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Media

Latest media, interviews and articles for consumers from across our network 

TRANSFORMING THE AGED CARE CRISIS

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the urgent need for policies and programs to support older people’s desire to live and thrive in their own healthy community.

By Professor Cassandra Szoeke, Christine Golding,  Dr Susan Phillips, Dr Jesse Zanker


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DIAGNOSING DEMENTIA IN YOUNGER PEOPLE

A diagnosis of younger-onset dementia can be devastating, but specialist service can help to provide clarity and support, faster.

 

By Dr Samantha Loi, University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital

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EXERCISE FOR OLDER ADULTS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC 

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our lives in many ways. For older adults, the opportunities to be physically active have been reduced significantly. The long-term health effects of isolation and decreased physical activity in older adults is unknown, therefore staying active is vitally important to older adults’ physical, social and mental well-being.

WHY WE SHOULD WORRY MORE ABOUT ANXIETY IN OLDER ADULTS

COVID-19 has caused particular psychological stress to older adults from heightened risk of severe illness to social restrictions. We need to know more about anxiety, a ‘silent killer’

By Dr Terence Chong, Professor Nicola Lautenschlager, Associate Professor Christina Bryant and Liz Lopez, University of Melbourne (external link)

CAN COGNITIVE DECLINE BE DELAYED OR EVEN IMPROVED WITH HEARING AID USE IN OLDER ADULTS?

As people get older it is generally expected that cognition declines, and whilst a hearing aid to support hearing loss won’t prevent dementia, a recent study conducted by Associate Professor Julia Sarant has shown that it may assist in delaying its onset.

WOMEN AT HIGH RISK OF OVARIAN CANCER: NAVIGATING SURGICAL OPTIONS AND THEIR RISKS

Genetic testing has helped to identify women at risk of ovarian cancer with surgical options available to reduce the risk of developing the disease. Prof Martha Hickey shares results from her recent study.

WORLD OSTEOPOROSIS DAY

World Osteoporosis Day is a great time to raise awareness of ways to maintain bone health, especially in older adults.

 

Professor Gustavo Duque and colleagues are working on a range of research considering the impact of bone and muscle health in older adults.

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE DURING A PANDEMIC

While COVID-19 has changed the way people with Alzheimer’s disease can access care, it’s also led to innovation and collaboration.

By Rebecca Madill and Care of the Ageing representatives.

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PEOPLE IN AGED CARE SECTOR NEED PSYCHOLOGICAL AS WELL AS PHYSICAL PROTECTION

Our aged care workforce is facing unprecedented stress during the pandemic. Staff, as well as residents, need a psychological version of PPE to protect their mental wellbeing

 

By Dr Anita MY Goh & Professor Briony Dow, University of Melbourne

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WHY WORKSPACE ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN EVALUATION IS CRUCIAL TO SUPPORT THE AGED CARE WORKFORCE

Supporting Australia’s aged care workforce is essential as the population continues to age.

 

A/Prof Lucio Naccarella understands the imperative. His research takes steps to address the question of how the physical environment of aged care facilities support or hinder staff.

 ‘USE IT OR LOSE IT’: WEBSITE HELPS OLDER PEOPLE STAY ACTIVE AT HOME

The Safe Exercise at Home website provides information and instructional videos at three different levels of function and fitness, as well as tips on staying motivated and safe while exercising at home.

PROTECTING OUR AGEING POPULATION FROM COVID-19

While Australia works to prevent the spread of COVID-19, there are extra health considerations when it comes to older Australians and our ageing society. 


 

FUNDING AWARDED FOR E-HEALTH INTERVENTION FOR PRESSURE INJURIES IN AGED CARE

Pressure injuries affect up to 28% of aged care residents and cost the health system almost $1 billion p.a.

 

A study led by Dr Suzanne Kapp & supported by MACH is trialling an e-health intervention aiming to improve wound care for residents.

TAKING CARE OF YOUR BRAIN AFTER A STROKE

Stroke can have a significant impact on your life, such as physical weakness on one side of your body; troubling coordinating body movements; emotional and mood impacts; and problems with memory.

This research aims to understand how exercise can protect your brain after a stroke.

DEALING WITH COVID-19 IN AGED CARE

Communication and connection are critical to addressing COVID-19 in Victoria’s aged care facilities. But this crisis is yet another reminder that the system is broken – it’s high time we fixed it

By Associate Professor Ralph Hampson, University of Melbourne (external link)

EXPOSING THE BARRIERS TO REPORTING ELDER ABUSE AND WHY WE MUST TAKE ACTION

With World Elder Abuse Awareness Day having passed us on 15 June, and increased strains on family relationships and responsibilities in the era of social isolation, there has never been a more prudent time to bring the issue into the public eye.

 PODCAST: OUR FLESH AFTER FIFTY

Professor of gynaecology Martha Hickey and curator Jane Scott discuss the inspiration behind ‘Flesh After Fifty’, an exhibition celebrating positive images of older women in art

We all know that physical activity is important. Not only does it help keep us fit and improve physical and mental health outcomes, but for individuals who are at an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, it has also been shown to improve cognition.

 

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