Study sheds light on how our brains age

Two studies from a landmark 20-year Melbourne research project have shed more light on how the brain ages and what can affect the process. The results have led experts to encourage women to watch their cholesterol and blood pressure.

Population aged over 85 to double in the next 25 years

The number of Australians aged 85 years and over is projected to double by 2042, increasing to over 1 million people according to the latest population projections released today by the ABS.

Seniors driving skills checked

Virtual reality is being used in a unique project to check the driving skills of senior Australians to improve road safety.

Frail older women in nursing homes get sexually abused too

We don’t often think of older women being victims of sexual assault, but such assaults occur in many settings and circumstances, including in nursing homes.

Women, Ageing and Disadvantage symposium

The compounding effects of ageism and sexism are severely impacting the lives of older women in Australia.

Loyalty doesn’t pay when it comes to property insurance

The NSW Emergency Services Levy Insurance Monitor (ESL), Professor Allan Fels, has revealed that consumers who renew a home and contents insurance policy with their existing insurer are paying more than new policyholders.

Dementia carers distressed by end-of-life decisions

New international research from Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) reveals that dementia carers need more support and guidance to navigate end-of-life care for their loved one.

Thousands of couples caught rorting the welfare system

More than 70 people a day are being caught rorting the welfare system by falsely claiming to be single in order to qualify for higher Centrelink payments.

Low-protein high-carb diet shows promise for healthy brain ageing

Low-protein high-carbohydrate diets may be the key to longevity, and healthy brain ageing in particular, according to a new mice study from the University of Sydney.

Hearing loss linked to accelerated brain tissue loss

Although the brain becomes smaller with age, the shrinkage seems to be fast-tracked in older adults with hearing loss.

Clinical trial finds new immunotherapy improves MS symptoms

A world-first clinical trial of a new cellular immunotherapy for multiple sclerosis (MS) has found that it improved symptoms and quality of life for the majority of patients.

Elder abuse report accepted by WA Government

The Western Australian State Government has backed the majority of recommendations included in the Final Report of the Select Committee into Elder Abuse.

WA seniors awards 2018

Renowned Perth butcher Vince Garreffa has been recognised with the top honour at the WA Seniors Awards 2018 for his multimillion dollar fund-raising efforts on behalf of Lifeline WA.

Summit to address rural medical specialist shortage

The challenge of getting more medical specialists into regional Australia will be the focus today of the first summit on this issue.

How to help people with dementia retain the power of choice

Deterioration in the ability to produce complex speech or understand what people are asking, can make it difficult for people with dementia to make choices in conventional ways.

More Parliamentarians support increase to Newstart

ACOSS has stated that all of the crossbenchers of the Lower House of federal Parliament and key Senate crossbenchers now support an increase to Newstart.

New training to stop elder abuse

An Elder Abuse Prevention and Support Framework and a new digital aged care staff training system are underway to protect vulnerable seniors with an additional $3 million Government allocation.

86-year-old powers home after ‘Walk for Life’

Alan ‘Superman’ Staines OAM will today reach Sydney after a gruelling 320km walk from Canberra’s Parliament House a month ago.

Scams alert as tax bill due date draws near

While most taxpayers received a tax refund this year, around one million taxpayers will need to make a payment to the ATO.

Some factors create a greater heart attack risk in women than men

High blood pressure, smoking and diabetes increase the risk of heart attack in both sexes but they have more impact in women than they do in men.

Obesity causes depression

New research released today from the University of South Australia and University of Exeter in the UK has found the strongest evidence yet that obesity causes depression, even in the absence of other health problems.