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Allison Shears
Allison Shears May 18, 2018

Looking at innovative models for aged care: takeaways from the Singapore Ageing Asia conference

The Ageing Asia forum held in Singapore over the last two days provided insights into the diversity of care models for older people accessing residential care across a range of Asian countries including Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia and Japan. The provision of formalised or paid care is a growing industry in Asia where care has typically been provided by family members in the past. Keynote speakers from Australia, Denmark, Germany and America, where the age care ‘industries’ have...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan May 11, 2018

Nurses who work night shift at higher risk of developing cancer

It's long been known that working the night shift is associated with a high risk of disease, including heart disease, depression, insomnia, obesity, and, now research tells us, cancer. Women who work night shift have an increased risk of contracting several types of cancer, including breast, skin, and gastrointestinal cancer, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. Xuelei Ma, PhD, oncologist, at State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy and Cancer Centre...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan May 9, 2018

Father of three and Google manager asks for assisted dying laws in NSW

When Scott Riddle returned to Australia last year after years spent working in San Francisco, he was fit and well, and looking forward to settling back into the Australian way of life with his young family. But his shock diagnosis with cancer in July set him on a different path - as a campaigner for euthanasia in NSW. Mr Riddle is calling on the NSW government to introduce voluntary assisted dying laws similar to those passed in Victoria last year...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan May 16, 2018

Do people really die of old age?

  What we usually mean when we say that someone has ‘died of old age’ is that they have died as the result of a combination of factors that might not be immediately obvious. As we age, the chance that we will suffer from a range of medical conditions increases. Our immune system becomes weaker, and our cells don’t work so well. Because cells are weaker, they are less able to cope with disorders or disease. Conditions such as heart...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan May 14, 2018

Is 92 the new 72? Mahathir Mohamad takes office aged 92

The election of Mahathir Mohamad last week to the position of prime minister in Malaysia makes us rethink what it is to grow older. Many of us may imagine that as we enter our 90s, we will be winding down and entering a slower phase of our life. But there is a growing number of high-profile leaders that are maintaining, and even taking on, leadership roles as they approach 100 - making us rethink our assumptions about old age, and...
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Helen Nihill
Helen Nihill May 11, 2018

The day our nursing home had its own Royal Wedding

With the Royal Wedding coming up I was reminded of the fun we had at a nursing home when there was another Royal Wedding. All nursing homes have a Recreational Activities Officer who helps the residents to enjoy activities eg arranging concerts, playing games, having sing-a-longs and various other activities. The RAO involves the residents in choosing any activities they would like included. When Charles and Diana were getting married, one of the residents suggested we have a copycat wedding...
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HelloCare Mail May 19, 2018

Nurses in Aged Care – Health Effects of Working Night Shift

Aged care workers are some of the hardest working people in the world. Working in a ‘caring’ profession isn’t a job that you clock in and out of from 9 to 5 - it’s has them on their feet for hours on end, shift after shift. And their shifts can be at any time, at any hour. Nurses or Personal Carers are even working through the night when most people are comfortably in bed. People rely on being cared for...

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Just Better Care May 19, 2018

For the love of grandparents

Dementia is the second leading cause of deaths in Australia (ABS, 2016). In a report prepared for Alzheimer’s Australia, it was projected that over 6.4 million Australia people would be diagnosed with dementia over the next 40 years. The cost projected alongside this trend is estimated to be more than $1 trillion (Economic cost of dementia in Australia 2016-2056). What will be the emotional cost for those diagnosed, as well as their families? Callum McMillan was eight years old...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan May 18, 2018

Coroner finds aged care staff grossly mismanaged fatal attack

  A 92-year-old South Australian woman who sustained a savage attack by another resident in the aged care home where she lived, was “unable to escape” and her carers exercised a “gross dereliction of proper management”, the Coroner has found. The South Australian Coroner Mark Johns handed down his findings into the 2012 death of Dorothy Mavis Baum in an Adelaide nursing home. Ms Baum, who was 92 at the time, was beaten with a plastic chain by another resident...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan May 16, 2018

Dementia: Negative labelling is undesirable and harmful

Those who are caring for people living with dementia must try to see the world through through their eyes, says Leah Bisiani, managing director of Uplifting Dementia, who spoke at the National Dementia Conference on Tuesday. Dementia is complex. Every person with dementia experiences it differently. But because of the complexity, people often respond with fear and resort to stereotypes. But by getting to know the person, and finding out everything you can about them, you will be better placed...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan May 18, 2018

Coroner finds aged care staff grossly mismanaged fatal attack

  A 92-year-old South Australian woman who sustained a savage attack by another resident in the aged care home where she lived, was “unable to escape” and her carers exercised a “gross dereliction of proper management”, the Coroner has found. The South Australian Coroner Mark Johns handed down his findings into the 2012 death of Dorothy Mavis Baum in an Adelaide nursing home. Ms Baum, who was 92 at the time, was beaten with a plastic chain by another resident...
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Caroline Egan
Caroline Egan May 18, 2018

Aged care providers say compulsory reporting of abuse will create too much paperwork

  Aged care providers say that compulsory reporting of all ‘serious incidents’  in aged care homes will create too much paperwork, and should not be introduced. Aged care provider Anglicare told the federal parliamentary inquiry into aged care that when caring for senior citizens, society must ‘tolerate some faiture’, The Courier Mail has reported. Anglicare said introducing compulsory reporting of all deaths, falls, and assaults may encourage aged care providers to use excessive force, such as tying residents down, to...
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John Pollaers
John Pollaers May 17, 2018

Because how we care for our ageing is a reflection of who we are as a nation

HelloCare Exclusive - Part 1 in series of 4 There are many people, in every community, all over Australia, who need support because of ill health and frailty. Some are in hospital, or living alone, others are elderly and living at home, or living with the support of carers. There are informal carers, who are often old themselves, who care for loved ones. The Australian Aged Care Workforce Taskforce has these people at the front of their thinking. The Taskforce...
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