Improving dementia care in hospitals is no pie in the sky
Hospital care for people with dementia can be improved in order to achieve better clinical outcomes as well as more efficient use of health spending, an Alzheimer’s Australia report launched today has suggested. The report, Dementia care in the acute hospital setting: issues and strategies launched during the Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Services Symposium in Western Australia, identifies a range of practical strategies to improve acute care for people with dementia.
Celebrities take on the challenge in the fight against dementia
Celebrities and community leaders are joining together in the fight against dementia. Hawthorn Football Club’s Sam Mitchell; acclaimed singer, songwriter Mark Seymour; legendary actors Terence Donovan and Anne Phelan; radio presenter and media personality Denis Walter; former leader of the Australian Democrats, Lyn Allison, Alzheimer’s Australia Vic Chief Medical Advisor, Associate Professor Michael Woodward; business leader and Alzheimer’s Australia Vic Chair, Graeme Samuel AC have together committed to raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia as Alzheimer’s Australia Vic’s inaugural Ambassadors.
Setting the agenda for a dementia-friendly australia
Australia could become one of the world’s first dementia-friendly nations by implementing strategies that support people living with dementia to be empowered, respected and engaged in community life, says visiting British dementia expert Rachael Litherland.
Dementia research grant winners announced
Twenty nine of Australia’s best and brightest young scientists will share in $2.5 million to conduct ground-breaking dementia research, following an announcement today by the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation, naming the 2013 grant recipients. Alzheimer’s Australia National President, Ita Buttrose said: “The grants will allow researchers to start working on some of the biggest challenges in the field of dementia research.
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).
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.