New treatment option for Alzheimer's

UNSW research has overturned previously held ideas of how Alzheimer’s disease develops, opening the door to new treatment options that could halt or slow the progression of the disease.

Why do our tastes change as we age?

From brussels sprouts and broccoli, to coffee and beer, there seems to be a smorgasbord of tastes most of us have to grow into.

Specific types of sport have the best odds of staving off death

In terms of exercise, swimming, racquet sports, and aerobics seem to be associated with the best odds of staving off death from any cause and from heart disease and stroke, in particular.

Housing for single older women

The NSW Government is building a social housing complex for single older women in Sydney’s Woolloomooloo.

Federal Government needs to answer to pensioners

Federal changes to the pension asset threshold means thousands of seniors could lose their part pension entitlement and as a result will no longer receive their Pensioner Concession Card.

Pack your pills before hitting the road

The lead up to Christmas can be incredibly stressful, with excitement and anxiety levels through the roof and thoughts of medications taking a back seat or even left further behind.

Mouthwash can help kill off gonorrhoea

A commercial brand of mouthwash that is readily available from supermarkets and pharmacies can help curb the growth of the bacteria responsible for gonorrhoea.

Do shock-absorbing insoles stave off injuries?

There’s no good evidence that shock-absorbing insoles, which are used to reduce impact and minimise muscle, tendon, and bone damage, do stave off injuries or stress fractures.

New blood test for bowel cancer

A new, more accurate blood test for bowel cancer developed by Australian scientists could lead to a reduction in the number of deaths from the disease.

Aged Care Complaints Commissioner reappointed

The Government announced on 14 December 2016 the reappointment of Australia’s inaugural Aged Care Complaints Commissioner, Ms Rae Lamb, for a second term to January 2020.

Risk avoidance in older adults related to brain anatomy

Older adults are less inclined to take risks, but this behaviour may be linked to changes in brain anatomy rather than age.

Sustained enjoyment in older age linked to longer life

Sustained enjoyment of life over several years in older age is associated with lower mortality, finds a study in the Christmas issue of The BMJ.

QLD mowing service continues for needy

Fast growing grass can quickly become unmanageable – but the good news for seniors and people with a disability is that a trial of Home Assist Secure’s lawn mowing service will continue into 2017.

Package for care leavers launched

Forgotten Australians, Former Child Migrants, Stolen Generations and their families will benefit from a new aged care resource package.

WA aged residents stay local

Older Western Australian residents in the Wheatbelt and Great Southern regions will have increased opportunities to remain close to home as they age.

Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award

The annual Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award will be held in Alice Springs at the Araluen Arts Centre for the first time in 2017.

More Australians entering the golden years

The proportion of Australia's population aged 65 years and over has increased in 2016, continuing a trend of the last two decades, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Online program encourages carers to ReThink Respite

A new online program to support carers of people living with dementia has been launched at the University of Wollongong.

Who minds the children if grandma keeps working?

Given a choice between a grandparent and a child-minding centre to look after a precious youngster so that a mother can return to work, chances are she would probably choose the grandparent.

The impact of poor mental health - an economic issue

The National Mental Health Commission has put the impact of poor mental health on the economic agenda, as its cost to the nation soars to more than $60 billion a year.

Fewer age-related macular degeneration eye injections

It's a thought that would make most people wince – receiving an injection in the eye. Monthly, or even more often.