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Gaming app may help identify early onset dementia

A new digital game that anonymously records players’ movements is helping scientists to accurately identify the early stages of dementia. Sea Hero Quest, in which players navigate seas on a hunt to save an old sailor’s memories, was developed by a team of…

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Building starts on $20m aged care facility

Work has begun on Baptcare’s newest aged care facility, which forms part of a major redevelopment project being delivered in partnership by the State Government of Victoria, Baptcare and residential developers, Frasers. The $160 million development of the Westmeadows site in north Melbourne aims to improve access to suitable housing so local residents can age in place. Baptcare Acting Chief Executive, Brent Dankesreither said the development of the aged care facility reaffirms Baptcare’s commitment to seniors in the area and the high demand for concessional aged care accomodation. “This development will rejuvenate and revitalize the Westmeadows community, addressing the unmet need for aged...

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Three-way merger consolidates home care services

Three community care service providers have announced they will be merging to create a new, larger entity with an expanded range of services. The consolidation of Community First, Volunteer Task Force and Care Options in WA is being seen as a merger of equals, with each of the three organisations similar in size. When combined, the new entity employ over 400 staff and assist over 10,000 clients. Initial discussions commenced a year ago following the announcement of changes to welfare funding, though it is unknown when the new entity will come into effect. Executive Director of Community First, David Shelton, said he first broached the subject of a merger with the chief executive officer of Volunteer Taskforce 12 months ago, and in early 2016 Care Options expressed an interest in joining the proposed merger. ”We are all enthusiastic about the potential of the new entity to improve services to clients and to introduce a wider service offering,” Mr Shelton said. “Our services are already widely recognised for their quality and value, but the new entity gives us better financial leverage and will allow us to have an even bigger impact in our shared aim of supporting people to live a better life, put simply, in the future we will be able to do more things for more people. “Being a larger scale organisation will enable us to invest in state-of-the art systems to...

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