The current prevalence of dementia in the LGAs of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens is about 6000, with an incidence of around 500 new cases per year. Currently, one in ten Australians over the age of 65 are living with dementia and one in eight Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders over the age of 45. The National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) have predicted an almost doubling of the incidence of dementia in the next twenty years.
A recent article in The Lancet Healthy Longevity states that the failure of health systems to incorporate exercise programs into the health care of older people is “an example of medical, scientific and pharmaceutical industry failures to appreciate exercise’s major role as a therapeutic agent to prevent and treat both disease and loss of functional capacity”. To this, we could add that the failure of government at all levels to provide facilities for physical activity for older people is a major contributor to premature ageing and reduction in quality of life.
Australia faces a massive problem providing suitable housing for older people. We have few options now, let alone to provide for the increase of 50% of people over 65 by 2035.
One issue I hear repeatedly is the difficulty older people have learning about, and accessing all kinds of services and support. The result is that older people experience unsupported decline and have difficulty negotiating care either in the home or residential aged care. This is especially challenging for older people with no support network.
1 October is the United Nations International Day of Older Persons. It is difficult to feel celebratory as we enter the third month of lockdown against a virulent virus that threatens the health and life of all people, but especially the oldest and sickest, and most particularly those in residential care.
Coronavirus vaccinations will become mandatory for aged care workers following the emergency National Cabinet meeting last night. All of those workers are expected to have their first dose by mid-September. But what does that mean for workers and administrators at the coal face? Is it just yet another impost on the aged care sector and… Continue reading Viv Allanson on latest government changes to vaccination rollout
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ABC Drive with Paul TurtonClick to Listen Dr Ward talks to Paul Turton on ABC Drive about the newly created Hunter Ageing Alliance. The Alliance aims to shine a light on issues facing older people in our community. Hunter Ageing Alliance founders Dr John Ward, Viv Allanson, Catherine Henry and Professor Julie Byles encourage organisations… Continue reading Dr John Ward interview with Paul Turton on ABC Drive
Founding members of the Hunter Ageing Alliance (from left) Catherine Henry, Viv Allanson, Dr John Ward and Professor Julie Byles. A group of citizens has formed a new alliance to get all levels of government, business, NGOs and citizens to focus more on older people and work together to make the Hunter an age friendly… Continue reading Media release: New Alliance to make the Hunter an Age Friendly Community
People over 65 will soon make up a quarter of all people living in the Hunter. The number of people over 85 will double in the next 20 years. The Royal Commission on Quality and Safety in Aged Care has shown that the lives of older people with complex needs can be miserable if they… Continue reading Who is thinking about older people?
One of the Hunter Ageing Alliance’s (HAA) proposed solutions is for our region to become a World Health Organisation (WHO) Age Friendly Community. WHO has produced a guide and established a global network, around eight areas that more than 800 cities and communities globally have addressed to better adapt their structures and services to the… Continue reading The WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities