A decade-long study by Royal Life Saving has scrutinised almost 600 drowning deaths over a 10-year period of people aged 65 and older, and highlights the need for older Australians to be vigilant around water.
With World Elder Abuse Awareness Day coming up on June 15, the team from Seniors Rights Victoria, a key program of Council on the Ageing Victoria, is urging all Victorians to accept that ‘Elder Abuse is Everybody’s Business’ and amplify their awareness as to what constitutes elder abuse and its warning signs. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
The foundation director of the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes, Professor Jane Speight, has presented to the 82nd Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association on how harmful diabetes stigma can be to people living with this serious condition.
Asthma diagnosis and treatment is of importance to the aged care industry, as many older persons may not have had the diagnosis of asthma confirmed in their earlier years due to the stigma that used to be attached to the condition. Professor Helen Reddel, a respiratory physician at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, wants GPs to be more vigilant. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
Psychological distress is acute for older people with multiple health difficulties in rural and remote areas of Australia, leading to higher health services use – but Flinders University researchers suggest that increased psychological screening in a clinical setting can help improve this situation.
The connection between vascular disease in the brain and Alzheimer’s has remained unexplained despite the intense efforts of researchers. Now, a study led by researchers at Columbia University's Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons has uncovered a possible mechanism.
Voluntary assisted dying is now lawful in all Australian states. There is also widespread community support for it. Yet some residential institutions, such as hospices and aged-care facilities, are obstructing access despite the law not specifying whether they have the legal right to do so.
Academic and registered nurse, Professor Joan Ostaszkiewicz, together with her colleagues at the National Ageing Research Institute, have been awarded a $5000 funding prize for vital research into the experiences, expectations, and preferences for continence care in residential aged care homes.
Telehealth was a vital alternative to in-person medical consultations during the COVID lockdowns, but recent changes to the Medicare Benefits Scheme and a lack of high speed, wireless internet connections that are accessible to aged care residents and their families has resulted in a poor uptake of telehealth in the sector. BIANCA ROBERTS chatted with CEO and founder of Coviu, Australia’s leading telehealth service provider, Dr Silvia Pfeiffer.