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Use of health and support services by people living with dementia in the community setting.

Australas J Ageing 2020 May 20. Epub 2020 May 20.

Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre, Clinical and Health Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA, Australia.

Objective: To determine the access to and use of health-care services by people with dementia in the community.

Methods: A retrospective cross-sectional analysis of the Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) administrative claims data was conducted. Veterans and their spouses with one or more dementia claims between 1 January 2000 and 30 June 2016, who were aged ≥45 years at the time of the claim and who were still alive and living in the community on 30 June 2017, were included. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12801DOI Listing

Prevalence and geographical variation of dementia in New Zealand from 2012 to 2015: Brief report utilising routinely collected data within the Integrated Data Infrastructure.

Australas J Ageing 2020 May 11. Epub 2020 May 11.

Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.

Objectives: There are no national dementia epidemiological studies using New Zealand (NZ) data. NZ routinely collects health-care data within the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI). The study objectives were to 1) investigate late-onset dementia estimates using the IDI between 2012-2015 and compare these with 2) published estimates, and 3) variations between North and South Islands and ethnicity. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12790DOI Listing

Implementing a 'Safe Recovery' fall prevention program: Refining intervention theory using realist methods.

Australas J Ageing 2020 Apr 23. Epub 2020 Apr 23.

Older Persons Health Specialist Service, Burwood Hospital, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Objectives: This research aimed to explain how the Safe Recovery Programme (SRP) may best work to reduce falls in older adults undergoing rehabilitation in four wards in an older person's health and rehabilitation service.

Methods: Qualitative realist methods were used, including surveys completed by patients and staff, and qualitative interviews or focus groups exploring views of patients, ward staff and SRP educators.

Results: Emphasising different types of information for patients with different pre-existing understandings may facilitate their responses to SRP messaging. Read More

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Risk indicators for depression in aged care: The contribution of a meaningful life, mastery and environmental fit.

Australas J Ageing 2020 Apr 23. Epub 2020 Apr 23.

Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Vic., Australia.

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. Read More

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Human rights unbound: An unrepentant call for a more complete application of human rights in relation to older persons-And beyond.

Authors:
Andrew Byrnes

Australas J Ageing 2020 Apr 23. Epub 2020 Apr 23.

Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

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 argument is developed through an analysis of reports of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and into Violence against Persons with Disabilities. Read More

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The link between hearing loss, dementia and mental health: A community conversation.

Australas J Ageing 2020 Apr 18. Epub 2020 Apr 18.

Ear Science Institute Australia, Subiaco, WA, Australia.

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The very old in intensive care: Admission characteristics, mortality and supports needed at six months postdischarge.

Australas J Ageing 2020 Apr 12. Epub 2020 Apr 12.

University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.

Objective: To describe survival and six-month outcomes (residence, community supports) in the very old (≥80 years) admitted to intensive care in Waitemata District Health Board, New Zealand.

Methods: Hospital records of patients 80 years and over admitted from August 2015 to June 2017 were reviewed.

Results: One hundred and seventeen patients were admitted (median age: 83). Read More

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Staff knowledge, attitudes and behaviours related to mobilisation in a rehabilitation setting: Short report of a multidisciplinary survey.

Australas J Ageing 2020 Apr 12. Epub 2020 Apr 12.

Internal Medicine Research Unit, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Brisbane, Qld, Australia.

Objectives: Regular mobilising is important in inpatient rehabilitation, but objective measurements show low patient mobility. We sought to understand multidisciplinary staff perspectives on barriers and enablers to mobility in a rehabilitation setting.

Methods: A validated barriers survey (standardised score 0-100, higher representing greater barriers) was distributed to 99 clinical staff on two wards at a single rehabilitation facility. Read More

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Meeting the needs of older people living in Australian residential aged care: A new conceptual model.

Australas J Ageing 2020 Apr 9. Epub 2020 Apr 9.

Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care (ACEBAC), La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Objective: To report on the conceptualisation of a model for residential aged care in Australia.

Methods: Three-stage approach involving initial model conceptualisation; extensive consultation with stakeholders to test and develop the model for feasibility and acceptability; and examination of whether the model addresses circumstances that arise in scenarios of organisational failure.

Results: A model consisting of five domains relevant to the experience of older adults living in residential aged care-health care; social inclusion; rights; personal care and re-ablement; and dementia management. Read More

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A preliminary study to identify the likely risk for sarcopenia in older hospitalised patients with cardiovascular disease in Vietnam.

Australas J Ageing 2020 Apr 8. Epub 2020 Apr 8.

Westmead Applied Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Objective: To investigate the prevalence of sarcopenia, its associated factors and its impact on readmission in older hospitalised patients with cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in Vietnam.

Methods: Patients aged ≥60 with CVD were recruited from 12/2018 to 6/2019 at a tertiary hospital in Vietnam. Sarcopenia was defined by the criteria proposed by the Asian Working Group for Sarcopenia (AWGS). Read More

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Vitamin D deficiency in proximal femur fracture patients of South-East Queensland.

Australas J Ageing 2020 Mar 16. Epub 2020 Mar 16.

Gold Coast University Hospital, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

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. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12791DOI Listing

Australasian Journal on Ageing Book Prize, 2019.

Authors:
Yvonne Wells

Australas J Ageing 2020 Mar;39(1)

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Advanced age geriatric care: A comprehensive guide.

Authors:
Julie Byles

Australas J Ageing 2020 Mar;39(1):83

University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW, Australia.

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Is an Australian's home their castle? The challenges of ageing in place.

Australas J Ageing 2020 Mar;39(1):5-8

ECH, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12786DOI Listing

Booming: A life-changing philosophy for ageing well.

Authors:
Jane Sims

Australas J Ageing 2020 Mar;39(1):81

Department of General Practice, School of Primary and Allied Health Care, Monash University, Melbourne, Vic., Australia.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12766DOI Listing

Geo-mapping of young people in residential aged care.

Australas J Ageing 2020 Mar 5. Epub 2020 Mar 5.

Health Law and Ageing Research Unit, Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Vic., Australia.

Objective: Reducing the need for permanent accommodation in nursing homes (residential aged care services) for young people is a major challenge in Australia and internationally. This study investigated the use of innovative geo-mapping strategies to describe the geographical distribution of young people living in residential aged care services (RACS).

Methods: Geographic Information System software was used to generate 13 choropleth maps using data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12787DOI Listing

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.

Australas J Ageing 2020 Mar 2. Epub 2020 Mar 2.

Adelaide Geriatrics Training and Research with Aged Care (G-TRAC Centre), Discipline of Medicine, Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia.

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. Read More

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The role of a residential aged care pharmacist: Findings from a pilot study.

Australas J Ageing 2020 Mar 2. Epub 2020 Mar 2.

Discipline of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health, University of Canberra, Bruce, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

Objective: To explore the feasibility of integrating a residential care pharmacist and describe the activities they subsequently undertake in an established residential aged care facility.

Methods: A residential care pharmacist was integrated part-time (15 hours per week) into a 104-bed residential aged care facility in the Australian Capital Territory, for 6 months. The pharmacist documented all activities performed during the study period. Read More

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The influence of age and overweight or obesity on foot sensitivity and postural control: A systematic review.

Australas J Ageing 2020 Mar 2. Epub 2020 Mar 2.

Post-Graduation Program in Health Promotion, University Center of Maringá, Maringá, Brazil.

Objective: To perform a systematic review on the influence of age and overweight-or obesity-on foot sensitivity, as well as its relationship with balance and postural control.

Methods: Publications in the following databases were searched up to December 2018: Cochrane Library, PubMed, Scopus, SPORTDiscus and Web of Science. Both randomised controlled and non-randomised trials, plus cross-sectional studies that evaluated foot sensitivity and balance in adults and/or older people, were investigated. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12782DOI Listing

Medication-related criteria in frailty assessment tools: A narrative review.

Australas J Ageing 2020 Feb 27. Epub 2020 Feb 27.

Geriatric Medicine Research, Dalhousie University and Nova Scotia Health Authority, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Objective: To review medication-related criteria within validated frailty tools.

Methods: Narrative review of validated frailty assessment tools. Frailty tools were identified from recently published reviews; each tool was reviewed to determine whether any medication-related criteria were included and how these criteria contributed to the scoring/assessment of frailty. Read More

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February 2020

An observational study of physical, cognitive and social activities in rehabilitation inpatients.

Australas J Ageing 2020 Feb 25. Epub 2020 Feb 25.

Internal Medicine Research Unit, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Herston, Qld, Australia.

Objectives: To describe patient behaviour related to mobility in a rehabilitation inpatient setting and compare intensive and Transition Care Program (TCP, slow-stream rehabilitation) models.

Methods: Prospective cross-sectional design including weekday and weekend sampling in two rehabilitation wards (one intensive and one TCP) in a publicly funded facility. A single trained observer undertook behavioural mapping, observing patient location, mobility, activity and company on all inpatients 8 am-4 pm using a structured 2-minute observation protocol. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12785DOI Listing
February 2020

'I will walk out of here': Qualitative analysis of older rehabilitation patients' perceptions of mobility.

Australas J Ageing 2020 Feb 25. Epub 2020 Feb 25.

Internal Medicine Research Unit, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Herston, Qld, Australia.

Objectives: To understand the motivation of older rehabilitation inpatients for mobilisation, and identify barriers and enablers to greater mobilisation.

Methods: Qualitative semi-structured interviews were conducted with older rehabilitation inpatients. All interviews were audio-taped, transcribed verbatim and analysed using thematic and inductive techniques. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12777DOI Listing
February 2020

Initial experiences of an in-reach service providing iron infusions in residential aged care facilities.

Australas J Ageing 2020 Feb 23. Epub 2020 Feb 23.

Department of Aged Care, Alfred Health, Melbourne, Vic., Australia.

Objective: To examine the feasibility of developing an in-reach parenteral iron infusion service to residents of residential aged care facilities (RACFs).

Methods: An audit comparing the use of iron infusions in RACFs prior to and following the introduction of an in-reach iron infusion service.

Results: Of the 738 inpatient iron infusions administered to inpatients ≥65 years in the 12 months prior to the in-reach service, 52 (7%) lived in an RACF, with no significant adverse events reported. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12776DOI Listing
February 2020

Ageing as part of the curriculum for health-care professionals: A Queensland Survey.

Australas J Ageing 2020 Feb 16. Epub 2020 Feb 16.

School of Psychology, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Objectives: Education affects the attitudes and abilities of health professionals regarding older people. This study examines the nature and amount of ageing-related content in programs at universities and in continuing education in Queensland for disciplines involved in the direct care of older people.

Methods: Surveys developed for the different settings were sent to universities and health professional representative bodies. Read More

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February 2020

Predictors of unplanned hospitalisation in the older population: The role of polypharmacy and other medication and chronic disease-related factors.

Australas J Ageing 2020 Feb 13. Epub 2020 Feb 13.

Discipline of Pharmacology, Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia.

Objective: To identify demographic and medication-related predictors of unplanned hospitalisation and combine them into a hospitalisation risk score.

Methods: Patients aged ≥65 years from an outpatient multimorbidity clinic were included. Hospitalisation predictors within a year of clinic discharge were identified using logistic regression. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12769DOI Listing
February 2020

Consumer experiences of home care packages.

Australas J Ageing 2020 Jan 24. Epub 2020 Jan 24.

Peninsula Clinical School, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Objective: The study aimed to explore consumers' experiences of receiving a home care package (HCP).

Methods: Community engagement was used to recruit older people approved for a HCP. Data were collected through face-to-face interviews, and data analysis identified themes. Read More

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January 2020

Patterns of hospital utilisation in the lead up to a diagnosis of dementia: A longitudinal retrospective study of hospital dementia patients in Australia.

Australas J Ageing 2020 Jan 24. Epub 2020 Jan 24.

Australian Health Services Research Institute, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, Australia.

Objective: To describe patterns of hospitalisation in the years preceding the first (index) admission coded with dementia.

Methods: Retrospective longitudinal analysis of hospitalisation preceding an index admission for dementia for 7919 patients and a matched cohort in a regional local health district of New South Wales, Australia, from 1 July 2006 to 31 December 2016.

Results: The dementia cohort experienced a sharp increase in frequency of hospitalisation, particularly in the year pre-index, and primarily for falls and urinary tract infections. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12770DOI Listing
January 2020

Factors associated with accessing aged care services in Australia after approval for services: Findings from the historical cohort of the Registry of Senior Australians.

Australas J Ageing 2020 Jan 23. Epub 2020 Jan 23.

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

Objective: To evaluate access to approved aged care services and factors associated with accessing these services.

Methods: A retrospective cohort study was conducted (1/7/2003-30/6/2013). The incidence of accessing permanent residential, home and respite care services within one year, or transition care within 28 days of approval, was evaluated. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12760DOI Listing
January 2020

Interventions supporting caregiver readiness when caring for patients with dementia following discharge home: A mixed-methods systematic review.

Australas J Ageing 2020 Jan 16. Epub 2020 Jan 16.

Occupational Therapy Department, Alfred Health, Caulfield, Victoria, Australia.

Objective: To explore programs and information provided to caregivers of inpatients with dementia to assist with readiness to provide care following discharge.

Methods: A mixed-methods systematic review with meta-analysis was conducted. Search terms included dementia, inpatient, caregiver, anxiety, discharge and counselling. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12765DOI Listing
January 2020

Associations between oral health and depressive symptoms: Findings from the Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project.

Australas J Ageing 2020 Jan 13. Epub 2020 Jan 13.

School of Public Health, Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Objective: To investigate whether poorer oral health, tooth loss and lower usage of dental services are associated with depressive symptoms in older Australian men.

Methods: Cross-sectional study of data collected from participants of the Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project. Depressive symptoms were evaluated by the Geriatric Depression Scale. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12763DOI Listing
January 2020

Outcomes for patients with delirium receiving hospital-in-the-home treatment: An Australian perspective.

Australas J Ageing 2020 Jan 10. Epub 2020 Jan 10.

School of Clinical Medicine, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Objective: To evaluate the safety (mortality and readmissions) and efficiency (length of stay) of the hospital-in-the-home delirium pathway (THDP) compared with hospital-based care.

Methods: Patients admitted to THDP were compared against an age-matched cohort of patients with delirium managed entirely in hospital. Outcome data were obtained through retrospective chart review, and hospital coding was used to identify controls. Read More

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January 2020

The effect of home care package allocation reforms on service uptake, use and cessation at a large Australian aged care provider.

Australas J Ageing 2020 Jan 9. Epub 2020 Jan 9.

Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Objective: To utilise routinely collected data to examine changes in the client profile of a large aged care provider before and after commencement of the 2017 policy reforms, whereby home care packages were allocated to individuals rather than providers.

Methods: Interrupted time series analysis was used to measure changes in service uptake and cessation. Chi-square and t tests were used to compare client profiles in the 12 months before and after policy changes. Read More

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January 2020

Uniting generations: A research protocol examining the impacts of an intergenerational learning program on participants and organisations.

Australas J Ageing 2020 Jan 9. Epub 2020 Jan 9.

Public Health, School of Medicine, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Qld, Australia.

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. Read More

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January 2020

Prevalence and nature of resident-to-resident abuse incidents in Australian residential aged care.

Australas J Ageing 2019 Dec 9. Epub 2019 Dec 9.

Benetas, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Objectives: To determine the prevalence of resident-to-resident abuse (RRA) in aged care facilities and to explore the nature, contributing factors and outcomes of abuse incidents.

Methods: Retrospective cohort study of residents in 13 aged care facilities between 1 January and 31 December 2017, using data extracted from organisational incident reports.

Results: A total of 169 RRA incidents were recorded, representing 0. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12752DOI Listing
December 2019

Towards the development of Vietnam's national dementia plan-the first step of action.

Australas J Ageing 2019 Dec 9. Epub 2019 Dec 9.

Quality Use of Medicines & Pharmacy Research Centre, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

Objective: To foster a national dialogue on addressing dementia as an emerging public health problem and formulating a strategy for developing Vietnam's national dementia plan.

Methods: In September 2018, the Vietnamese National Geriatric Hospital supported by University staff in Australia and the United States organised the first Vietnam National Dementia Conference in Hanoi.

Results: Over 270 Vietnamese dementia stakeholders and international dementia experts participated in the conference. Read More

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December 2019
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Oral health needs of older migrants with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in developed countries: A systematic review.

Australas J Ageing 2019 Dec 6. Epub 2019 Dec 6.

Centre of Research Excellence in Primary Oral Health Care, Centre for Rural Health, School of Health Sciences, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.

Objectives: To identify and synthesise the available evidence regarding the oral health needs of and the oral health promotion provided for older, cultural and linguistically diverse (CALD) migrants in developed countries.

Method: Databases were searched using search terms to identify all relevant English-language research studies published between 2000 and January 2018.

Results: Thirty-nine articles met the review criteria. Read More

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December 2019

Is disability exclusion associated with experiencing an unmet need for health care?

Australas J Ageing 2019 Dec 5. Epub 2019 Dec 5.

Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic., Australia.

Objective: To examine the association between disability exclusion and experiencing an unmet need for health care.

Methods: The 2015 Survey of Disability Ageing and Carers was used to measure the prevalence of unmet needs for health care stratified by measures of exclusion. Log-Poisson models were fitted to examine the association between discrimination, avoidance and unmet needs for health care. Read More

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December 2019

A missed opportunity to improve practice around the use of restraints and consent in residential aged care: Limitations of the Quality of Care Amendment (Minimising the Use of Restraints) Principles 2019.

Australas J Ageing 2019 Dec 5. Epub 2019 Dec 5.

Capacity Australia, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Objective: To explore the meaning and potential role of new Quality of Care Amendment (Minimising the Use of Restraints) Principles 2019, (Principles) which amend Quality of Care Principles 2014 in improving practice around physical and chemical restraint.

Methods: We examined both Principles and accompanying Explanatory Statement in light of best practices around consent and use of chemical and physical restraint.

Results: The chemical restraint definition is problematic by exclusion of medications for treating mental disorders, physical illness or physical conditions, which is not considered restraint. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12757DOI Listing
December 2019

Vertigo.

Australas J Ageing 2019 Dec;38(4):291

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12727DOI Listing
December 2019

Perioperative medicine for older people: Learning across continents.

Australas J Ageing 2019 Dec;38(4):228-230

Perioperative Medicine for Older People undergoing Surgery (POPS), Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12723DOI Listing
December 2019

Australasian Journal on Ageing: providing evidence based advocacy.

Authors:
Jane Sims

Australas J Ageing 2019 Dec;38(4):223

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12753DOI Listing
December 2019

AAG/ATSIAAG Conference outcomes-2017 and 2018.

Authors:
Thomas E Voigt

Australas J Ageing 2019 Dec;38(4):290

AAG, St Kilda, Vic., Australia.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12721DOI Listing
December 2019

Understanding registered nurse decision-making, communication and care delivery between emergency departments and residential aged care facilities: A research protocol.

Australas J Ageing 2019 Nov 28. Epub 2019 Nov 28.

Emergency Department, Caboolture Hospital, Caboolture, Queensland, Australia.

Objectives: Nursing staff in residential aged care facilities (RACF)s often make decisions about the transfer of residents to the emergency department (ED). This paper describes the protocol of a study that aims to understand decision-making process utilised by RACF registered nurses (RNs) and to explore the perceptions of RNs about the decision and communication process between RACF and ED.

Methods: The proposed mixed-method study will survey and interview RACF RNs to understand their decision to transfer a resident and collect information about older people referred to the ED. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12758DOI Listing
November 2019

Resilience, frailty and outcomes in geriatric rehabilitation.

Australas J Ageing 2019 Nov 28. Epub 2019 Nov 28.

Austin Health, Department of Geriatric Medicine, Continuing Care Clinical Service Unit, Melbourne, Vic., Australia.

Objective: To assess relationships between resilience, frailty and outcomes in geriatric rehabilitation inpatients.

Methods: Eighty-nine inpatients had Brief Resilience Scale (BRS) and frailty index (FI-CGA) completed. Pearson's or Spearman's correlation was used to determine correlation between BRS, FI-CGA and covariates. Read More

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November 2019
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Medication use among older Australians seeking alcohol and other drug treatment.

Australas J Ageing 2019 Nov 25. Epub 2019 Nov 25.

School of Science and Health, Western Sydney University, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Objective: To describe the use of medications that interact with alcohol or for which alcohol reduces the medication's efficacy in older adults consuming alcohol at hazardous levels.

Method: Retrospective file audit of patients discharged from Australia's only older adult-specific alcohol and other drug treatment service.

Results: Seventy-two patients aged between 58 years and 87 years (M = 65. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12756DOI Listing
November 2019

Do orthopaedic and neurosciences inpatients who are at risk of falls have best practice fall prevention strategies implemented during their acute inpatient hospitalization?

Australas J Ageing 2019 Nov 21. Epub 2019 Nov 21.

Physiotherapy Department, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, Coledale Hospital, Coledale, NSW, Australia.

Objective: To determine whether inpatients identified as being at high risk for falls received fall prevention interventions as recommended in the Best Practice Guidelines for Australian Hospitals.

Methods: This cross-sectional study examined medical record data from a convenience sample of inpatients admitted to orthopaedic and neurosciences wards (N = 100). Data were compared to the fall prevention recommendations. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12743DOI Listing
November 2019

Discrimination and disability: Types of discrimination and association with trust, self-efficacy and life satisfaction among older Australians.

Australas J Ageing 2019 Nov 21. Epub 2019 Nov 21.

Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Objective: To examine the prevalence, context and types of discrimination reported by older Australians (aged 55 years and over) and associations between outcomes (trust, self-efficacy and life satisfaction) and exposure to discrimination.

Methods: The 2014 General Social Survey was used to measure discrimination. Multivariable logistic regression was used to examine associations between levels of trust, self-efficacy and life satisfaction and exposure to discrimination. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12747DOI Listing
November 2019

Socioeconomic disparities in leisure activities over the life course of the oldest-old in China.

Australas J Ageing 2019 Nov 19. Epub 2019 Nov 19.

School of Health Policy and Management, Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China.

Objective: To identify the socioeconomic factors leading to disparities in participation in leisure activities over the life course among Chinese oldest-old people.

Methods: Data are from the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey (CLHLS), a sample of adults aged 80 years or older in the period 1998-2012, featuring 38 312 individuals (58 945 observations).

Results: The younger birth cohorts were found to have significantly higher levels of participation in leisure activities, with a non-linear decrease in age observed for oldest-old men and women. Read More

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November 2019

Rapid response teams to support dementia care in Australian aged care homes: Review of the evidence.

Australas J Ageing 2019 Nov 19. Epub 2019 Nov 19.

Australian Health Services Research Institute, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, Australia.

Objectives: To identify attributes of rapid response services designed to support people with very severe and extreme responsive behaviours, otherwise known as behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia, in aged care homes.

Methods: A rapid evidence assessment was conducted to inform the evaluation of the Severe Behaviour Response Team (SBRT) service, including a targeted search of peer-reviewed academic literature and an Internet-based search of government, service provider, peak body and university websites.

Results: A number of localised rapid response services targeting people with similar clinical profiles were identified, but none operated on the scale of the SBRT. Read More

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November 2019

Voluntary stopping of eating and drinking in advance directives for adults with late-stage dementia.

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Philippa Trowse

Australas J Ageing 2019 Nov 19. Epub 2019 Nov 19.

Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Objective: The objective of this paper is to explore the ethical and legal validity of advance directives that request the voluntary stopping of eating and drinking against a backdrop of late-stage dementia.

Method: Doctrinal research and analysis of primary and secondary materials including Australian legislation, Australian case law and journal articles was undertaken.

Results: There is legal uncertainty in Australia around whether an advance directive to voluntarily stop eating and drinking will be followed should the adult become incompetent. Read More

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November 2019