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The many benefits of hosting companion animals in aged care: new research

Researchers at UniSA are calling for the Federal Government to mandate financial support for pets in aged care to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of thousands of residents. The call follows a project that's been exploring a practical model of hosting companion animals in aged care, including foster animals and personal pets.

More testosterone may not be key to men ageing gracefully: new research

A new study has provided fresh insights into the complex relationship between testosterone and biological ageing in men, suggesting that higher testosterone levels may not be the answer for men wanting to slow the ageing process.

Older adults can reduce loneliness through volunteering hours: new research

Volunteering not only fulfills a sense of purpose for older adults by helping others, it also can alleviate loneliness, especially when volunteering more than 100 hours per year, according to a new University of Michigan study.

Return of older workers to aged care sector a huge shot in the arm

Older Australians are re-joining the aged care workforce in their droves over recent years. myHomecare Group HR manager Lissa Wyborn tells BIANCA ROBERTS that not only are they a huge asset to their workplace, they are particularly valued by older persons looking for support from someone with a lived experience of ageing.

ACWIC calls for pay rise to tackle gendered aged care workforce

The Aged Care Workforce Industry Council (ACWIC) said it supports the call by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) for action to address Australia’s high levels of gender segregation in industries including aged care.

Australians young and old crying out for desperately needed mental health care reform

Older Australians are at high-risk for mental distress and suicide, yet their current level of support and care remains hopelessly inadequate. While it's imperative that government be proactive with measures to address the crisis, aged care providers and workers, too, have a vital role to play in improving the culture relating to mental health issues in this country. BIANCA ROBERTS spoke to SANE Australia CEO Rachel Green in search of some answers.

ACH Group chair recognised with Member of Order of Australia

ACH Group chair, Mary Patetsos, has received an Order of Australia (AM) award for her ‘contribution in the field of aged care and commitment to advancing multicultural Australia’.

Five reasons to look after elderly neighbours in heatwaves

By Sarah Cunningham, Griffith University and Shannon Rutherford, Griffith University We all know someone who insists on wearing a cardigan in summer or refuses to...

Study offers hope for potential new treatment for osteoporosis

Research led by the University of Western Australia has identified a new type of human protein known as an 'ADR3 i-body' that could be used to stop bone breakdown and as a treatment for osteoporosis.

Home care system not fit for purpose and in need of serious reform: expert

While the Federal Government is set to spend 2023 finalising its new Support at Home Program, doubt remains as to how effectively these reforms will enact the transformation needed at the local community level. Dr Danny Davis, managing director of LINK Community and Transport says the current system 'exacerbates socioeconomic inequities' and needs an urgent overhaul. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

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