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Funded dementia training for aged care providers

Aged and health care workers can now access a fully-funded dementia training program, delivered by expert facilitators from Alzheimer’s Australia. The Commonwealth funded Dementia Training Australia (DTA) consortium, of which Alzheimer’s Australia is a member, is offering Dementia Essentials which will be delivered by Alzheimer’s Australia nationally. The consortium is led by the University of Wollongong, and brings together the expertise of Australia’s leading dementia educators. Dementia Essentials is a competency based, nationally accredited course. Uniquely tailored for people working with or supporting people with dementia in aged care, health care and community service settings, this training gives participants the knowledge, tools, capacity and confidence to provide the best possible care for people living with dementia. Alzheimer’s Australia Acting CEO Maree McCabe said this national, collaborative approach is essential for meeting the needs of the growing number of people living with dementia across the country. “There are currently over 350,000 Australians living with dementia. That number is expected to reach 900,000 by 2050. This rapid increase in prevalence will result in an ever growing demand across the nation for quality dementia-related services,” Ms McCabe said. “Dementia Essentials participants will benefit from the most up-to-date, evidence-based dementia training, delivered in a coordinated, nationally consistent way. The knowledge and skills acquired will be translated into best practice on the ground, improving care and quality of life outcomes for people living with...

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New guide to simplify retirement village contracts

A new guide has been developed to help older Australians navigate downsizing choices by making retirement village contracts easier to understand. The Property Council designed its National Guide to Creating Simple and Effective Retirement Village Contracts to assist village operators create clear contracts in plain English, and reduce the confusion experienced by some senior Australians contemplating the move to a retirement community. Glenn Byres, Chief of Policy and Housing at the Property Council, says the Guide takes a strong leadership position on contracts – in particular, that all residence contracts should be clear, well-structured and transparent about the issues that matter most to residents. “Operators have heard and acted on feedback from residents about the length of some contracts and confusing language and layout, which can make moving to a village a harder decision than it should be,” Mr Byres said. “The industry wants to make it as easy as possible for people to make informed choices.” Produced in conjunction with sector specialists Russell Kennedy Lawyers, who have also authored a widely used standard contract for residential aged care, the Guide will help demystify the sector and improve understanding of common financial terms in village contracts. “This Guide provides practical suggestions to operators about important terms to include in loan-lease contracts, and a practical structure that breaks down responsibilities into three stages – moving in, living in and moving out of...

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Super solution to ageing needs: Shorten

Opposition leader, Bill Shorten, says superannuation reform needs to focus on better utilising the $2 trillion in savings to boost productivity and infrastructure, including affordable accommodation for ageing Australians. In his keynote address to the Industry Super Australia…

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How dementia impacts the brain: new DVD

A new DVD that helps people better understand dementia has been launched by Alzheimer’s Australia for consumers, family members and carers. How dementia affects the brain and the person is a remake of Understanding Brain and Behaviour that was produced …

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Challenges ahead for retirement living

Many retirement living villages in Australia are approaching the stage of needing major redevelopment and losing appeal for the next generation of retirees, according to the latest industry census released last week at the Retirement Living Summit. The annual Census developed in partnership between the Property Council – Retirement and PwC provides the largest snapshot of data and trends in the retirement living sector. The 2016 Census, which comprises data from more than 53,000 retirement and independent living units across Australia, found retirement villages now have a 92 per cent occupancy rate, while the average two-bedroom unit is priced at 67 per cent of the median house price in the same postcode. While 33 per cent of the village operators are not-for-profit providers, they operate just 16 per cent of the overall units. The average age of new residents into retirement living has increased to 75, up from 74 last year, while the average age of current residents is 80. Yet just 26% of villages on average reported being co-located aged care or aged care within 500m. “What we can see from the research is that retirement villages can extend the independence and quality of life of their residents,” said Chief Executive of the Property Council of Australia, Ken Morrison. “Census indicates retirement villages are growing in popularity and are an affordable downsizing proposition that provide real lifestyle and health benefits to residents.” “It does indicate some challenges...

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