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Fitting Medical Research into Advance Care Planning

Sunday, May 14th, 2023

How many of you have spoken with your loved ones about what type of care you would like to receive if you became seriously ill or injured or unable to say what you want? Advance care planning involves arranging with friends and family about what care you would like to receive, if you lost your […]

Good Neighbours Could Mitigate the Negative Impact of Living Alone

Saturday, April 1st, 2023

How often do you say hi to your neighbours? Because doing so, might help you – and them -live a little longer. An American study published earlier this year, set out to examine whether neighbourhood dynamics influenced the health of Chinese Americans who lived by themselves.[1] Everybody Needs Good Neighbours It is well documented that […]

Quality of Life Measures Available for Use in Aged Care

Friday, February 17th, 2023

How do we measure an individual persons’ quality of life? Two new consumer experience and quality of life assessment tools, designed to improve standards and transparency in aged care, are to be rolled out nationally this year. A team of researchers at Flinders University have been working on the measures, since the Royal Commission into […]

Age is not the problem, Ageism is: a Human Rights Report

Saturday, November 5th, 2022

Ageism can include how we think (stereotypes), how we feel (prejudice), and how we act (discrimination) towards people based on their age. Ageism may be more prevalent and socially accepted than sexism and racism, yet the least understood. In 2020 and 2021, the national Human Rights Commission released a report on Australians’ experience of age […]

Battling ageism: How Ita Buttrose is trying to change minds

Wednesday, October 12th, 2022

Ageism is associated with increased social isolation and loneliness, greater financial insecurity, decreased quality of life and even premature death. On Ageism Awareness Day (7 October), ABC chair Ita Buttrose, who is also our ambassador for StepUp for Ageing Research, is raising awareness about the discrimination and insecurities of ageing in the workforce particularly for […]

Pneumonia after Covid-19 Ups the Risk of Dementia

Monday, June 6th, 2022

There have been multiple reports of patients experiencing difficulties with their cognition after recovering from COVID-19[1]. Pneumonia has also previously been associated with the risk of a new diagnosis of dementia. However, a recent study has shown that adults who develop pneumonia after COVID-19 have a higher risk of a new diagnosis of dementia than […]

Covid-19 lockdowns contributing to faster deterioration in dementia patients

Wednesday, March 9th, 2022

The sudden absence of human contact and mental stimulation during COVID-19 believed to have contributed to the deterioration of health conditions in people living with dementia. An article published in ABC NEWS highlighted the findings on the mental health impacts of Covid-19 on people living with dementia, their families and carers. A carer for a […]

What are the clinical trials?

Friday, November 6th, 2020

Clinical trials are research studies that test ways to improve healthcare. These studies help find better ways to treat or prevent disease. Australian Clinical Trials Alliance (ACTA) has also produced information sheets outlining the clinical trials process in 10 community languages. Please visit this link to see the resources in multi-languages.

Social Support as an Important Factor in Caregiver Resilience

Monday, May 25th, 2020

How well we “bounce back”, or adapt to adversity, is taken as a sign of resilience, and a significant protective factor for our mental health when encountering life challenges. Currently, 91% of people with dementia living in our community rely on an informal or unpaid carer to support them[1]. Caring for someone with dementia can […]

What Your Walk Says About You and Your Brain

Monday, February 17th, 2020

There are many different types of dementia, depending on the underlying cause. Each cause can damage the brain in different ways. New research out of the UK suggests that these differences may reveal themselves in the way that people walk[1]. Different Types of Dementia Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia. Other forms […]

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