Scams ripping millions off older Australians

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Targeting Scams Report reveals that $85 million was reported lost to the ACCC’s Scamwatch in 2015, with 105,200 scam complaints.

Take complementary medicines with care - NPS MedicineWise

Following the broadcast on complementary medicines by the ABC’s Four Corners program last night, NPS MedicineWise is reminding people to take these medicines with care.

ASIC warns of investment scams

During Consumer Fraud Week 2016, the ASIC is warning consumers and investors to ‘Wise Up to Scams’ and do some simple checks before they part with their money.

Why lifting weights is more important for your health than you think

Regular participation in muscle strengthening activity such as weight or resistance training has many health benefits.

Tips on eating to recover after exercise

Sports performance was once thought to be enhanced by practices such as drinking cognac before an Olympic marathon run. Thankfully, today’s nutrition strategies are more scientific and properly researched.

Aged Care Complaints Commissioner Consultative Committee formed

The Aged Care Complaints Commissioner Rae Lamb has set up a consultative committee of people representing groups within the aged care community.

Campaign against Medicare rebate freeze

The AMA today launched a national campaign against the Government’s Medicare patient rebate freeze.

Friends ‘better than morphine’

People with more friends have higher pain tolerance, Oxford University researchers have found.

Common chemotherapy not a cause of cognitive decline for women with breast cancer

UCLA researchers have found that a commonly used chemotherapy drug does not appear to cause cognitive decline following treatment in women with breast cancer.

Flu vaccinations more effective in the morning

New findings, published in the journal Vaccine, suggest administering vaccinations in the morning, rather than the afternoon, could induce greater, and more protective, antibody responses.

Sourcing an aged care place found to be stressful

A national survey of more than 500 Australians has revealed that half of people seeking to source an aged care place for their loved one found the whole process either ‘very stressful’ or ‘extremely stressful’.

Financial fraud targeting older adults often appeals to emotions

An appeal to emotions like excitement or anger is a key persuasion tactic used by fraudsters to mislead the elderly.

World’s older population grows dramatically

The world’s older population continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. Today, 8.5 percent of people worldwide (617 million) are aged 65 and over. According to a new report.

New cases of dementia in the UK fall

The UK has seen a 20% fall in the incidence of dementia over the past two decades, according to new research from England, led by the University of Cambridge.

Ageing and disabled Australians spark a DIY revolution

Ageing and disabled Australians have started a DIY revolution, turning to major hardware stores for home modification products that allow them to stay in their homes for longer.

Medical error a leading cause of death in the US

Medical error is the third leading cause of death in the US after heart disease and cancer, say experts in The BMJ.

ACT review brings changes for retirement villages

Following a review of the retirement villages legislation, a reform package to enhance the operation of retirement villages for residents, families and operators has been introduced.

SkillsLink2Work to help NSW carers secure jobs

Translating caring skills into ‘employment speak’ with the help of a new website will help carers display their workplace skills to potential employers.

Older workers finding more acceptance

Data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reveal the most common barriers preventing persons aged 55 years and over from working or working extra hours.

NSW Government fails to adopt aged care recommendations

A Charles Sturt University (CSU) academic has criticised the New South Wales Government for failing to ensure that older people in nursing homes are cared for by Registered Nurses (RNs).

Cervical cancer screening saving lives

Nearly 6 in 10 women continue to participate in cervical screening programs in Australia, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).