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

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)

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 

‘In this together’ or ‘Going it alone’: Spousal dyad approaches to Alzheimer’s – Journal of Aging Studies

Highlights Spousal dyads divided into I/Me and We/Us in their approaches to their situations. Relationship satisfaction, cognitive or functional ability, and anxiety, depression and burden were similar in both groups. Carers in We/Us dyads expressed more positive aspects of caregiving than those with an I/Me outlook. Mutual compassion, a characteristic of the We/Us approach, may … [Read More] ‘In this together’ or ‘Going it alone’: Spousal dyad approaches to Alzheimer’s – Journal of Aging Studies

The Effects of Placement on Dementia Care Recipients’ and Family Caregivers’ Quality of Life: A literature review – Quality in Ageing and Older Adults

ABSTRACT Purpose: Our purpose in this study was to review and synthesize the research literature on the quality of life of both caregivers (CGs) and care recipients (CRs) with dementia after admission to long-term care facilities. Design/methodology/approach: Four databases – AgeLine, Medline, EBSCO, and PyscINFO – were searched and the relevant literature from 2002 onwards … [Read More] The Effects of Placement on Dementia Care Recipients’ and Family Caregivers’ Quality of Life: A literature review – Quality in Ageing and Older Adults

Dementia – A selection of articles

Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice: Current issue November 2016; 15 (6) Editorial: Co-production and engagement of people with dementia: The issue of ethics and creative or intellectual copyright[Full text] ‘Singing for the Brain: A qualitative study exploring the health and well-being benefits of singing for people with dementia and their carers Dementia … [Read More] Dementia – A selection of articles

Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia – Australian Bureau of Statistics

The 2015 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) is the most recent in a series of comprehensive national surveys conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, following similar surveys in 1981, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2009 and 2012. The survey was designed to: measure the prevalence of disability in Australia measure the need for … [Read More] Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Costs of Formal and Informal Care at Home for People with Dementia: ‘Expert panel’ opinions from staff and informal carers – Dementia

ABSTRACT Effective home support in dementia is key in delaying nursing home admission. However, home support is frequently not tailored to the individual needs of people with dementia. Staff allocating home support services may not identify important care needs, which only be recognised by informal carers. The purpose of this study was to explore the … [Read More] Costs of Formal and Informal Care at Home for People with Dementia: ‘Expert panel’ opinions from staff and informal carers – Dementia

Who in the World Cares? Gender Gaps in Attitudes toward Support for Older Adults in 20 Nations – Social Forces

ABSTRACT Previous cross-national research suggests that women may be less likely to prefer family-based support to older adults and more likely to prefer government-based support compared to men. Guided by theories of gendered paid and unpaid labor, social network resources and strain, and global inequality, this paper investigates whether a gender gap in attitudes exists … [Read More] Who in the World Cares? Gender Gaps in Attitudes toward Support for Older Adults in 20 Nations – Social Forces

The Faith of Primary Carers of Persons with Dementia – Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging

ABSTRACT This small-scale study investigates the experience of 53 Christian churchgoers in the UK who are or have recently been the primary carers of a relative or friend suffering from dementia. Responses to a short questionnaire reveal how almost all these carers claim to have been supported by their faith, and how far it has … [Read More] The Faith of Primary Carers of Persons with Dementia – Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging

Caring in later life harms job prospects – AgeUK

Extract Age UK and Carers UK call on the Government to make all jobs flexible by default as a new report “Walking the Tightrope: The challenges of combining work and care in later life.” reveals the significant impact caring has on employment prospects. Caring for as little as five hours a week can have a … [Read More] Caring in later life harms job prospects – AgeUK

New Code of Conduct Covering Aged Care Workers: What you need to know – AAA

Since last year the states have been working towards adopting a national code covering the conduct of health workers, including aged care’s personal care workers. AAA reports on the progress of the code, and what it means for providers, staff and consumers. Extract Personal care workers provide almost 70 per cent of the care in residential … [Read More] New Code of Conduct Covering Aged Care Workers: What you need to know – AAA

Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: First Results, 2015 – ABS

Extract This publication is the first release of data from the 2015 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC). It presents key information about disability prevalence in Australia as well as data about older Australians (those aged 65 years and over). Data is also included about people with disability who reported that they had experienced … [Read More] Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: First Results, 2015 – ABS

Closer caregiver and care-recipient relationships predict lower informal costs of dementia care: The Cache County Dementia Progression Study – Alzheimer’s & Dementia:

ABSTRACT Introduction: Identifying factors associated with lower dementia care costs is essential. We examined whether two caregiver factors were associated with lower costs of informal care. Methods: A total of 271 care dyads of the Cache County Dementia Study were included. Estimates of informal costs were based on caregiver reports of time spent in care-related activities and … [Read More] Closer caregiver and care-recipient relationships predict lower informal costs of dementia care: The Cache County Dementia Progression Study – Alzheimer’s & Dementia:

You’re taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s, but who is taking care of you? – Los Angeles Times (US)

Extract from an article by Rene Lynch, Contact Reporter … It’s understandable, of course, to focus on the patient. But Davis’ experience during her late father’s years-long battle led her to form a free weekly support group — Beyond Alzheimer’s. The nearly 5-year-old group moves next month from UCLA to St. John’s in Santa Monica but continues … [Read More] You’re taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s, but who is taking care of you? – Los Angeles Times (US)

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