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New report says older Australians need more financial support during pandemic

Financial experts are encouraging pre-retirees to sharpen their financial skills as a new report from the University of South Australia shows that 31 per cent of older Australians (aged 55+ years) feel insecure about their financial futures, particularly amid the current pandemic.

WHO data reveals 15 million COVID-19 related deaths during the first two years of pandemic

New estimates from the World Health Organization show that the full death toll associated directly or indirectly with the COVID-19 pandemic between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021 was approximately 14.9 million.

April Falls and inaugural Real World Games championing older age mobility and falls prevention

April Falls Month (in NSW) and April No Falls month (in Queensland), are annual initiatives that raise awareness about the importance of mobility and falls prevention in older age. To complement these initiatives, over the next month Guide Healthcare is rolling out the Real World Games, encouraging elders to participate in a series of events that mimic typical obstacles they may face in the community, to be completed under the supervision of an allied health professional. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Govt queried as thousands yet to receive aged care bonus

Less than half of aged care workers eligible for Federal Government bonuses have received their first payment under the scheme.

Our elderly are suffering in silence – it’s time we heard them

Tracey Ryan is a Special Counsel and the General Manager of Loss Recovery practices in a large law firm. She says since the royal commission things have got much worse in aged care, in what amounts to gross failings of the most vulnerable in our society.

Isolated, confused and depressed: the pandemic’s toll on people with dementia and their carers

The COVID pandemic has had a huge impact on people living with dementia and their family carers around the world. A new study has found people with dementia experienced worse symptoms after the pandemic began.

We need to expand on nation’s ‘vaccine centric mindset’ in preparation for next variant – expert

After recovering from the “desperate Omicron outbreak,” Australia should move to a ‘Covid-normal’ existence, but be “air-raid ready” for the next variant, according to Burnet Institute director, Professor Brendan Crabb.

Eleven hundred aged care homes are locked down in Australia due to COVID. What have we learnt from deaths in care?

Across the nation, fear of outbreaks has prompted homes to lock down and their residents are suffering the serious physical and psychological effects of isolation and, sometimes, inadequate care, due to major staff shortages. Meanwhile, Government responses to last May’s aged care royal commission’s recommendations have only begun to scratch the surface of longstanding problems in the aged care sector.

Aged care workers believe sector unprepared for Omicron

A new HSU survey has revealed four in five aged care workers believe their facility was not prepared for the Omicron variant and a "let it rip" approach to COVID-19.

The subtle art and science of COVID vaccine (and booster) influencing

Influencing people to optimise health has never been more important than right now. Pandemic choices are life, illness, and death decisions. But more than that, they’re choices we all make on behalf of those we love, and they can have extreme consequences for the vulnerable in our communities.

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