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Facing up to the facts on incontinence

New figures show the rising incidence of incontinence in Australia and point to the need for a highly skilled workforce, adequate research funding and public education. Darragh O Keeffe reports. One in four Australians over the age of 15, or ...

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‘A good death’

Experts agree that palliative care should be a core competency in residential aged care. But, sadly, it is currently far from it. Megan Stoyles examines why, and looks at new efforts to improve the situation. Palliative care is the core ...

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A powerful partnership

New research has found that effective pharmacist-doctor collaboration is a necessity in providing quality care to the elderly in residential facilities. Megan Stoyles reports. Doctors treating 56 residents in a Victorian residential aged care facility, who were taking an average ...

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Promising research on dementia test

Australian and US researchers hopeful of eye test for dementia. Australian scientists are reporting encouraging early results from an eye test they hope will create a simple way to detect signs of Alzheimer’s disease. The test is experimental and needs ...

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Further evidence of diabetes complications

Dementia and depression common mental health conditions for people hospitalized with diabetes, AIHW analysis shows. Diabetics are more likely to suffer mental health problems than those without the disease, research shows. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) says ...

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Unlocking the puzzle

After decades of painstaking research in the field, is the scientific community any closer to finding a cure for dementia? Linda Belardi reports. In the past decade progress in the clinical development of disease modifying treatments for dementia has been ...

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Hitting the right note

New research shows there are caveats to successful music therapy programs. A recent Australian study into the use of baroque music on residents with dementia has shown that rather than calming the residents, it made them more agitated than normal. ...

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