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Aged Care Australia: Are Retirees Given Too Much?

By on Thursday, November 21, 2013

Are retirees given too much? That’s the question being asked by The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) who fears that too few self-funded retirees will push Australia to the brink of a retirement disaster.

The ASFA believes the Government’s current income and asset’s tests are too generous and it should be tougher for retirees to access the pension.


Aged Care Professionals: New Online Forum For Continence Professionals

By on Thursday, November 21, 2013

A new online sharing tool, the Australian Continence Exchange website has been launched to help health professionals access information about continence management online.

Free online resources include a consumer information library, access to the latest reports and clinical guidelines, video presentations, product supplier directories and an online forum for health professionals to connect and share ideas.


Residential Aged Care: 1 in 3 Nursing Home Residents Suffering from Depression

By on Thursday, November 21, 2013

Elderly people living in residential aged care are 35% more likely to suffer from depression than the general community, with 1 in 3 residents suffering.

Elderly people who still live at home but require a lot of home care support, were also found to be twice as likely to suffer from depression compared to healthy older people.


Home and Community Care NSW: New Program Eases the Burden on Public Hospitals

By on Thursday, November 21, 2013

A new State Government program will ease the burden on public hospital beds in New South Wales, by allowing patients to spend six weeks in transitional care after leaving hospital.

The Community Package Programs (ComPacks) provides patients leaving hospital with immediate access to community services and case management by health care providers.The New South Wales Ministry of Health has delivered the program to a range of health care providers, who will be able to provide much needed community care and support to people after they leave hospital.


Aged Care Industry: New LASA CEO Announced

By on Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Aged care industry body Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) have announced that Patrick Reid will act as the new CEO starting from 7TH of February, 2013. Mr Reid will be replacing Gerard Mansour who announced he would be stepping down last October to support a family member with a private medical issue.Chairman, General Peter Cosgrove made the announcement and said that Mr Reid’s appointment was “a real triumph for LASA and the aged care sector.”


Aged Care News: New Strategy Announced for LGBTI Senior Citizens

By on Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The needs of LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trasngender and Intersex) senior citizens will no longer be ignored, as the Federal Government releases its National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategy.

The Government will roll out the strategy as part of the $3.7 billion ‘Living Longer, Living Better’ aged care reform package.


Understanding Aged Care: $1.6 million for Dementia Research

By on Wednesday, November 20, 2013

$1.6 million worth of grants to fund dementia research have been announced by Alzheimer’s Australia’s Dementia Research Foundation for young, emerging researchers. The Foundation’s Full Fellowship worth $90,000 per year has been awarded to Dr Timothy Ryan, whose project will look at identifying and validating Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers in red blood cells.Other projects to be funded include research which will examine cognitive training in people with mild cognitive impairment and research into early markers of late-onset Alzheimer’s Disease.


Understanding Aged Care: How is your Dad?

By on Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The road to aged care is rarely easy. Difficulties such as selling the family home, financial considerations, finding suitable care quickly and stress are all too common for family members who are forced to place their family in 24-hour aged care. Donna Vercoe, originally from Canada and now living in Sydney with her Australian-born father, knows what families go through and began writing a blog ‘How is Your Dad?’ to help cope with the stress of placing him in aged care.


Aged Care Events South Australia: Free Healthy Bowel and Bladder Seminar

By on Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Over 4.8 million Australians experience bladder or bowel problems, and many believe there is nothing they can do about it.

That’s why The Continence Institute and Caremunity are teaming up to host a free seminar on healthy bladder and bowel health.


Aged Care WA: Bethanie Medallion Finalists Announced

By on Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Aged care provider Bethanie have announced their finalists for the 2012 Bethanie Medallion. The provider called for nominations in October and will announce the winner from the finalists on the 29th of November. The Bethanie Medallion will recognise a range of volunteers and professionals for their outstanding work in the Aged Care sector. Nominations include awards for professional workers in the aged care industry, volunteer organisations, individuals and journalists.


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