Causes of changes in basic activities of daily living in older adults with long-term care needs.
CONCLUSIONS: The most significant result was using survival curves to visualise the changes in BADL items of older adults with LTCI. These findings could help develop rehabilitation programs to prevent the need for BADL assistance in older adults. PMID: 32902865 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - September 9, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Sagari A, Tabira T, Maruta M, Miyata H, Han G, Kawagoe M Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Effects of smoking behaviour changes on depression in older people: a retrospective study.
CONCLUSION: It is necessary to develop practical protocols and educational programs aimed at preventing and managing depression in older adults aged 65 years and above. PMID: 32881229 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - September 3, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Gyeong Son H Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Systematic review on the contents and parameters of self-management education programs in older adults with knee osteoarthritis.
CONCLUSION: This review comprehensively summarises the structure of multifaceted SMEP for people with KOA, which could be used to inform clinical practice and future research. PMID: 32881241 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - September 3, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Salwana Kamsan S, Kaur Ajit Singh D, Pin Tan M, Kumar S Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

'I used to be a gardener': Connecting aged care residents to gardening and to each other through communal garden sites.
CONCLUSIONS: Communal garden sites can improve quality of life and enable connectedness for RACF residents. However, a range of personal, attitudinal, institutional and resource-related challenges create barriers to gardening, and in the RACF isolation and inactivity persist. We conclude that these challenges might be overcome through provision of physical and emotional support for positive risk-taking, autonomy and access to the outside to continue gardening. PMID: 32881262 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - September 3, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Fielder H, Marsh P Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Frailty and risk of re-hospitalisation and mortality for aged care residents following a fall injury hospitalisation.
CONCLUSIONS: Frailty is an important prognostic factor associated with readmission for residents of aged care hospitalised for a fall injury. Frailty screening could assist to identify people at a high risk of re-hospitalisation following a fall injury. PMID: 32881277 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - September 3, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Mitchell R, Ting HP, Draper B, Close J, Harvey L, Brodaty H, Driscoll TR, Braithwaite J Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Not all older men have the chronic diseases associated with severe COVID-19.
PMID: 32869944 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - September 1, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Cumming RG, Khalatbari-Soltani S, Blyth FM, Naganathan V, Le Couteur DG Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Challenges of caring for the aged: Attracting and retaining aged care assistants in Western Australia.
CONCLUSION: In line with the national emphasis on the attraction and retention of ACAs, the findings reported here have the potential to inform future strategies in residential aged care facilities in WA. PMID: 32852129 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - August 27, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Dhakal SP, Nankervis A, Connell J, Burgess J Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Beyond a decade of Australasian Journal on Ageing.
PMID: 32844476 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - August 25, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Parkinson L Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Mortality in the first year of aged care services in Australia.
CONCLUSION: Our study has identified significant variations in mortality rates that highlight which cohorts entering aged care are the most vulnerable. PMID: 32815606 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - August 20, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Inacio MC, Lang CE, Khadka J, Watt AM, Crotty M, Wesselingh S, Whitehead C Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Use of medication reviews among older women with dementia, 2003-2015: A longitudinal cohort study.
CONCLUSIONS: Although higher in women with dementia and those in RAC, utilisation of MR was modest. System-level interventions may be required to ensure the use and benefits of MRs. PMID: 32815634 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - August 20, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Thapaliya K, Harris ML, Byles JE Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Decision-making in home care package spending.
CONCLUSION: Clients need confidence in their individual funds and their use in order to maximise the potential benefits. Clear, consistent communication at all stages, and additional supports to build consumer capability, will enable clients to better understand packages and their application. This in turn will optimise the capacity of home care package recipients to maximise their health and well-being. PMID: 32808402 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - August 18, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Rowland D, Joyce CM Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Pharmacist-led medication reviews in aged care residents with dementia: A systematic review.
CONCLUSION: Pharmacist-led medication reviews, when conducted collaboratively, may improve the use of medicines in RACF residents with dementia. However, robust conclusions cannot be drawn, largely due to the low quality of evidence available, including only one RCT. PMID: 32748980 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - August 4, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: McDerby N, Kosari S, Bail K, Shield A, Peterson G, Naunton M Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Planning the supply of aged care services: It's time to talk denominators.
CONCLUSION: The 70+ based ratio developed almost forty years ago has served its purpose reasonably well. However, changes in the nature of the aged care system, different patterns of use by age and sex, and demographic changes suggest that long-term aged care planning requires careful review in choosing a more robust version of the provision ratio for the future. PMID: 32748986 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - August 4, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Gibson D Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

FRAIL scale: Predictive validity and diagnostic test accuracy.
Abstract OBJECTIVE: To examine the predictive validity of the FRAIL scale for mortality, and diagnostic test accuracy (DTA) against the frailty phenotype (FP). MEASUREMENT: Frailty was measured in 846 community-dwelling adults (mean age 74.3[SD 6.3] years, 54.8% female) using a modified FRAIL scale and modified FP. Mortality was matched to death records. RESULTS: The FRAIL scale demonstrated significant predictive validity for mortality up to 10 years (Frail adjHR: 2.60, P 
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - August 4, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Thompson MQ, Theou O, Tucker GR, Adams RJ, Visvanathan R Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Supporting community-dwelling older people with cognitive impairment to stay at home: A modelled cost analysis.
CONCLUSIONS: Programs supporting cognitively impaired community-dwelling older people could be financially beneficial; further evaluation and implementation would be a worthwhile investment. PMID: 32609939 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - July 1, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Dyer SM, Standfield LB, Fairhall N, Cameron ID, Gresham M, Brodaty H, Crotty M Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Treatment outcomes in older adults with hoarding disorder: The impact of self-control, boredom and social support.
CONCLUSIONS: Increasing social support may improve treatment retention, and pre-emptively reducing sources of boredom and increasing self-control during treatment might improve outcomes for older adults with hoarding disorder. PMID: 32609947 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - July 1, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Weiss ER, Landers A, Todman M, Roane DM Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

What makes community-based physical activity programs for culturally and linguistically diverse older adults effective? A systematic review.
CONCLUSION: The provision of culturally appropriate community-based physical activity programs appears to support and encourage engagement among CALD older adults. PMID: 32597566 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - June 29, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Montayre J, Neville S, Dunn I, Shrestha-Ranjit J, Wright-St Clair V Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Pharmacoepidemiology of medications omitted in New Zealand Residential Aged Care Homes.
CONCLUSIONS: A wide range of medications are regularly prescribed and administered to RAC home residents in NZ. Omitted doses are frequently recorded without a justification. Inconsistent recording of omissions can increase potential for error, particularly in relation to psychotropic medications. More consistent recording may help staff to maintain a high standard of quality care. PMID: 32567805 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - June 22, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Garratt SM, Kerse NM, Peri K, Jonas MF, Scahil SL Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Predictors of transport to hospital after emergency ambulance call-out for older people living in residential aged care.
CONCLUSION: These results will improve prediction of call-outs likely to require transfer. Findings include identification of clinical features to be targeted by community and preventative health programs to reduce risk of acute health deterioration and requirement for emergency hospital transfer. PMID: 32558049 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - June 18, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Dwyer RA, Gabbe BJ, Tran T, Smith K, Lowthian JA Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

An ongoing physiotherapist-led exercise program in residential aged care: Description of participant satisfaction and outcomes.
CONCLUSIONS: The results suggest that a rehabilitative program can maintain the physical status of aged care residents, despite the common decline in physical performance in this population. PMID: 32506741 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - June 7, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Scrivener K, Alava Bravo K, Greely B, Heidema M, Violi A, Young N Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Retirees' perceptions of goal setting: A qualitative study.
CONCLUSION: Retirees' perceptions about the meaning and usefulness of goals varied greatly, with the language used a key factor in the perceived relevance of goal setting. PMID: 32497390 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - June 4, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Dudley D, O'Loughlin K, Lewis S, Loh V Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Virtual reality program to develop dementia-friendly communities in Japan.
This study examined the effects of a Virtual Reality (VR) educational program on participants' attitudes towards dementia and their sense of community related to supporting community-dwelling older adults. METHODS: We delivered an educational program using a virtual reality platform that provided a first-person perspective of people with dementia in the courtyards of two convenience stores in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area, Japan. We investigated attitudes towards dementia and participants' sense of community before and after the educational program. RESULTS: There were 42 study participants (average age = ...
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - June 2, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Sari DW, Igarashi A, Takaoka M, Yamahana R, Noguchi-Watanabe M, Teramoto C, Yamamoto-Mitani N Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Use of health and support services by people living with dementia in the community setting.
CONCLUSIONS: Many people living with dementia in the community do not access all of the health-care or support services available to them. Ensuring that people with dementia and their carers are supported to access the services available to assist them live in the community setting for as long as possible is important. PMID: 32436314 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - May 20, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Kalisch Ellett LM, Pratt NL, Nguyen TA, Roughead EE Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Prevalence and geographical variation of dementia in New Zealand from 2012 to 2015: Brief report utilising routinely collected data within the Integrated Data Infrastructure.
CONCLUSIONS: To our knowledge, this is the first study ascertaining dementia estimates using NZ's whole-of-population IDI data. Estimates were lower than existing NZ estimates, for several reasons. Further work is required, including expanding IDI data sets, to develop future estimates that better reflect NZ's diverse population. PMID: 32394527 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - May 11, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Walesby KE, Exeter DJ, Gibb S, Wood PC, Starr JM, Russ TC Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Risk indicators for depression in aged care: The contribution of a meaningful life, mastery and environmental fit.
Abstract OBJECTIVES: Depression is a pernicious, growing problem in the aged care population. Knowledge about the risk factors for depression focuses on unchangeable, medical factors; therefore, a deeper, systematic understanding of modifiable psychological risk indicators is needed. METHODS: This secondary analysis used data from an observational cohort study (T1, n = 147; T2, n = 81) of adults aged ≥65 years recruited from 15 aged care facilities in Melbourne, Australia. Meaningful existence, mastery, social support and person-environment fit were investigated as risk indicators....
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - April 23, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Chau R, Kissane DW, Davison TE Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Implementing a 'Safe Recovery' fall prevention program: Refining intervention theory using realist methods.
CONCLUSIONS: Tailored individualised approaches for patients with specific characteristics may lead to patients being less likely to engage in risky behaviours. Staff training and processes for facilitating ongoing feedback between patients, SRP and ward staff are required to ensure consistency and coherence of SRP messaging. PMID: 32329242 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - April 23, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Martin RA, Dickie B, Skinner H, Hurring S, Marshall R, Hanger HC Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Human rights unbound: An unrepentant call for a more complete application of human rights in relation to older persons-And beyond.
This article argues that, in relation to ageing issues in Australian society, we need to more strongly embrace an explicit and comprehensive human rights framework in analysing what is going on in our society and to adopt a much more robust and demanding human rights approach to policy development and holding government accountable for its actions and inaction. This means not just the explicit invocation of existing human rights norms to ageing issues, but also the development of new norms and interpretations of human rights that more fully reflect the perspectives of older persons than current mainstream norms do. The arg...
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - April 23, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Byrnes A Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

The link between hearing loss, dementia and mental health: A community conversation.
PMID: 32304163 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - April 18, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Jayakody DMP, Horgan B, Foster E, Tarawneh H, Tarawneh H, Eikelboom RH Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Staff knowledge, attitudes and behaviours related to mobilisation in a rehabilitation setting: Short report of a multidisciplinary survey.
CONCLUSIONS: These barriers can inform locally tailored strategies to improve rehabilitation patient mobility. PMID: 32279415 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - April 12, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Mudge AM, Bew P, Smith S, McRae P Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

The very old in intensive care: Admission characteristics, mortality and supports needed at six months postdischarge.
CONCLUSION: Most patients are alive at discharge and 6 months, with a majority requiring no formal supports. PMID: 32279457 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - April 12, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Tsang J, Bloomfield K, Lawrey Y, Wu Z, Connolly MJ Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Meeting the needs of older people living in Australian residential aged care: A new conceptual model.
CONCLUSIONS: This proposed model of residential aged care takes as its purpose the provision of person-centred care to older people with complex health issues, requiring end-of-life care, and/or living with dementia. This includes supporting dignity of risk and quality of life and enabling older adults to thrive. PMID: 32274867 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - April 9, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Ibrahim JE, Fetherstonhaugh D, Rayner JA, McAuliffe L, Jain B, Bauer M Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

A preliminary study to identify the likely risk for sarcopenia in older hospitalised patients with cardiovascular disease in Vietnam.
CONCLUSION: Sarcopenia was present in one-third of older hospitalised patients with CVD and increased their risk of readmission. This finding suggests the need to raise awareness of sarcopenia among clinicians and older patients in Vietnam. PMID: 32270595 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - April 8, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Van Nguyen T, Tran KD, Bui KX, Le D, Nguyen TN Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Vitamin D deficiency in proximal femur fracture patients of South-East Queensland.
Abstract OBJECTIVES: To determine the incidence of hypovitaminosis D in proximal femur fracture (PFF) patients and investigate whether sociodemographic factors or radiographic parameters are associated with vitamin D levels. METHODS: This is a consecutive case series of South-East Queensland patients presenting with low-energy PFFs. Vitamin D levels and sociodemographic factors (age, sex, postcode, medications and type of residence) were collected from medical records. Radiographic parameters included PFF type and cortical thickness of the femur. RESULTS: A total of 313 patients were included (mean age&n...
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - March 16, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Awal W, Bindra R, Price N, Sadler A, Robinson A, Hymer I, Chen J Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Geo-mapping of young people in residential aged care.
CONCLUSION: Geo-mapping provides useful information for the development of targeted programs and services. PMID: 32141200 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - March 5, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Zail J, Eastwood K, Bugeja L, Bassed R, Ibrahim JE Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

The influence of age and overweight or obesity on foot sensitivity and postural control: A systematic review.
CONCLUSIONS: Increased age represented a detrimental effect on foot sensitivity. Most studies showed that decreased foot sensitivity was related to worse balance and/or postural stability. Overweight or obesity was associated with plantar sensitivity, with lower sensitivity and decreased postural stability observed in obese people. PMID: 32124534 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - March 2, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Andreato LV, de Oliveira DV, Follmer B, Bertolini SMMG Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

The role of a residential aged care pharmacist: Findings from a pilot study.
CONCLUSION: Pharmacists working collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary aged care team can perform a range of clinically and operationally beneficial activities. PMID: 32124547 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - March 2, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: McDerby NC, Kosari S, Bail KS, Shield AJ, Peterson G, Thorpe R, Naunton M Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Fifth-year medical students' perceptions of the importance of frailty and competence in assessing, diagnosing and managing frailty before and after a geriatric medicine course.
Abstract OBJECTIVE: To assess the changes in fifth-year medical students' perceptions of the importance of frailty and competence in assessing, diagnosing and managing frailty after a 4.5-week geriatric medicine course. METHODS: Students' perceived importance and competence was assessed before and after the course using a 26-item Likert scale questionnaire with scores ranging from 1 to 6. RESULTS: Students' perceptions of the importance of defining frailty (P = .01), explaining what frailty is (P = .03), advising on nutritional needs (P = .001) and exercise (P = .0...
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - March 2, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Arakawa Martins B, Jadczak AD, Dollard J, Barrie H, Mahajan N, Tam KL, Visvanathan R Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Medication-related criteria in frailty assessment tools: A narrative review.
CONCLUSION: Inclusion of medication-related criteria in frailty tools is highly variable. Future research is required to determine whether incorporation of medication use into frailty assessment can impact outcomes in terms of frailty prevention and treatment. PMID: 32107831 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - February 27, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Dearing ME, Bowles SK, Isenor JE, Theou O, Reeve E Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

'I will walk out of here': Qualitative analysis of older rehabilitation patients' perceptions of mobility.
CONCLUSION: Recognising and understanding motivators, enablers and barriers to mobilising during subacute hospitalisation of older patients is an essential step towards developing and implementing successful strategies to promote greater mobilisation. Addressing mobilisation barriers requires a multifaceted approach at the patient and organisational level. PMID: 32096895 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - February 25, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Kozica-Olenski S, McRae P, Bew P, Mudge A Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

An observational study of physical, cognitive and social activities in rehabilitation inpatients.
CONCLUSIONS: Time spent in physical, cognitive and social activities is low in inpatient rehabilitation and TCP wards. PMID: 32096897 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - February 25, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: McRae P, Bew P, Smith S, Mudge A Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Initial experiences of an in-reach service providing iron infusions in residential aged care facilities.
CONCLUSION: It is possible to safely provide parenteral iron through an in-reach service to residents in RACF. Further research is required to identify the person-level benefits achieved by this service. PMID: 32090443 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - February 23, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Zinsaz H, Calder G, Corallo C, Gibson PR, Poojary S, Moran C Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Ageing as part of the curriculum for health-care professionals: A Queensland Survey.
CONCLUSION: Ageing-related education for health professionals requires attention to address shortcomings. PMID: 32064710 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - February 16, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Liddle J, Beattie E, Gannon B, Bennett S, Pachana NA Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Predictors of unplanned hospitalisation in the older population: The role of polypharmacy and other medication and chronic disease-related factors.
CONCLUSION: A hospitalisation risk score incorporating demographics, medicines, namely steroids, and diseases such as HF had increased predictive ability compared to the medicines count, providing guidance for developing future polypharmacy tools. PMID: 32056359 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - February 13, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Masnoon N, Shakib S, Kalisch Ellett L, Caughey GE Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Consumer experiences of home care packages.
CONCLUSION: Positive consumer experience requires tighter regulation of providers and policy attention to fees and minimal standards of staff training. The policy of full cost recovery restricts consumers' access to local government services. PMID: 31981275 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - January 24, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Russell SJ, Siostrom K, Edwards I, Srikanth V Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Patterns of hospital utilisation in the lead up to a diagnosis of dementia: A longitudinal retrospective study of hospital dementia patients in Australia.
CONCLUSION: Findings highlight opportunities for earlier diagnosis of dementia in hospital, through more targeted screening and follow-up of suspected cases with comprehensive geriatric assessment prior to discharge. This may result in a definitive diagnosis on discharge, allowing for better coordination of ongoing management to prevent unnecessary readmissions. PMID: 31976628 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - January 24, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Cappetta K, Lago L, Phillipson L Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Factors associated with accessing aged care services in Australia after approval for services: Findings from the historical cohort of the Registry of Senior Australians.
CONCLUSION: Monitoring the use of aged care service approvals to identify service access barriers can support ongoing evidence-based policy changes. PMID: 31975527 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - January 23, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Inacio MC, Amare AT, Whitehead C, Bray SCE, Corlis M, Visvanathan R, Wesselingh S Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Interventions supporting caregiver readiness when caring for patients with dementia following discharge home: A mixed-methods systematic review.
CONCLUSION: The programs did not significantly decrease the outcomes measured. However, caregivers identified that inclusion at all stages during hospital admission was a vital factor to reduce stress and increase caregiver readiness. PMID: 31944506 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - January 16, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Pritchard E, Cussen A, Delafosse V, Swift M, Jolliffe L, Yeates H Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Associations between oral health and depressive symptoms: Findings from the Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project.
CONCLUSION: The direction of causality between oral health and depression is unclear; however, oral health may contribute to depression in older Australian men and depressive symptoms may limit chewing capacity and be aggravated by untreated dental decay. PMID: 31943668 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - January 13, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Wright FAC, Takehara S, Stanaway FF, Naganathan V, Blyth FM, Hirani V, Le Couteur DG, Handelsman DJ, Waite LM, Seibel MJ, Cumming RG Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Outcomes for patients with delirium receiving hospital-in-the-home treatment: An Australian perspective.
CONCLUSION: The hospital-in-the-home delirium pathway is a promising alternative to in-hospital delirium care for selected patients. PMID: 31925918 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing)
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - January 10, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Chia J, Eeles EM, Tattam K, Yerkovich S Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research

Uniting generations: A research protocol examining the impacts of an intergenerational learning program on participants and organisations.
Abstract Economic, health and social issues associated with the ageing population and the disconnect between the generations call for novel approaches to care services. Intergenerational programs are known to enhance engagement between generations, improve health and well-being and create a stronger sense of community. While the health and social benefits are well documented, little attention has been given to the operational aspects of intergenerational programs within care facilities. This paper describes the research protocol used to develop, implement and evaluate an intergenerational learning program for pres...
Source: Australasian Journal on Ageing - January 9, 2020 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Golenko X, Radford K, Fitzgerald JA, Vecchio N, Cartmel J, Harris N Tags: Australas J Ageing Source Type: research