Accumulating more than 140,000 followers, the Oma’s Applesauce Facebook page has for the past few years shared Hendrika Van Genderen’s journey with dementia through a series of short video clips taken by her filmmaker son, Jason Van Genderen. Those clips, an inspiration to millions online, have now been woven together into a powerful, feature length film titled Everybody’s Oma. BIANCA ROBERTS chatted to Jason about the project.
According to health economist Dr Stephen Duckett, Labor’s win in Saturday’s election heralds real change in health policy. Although Labor had a small-target strategy, with limited big spending commitments, he says its victory represents a value shift to a party committed to equity and Medicare, and, potentially, a style shift to a hands-on, equity-oriented health minister.
Annabelle Pound is a key member of human-centred design firm, Designit. She and her colleagues believe that in order to deliver true quality of care for elders across the nation, providers must move away from the ‘one-size fits all' approach. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
World-renowned hearing expert Professor Bob Cowan has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to industry-research collaboration by Cooperative Research Australia at its Excellence in Innovation Awards in Canberra last Thursday.
It was announced earlier this week that Hollywood star Bruce Willis is retiring from acting aged 67 after being diagnosed with the condition aphasia, a neurological condition affecting around 120,000, predominately older Australians. Australian researchers have been working tirelessly to produce treatments for the debilitating condition, which according to the Stroke Foundation affects one in three stroke survivors. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
It's an age-old question: do we get better at regulating our emotions as we age? The answer, according to a study conducted by UNSW psychologist Dr Susanne Schweizer and colleagues from the University of Cambridge, seems to be 'Yes'.
Here and overseas, people are encouraged to stay in their own homes as they age. However, bill anxiety over high energy costs mean many are sacrificing bodily comfort by avoiding the use of heaters, air-conditioning and other appliances. The links between health, well-being and energy consumption are explored in new research led by QUT’s Professor Ross Gordon.