WA 2015 Juniper Champion for Seniors

A tireless charity worker, whose seven-day-a-week volunteering efforts have enriched lives across the globe, has been named as the 2015 Juniper Champion for Seniors at the WA Seniors Awards.

Tai Chi helps some common long term conditions

The ancient Chinese exercise Tai Chi is linked to improved physical capacity among older adults with certain common long term conditions.

In-home care recipients being 'fleeced'

The ABC Lateline program has reported on complaints from seniors about exorbitant fees being charged by not-for-profits after recent changes to in-home care.

Grants for seniors in regional South Australia

Community organisations based in regional South Australia are the main recipients of the 2015-16 Grants for Seniors program.

Increasing calcium intake unlikely to boost bone health

Increasing calcium intake through dietary sources or supplements is unlikely to improve bone health or prevent fractures in older people, conclude two studies published in The BMJ.

New caution lights for pedestrians

In an Australian first, motorists in the Perth CBD will trial a new flashing yellow caution light which encourages them to give way to pedestrians.

Tailored skills program boosts aged care jobs in Adelaide’s north west

More than 20 people in Adelaide’s north west have secured jobs through a tailored preemployment and training program that addresses skills needs in South Australia’s aged and disability sectors.

Be medicinewise as you’re getting older

As we age the way the body handles and reacts to medicines can gradually change.

QLD’s domestic violence laws strengthened

The Queensland Government has passed a suite of laws to strengthen Queensland’s response to domestic and family violence.

Elective surgery waiting times reduce

A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows there have been improvements in the length of time public hospital patients waited for elective surgery.

Older women and poverty

Older single women represent the changing face of homelessness says a new Anglicare report 2015 State of the Family report, Who is being left behind?

Common drug presents fracture risk to older women

Researchers are urging caution in prescribing one of the world’s most commonly issued drug groups, citing links to increased fracture risks in older Australian women.

National Carers Week free Carers Day Out

Carers NSW is inviting carers and the general public to celebrate the work of Australia’s 2.7 million unpaid family and friend carers at a free event in Parramatta Park on Tuesday 13 October 2015.

New Federal Minister for Aged Care announced

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced that the Minister for Health and Sport, Sussan Ley will take on the responsibility of the newly created Minister for Aged Care.

SeniorAu upgrading

SeniorAu is in the process of updating to a new version of software which works much better with small and mobile devices.

From superfoods to super diets – Top 10 foods for a healthy diet

Deakin University nutrition scientist Associate Professor Tim Crowe is on a mission to overhaul the term 'superfood' in favour of 'super diets' instead.

Study into nursing home deaths

The first comprehensive study into injury related or premature deaths of residents in nursing homes has found that more than 80 per cent are from falls.

How ageing affects driving

Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) are studying how ageing affects driving with the aim of promoting road safety, and they are looking for more older drivers to help with the project.

Muscling up against disability

Three hundred Brisbane adults aged over 65 years are set to benefit from a $1.3 million joint Burnie Brae Centre and University of Queensland project to boost strength and balance.

Extended treatment may prevent breast cancer returning for some women

Women with breast cancer receiving further treatment with an aromatase inhibitor, which reduces the production of oestrogen, may prevent breast cancer from returning.

Protein and carbs, not calories, hold the key to a long life

Low protein, high carbohydrate diets could be just as effective as low calorie diets at promoting a long life and good heart and digestive health.