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Pets wonderful means of helping elders exercise, engage and reduce their social isolation

As communities cautiously reengage after years of pandemic isolation, COTA VIC is encouraging older Australians to discover the health boosting power of life enjoyed with a four legged friend by their side. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

How going on holiday could be a quality treatment option for dementia: new study

A new cross-disciplinary paper from Edith Cowan University proposes we change the way we view tourism, seeing it not just as a recreational experience but as an industry that can provide real health benefits.

Older person’s self-perception of own health a predictor of future health: research

An older person’s perceptions about their health — known as 'health-related quality of life' (HRQoL) — may predict their health in the future, new Monash research shows.

Older Victorians encouraged to get their shimmy on and take to the dancefloor

Leading Australian dance studio, HD Entertainment, is urging more older Victorians to get active by quick-stepping into the world of dancing as part of their regular exercise and wellness routine. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

RACGP calls for urgent Albanese Government action on pressing telehealth issues

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has urged the new Federal Government to address some of the issues which have surfaced since the rollout and expansion of telehealth services in Australia.

Nation’s elders only at halfway mark for fourth COVID shot

A little more than half of senior Australians eligible for their fourth COVID-19 vaccination have received it.

Asthma has similar symptoms to other illnesses – it’s vital that your diagnosis is correct

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

Cleaner sentenced to 22 years for unfathomable elderly murder in Sydney

A Sydney cleaner who broke into her 92-year-old client's home before ferociously attacking the elderly woman with her own walking sticks and china is due to be sentenced for the murder.

Palliative Care Week highlights important discussions we should all have: opinion

No one in the “prime of their life” thinks to sit down and discuss with their family how they want to be treated at the end of their life, but it’s an important discussion that we should all have. As we look toward Palliative Care Week (May 22-28) those of us who work in the sector hope it will spark more open conversations about what happens at the end of life.

Pfizer sues to halt rival providing arthritis drug in Australia

Australians with arthritis could have fewer treatment options to choose from at the pharmacy if drug company Pfizer has its way in court.

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