Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety releases third and fourth Background Papers

The papers are Understanding dementia treatment, care and its physical and social consequences and Restrictive practices in residential aged care.

Electricity default market offer welcomed

The announcement of regulated prices for the new Default Electricity Offer is good news for older Australians battling rampant electricity increases and a confusing retail market.

It's time to vote for happiness and well-being, not mere economic growth

As the federal election approaches, we’re expected to drown in slogans like “lower taxes”, “wage growth”, “franking credit reform” or “negative gearing reforms”.

Prescribe yourself some exercise for your mental health

On the Black Dog Institute’s Exercise Your Mood Week (4-12 May 2019), experts are reminding Australians that non-medical interventions like exercise have the potential to improve your mental health and protect from the development of depression.

Sydney Aged Care Royal Commission hearing begins on Monday

The Royal Commission's next public hearing will run over two weeks in Sydney, commencing on 6 May 2019.

$5.94 billion of superannuation being withheld by rogue employers

The savings gap between those Australians robbed of their super by rogue employers and those workers paid correctly has blown out by 25 per cent in just three years.

Older Australians loose $21 million to scammers

Australians who are older, Indigenous or have disability reported record losses in 2018 according to the ACCC’s annual Targeting Scams report released this week.

Background paper: changing demographics and dynamics of aged care

Australians aged 85 years or more will increase to more than 5.8 million people or 3.7% of the population by 2050.

Despite record youth enrolments, Australia’s voter base is ageing

The 2019 election has been heralded as a “generational election” or an “age war”.

More Australians intend to retire despite inadequate savings levels

The number of people intending to retire in the next 12 months is estimated at 439,000, a 6% increase on the 2018 level of 414,000 and 11% above the 2017 figure of 395,000.

Parties silent on aged care in election run-up

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) has challenged Australia’s political leaders to commit to making aged care better for all older Australians.

The newest election faultline is young versus old – and it’s hardening

In the field of tax, hard truths are playing out in this year’s election. The first is that special concessions that privilege older, wealthier voters have created a constituency very opposed to change.

Less than 1 per cent of rentals affordable on low incomes

Research launched by Anglicare Sydney reveals that despite more listings of rental properties compared to 2018, less than 1% were affordable for people on low incomes in Greater Sydney and the Illawarra.

Due for a heart attack? Have a Medicare-funded Heart Health Check

Data released by the Heart Foundation reveal more than two thirds of Australian adults - almost 13 million people, or 69.1 per cent - have at least three risk factors for the nation’s biggest killer, heart disease.

Low mobility predicts hospital readmission in older heart attack patients

Close to 20 per cent of elderly adults who have suffered a heart attack will be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days.

Link between age and different subtypes of bowel cancer

A study by QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute has for the first time identified that bowel cancer has five distinct subtypes that are closely related to a patient’s age.

Aged care Royal Commission opens Facebook page

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is now on Facebook.

WA input urged on voluntary assisted dying legislation

South metropolitan area Western Australia residents are urged to attend a forum to have their say on voluntary assisted dying legislation, to be introduced to State Parliament later in 2019.

Benchmarks for aged care work conditions needed

A report released on 24 April has called for urgent reform of the working conditions in the aged care sector, which will address the stories emerging from the aged care royal commission.

Aged Care Commission Chief Clinical Advisor

The Australian Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has appointed Dr Melanie Wroth as its first Chief Clinical Advisor.

Need to identify and treat pseudodementia

A systematic review by researchers has highlighted the significant burden of pseudodementia, which can have a similar effect on patients and their families as organic dementia.