The Australian Centre for Social Innovation and innovAGEING form Alliance

The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI), committed to building future policy, supports and systems that work for people, has joined innovAGEING’s (iA) Knowledge Alliance program.

Aged Pension increases from 20 March 2019

The statuary indexation of pensions to CPI, including the Aged Pension will take effect on 20 March 2019.

$967 Million to expand residential aged care

The Federal Government is providing 13,500 new residential aged care places across Australia, worth $907 million a year, along with a $60 million capital works investment to finance construction of new and extended aged care homes.

ADA Australia launches the free "Seniors Guide to Qld Help" app

Seniors Guide to Qld Help has been designed specifically for older Queenslanders aged 60 years and over and those who work with older clients.

More older people with depression could benefit from non-drug treatments

Depression is common in older age and with an ageing population how late-life depression is managed will become increasingly important.

Men’s perceptions of risky drinking putting them in harm’s way

Research from health promotion foundation VicHealth and Monash University has found Victorian men are underestimating the harm from heavy drinking, with some believing the health risks begin at 30 drinks per session.

New VIC aged care facility in Kew reaches milestone

A new 90-bed state-of-the-art aged care facility is starting to take shape at St George’s Health Service in Kew.

How do we save ageing Australians from the heat?

Heatwaves have killed more Australians than road accidents, fires, floods and all other natural disasters combined.

Delaying antibiotics for over 65s with urinary infection linked to sepsis risk

Delaying or witholding antibiotics for over 65s with symptoms of urinary tract infection (UTI) appears to be associated with higher risk of bloodstream infection (sepsis) and death.

How hearing impairment is associated with cognitive decline

Hearing impairment is a common consequence of advancing age. Almost three-quarters of U.S. adults age 70 and older suffer from some degree of hearing loss.

Benefits and harms of exercise for preventing falls in older people

Older adults suffer the greatest number of fatal falls and over 37 million falls are severe enough to require medical attention each year.

High success rate for hip and knee replacements

After reviewing case studies going back 25 years across six countries, generalisable survival data is now available for the first time to estimate how long hip and knee replacements are likely to last.

Not all sleep is equal when it comes to cleaning the brain

New research shows how the depth of sleep can impact our brain’s ability to efficiently wash away waste and toxic proteins.

Mixed news on cost of living for Australia’s retirees

There was a small average increase in the cost of living in the December 2018 quarter for retirees, despite significant cost rises in some essential goods and services including medical, postage and meat prices.

Navigating a new era in aged care access

A new network of aged care navigator centres, information hubs and specialist advisers aims to streamline aged care access, with a $7.4 million national trial now being rolled out by the Federal Government.

Aged care access for multicultural communities

The Federal Government has released the first Aged Care Diversity Action Plan, to support older Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Australians to overcome barriers in accessing aged care services.

Revitalising the SA Repat Health Precinct

The future of the Repat Health Precinct has been secured with $70m joint funding agreement between the Federal and South Australian Governments.

Chemical restraint has no place in aged care, but poorly designed reforms can easily go wrong

Last month the aged care minister Ken Wyatt announced he would introduce regulations to address the use of “chemical restraint” in residential aged care – a practice where residents are given psychotropic drugs which affect their mental state in order to “control” their behaviour.

Age friendly neighbourhoods - impact on individual wellbeing

European cities are prioritising the need for urban design that promotes independence, provides a sense of safety and enables people of all ages to participate more actively in society.

Hip fractures may be an early sign of Alzheimer’s Disease for older people

In a study of older people with no clinical diagnosis or signs of dementia when hospitalised to repair hip fractures found biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease in most of the patients’ spinal fluid samples.

Supporting driver retirement for people with dementia

Researchers are calling for Australia’s system of managing driver retirement for people with dementia to be overhauled.