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Oma became an internet sensation when her son, Jason van Genderen, began posting whimsical videos of the family coming together during lockdowns to care for the Dutch matriarch, who was living with the effects of dementia. Now Jason has made a heartwarming feature film, set to premiere at the Sydney Film Festival. Read More

Labor has a huge health agenda ahead of it – what policies should we expect?

Labor’s win in Saturday’s election heralds real change in health policy. Although Labor had a small-target strategy, with limited big spending commitments, its victory represents a value shift to a party committed to equity and Medicare, and, potentially, a style shift to a hands-on, equity-oriented health minister. Read More
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68% of Australian aged care residents are at risk of malnutrition – how do we fix it?

We know nutrition becomes increasingly important as we age, with older people requiring higher levels of vitamin D, vitamin B12, protein, fibre and calcium – and should be a priority for providers. But so should pleasure – an element of eating we often take for granted. Read More

An empowered approach to digital transformation

How an all-women team successfully transitioned a disability and employment service to a new system and transformed the way the organisation operates and delivers care.  Read More

How to lighten the burden of dysphagia on family caregivers

  Swallowing requires very little thought for most people, but swallowing difficulties are common amongst older people, and can create a range of difficulties for the elderly and those who care for them.  The medical term for the difficulty of swallowing food and or drinking fluids is dysphagia, which can occur for a number of... Read More

#WisdomWednesday

Wisdom Wednesday is about celebrating the experience and wisdom of our elders across the globe through storytelling. It's through these stories that we attempt to elevate their often unspoken worth and value of age unwittingly lost to peers and future generations. Do you have an elders story to share or are you an elder yourself that would like to be interviewed? Help us celebrate the lives of our elders through Wisdom Wednesday, a weekly segment posted – ironically – every Wednesday. Our older generation are by definition the most experienced members of our community, but as they age and transition into more passive, physically constrained roles in society, their importance often dwindles, particularly so as they enter long-term care.

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