Collaborating for a Better Future for Australians Living with Alzheimer's Disease
Ita Buttrose: Common decency and respect costs nothing. 2013 Australian of the Year and Alzheimer’s Australia National President, Ita Buttrose, has released a report, Quality of Residential Care: The Consumer Perspective, which calls for urgent action to improve the quality of residential aged care.
Encouraging new era in dementia research
The commitment of an additional $200 million over five years for dementia research by the Abbott Government promises a new era in dementia research in Australia, says Ita Buttrose. Speaking at tonight’s National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC) dinner, Ms Buttrose, Australian of the Year and National President of Alzheimer’s Australia said: “The decision to commit additional funding is an encouraging step forward in Australia’s effort to ultimately beat dementia.
What is really going on in aged care?
Alzheimer’s Australia has today called on the Government to do more to protect the legal and human rights of nursing home residents, after new research reported in the Medical Journal of Australia revealed that up to 70% of residents are being given potentially dangerous antipsychotic or sedative medication.
A new approach to dementia care
Today, Ita Buttrose, National President of Alzheimer’s Australia, will announce six innovative projects that turn existing dementia research into quality dementia care.
Dementia centre stage of health policy internationally
A policy brief launched today by Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) has reported that the number of people living with dementia worldwide in 2013 is now estimated at 44 million (estimated at 35 million in 2010) reaching 76 million in 2030 (66 million) and 135 million by 2050 (115 million).
Bird watching in my back yard
Dementia Australia Vic today announced the release of a special edition of a new eBook 'Bird Watching in My Back Yard' that promotes bird watching as an activity for people with dementia, their carers and families as a way to keep loved ones minds active and socially engaged. Commenting in the foreword of the special edition of Bird Watching in My Back Yard, David Galbally, President of Dementia Australia Vic said "Bird Watching in My Back Yardis quite an extraordinary achievement.
Talking now ensures end of life wishes respected
People need to plan now so they can have a say about their future end of life care, an expert in advanced care planning said in the lead up to an Alzheimer’s Australia Vic’s Advance Care Planning seminar. Associate Professor William Silvester, Director of the Respecting Patient Choices Program, a national health initiative on end of life health care, said that advance care planning enables people to make their medical treatment wishes known even when they have lost the ability to speak for themselves.