Harmful effects of ageism on older persons’ health found in 45 countries

In the largest examination to date of the health consequences of ageism, or age-based bias, researchers at the Yale School of Public Health have found evidence that it harms the health of older people in 45 countries and across 5 continents. The study included over 7 million participants.

Positive Ageing Tool supports older Australians to stay active longer

Victorian age care provider, Benetas, has launched an online resource for older Australians to self-screen their physical resilience and take the steps they need to stay independent for longer.

RSPCA NSW outlines bushfire relief and recovery plan

RSPCA NSW is providing relief and recovery assistance to animals that have been impacted by Australia’s bushfire crisis.

Australian of the Year 2020 finalists

They represent the best among us and are in the running for national recognition - scientists, educators, volunteers, social justice advocates, doctors, fundraisers, sustainability advocates, storytellers and community leaders.

Exercise: its true value for older people and society

Taking up exercise is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions for people wanting to improve their health. But our research shows that the benefits of older people going to exercise groups go beyond self-improvement and provide good value for society, too.

Moving back in: the rise of multigenerational households

Living with your parents is not all about saving money or free childcare, says Dr Edgar Liu from UNSW’s City Futures Research Centre.

Bushfire victims to access medicines in an emergency at PBS prices

A temporary expansion of PBS Continued Dispensing to cover nearly all PBS medicines will mean Australians affected by the bushfire crisis will be able to access their vital medicines at regular PBS prices.

Healthy habits in middle age - longer life free from disease

Sticking to a healthy lifestyle including not smoking, not being overweight, and exercising regularly, is associated with a longer life expectancy at age 50 free of major diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes, finds a study in The BMJ.

Culturally and linguistically diverse families could benefit more from the NDIS

UNSW’s Social Policy Research Centre and St Vincent de Paul Society NSW are bridging cultural gaps for Australian Chinese to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Therapy at home helping people with dementia

Receiving occupational therapy at home has been found to be effective for people living with dementia, according to a University of Queensland-led study.

Bush fire victims risk bad credit rating due to zombie bills

Fire victim tells how she has been fighting her bank for four years after her credit card bill went up in smoke.. A cautionary tale for those in the fire zone.

Heart health warning as Australians face smoke haze

As smoke haze continues to blanket parts of the country, the Heart Foundation is urging Australians with conditions such as heart failure, and those aged 65 years and over, to be aware of the risks to their health and the need to protect themselves.

Exploring the impact of exercise on brain health in older people

Researchers are looking for people aged 60 and over to participate in a research study exploring the impact of different types of exercise on brain health in older people with early thinking or memory problems.

Pumping iron at 90: Great grandmother Margaret raises the bar

A 90-year-old great grandmother who can deadlift 25kg like she’s picking up packed suitcases has a new lease on life thanks to USQ's Sport and Exercise Clinic.

Improving the quality of aged care

The quality of aged care provided to senior Australians will be strengthened as Government measures come into effect today.

Private health premiums must go below zero next round

The Medical Technology Association of Australia has welcomed Health Minister Greg Hunt listening to its calls to keep premium increases under 3 per cent and force the big corporate insurers to pay for it out of their own $1 billion in profits, not everyone else’s pockets.

LASA urges action on home care wait times

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) says the waiting list for home care packages is still far too long and the Government must act now to bring down wait times.

New assessment could identify risks of frailty

Signs of frailty, and the risks it brings, could be identified in young and old people alike through a new assessment developed in a study by researchers at the Universities of Strathclyde, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Yale.

Retirement in the US becomes more myth than reality

The number of Americans in the workforce who are over 64 years old has tripled over the past 30 years.

Grandchild caring reduces loneliness and isolation

Caring for a grandchild may be linked to a lower risk of loneliness and social isolation, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open.

Preparing for extreme heat and keeping safe

Everybody is being urged to never leave kids in hot cars and to prepare for dangerous heatwaves this summer as new data reveals there have already been 256 callouts to locked cars since the start of November.