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Brains train best in teams

Workouts for the mind go best with buddies, study finds.  Brain training works wonders by boosting memory and thinking skills in the elderly but many expensive at-home programs are ineffective, new research shows. The study, published in the journal PLOS ...

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Interview with the world dementia envoy

Dr Dennis Gillings was appointed world dementia envoy by UK Prime Minister David Cameron on behalf of the then G8 group of nations in February. His role as envoy is to reduce barriers to investment in research, improve drug development ...

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How one provider takes on recruiting

There is no doubt the sector needs more workers; Nieves Murray of IRT – an Australian Business Awards 2014 Employer of Choice – outlines strategies the provider uses to meet demand. The aged-care industry will need to recruit 650 new ...

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Industry seeks certainty on dementia scheme

Industry leaders want a decision before the end of the year on a program to replace the Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement. Without something definite by then, they argue, there is a risk of losing focus on setting policy. Alzheimer’s ...

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Individual care top priority, relatives say

Most Australians who are looking at aged-care options for their relatives are spending half a year perusing facilities – and suitability is a key checkpoint. That’s according to the report Aged Care: How well do you know your customer?, presented ...

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Dementia envoy wants Australia on board

An international dementia expert appointed by the G7 group of nations touched down in Australia to meet with government and other relevant departments, agencies and representatives. The world dementia envoy, Dr Dennis Gillings – whom UK Prime Minister David Cameron appointed in ...

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Australia’s Utopia moment is here

Recent policy looks more like brilliant satire than effective change. By Michael Fine. I don’t know if you watched the brilliant satire Utopia on ABC recently. It is a wonderful tongue-in-cheek Australian series in which Rob Sitch and his gang ...

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The Baby Boomers are coming

As the post-WWII generation starts to enter residential care, six issues loom large for providers. By John Kelly. Australia’s population is ageing and as a society we need to examine how we will cope with a rising number of older, ...

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