Bongs, booze and baby boomers

Western countries are sitting on a timebomb of health and social issues arising from drug and alcohol overuse among baby boomers – the generation that won’t slow down.

Europe is going grey: can EU countries work together to care for their elderly?

European societies are ageing. In 1950, only 12% of the European population was over age 65. Today the share has already doubled, and projections show that in 2050 over 36% of Europe’s population will be 65-plus years old.

Why do we get fungal nail infections and how can we treat them?

About 10% of us (including 20% of people over 60 and 50% of people over 70) suffer from fungal nail infections. So why do we get them, and does it matter?

Watch out for NBN scams targeting elderly

The ACCC is warning the community that scammers are pretending to be from NBN to con victims out of their money and personal information.

Launch of new retirement villages cost calculator

The challenges of comparing the cost of retirement villages will become easier with today’s launch of Macquarie University’s retirement village calculator, the first of its kind in Australia.

ACCC wants NBN plan advertising honesty

The ACCC has published guidance for retailers on how to advertise speeds for NBN broadband services, including clearly identifying typical minimum speeds during peak periods.

Older users snoop on Facebook

Older adults are drawn to Facebook so they can check pictures and updates from family and friends, but may resist using the site because they are worried about who will see their own content.

Getting Victorians active and healthy grants

Victorian sports clubs will be supported to create new opportunities to get women, girls and less active Victorians playing sport with $400,000 in VicHealth grants now up for grabs.

Apply for funding to celebrate the 2018 NSW Seniors Festival

Local organisations and councils can apply for a share in $200,000 of funding to celebrate the 2018 NSW Seniors Festival.

Brisbane landmarks lit up in purple to mark Seniors Week

Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge will be bathed in purple lights tonight (21 August) to celebrate the valuable contribution of older people to our lives and to our communities.

Vitamin D3 rethink following study

Health authorities are being urged to rethink guidance around vitamin D following the publication of a University of Surrey study, dispelling vitamin D2 and D3 nutritional equivalence.

Optimism – therapy for the seriously ill and traumatised

Positive thinking is able to hasten the recovery of seriously ill patients and help disaster victims to overcome the psychological impact of a traumatic experience.

Older volunteers in spotlight this QLD Seniors Week

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is celebrating the contributions of its older volunteers as Queensland's Seniors Week 2017 kicks off across the state.

High cost of dementia, especially for families

A new simulation of how the costs and the course of the dementia epidemic affect U.S. families finds that neurodegenerative conditions can more than double the health care expenditures of ageing.

Why we keep playing the Generation Blame Game ... and why we need to stop

Successive generations’ healthy disregard of the previous generation’s tastes, habits and customs is a necessary ingredient of human progress.

Millions misuse their medicines

NPS MedicineWise has released survey findings suggesting that more than two million Australians may have exceeded the recommended daily dose of some widely used medicines.

Vietnam Veterans’ Day

Today Australia marks Vietnam Veterans’ Day and the anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.

Could smell sensitivity loss point to Alzheimer’s disease?

Promising finding suggests odour identification tests may help scientists track the evolution of the disease in persons at risk.

Intergenerational reminiscence guide

A new resource to constructively interact high school students and aged care residents has been launched in Rhodes NSW.

Release of report into suicide by veterans

The Federal Government has received the Senate report The Constant Battle: Suicide by Veterans.

Aveo's new aged care home in Brisbane’s south

The Aveo Group has opened its $36 million state-of-the-art Aged Care Home at Aveo Durack.