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Australasian Journal on Ageing

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449217/job-satisfaction-and-intention-to-stay-within-community-and-residential-aged-care-employees
#1
Katrina Radford, Ellen Meissner
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the different facets of job satisfaction that influence community care and residential care employees' intention to stay in the aged care workforce. METHODS: A survey of four organisations in Australia was undertaken. t-Tests were conducted to analyse differences between groups. Regression analyses were performed to examine the factors influencing intentions to stay in the workforce. RESULTS: Community care workers were more satisfied with various facets of job satisfaction including work on their present job, supervision, people in their present job and the job in general...
April 27, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432710/medical-students-perceptions-of-the-importance-of-exercise-and-their-perceived-competence-in-prescribing-exercise-to-older-people
#2
Agathe Daria Jadczak, Khai Loon Tam, Solomon Yu, Renuka Visvanathan
OBJECTIVE: To determine the effects of a 4.5-week geriatric medicine course on fifth year medical students' perception of the importance of and their competence in prescribing exercise to older people. METHODS: The modified Exercise and Physical Activity Competence Questionnaire was administered to 81 students before and after the course. Scores ranged from 0 to 6. One open-ended question about perceived barriers to exercise prescription was asked. RESULTS: Students' perceptions of the importance of designing an exercise prescription (P = 0...
April 22, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401631/disease-burden-comorbidity-and-geriatric-syndromes-in-the-australian-aged-care-population
#3
Jodie Belinda Hillen, Agnes Vitry, Gillian E Caughey
OBJECTIVE: To describe the burden of disease in the Australian residential aged care population. METHODS: Cross-sectional analysis of Aged Care Funding Instrument data. RESULTS: Dementia (48%), depression (22.5%) and arthritis (14.2%) were the most prevalent chronic diseases in this population. Unclassified conditions such as falls, pain and urinary incontinence were also significant burdens in this population (17.1%). Circulatory, musculoskeletal and unclassified conditions were the most prevalent comorbidities across all common medical groups...
April 11, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374505/improving-the-sexual-lives-of-older-australians-perspectives-from-a-qualitative-study
#4
Bianca Fileborn, Anthony Lyons, Sharron Hinchliff, Graham Brown, Wendy Heywood, Briony Dow, Sue Malta, Victor Minichiello
OBJECTIVE: To examine older Australian's perspectives on how their sexual lives can best be supported and/or improved. METHODS: Fifty-three, semi-structured interviews were conducted with Australian men (n = 30) and women (n = 23) aged 60 and over. RESULTS: Participants identified a range of key issues and areas where their sexual lives could be further supported or improved upon, including normalising the occurrence of sex and sexual desire in later life; increasing and improving on the quality of, cultural representations of older adults; introducing policy, educational and practice-based changes in age care facilities to support the consensual sexual expression of residents; and ensuring that sexual health campaigns and education are inclusive of older people...
April 3, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371118/community-demographics-socio-economic-and-health-status-among-older-australian-residents-of-japanese-origin-living-in-new-south-wales-australia
#5
Yuriko Watanabe, Kazuma Honda
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to describe demographic and socio-economic characteristics and to assess baseline health status and care needs among Japanese residents aged 60 years and over living in New South Wales, Australia. METHODS: A postal questionnaire was used to survey older community-dwelling Japanese residents recruited from a number of different sources. RESULTS: Eighty-two residents responded to the questionnaire (mean age: 70.5 years, range 60-85), and 56 (68...
April 2, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345803/an-evolving-approach-to-delirium-a-mixed-methods-process-evaluation-of-a-hospital-wide-delirium-program-in-new-zealand
#6
Abdullah Ao Alhaidari, Rosalind Ac Allen-Narker
OBJECTIVE: A process evaluation was carried out to assess and potentially improve the design and implementation of a hospital-wide delirium program. METHODS: A mixed-methods sequential-explanatory design was used; retrospective chart reviews for 100 older (75+) medical inpatients were conducted to measure nurses', doctors' and coders' adherence to key program processes following which interviews were conducted to identify potential barriers to implementation. RESULTS: Delirium occurred in 49% of patients...
March 27, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345773/screening-for-malnutrition-in-hospitalised-older-people-comparison-of-the-mini-nutritional-assessment-with-its-short-form-versions
#7
Elsa Dent, Ian Chapman, Cynthia Piantadosi, Renuka Visvanathan
OBJECTIVE: To determine how well the Mini Nutritional Assessment (MNA) Short Form (MNA-SF) performed as a nutritional screening tool when calf circumference replaced body mass index (BMI) as the included anthropometric measurement. METHODS: A total of 100 patients ≥70 years were recruited from a Geriatric Evaluation and Management Unit. RESULTS: Mean age of patients was 85.2 (6.1) years. By the full MNA, 40% of patients were malnourished...
March 27, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319325/transitions-to-and-from-long-term-care-facilities-and-length-of-completed-stay-reuse-of-population-based-survey-data
#8
Joanna B Broad, Thomas Lumley, Toni Ashton, Peter B Davis, Michal Boyd, Martin J Connolly
OBJECTIVE: This article estimates length of completed stay and resident transitions for RAC residents over 12 months in Auckland. METHODS: Data from a census-type survey of nursing home residents (n = 6816) were linked with national mortality data. Transitions described include entry to residential aged care (RAC), movement between RAC facilities and deaths. RESULTS: When reweighted for missing data and adjusted for length bias, an estimated 9676 residents (95% CI 8368-10 985) used care over a 12-month period...
March 20, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319319/association-between-religious-practice-and-risk-of-depression-in-older-people-in-the-subacute-setting
#9
Alice Lac, Nicole Austin, Renata Lemke, Suma Poojary, Peter Hunter
OBJECTIVE: To identify the association between religious practice and risk of depression in older people admitted to a subacute hospital. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted with 100 patients aged ≥65 years with Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) scores ≥24 consecutively admitted to a subacute hospital. Religious practice was measured using the Duke University Religion Index and risk of depression using the 15-item Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS)...
March 20, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319313/co-creating-a-peer-education-program-to-improve-skin-health-in-older-people-from-diverse-communities-an-innovation-in-health-promotion
#10
Rajna Ogrin, Kathleen Brasher, Jessica Occleston, Jennifer Byrne
OBJECTIVE: Chronic wounds, debilitating and costly to manage, are more common in older people. Prevention is possible through improving skin health. We developed, implemented and evaluated an innovative health promotion program to improve skin health of older adults. METHODS: A one-hour, peer education program was co-created and delivered to culturally diverse community-dwelling older people. A mixed-methods evaluation approach comprised objective measures of skin health and barrier function at commencement and six weeks posteducation, and focus groups posteducation...
March 20, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319312/exploratory-study-of-australian-aged-care-staff-knowledge-and-attitudes-of-later-life-sexuality
#11
Yung-Hui Chen, Cindy Jones, Debora Osborne
OBJECTIVE: To explore aged care staff knowledge and attitudes towards later life sexuality and attitudes about intimacy in people with dementia. METHODS: Fifty-two care staff working in two aged care facilities with secure dementia care units were recruited. Knowledge and attitudes on later life sexuality and attitudes towards later life sexuality in people with dementia were surveyed using the Aging Sexual Knowledge and Attitudes Scale and the selected eight items of the Staff Attitudes about Intimacy and Dementia, respectively...
March 20, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272777/work-after-age-65-a-prospective-study-of-australian-men-and-women
#12
Tazeen Majeed, Peta M Forder, Meredith Tavener, Kha Vo, Julie Byles
OBJECTIVE: This study describes hours in paid work for Australian men and women aged over 65, focusing on associations between work and education. METHODS: Data were analysed separately for men and women, from baseline and first follow-up surveys of the 45 and Up Study. Generalised estimating equation models were used to identify associations between work, education and other factors over time. RESULTS: The odds of doing paid work increased with higher education level and decreased with time, age, poorer physical function and having health conditions (high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and breast cancer)...
March 8, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258607/integrative-review-of-older-adult-loneliness-and-social-isolation-in-aotearoa-new-zealand
#13
REVIEW
Valerie A Wright-St Clair, Stephen Neville, Vanessa Forsyth, Lindsey White, Sara Napier
OBJECTIVE: To conduct an integrative review of empirical studies of loneliness for older people in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Loneliness is a risk factor for older people's poor physical and cognitive health, serious illness and mortality. A national survey showed loneliness rates vary by gender and ethnicity. METHODS: A systematic search of health and social science databases was conducted. Of 21 scrutinised articles, nine were eligible for inclusion and subjected to independent quality appraisal...
March 4, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211188/health-status-health-behaviours-and-anxiety-symptoms-of-older-male-caregivers-findings-from-the-concord-health-and-ageing-in-men-project
#14
Chen-Chun Shu, Robert G Cumming, Hal L Kendig, Fiona M Blyth, Louise M Waite, David G Le Couteur, David J Handelsman, Vasi Naganathan
OBJECTIVE: To explore differences between older male caregivers and non-caregivers on health status, health behaviours and well-being, including symptoms of anxiety. METHODS: Data were collected through self-completed questionnaires and face-to-face interviews with 1705 community living men aged ≥70 in the Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project. RESULTS: Eleven per cent of older men were caregivers, of whom 81.7% were looking after their wives or partners...
February 16, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191735/caregiving-related-needs-of-family-caregivers-of-older-singaporeans
#15
Shweta Ajay, Truls Østbye, Rahul Malhotra
AIM: To describe the extent and correlates of caregiving-related needs among family caregivers of Singaporeans aged 75+ with ≥1 activity of daily living limitations (care-recipients). METHODS: National survey data of 1181 care-recipient/caregiver dyads were used. Caregiver's report (yes/no) of 16 needs was assessed. Care-recipient and caregiver correlates of each need were determined through logistic regression analysis. RESULTS: Caregiving-related needs were expressed by 42...
February 13, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326695/the-alphabet-mnemonic-in-a-geriatric-evaluation-and-management-unit-an-aide-m%C3%A3-moire-for-the-junior-doctor
#16
LETTER
Jesse R Zanker, Su-Lin Ng
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326694/tales-from-the-acfi-dementia-in-residential-aged-care
#17
Jenni Joenperä
OBJECTIVE: Provide an overview of how care needs in permanent residential aged care differ by dementia status. METHODS: On entry into permanent residential aged care, people's care needs are assessed on the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI). ACFI also captures health conditions that are considered to affect the cost of people's care, such as dementia. Data were compared between 2009 and 2015. RESULTS: Assessed care needs have increased regardless of dementia status...
March 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326693/measuring-consumer-outcomes-development-and-testing-of-the-australian-community-care-outcomes-measure
#18
Beatriz Cardona, Michael Fine, Adam Stebbing, Cathy Duncan, Peter Samsa, Kathy Eagar
OBJECTIVES: In the increasingly competitive environment of aged care in Australasia, how can providers and consumers be sure that the care support delivered is efficient and makes a positive difference? Monitoring outcomes has long been emphasised for ensuring quality service delivery, yet there is currently no consistently applied approach available. METHODS: This paper considers the importance of measuring outcomes in community care and reports on the development and field trial of the Australian Community Care Outcomes Measure (ACCOM)...
March 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326692/life-satisfaction-of-older-turks-living-in-australia
#19
Hülya Öztop, Bahar Kınacı
OBJECTIVE: This study examined the influence of socio-economic and demographic variables, the frequency of travel to Turkey and years of living in Sydney on the life satisfaction of older Turkish people. METHODS: This study was conducted with 110 participants of 60 years of age or older, at the New South Wales Turkish Welfare Association in Sydney, Australia. The surveys were administered face-to-face at a date and time these participants went to the Association...
March 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326691/erratum
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