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Why is menopause still a taboo subject?

While menopause is a natural part of ageing, for many it remains an uncomfortable discussion subject. This transitional phase of life, though, is an opportunity to reset and empower.

Tips for keeping elders active and healthy during coronavirus times

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.

Isolated, confused and depressed: the pandemic’s toll on people with dementia and their carers

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 bonus payments at least acknowledge sector professionalism, overdue reform must be the goal

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.

Eleven hundred aged care homes are locked down in Australia due to COVID. What have we learnt from deaths in care?

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.

Retirement communities: ageism exists even among the elderly – new research

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.

The subtle art and science of COVID vaccine (and booster) influencing

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.

Doctors are trained to be kind and empathetic – but a ‘hidden curriculum’ makes them forget on the job

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.

A new way to keep First Nations people with dementia connected to Country, community, family and culture

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.

Please explain: What is a booster and why do I need one?

A high COVID-19 vaccination rate is allowing even the hardest-hit Australian states to begin to return to normal. But why do we need a third shot? Professor Janaki Amin, from the Macquarie University Department of Health Systems and Population, explains.

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