Home-owning older Australians should pay more for residential aged care

Heavily subsidised aged care services used to be seen as a right and entitlement for all older Australians. But as aged care demand grows and costs rise, it’s becoming increasingly clear the current system isn’t sustainable.

Services for older Australians in rural areas at serious risk

LASA says that it is alarmed at new viability warnings showing 65 per cent of rural and remote residential care facilities lost money in the first quarter of this financial year.

Adelaide Hearing 3 to focus on future of aged care workforce

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Safety and Quality will hold a hearing in Adelaide on the morning of Friday 21 February 2020 about the aged care workforce.

Half of over-55s are open to downsizing – if only they could find homes that suit them

More than half of Australians over the age of 55 are open to downsizing, according to a new report based on a survey of 2,400 households.

Major insurers failing Australians with confusing “fire” cover

Over 70% of home and contents policies analysed by CHOICE have confusing, unfair or unclear “fire” definitions.

Code of Conduct ushers in new era for retirement living

Australia’s retirement living sector has entered a new era of quality assurance, with the Retirement Living Code of Conduct in full effect since 1 January and about 1000 retirement villages already pre-registered to participate.

New partnership to connect more Queenslanders to the NDIS

A new partnership with the Queensland Government has been launched to identify and engage more people with disability who may be eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

View sought on cemetery costs and pricing in NSW

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) is seeking feedback on the costs of and pricing for interment services in New South Wales cemeteries.

Think before giving your powers away

From 1 March 2020, the Victorian Office of the Public Advocate will change its focus of advice about powers of attorney by stressing the importance of future planning as opposed to just filling out forms.

How exercise is 'medicine' for cancer

WA Scientist of the Year Professor Rob Newton is on a mission: to save the lives of as many cancer patients as possible through tailored exercise intervention.

Five ways seniors can overcome feeling socially isolated

Approximately one-fourth of the senior population is affected by social isolation and loneliness, which has a significant impact on mental and physical health.[1]

Relationship between alcohol use and dementia - one area research grants

Clarifying the relationship between alcohol use and dementia is just one of 19 new projects that will share in $1.5 million in grants to conduct ground-breaking dementia research.

Strength training can help protect the brain from degeneration

For the first time, an intervention - lifting weights - has been able to slow and even halt degeneration, over a long period, in brain areas particularly vulnerable to Alzheimer's disease.

Women my age tend to drink - it’s normal

Women aged 50–70 are more likely than younger women to consume alcohol at levels that exceed low risk drinking guidelines – and most think that’s just perfectly fine.

Handle with care: Caring for older people – getting the fundamentals right

As part of the BRAVE Flinders Research and Innovation lecture series, Professor Alison Kitson, presents on the fundamentals of care in light of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety interim findings.

Palliative Care Grants program – SA

New South Australian Government’s Palliative Care 2020 Grants Program aims to ensure services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Romance scammers costing Aussies more than $28.6 million

Scammers are using new online platforms to take advantage of their victims, with dating and romance scams making up one fifth of losses across all scams reported to Scamwatch in 2019.

Alcohol and medication a dangerous cocktail

A new research program has found many older Australians who consume alcohol are putting their health at serious risk when taking commonly prescribed medications.

Lack of preparation could crush older Australians’ dreams of remaining at home

New nationwide research has found that older Australians’ desire to remain living at home increases with age.

Payment platform pitfalls

Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CA ANZ) is urging Australians to stop and think about the financial ramifications of “buy now, pay later” services and the effect it could have on your financial position.

Queensland Seniors Month 2020 subsidies

Since first initiated in 1960 by Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland, Queensland Seniors Week has grown substantially - so Queensland seniors month will be celebrated all of August.