Revolutionary glaucoma surgery for rural patients in Broken Hill

Today four patients from rural New South Wales will be part of an Australian-first when they undergo an advanced form of glaucoma surgery at Broken Hill Base Hospital.

New program improving dementia care

A new training program pioneered in Tasmania is promising earlier dementia diagnosis and better support for patients, their families and carers.

Study suggests that cancer survivors are more easily fatigued

A new study has found hints of “accelerated ageing” in healthy older adults who have cancer histories.

A purpose in life by day results in better sleep at night

Having a good reason to get out of bed in the morning means you are more likely to sleep better at night with less sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome.

Nocturia – common cause of a poor night’s sleep

On World Sleep Day, scientists are highlighting the main reason that people are waking up at night – nocturia (the need to get up and urinate more than once during the night).

Training for recovery before major surgery

Imagine you are about to undergo a major abdominal operation. In the lead up to your surgery you meet a number of medical experts including anaesthetists, surgeons and specialist nurses.

Seniors at high risk around financial decisions

Financial elder abuse, life savings lost through shonky investments – older people are high risk because they have more money just before retirement, on average, than at any other stage in their lives.

Weight plays a role in menopause age

Being underweight or overweight could affect the age at which women experience menopause, a University of Queensland study has found.

Age of intending retirees increasing

New research from Roy Morgan shows that in December 2017, the average age of Australians intending to retire in the next 12 months is 61.9 years, up from 58.2 years over the last three years (2014).

Age Services Awards

The outstanding achievements of the age services industry in Queensland were recognised at Leading Age Services Australia’s Excellence in Age Services Awards, on the Gold Coast last night.

Your Brain Matters

There are many messages about the benefits of looking after our bodies, but what about our brains?

Earlier palliative care at home linked to fewer hospital admissions

Offering palliative care earlier to dying patients at home is linked to fewer hospital admissions at the end of their lives.

Dementia films and mobile app for CLAD groups being developed

A Moving Pictures project seeks to raise awareness and prompt early diagnosis among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) groups.

Concerns about housing affordability and retirement

New research on attitudes to property investment and saving for retirement has revealed widespread concern over affordable housing and support for changes to negative gearing.

Reducing refundable accommodation deposit paperwork

The Australian Government is streamlining aged care accommodation approvals.

Rise in the rate of older Australian homelessness

The rate of homelessness in Australia has increased 4.6 per cent over the last five years, according to new data from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing.

Review of standards in aged care vocational training

An Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is being formed to tackle critical skills and workforce issues identified by the Federal Government’s Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce.

New National Advance Care Planning Week ambassador

Advance Care Planning Australia has announced that Chief Advocate for National Seniors Australia, Ian Henschke as an ambassador for National Advance Care Planning Week, 16-22 April 2018.

Why the daunting economics of elder care are about to get much worse

My sister is living the plot from the movie “Groundhog Day.” She takes care of our mother, who suffers from dementia.

Higher Vitamin D levels may be linked to lower risk of cancer

High levels of vitamin D may be linked to a lower risk of developing cancer, including liver cancer, concludes a large study of Japanese adults published by The BMJ.

Compound prevents neurological damage, shows cognitive benefits

The supplement nicotinamide riboside (NR), a form of vitamin B3 – prevented neurological damage and improved cognitive and physical function in a new mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease.