Many of us will have experienced some unexpected honesty from the older people in our lives. Whether it’s grandma telling you your outfit is unflattering or grandpa saying he doesn’t like the meal you’ve prepared, we often explain it away by saying “Oh, don’t mind grandpa, he’s just lost his filter”. But do we really have a “filter”, and do we lose it as we get older?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Influencing people to optimise health has never been more important than right now. Pandemic choices are life, illness, and death decisions. But more than that, they’re choices we all make on behalf of those we love, and they can have extreme consequences for the vulnerable in our communities.
Health-care professionals are often idealised, especially in recent times, as heroes. But meeting a physician can be an underwhelming experience. The good news is doctors are trained to provide care and empathy. The bad news is the training doesn’t always make a difference in the long run.
Dementia is a serious emerging health issue for Indigenous people, who experience the disease at a rate between three to five times that of the general population, with onset at an earlier age. Dementia Support Australia has produced a set of picture cards specifically to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.