Aged & Allied Health > Geriatric medicine

New GP guidelines could reduce Aus dementia rates

01 October, 2019 by Lauren Davis

New guidelines have been issued for Australian GPs that will hopefully help reduce dementia rates nationally.

Age services meeting dementia needs

06 September, 2019 by David O’Sullivan*

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has thrown up examples of failures in care for people living with dementia, but there are plenty of cases where age services are leading the way in setting best practice standards for meeting the needs of older Australians with dementia.

Divorcees more likely to develop dementia

02 September, 2019

Divorcees are about twice as likely as married people to develop dementia, a Michigan State University study has found.

Aussie men lead long lives

30 August, 2019

Australian men are living longer than any other group of males in the world, research from The Australian National University shows.

Dementia care: anti-psychotics a "last resort"

28 August, 2019

With about $20 million a year spent on anti-dementia medications and almost 95,000 people with dementia hospitalised, more needs to be done to provide quality health care, advocates say.

TRT can increase risk of stroke, heart attack

25 July, 2019

Ageing men who take testosterone replacement therapy are at a slightly greater risk of experiencing an ischemic stroke, transient ischemic attack or myocardial infarction.

Want to reduce your risk of dementia?

24 July, 2019

Certain types of commonly prescribed drugs appear to significantly increase the risk of dementia in later life — but such a risk can also be countered with a healthy lifestyle.

Closure of aged-care home leaves residents in limbo

12 July, 2019

Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians Richard Colbeck has expressed his concern and anger over the sudden closure of the Earle Haven Retirement Village.

Dementia link to women's reproductive health

18 April, 2019

Women who start their period later, go through menopause earlier or have a hysterectomy may have a greater risk of developing dementia.

Reinventing aged care

15 April, 2019 by Dan Levitt*

For many elderly, the thought of entering a nursing home is akin to going to jail. But is it possible to reinvent the aged-care sector? The answer is yes.

Govt trial to help elderly navigate aged care

06 March, 2019

Three new trial programs have been launched, offering face-to-face help to the elderly and their families across Australia and in selected rural areas.

Exercise protects against Alzheimer's

12 February, 2019

A new study has found evidence that exercise produces a hormone that helps protect against Alzheimer's disease.

Bedsore practice could constitute abuse: study

11 February, 2019

The practice of 2-hourly repositioning of residents in aged-care facilities to prevent bedsores is ineffective and could be an unintentional form of abuse.

Blood test predicts Alzheimer's 16 years ahead

24 January, 2019

For those who've inherited Alzheimer's disease genes, a simple blood test will identify if they have the disease — 16 years before symptoms show.

Drawing, not writing, improves memory

14 December, 2018

For the elderly, taking up drawing will do more to enhance their memory retention than writing. Even if they're not very good at it.

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