New study into residential care costs

The Federal Government has announced the start of a landmark investigation of the comparative costs of providing residential aged care to older Australians with varying needs.

GEN-erational aged care data available to the public

A user-friendly new website activated today provides unprecedented detail and access to Australia’s aged care information and data breakdowns.

Aged care review timing extended

The Federal Government is extending the time frame for the Review of National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes.

Happy little vegemites happy for a reason

People who eat vegemite and other yeast-based spreads report they are less anxious and stressed than people who don’t eat them.

Can urban green spaces help prevent Alzheimer’s?

A world-first study by University of Wollongong researcher will examine whether urban green spaces have a role to play in preventing Alzheimer’s disease.

Women have heart attacks but their symptoms are often dismissed

Heart attacks claim the lives of 3.3 million women every year, and many women die from other heart-related conditions. In the United States, nearly 290,000 women died from heart disease in 2013 – that’s about one in every four female deaths.

Robot revolution: technology for older people must be designed with care

Many countries around the world have ageing populations and a growing prevalence of dementia.

Seniors LOL for better health

Regular laughter could be a secret to a healthier life for the over 60s, a new study has found.

Lifelong approach to physical activity best for brain health

Engaging in lifelong physical activity can benefit brain health and may also be protective against cognitive decline and dementia in late life.

A blood thinner medicine and an anaesthetic mix up recall

Australia’s medicine and medical devices regulator, the TGA, is working with Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd on a recall for product correction notice to be actioned for one batch each of ampoules of Heparin and Lignocaine following one report of a product mix up.

Feeling bad about feeling bad can make you feel worse

Pressure to feel upbeat can make you feel downbeat, while embracing your darker moods can actually make you feel better in the long run, according to new UC Berkeley research.

Timely reminder to brush up on oral health routine

With this year’s dental health week theme being ‘Oral Health for Busy Lives’, ADOHTA has some quick tips to ensure your smile and mouth are in the best shape possible.

Stroke survivors urged to keep moving

Most stroke survivors are doing little or no physical activity despite evidence that being active can reduce the risk of having another stroke or heart attack, according to new research.

South west residents urged to make bushfire prep a priority

As bushfire season inches closer, the Rural Fire Service (RFS) is urging landowners across the south west to prepare their property for bushfire season to decrease risk.

Asthmatics no better off on more costly drug

Australians are relying on expensive asthma medication despite new research showing many New Zealanders with asthma fare just the same on a more affordable inhaler.

Disasters can harm older adults long after storms have passed

My phone rang around midnight: A major hurricane was predicted to hit a nearby coastal town, which was under a mandatory evacuation order.

Danger of holiday pics on social media

Social media users know they shouldn’t share their home address, current location or phone number on Facebook, half of them still share vacation photos or social plans.

$5.3B in concessions and rebates waiting for Queenslanders

Queenslanders are being encouraged to check their eligibility to a range of concessions and rebates, including the increased $340.85 annual electricity bill rebate.

Introducing four-year-olds to an old people's home

Lying on the floor pretending to roar like a lion can do wonders for an elderly man’s well-being.

Fight frailty with intense bursts of exercise

High intensity interval training (HIIT) can reverse frailty at advanced age, preclinical study finds.

Senate Community Affairs References Committee inquiry submissions

Submissions to the Senate Committee are available for public review.