QLD disaster and emergency info a click away

Queenslanders will have vital information on natural disasters at their fingertips with the launch of a centralised online platform www.qld.gov.au/emergency.

Aged care sector continues growth

The number of aged care places in Australia is continuing to rise, according to two reports released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Falls preventable in over 65s

A large-scale international review involving University of Sydney researchers has shed light on falls in older people, revealing interventions can prevent falls in over 65s and living in their own homes.

Healthy living into old age can add years to life

Living a healthy lifestyle into old age can add five years to women’s lives and six years to men’s, finds a study from Sweden published on bmj.com today.

Ageing issues and HIV issues forum

Care Connect and Positive Directions (Anglicare) will host a forum entitled ‘Ageing issues and support for people living with HIV’ in Brisbane on 31 August 2012.

Mitochondria size does matter in Alzheimer's

Treatment for Alzheimer's disease may lie in modifying the length of subcellular structures in the brain responsible for metabolising energy, mitochondria.

Over 60s over-represented in fire fatalities

Fire has claimed the lives of more people over 60 this year than any other age group, the latest Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) statistics show.

Brain damage from stroke can be minimised

A new study from The University of Queensland shows monitoring the brain of stroke patients using QEEG studies could inform treatments and minimising brain damage of stroke victims.

GPs may reduce depression and suicidal thoughts in older people

Between five and 10 per cent of people over 60 suffer from depression - a common and disabling disorder.

Aged care medical workforce is ageing

The aged care medical workforce is ageing and more than 15 per cent are intending to reduce their aged care visits over the next two years.

Alzheimer’s drug tests failure

There is often a fanfare about the promising affects of prospective new drugs. Most fail in testing and are quietly put rest without widespread announcements. Bapineuzumab failed in human tests.

The spirit in older nursing

Older more experienced nurses working in palliative care are more likely to include spiritual caring in their day-to-day professional activities compared to their younger counterparts in acute care.

Lack of physical activity threatens health

On the eve of the Olympics, a series in the medical journal The Lancet has starkly highlighted the threat a lack of physical activity poses to our health and mortality.

Late life drinking and cognitive decline

At the Alzheimer's Association International Conference(R), Vancouver, studies suggest that moderate alcohol use in late-life, heavier use earlier in life, and "binge" drinking in late-life increase risk of cognitive decline.

Retirement village sign-up caution

Older people are urged to seek professional advice, rather than rely on family and friends, when making the complex decision of choosing a retirement village.

Over 70s - most killed pedestrian group

The NSW Centre for Road Safety (CfRS) is urging motorists and pedestrians to take extra care while travelling on and crossing the road with the number of pedestrians killed nearly doubling.

Not too old to donate organs

Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing Catherine King today appealed to older Australians to decide about and discuss their organ and tissue donation wishes with their loved ones.

Falls among elderly tied to depression

A new study has found that people suffering from depression are more likely to fall, pointing to a complex relationship between mental illness, a sense of balance, and falling in older people.

Testosterone overprescribed for older men

Testosterone prescriptions have surged since 2006 due to promotional activity, according to University of Sydney research which also found growing overuse in older men.

Inquiry into dementia early diagnosis

Alzheimer’s Australia welcomed an inquiry into early diagnosis of dementia and intervention, to be undertaken by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health and Ageing.

Older Australians workforce barriers review

An ALRC review of Commonwealth legislation and policies that create barriers for older people participating in the workforce or other productive work has started.