Home' Australian Ageing Agenda : AAA Nov-Dec 2015 Contents Earn more during your lunch break
Your lunch break is one of the best times to tackle errands and get through the items on your to-do list.
So why not use that time to squeeze in a few steps that can help you earn more for your retirement?
Here are three things to tick off on your next break. They're quick, easy, and can make a big difference in the long run.
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Almost 200,000 seniors currently
live in retirement villages,
delivering an annual budget
saving of $2.16 billion by
delaying entry into residential
care and reducing hospital
stays, according to a report
commissioned by the Property
Council of Australia.
But by 2025 demand for
retirement living accommodation
is forecast to double, and
present rates of development
will not be able to keep up, the
The research found there
was a need for both state and
local government to improve
awareness of the retirement
living sector and remove
regulatory barriers, such as
altering land use policies to
support the development of
retirement villages, incentivising
the integration of villages within
local communities and offering
USE OF SEDATIVES
IN AGED CARE
A program to more appropriately
manage sedative use is leading
to significant reductions in
the use of antipsychotics and
benzodiazepines in residential
care, initial results show.
The RedUSe program was
developed by the University of
Tasmania (UTAS) and involves
facility staff, pharmacists and
GPs to reduce the inappropriate
use of antipsychotics and
residential aged care.
By 2016, 151 residential
aged care facilities will have
participated, said lead on the
project, Juanita Westbury,
senior lecturer in Dementia
Studies at UTAS.
Preliminary results from
77 facilities show significant
reductions in antipsychotic and
benzodiazepine use, with the
percentage of residents using
each sedative falling by 10 per
cent and 20 per cent respectively.
CALL FOR IMPROVED
Respite care should be given
much greater attention in
government policy and Australia
must look to countries such as
Japan for successful models, said
the chair of Alzheimer's Disease
International Glenn Rees.
Mr Rees said that while
the Australian Government's
investment in dementia research
was a "big achievement", more
action was needed in areas such
as access to flexible respite,
timely diagnosis and involving
consumers in quality measures.
He said the implementation of
the 2012 aged care reforms had
not measured up to its promise.
"Respite care in my view
should receive a much higher
priority in dementia care policy," he
told the Catholic Health Australia
conference in late August. "It is
the most demanded service by
Australian family carers of people
with dementia and well-designed
respite can socially engage the
person with dementia." n
research suggests that efforts to
better manage pain for those with
dementia are improving.
The study was led by Monash
University in collaboration with the
University of Adelaide, University
of South Australia, University of
Sydney and aged care provider
Resthaven, and funded by the
Alzheimer's Australia Dementia
The researchers looked at the
prevalence of pain and pain-
relieving medicine among 383
aged care residents -- both with
and without dementia -- across
They found that both residents
with and without dementia
experienced similar levels of
clinician-observed pain, though
those with dementia were less
likely to be able to self-report.
That pain medication usage
rates are at the same level
suggested that providers were
learning to better recognise and
manage pain among people with
dementia, said lead researcher
Simon Bell, Associate Professor
at the Centre for Medicine Use
and Safety at Monash University.
"Our results suggest we are
doing a much better job now than
we have been in the past," he
told Australian Ageing Agenda. n
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