Beat the health insurance extras countdown

CHOICE is encouraging Australians to check their extras halth insurance to take advantage of any remaining benefit before 31 December.

Land secured for Nhulunbuy aged care project

In a major step forward in the provision of a local aged care home for First Nations people in and around Nhulunbuy, the Federal Government provided $549,000 for a sublease for an East Arnhem Land aged care project.

Hundreds gather to pay tribute to those killed by asbestos exposure

Family and friends of South Australians whose lives were tragically cut short by asbestos-related diseases will come together tomorrow to remember and reflect on their loss.

Launch of MS Australia 2019 election commitments

Prime Minister, Scott Morrison has agreed to launch MS Australia 2019 Election Commitments package at a Parliamentary Friends of Multiple Sclerosis event in Parliament House today.

Older people who self-harm at highest risk of suicide

People over 65 who harm themselves are more likely to die by suicide than other age groups according to new research published in the Lancet Psychiatry by University of Manchester and Keele University academics.

ASIC spotlights the buy now pay later industry

ASIC has released its first review of the rapidly growing buy now pay later industry.

New quality standards for aged care

New single Aged Care Quality Standards will better protect senior Australians and further promote responsibility and accountability for their care.

Contemporary dance – seniors collaboration

Wheelie walkers will double as dance props when residents from two Lutheran Services aged care centres and professional contemporary dancers share the stage in a ground-breaking collaboration.

Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission legislated

A new era in Australian aged care is beginning, with legislation passing Parliament to establish the nation’s first, independent Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission.

Aussies growing food in their backyards put health before wealth

More than half of Australian households are growing some form of their own food at home and the majority say it’s more about producing healthier food to eat than the financial benefits, according to research from The Australia Institute.

Temper your workouts in extreme heat

We look forward to summer to make the most of the weather for our outdoor sports and workouts when the sun is shining.

Setting personal goals is important for dementia care

Researchers have sought new ways to help people with dementia to maintain the best quality of life as possible even as their conditions progressively worsen.

Setting goals to be more active slows memory decline

Older African Americans with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) who got help setting goals to be more socially, physically, or cognitively active had slower memory decline than those who did not.

As we get parched, cognition can sputter

Anyone lost in a desert hallucinating mirages knows that extreme dehydration discombobulates the mind. But just two hours of vigorous yard work in the summer sun without drinking fluids could be enough to blunt concentration, according to a new study.

Social media buffers depression among older adults with pain

With a few finger strokes or swipes on a computer or cell phone, seniors with pain reduce the risk of depression when visiting social media sites.

Why some older people are rejecting digital technologies

Fear of making mistakes and wider concerns about their social responsibility are among reasons why older people are rejecting digital technologies, a new study reveals.

Want to improve care in nursing homes? Mandate minimum staffing levels

The Royal Commission into aged care has begun its 18-month investigation into the quality and safety of Australia’s residential aged-care system.

Mental health inquiry terms of reference

The Federal Government has today released the terms of reference for the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into mental health and announced the appointment of an Associate Commissioner for the inquiry.

We have weaker bones than our ancestors – what you can do about it

Technology is continuously advancing to make our lives “easier”, more efficient and often more sedentary. All of this has an impact on our body and, specifically, our bones.

Meditation and music may reduce memory loss

A simple meditation or music listening program may alter certain biomarkers of cellular ageing and Alzheimer’s Disease in older adults who are experiencing memory loss.

Study sheds light on how our brains age

Two studies from a landmark 20-year Melbourne research project have shed more light on how the brain ages and what can affect the process. The results have led experts to encourage women to watch their cholesterol and blood pressure.