In July and August 2020, Victoria experienced a second wave of COVID-19 infections, at a scale which had never been seen in Australia.
It directly affected more than 2,000 aged care residents and 2,200 aged care workers.
The Australian Government commissioned an independent review into the COVID-19 outbreaks at St Basil’s Home for the Aged and Heritage Care’s Epping Gardens residential aged care facilities.
The review was conducted by Professor Lyn Gilbert and Adjunct Professor Alan Lilly.
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Water-based exercises have many benefits. tache/ ShutterstockMarkos Klonizakis, Sheffield Hallam University
Swimming, aqua-aerobics, and other water-based exercises are popular for people aged 55 and older to keep fit without putting strain on the joints. Studies show that water-based exercises have many benefits, including improving gait, balance and mobility. It’s also thought to offer benefits as part of rehabilitation programmes for peripheral arterial disease, in which arteries in the legs, stomach, arms and head narrow.
But while water-based exercises are shown...
Rob Reddick, The Conversation
Coronavirus vaccines are being administered. Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine was the first to finish the final stage of testing – known as phase 3 – and the full results have been published. Having assessed the data, countries are beginning to authorise this vaccine for public use and roll it out.
Others are not too far behind. The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is nearing the end of phase 3, and the research team has released interim figures from the trial...
Older adults about to undergo elective surgery should undertake a sustained programme of targeted exercise beforehand to counteract the muscle-wasting effects of bedrest, new research suggests.
A study published by researchers in the University of Birmingham’s School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences showed that short term ‘prehabilitation’ strength exercises, undertaken pre-surgery, are insufficient to prevent muscle loss.
In the study, the researchers asked a group of older adults to perform four sessions of weight lifting exercise over one week...