SA retirement village protections

More than 25,000 South Australians living in 530 retirement villages now have greater consumer protection with the passing of the Retirement Villages Bill in State Parliament on 2 November 2016.

Free shingles vaccine for seventy-year-olds

Minister for Health Sussan Ley has announced that shingles vaccine will be free to eligible people, with a catch-up program available for adults aged 71 to 79 years.

Action needed as dementia death rate rises

Urgent action is needed to curb the increasing dementia death rates, which according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) Causes of Death Report continue to rise as the Australian population ages.

Inadequate staffing in Tasmania’s aged care sector

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), is carrying out a comprehensive study into staffing levels being experienced in Tasmania’s residential aged care sector.

Cut exposure to chemicals to ward off diabetes in the elderly

Cutting exposure to common environmental synthetic chemicals by 25 per cent might ward off more than 150,000 cases of diabetes in Europe suggest estimates published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

Transitioning a loved one into an aged care facility

Moving an elderly loved one into an aged care facility can be a difficult and emotional experience – there are many things to consider including medication management in a new environment.

Cut dietary omega 6 to curb soaring obesity rates

Governments and international bodies should ditch their obsession with calories and energy expenditure to curb soaring obesity rates – experts urge.

Older age no barrier to fatherhood?

Many men underestimate the effect of age on fertility with most seeing no barrier to becoming fathers in their 50s, according to a Monash University study.

Can the bacteria in our gut affect our weight?

Our gut does more than help us digest food; the bacteria that call our intestines home have been implicated in everything from our mental health and sleep, to weight gain and cravings for certain foods.

Ageing research centre launched

The University of Queensland has launched a new $7 million regenerative medicine research centre to improve older Australians’ quality of life and increase their participation and productivity.

Prostate cancer treatment breakthrough

Scientists have made a breakthrough in prostate cancer treatment, by piggy backing a chemotherapy drug onto a well-known milk protein to create a combination that is lethal for cancer cells without the toxic side-effects.

Life expectancy grows

Life expectancy in Australia hit a new high in 2015, according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Increasing muscle strength can improve brain function

Increased muscle strength leads to improved brain function in adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), new results from a recent trial led by the University of Sydney has revealed.

Seeking the exercise sweet spot for healthy brains

The University of Queensland has launched a world-first clinical trial to determine the exact amount of exercise which can reverse the effects of ageing on the brain.

Protecting seniors from financial fraudsters

Older Queenslanders will be better protected from financial fraudsters, through the Government committing an additional $400,000 to the Seniors Enquiry Line.

Healthier food choices with Health Star Ratings

More Australians are choosing healthier packaged foods, thanks to the Health Star Rating (HSR) system, according to new campaign evaluation research.

Breast cancer best practice – what ought to be done

A new, first of its kind, Statement on best practice in cancer aims to iron out unwarranted variations in breast cancer care for women in Australia.

Breast cancer survivors' lifelong financial burden

A study into the financial cost of lymphoedema borne by women who have survived breast cancer has highlighted significant out-of-pocket, life-long financial costs.

Need to up your vegetable intake

Nutrition Australia, the country’s leading non-profit nutrition organisation and creators of the Healthy Eating Pyramid, is challenging all Australians to eat more vegetables.

Dementia care revamp to improve services

Health care workers will gain better knowledge and skills to cope with the increasing numbers of Australians living with dementia with a new national system starting in October 2016.

Sandwich generation increases - caring for elderly

Aged care specialists at National Care Management believe the number of Australians in full-time work and also caring for an elderly relative will increase dramatically over the coming years.