A new language - your New Year's resolution

As the champagne corks pop at the end of the New Year’s Eve countdown, it’s the perfect time to think about what you’d like to accomplish in 2016.

Changes to common over-the-counter medicines

Some over-the-counter medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) will be removed from the Scheme listing from 1 January 2016.

Seniors plan framing the future for older Territorians

The Northern Territory Government has released its Draft Seniors Participation Framework which lays the foundations for future policies and initiatives to support the NT’s ageing population.

Telecross REDi before the next heatwave

Older South Australians and those with chronic illness, particularly if they live alone, are urged to register now for a free phone service to check on their safety during extreme heat events.

Tips to help older relatives and friends enjoy the holiday season

The festive season can provoke positive and negative feelings in people of all ages, but can pose particular challenges for some older people.

New VIC clinic to fight glaucoma

The Victorian Government will allocate $200,000 in a new clinic providing specialist preventive care for patients at risk of glaucoma.

Caring for Ageing Rural Australians grants

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal today announced 44 recipients of grants through its Caring for Ageing Rural Australians program.

More Australians reaching 100

More Australians than ever before are qualifying for birthday wishes from the Queen, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

Only lonely for some

Living alone can make some people feel lonelier and less satisfied with life, according to new research released today by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Loneliness can be a killer

A new study from the United States’ National Institutes of Health shows that loneliness can increase the risk of premature death in older adults by as much as 14%, Forbes reports.

Marrakesh Treaty helps vision impaired to access books

Australia has joined an international treaty that will help an estimated 285 million people with vision impairment worldwide enjoy greater access to books and overcome copyright barriers.

Updated online service to help non-English speakers find interpreters

Non-English speakers can find information about how to access interpreting services in Australia more easily with theupdated TIS National’s website.

Being happy won't make you live longer

A new study has challenged the widespread, but mistaken, notion that unhappiness and stress cause ill health and found that being happy won't make you live longer.

'No-drill' dentistry stops tooth decay

Tooth decay (dental caries) can be stopped, reversed, and prevented without the need for the traditional 'fill and drill' approach that has dominated dental care for decades.

Ten tips to keep you mosquito free this summer

Summer is here and so are mosquitoes. There are plenty of myths and misconceptions about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to beating the bite of backyard mosquitoes.

Support for aged care in rural and remote communities

The Commonwealth today announced funding of $5.79 million to increase aged care places in rural and remote communities across Australia, as part of an integrated health and ageing initiative.

Credit reporting systems change

The Australian Retail Credit Association Ltd (ARCA) has been authorised by the ACCC to exchange comprehensive consumer credit data between signatory credit reporting bodies and lenders.

Questions raised over aged care workforce programmes

More-than-half of all taxpayer-funded aged care workforce programmes have never had their performance reviewed or evaluated.

Long nights and lazy days could send you to an early grave

Sleeping more than nine hours a night, and sitting too much during the day could be a hazardous combination, particularly when added to a lack of exercise.

Career check-up for mature workers

A new pilot programme to help mature workers plan the next stage of their careers has been launched.

Better monitoring needed for men foregoing aggressive prostate cancer treatment

UCLA study finds most patients who choose “active surveillance” don’t follow up with tests and office visits.