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Jakob Neeland Oct 10, 2019

Q&A Dropped The Ball With The Aged Care Episode

First of all, let me start by saying that every Australian with an interest in the well being of older people should be forever grateful to the ABC.  The national broadcaster has a long history of churning out insightful TV reports with the power to incite change, and their bruising exposé into aged care which aired on Four Corners in  September of last year was no different. The week before part one of the ‘Who Cares’ investigative reports were...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Oct 8, 2019

Seniors steal the show as Q&A puts spotlight on aged care

Last night’s episode of the ABC’s Q&A, which devoted a whole hour to the aged care industry, covered topics anyone who follows the sector will already be familiar with, but it was two of the show’s older personalities - a member of the panel and a member of the audience - who stole the show. The benefits of intergenerational programs Shirley McLaren found fame in her 80s when she appeared in the ABC’s surprise-hit TV show, ‘Old People’s Home...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Sep 30, 2019

The benefits of making a ‘When I die file’

We don’t usually think or ourselves as active participants in planning what happens to us before we die. We tend to think of dying as something we have no control of, that happens to us, and we don’t have much say in how it happens. But a new book aims to dispel the idea we have no control over what happens to us at the end of our lives. ‘A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Oct 11, 2019

Why are older people happier than people in their 20s?

  Old age is usually thought of as a period of gradual decline, of failing bodies and unfirm minds. If asked, most people would probably tell you they believe people become more grumpy as they age. But research has shown - time and time again - that the opposite is actually true - older people are happier, and it’s younger people who are stressed, anxious, worried and sad. “Hope I die before I get old” Even when older people are asked...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Oct 10, 2019

I’d be “terrified” if I had to move to nursing home, commission hears

  This week the royal commission has been hearing about the aged care needs of diverse communities, such as the LGBTI community, migrants, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. “Diversity is a hallmark of humanity, yet aged care providers and the aged care system as a whole have not always responded to needs that are out of the so-called ordinary,” said counsel assisting the royal commission, Peter Gray, in his opening remarks. If not attended to, the cultural...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Oct 8, 2019

Seniors steal the show as Q&A puts spotlight on aged care

Last night’s episode of the ABC’s Q&A, which devoted a whole hour to the aged care industry, covered topics anyone who follows the sector will already be familiar with, but it was two of the show’s older personalities - a member of the panel and a member of the audience - who stole the show. The benefits of intergenerational programs Shirley McLaren found fame in her 80s when she appeared in the ABC’s surprise-hit TV show, ‘Old People’s Home...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Oct 11, 2019

No checks on providers who promise to spend taxpayer funds on special needs

Providers that cater to special needs groups are given priority when the government is determining ACAR funding, but the government does nothing to ensure any extra beds funded are allocated to the groups that need them, the royal commission has heard. The government takes each region’s special needs into account when determining the Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR), the mechanism used to decide how many aged care beds will be allocated in each region. Providers must specify their special needs...
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Jakob Neeland
Jakob Neeland Oct 10, 2019

Q&A Dropped The Ball With The Aged Care Episode

First of all, let me start by saying that every Australian with an interest in the well being of older people should be forever grateful to the ABC.  The national broadcaster has a long history of churning out insightful TV reports with the power to incite change, and their bruising exposé into aged care which aired on Four Corners in  September of last year was no different. The week before part one of the ‘Who Cares’ investigative reports were...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan Oct 8, 2019

Seniors steal the show as Q&A puts spotlight on aged care

Last night’s episode of the ABC’s Q&A, which devoted a whole hour to the aged care industry, covered topics anyone who follows the sector will already be familiar with, but it was two of the show’s older personalities - a member of the panel and a member of the audience - who stole the show. The benefits of intergenerational programs Shirley McLaren found fame in her 80s when she appeared in the ABC’s surprise-hit TV show, ‘Old People’s Home...
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