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Palliative Petition nears 60,000

Palliative Petition nears 60,000

Aged Care Insite – December 2012

One woman is behind a growing campaign calling for better palliative care services, especially in the bush. Amie Larter reports

Yvonne McMaster is possibly one of Australia’s most passionate palliative care lobbyists.

Extremely concerned about current levels of funding dedicated to palliative care services in NSW, McMaster started a petition to help the NSW Health ministry be able to justify to the Treasury and the community sufficient expenditure for palliative care so that every person has the best possible attention when approaching the end of their life.… Read more

We are better at recognising illness

We are better at recognising illness

Aged Care Insite – December 2012

A leading doctor says medical staff and society are now more aware of the signs of depression

Older people need to be encouraged to start focusing on healthy ageing and healthy living to start alleviating the mental health epidemic facing the elderly, says a leading aged care services provider.

Dr Andrew Cole, chief medical officer at HammondCare, believes that encouraging ageing Australians to lead healthier lives by not smoking, treating blood pressure and exercising regularly could lead to a decrease in the amount of mental health issues and is good for the cardiovascular system and prevents strokes.… Read more

What Happened to Going Out in Style?

What Happened to Going Out in Style?

Global Mail – 6 December 2012  – http://www.theglobalmail.org

IT’S FRIDAY MORNING at Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital and intensive-care doctor Peter Saul is on the phone to a surgeon, advising him how to deal with 87-year-old Charlie*, who is trying to kill himself. The overdose Charlie took yesterday didn’t work and now, after stabbing himself several times with a kitchen knife, he is in a critical condition.… Read more

Ageism on the road

Ageism on the road

Australian Ageing Agenda 29 November 2012

Age discrimination is alive and well in the driver licencing system according to a new report from the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission in partnership with the Council on the Ageing (COTA)

The report, entitled Rights on the road: the experiences of older Victorian Drivers, launched on Wednesday found that older drivers face discrimination and unfair treatment with profound implications to their quality of life.… Read more

LGBTI aged care survey

LGBTI aged care survey

Source:  Australian Ageing Agenda  29 November 2012

The largest single aged services provider in the country, UnitingCare Ageing has launched a new survey to understand the experiences oflesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or intersex (LGBTI) older people within the aged care system.

The online survey, which is confidential, was created to allow the provider to gain an insight into the way that older LGBTI people encounter aged care services and sector staff, so that it may later develop more inclusive services.… Read more

The Power of Words

The Power of Words

Source:  Australian Ageing Agenda 27 November 2012

People with dementia who have lost their ability to remember words, could regain most of their language memory using a simple computer training-program, a new study has found.

Research from Neuroscience Research Australia (NeURA) has found that basic word-training programs,which present information in a format similar to a PowerPoint slideshow, might enable people with semantic dementia to recover their memory for words.… Read more

All New Homes To Be Safer And Easier To Get Around By 2020 New National Campaign To Create ‘Livable Homes’.

All New Homes To Be Safer And Easier To Get Around By 2020 New National Campaign To Create ‘Livable Homes’.

Source:   http://www.livablehousingaustralia.org.au/ 

A front door you can easily wheel a pram through; living spaces that are safer to move around in; a step-free shower; a handrail on your stairs; and a toilet on the ground floor.

Launched today at Parliament House, Canberra, Livable Housing Australia (LHA) will target the housing industry to achieve the Livable Housing Design Quality Mark as part of a national campaign to ensure all new homes are safer, more comfortable and easier to get around by 2020.  … Read more

Healthy seniors wanted for multi-tasking study

Healthy seniors wanted for multi-tasking study

 

Healthy West Australian seniors are needed for a study looking at a possible link between losing the ability to multi-task and Alzheimer’s disease.

The University of Western Australia (UWA) research project will study approximately 90 people aged over 60 doing two things at once.

A third of people in the study will have Alzheimer’s, another third will be diagnosed with major depression and the remaining third, which researchers are now calling for, will comprise a control group of seniors who are ageing healthily.… Read more

Sector skills under the microscope

Sector skills under the microscope

Source:  Australian Ageing Agenda  22 November 2012

The national regulator of Australia’s vocational education and training sector has announced it will enact a key Productivity Commission’s (PC)recommendation, and conduct a strategic review of vocational education and training (VET) in the aged and community care sector.

The review, to be conducted by the relatively new regulatory body – theAustralian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), will take a whole-of-sector view to aged and community care training, and aim to identify issues and formulate solutions.… Read more

A step forward on anti-discrimination

A step forward on anti-discrimination

Source:  Australian Ageing Agenda  22 November 2012

The federal Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon, and Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Penny Wong, have released the ‘exposure draft’ for new consolidated anti-discrimination legislation which aims to simplify and streamline Australia’s current anti-discrimination laws.

The new draft Act aims to replace the five different anti-discrimination Acts [Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth); Age Discrimination Act 2004; Disability Discrimination Act 1992; Sex Discrimination Act 1984; and the Racial Discrimination Act 1975] currently in use, consolidating them into a single Act that will tackle all forms of discrimination on the same basis.… Read more

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