Exploratory Study of Australian Aged Care Staff Knowledge and Attitudes of Later Life Sexuality – Australasian Journal On Ageing

ABSTRACT Objective: To explore aged care staff knowledge and attitudes towards later life sexuality and attitudes about intimacy in people with dementia. Methods: Fifty-two care staff working in two aged care facilities with secure dementia care units were recruited. Knowledge and attitudes on later life sexuality and attitudes towards later life sexuality in people with dementia were … [Read More] Exploratory Study of Australian Aged Care Staff Knowledge and Attitudes of Later Life Sexuality – Australasian Journal On Ageing

There’s no need to lock older people into nursing homes ‘for their own safety’ – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Marta Woolford, PhD Candidate and Research Officer at the Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University Older people in nursing homes or aged care facilities are often locked up “for their own safety”. But our review shows there’s little justification in most cases for this unfair and unreasonable practice. In most cases, … [Read More] There’s no need to lock older people into nursing homes ‘for their own safety’ – The Conversation

Engaging Older People Key to Better Aged Care – Australian Ageing Agenda

Aged care providers that effectively engage with the older people using their services will be better placed to compete in the care market and support consumer direction, says a top researcher in the field. While phrases such as “co-design” have become buzzwords in the sector in recent years, the effectiveness of providers’ engagement with clients in aged … [Read More] Engaging Older People Key to Better Aged Care – Australian Ageing Agenda

10 Questions To Ask – NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association

A partnership of aged care professionals, consumers, carers and nurses has produced a new series of resources to support older people as they navigate the aged care system. The series of resources, 10 Questions to Ask, which was launched in Sydney this week, covers a range of topics such as facility staffing levels, access to … [Read More] 10 Questions To Ask – NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association

Women & Dementia: A Global Challenge – Global Alzheimer’s and Dementia Action Alliance

Our Women & Dementia: A Global Challenge report, released today, collates published research on the issue and highlights that the prevalence, care burden and stigma of dementia disproportionately affects women, making it a global women’s health, social care and rights challenge that can no longer be ignored. This report analyses existing national policy responses to … [Read More] Women & Dementia: A Global Challenge – Global Alzheimer’s and Dementia Action Alliance

Quality Aged Care: Have your say – Department of Health, Ageing and Aged Care

Quality aged care for older people is vital for the whole community. This is why the Australian Government is introducing a Single Aged Care Quality Framework across aged care from July 2018. Quality aged care for older people is vital for the whole community. This is why the Australian Government is introducing a Single Aged … [Read More] Quality Aged Care: Have your say – Department of Health, Ageing and Aged Care

2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures – Alzheimer’s Association (US)

New Alzheimer’s Association Report Shows Growing Cost and Impact of Alzheimer’s Disease on Nation’s Families and Economy Media Release – CHICAGO, March 7, 2017 – Extract Total annual payments for Alzheimer’s care surpass a quarter of a trillion dollars Deaths from Alzheimer’s increase dramatically while deaths from other major causes decrease Strain of providing Alzheimer’s … [Read More] 2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures – Alzheimer’s Association (US)

Some Brain Training Programs are Backed by Evidence. Here’s how to pick them – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Dr Tejal Shah: works as a post doctoral research fellow for the Australian Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, Hollywood Private Hospital, Perth, Western Australia. Brain training has been touted as a way to prevent age-related cognitive decline. Many products are available for purchase. But are any actually effective? We reviewed the merits of … [Read More] Some Brain Training Programs are Backed by Evidence. Here’s how to pick them – The Conversation

Alzheimer’s Australia NSW Library & Information Service News: Resources for carers – Alzheimer’s Australia

A selection of books from the NSW Alzheimer’s Australia library Letting go without giving up : continuing to care for the person with dementia The idea for Letting go without giving up grew from concerns expressed by carers who felt they were no longer allowed to have a role in caring for the person they … [Read More] Alzheimer’s Australia NSW Library & Information Service News: Resources for carers – Alzheimer’s Australia

Successful Aging as the Intersection of Individual Resources, Age, Environment, and Experiences of Well-being in Daily Activities – Journals of Gerontology

ABSTRACT Objective: We conceptualize successful aging as a cumulative index of individual resources (the absence of disease and disability, high cognitive and physical functioning, social embeddedness) in the service of successful aging outcomes (global well-being, experienced well-being, and vital status), and conditioned by age, social structure, and environment. Method:The study used baseline and follow-up data from … [Read More] Successful Aging as the Intersection of Individual Resources, Age, Environment, and Experiences of Well-being in Daily Activities – Journals of Gerontology

Toward a More Comprehensive Concept of Successful Aging: Disability and Care Needs – Journals of Gerontology

ABSTRACT Rowe and Kahn’s model of Successful Aging 2.0 argues that changing environmental settings, societal policies, and individual life styles will lead to a significant extension of healthy life years. Recent epidemiological research, however, confirms the dilemma that the ongoing extension of life expectancy prolongs not only the years in good health but also those … [Read More] Toward a More Comprehensive Concept of Successful Aging: Disability and Care Needs – Journals of Gerontology

Health Status, Health Behaviours and Anxiety Symptoms of Older Male Caregivers: Findings from the Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project – Australasian Journal on Ageing 

ABSTRACT Objective: To explore differences between older male caregivers and non-caregivers on health status, health behaviours and well-being, including symptoms of anxiety. Methods: Data were collected through self-completed questionnaires and face-to-face interviews with 1705 community living men aged ?70 in the Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project. Results: Eleven per cent of older men were caregivers, of … [Read More] Health Status, Health Behaviours and Anxiety Symptoms of Older Male Caregivers: Findings from the Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project – Australasian Journal on Ageing 

NEW Issue: Australian Journal of Dementia Care

February/March 2017 Cover story: Creative ways to care  Bethanie Care Group and Agelink Theatre in Western Australia have collaborated on a theatre, music and reminiscence project which culminated in a performance staged by and for people with dementia, in front of an audience of 300. Staff engagement and upskilling enhances job, care quality WA’s Brightwater Care … [Read More] NEW Issue: Australian Journal of Dementia Care

Economic Cost of Dementia in Australia 2016-2056 – Alzheimer’s Australia

ABSTRACT Alzheimer’s Australia commissioned NATSEM at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra to estimate the cost of dementia in Australia. The economic impact of dementia is a major concern nationally and internationally as the number of individuals with dementia continues to rise. Access Economics (2003) estimated the total cost … [Read More] Economic Cost of Dementia in Australia 2016-2056 – Alzheimer’s Australia

“Working with COW”: Social Work Supporting Older Women Living in the Community – Journal of Gerontological Social Work

ABSTRACT Australia, like all developed Western countries, is experiencing a demographic shift resulting in an increasing proportion of the population being over the age of 65 years. Contrary to stereotypes, the vast majority of older people live independently in communities. This article explores the potential of social work practice informed by community development principles to enable … [Read More] “Working with COW”: Social Work Supporting Older Women Living in the Community – Journal of Gerontological Social Work

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