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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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Falls need not be a part of getting older

There is a commonly held belief that falling is just something we have to accept as part of getting older. This is a myth. I routinely see people who have had regular falls, make some simple changes and break the ...

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WA town named Age Friendly city

A strategic plan for being age-friendly, recognition of Aboriginal elders and ongoing community consultations are just some of the programs that have made a Western Australia town an Age Friendly city. The city of Cockburn received the state government’s 2014 Age Friendly Communities Local ...

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Podcast: Interview with Jean-Paul Bell

For the final podcast in the creative ageing series, Aged Care Insite spoke to the creative director of the Arts Health Institute Jean-Paul Bell. Bell is co-founder of the Humour Foundation and authored a book in 2010 called Laughter is ...

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Podcast: Interview with Sue Broadway

The Play Up Convention will feature a workshop and talk from one the founding members of Circus Oz, Sue Broadway. She is the artistic director at Westside Circus in Melbourne and a creative fellow at the State Library of Victoria. ...

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