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Royal Commission Into Aged Care Highlights Need For Better Fall Prevention Strategies

NeuRA research shows targeted interventions can reduce fall rates by up to 50% The risk of falls and fractures for older Australians remains too high, as highlighted by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Report. The Report recommends implementing a higher standard of care to meet the individual needs of residents, including assessing their falls risk. Research by Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) shows that targeted interventions can reduce fall rates by 20 to 50 per cent in adults over the age of 65 years. Professor Stephen Lord, Director of the Centre, said there is a clear need to implement evidence-based…

Jeanne Little’s Legacy Lives On: The Jeanne Little Alzheimer’s Research Fund

ABC’S AUSTRALIAN STORY FEATURING JEANNE LITTLE AIRING ON 1 MARCH 2021 Jeanne Little, one of Australia’s biggest stars of the 1970’s, will feature on Australian Story on Monday evening (1 March, 8pm), shining a light on the woman who touched the hearts of Australia with her unstoppable energy and creativity. But many people will be shocked to know that towards the end of her life, Jeanne struggled with Alzheimer’s for 13 years, leaving this once extremely independent and strong woman unable to care for herself. Sadly, when she passed in November 2020, Jeanne didn’t recognise her family and she couldn’t…

Researchers call for more culturally appropriate health and aged care services for older Aboriginal Australians

A new study has found that the majority of older Aboriginal Australians are avoiding mainstream health and aged care services, as they feel safer using services that are governed and delivered by Aboriginal communities. Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) are run by Aboriginal people and are based in local Aboriginal communities. This research by Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) has found 64 per cent of Aboriginal Australians aged over 60 only access health and aged care from ACCOs. ACCOs incorporate cultural care by meeting the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of the patient, which is integral to the health and wellbeing of…

Older Aussies turn to video games to improve balance and brain function

A new exercise program based on arcade-style dance games is being trialled in aged care homes this month, to help improve the balance of older people and reduce their risk of falling by up to 50 per cent. Falls and dementia are among the biggest health threats to older Australians, particularly for those living in residential aged care homes. The COVID pandemic has heightened these risks for anyone who has spent extended periods in isolation, or where homes are under pressure to provide daily exercise programs safely. The program, smart±step, has been designed by Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), and is…

Scientists find design of motorcycles linked to risk of pelvic injuries

A world-first study has found the design of fuel tanks and the sitting position of riders is likely leading to one of the most common forms of injury among motorcyclists. Researchers at the Transurban Road Safety Centre at NeuRA simulated a variety of fuel tank designs and sitting positions. They found that fuel tanks with a lower angle or more gradual rise from the front of the seat to the handlebars were safer and less likely to cause a pelvic injury to the rider during an accident. About 15 per cent of injuries involving motorcyclists are pelvic injuries. They typically…

Researchers recommend used child safety seats are thoroughly inspected

Researchers have found that despite heavy use, sun exposure, and general wear and tear, older child safety seats still perform well in simulated frontal crashes. The findings by NeuRA researchers at the Transurban Road Safety Centre show that older restraints will protect a child occupant in a crash, providing they have not already been in a serious road accident. The researchers found that some restraints were damaged during the testing in a way that would impair their performance in any subsequent crashes. “In our laboratory crash testing, we found that these seats were effective in protecting child passengers from head…