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Research & Practice

Exciting VR project allowing older persons to revisit their past and explore new worlds

A collaboration between the Queensland University of Technology Design Lab, Griffith University, the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University has unveiled the transformative power of integrating virtual reality (VR) in aged care settings.

New medicinal cannabis study gives hope to patients suffering chronic pain

New research from pioneer of the Australian medical cannabis market, Little Green Pharma (LGP), is providing promising results for long-suffering patients with chronic pain.

Researchers take intergenerational practice into community settings to combat frailty

New funding is set to enable researchers from eight leading universities and research institutes to undertake a world-first study bringing together older adults and preschool children in community settings for activities that target physical, cognitive and social engagement.

Assumptions about attitudes and values of older people challenged by new research

Older people in NSW support a number of issues that have long been contentious in public discussion, according to new research released by COTA NSW.

Aged care providers face ‘increasing and acute threats’ to financial survival: report

Australia’s Aged Care Sector Report is the first in a series of biannual surveys examining the viability of aged care providers, the availability of skilled workers and the sustainability of subsidised aged care services. It has found that many aged care service providers face increasing and acute threats to their financial viability.

Study finds half of first people hospitalised with COVID-19 still have symptoms two years on

Two years after infection with COVID-19, half of patients who were admitted to hospital still have at least one symptom, according to the longest follow-up study to date, published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

Regular exercise, expert diet advice equals better mobility in frail older people – new trial

A new trial in the UK has found that a combination of aerobic (walking), strength, flexibility, and balance exercises alongside personalised nutritional counselling reduced mobility disability by 22 per cent over three years.

Insightful study on young onset Alzheimer’s disease helps inform clinical planning

People diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at a younger age will experience faster symptom progression than their older counterparts, a new study has found, potentially causing their support systems to fall behind.

Study suggests new Alzheimer’s and dementia treatment has promise

A Monash University-led study has found a promising new treatment for patients with the second-most common form of dementia in people under 60, resulting in a stabilising of escalating behavioural issues, and a reversal of brain shrinkage due to the disease.

New research suggests in-house pharmacists essential for aged care

New research from the University of South Australia shows that regular visits from pharmacists to aged-care residents can reduce problems due to medicines and improve health outcomes.

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