perrottet steps up ‘war on wages’ with new fines for nurses, teachers: union

Unions NSW says Dominic Perrottet’s war on wages has stepped up a gear with a plan to impose new fines on unions that stand up for decent living standards.

Experts recommend drug-free approach to treating depression symptoms in people living with dementia

Research led by UNSW Sydney’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing has confirmed treating symptoms of depression is most effective when a non-pharmacological approach is adopted, in people living with dementia.

Butler on lookout for ways to urgently increase aged care winter booster rate

Health Minister Mark Butler has sought urgent advice on ways to boost the uptake of fourth doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in aged-care facilities amid a rising number of deaths in the sector.

New Federal Govt campaign set to target lagging COVID booster uptake

Australians will be encouraged to get their COVID-19 boosters in a fresh advertising blitz amid lagging vaccine uptake and an expected increase in cases. 

Older Victorians encouraged to get their shimmy on and take to the dancefloor

Leading Australian dance studio, HD Entertainment, is urging more older Victorians to get active by quick-stepping into the world of dancing as part of their regular exercise and wellness routine. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Provider scours nation in search of caring people to help seniors stay at home longer

Older Australians aren’t the only ones benefitting from remaining in their homes longer, now a national home care provider is offering 750 people the opportunity to earn extra dollars to care for them.

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