Your Brain Matters

There are many messages about the benefits of looking after our bodies, but what about our brains?

Earlier palliative care at home linked to fewer hospital admissions

Offering palliative care earlier to dying patients at home is linked to fewer hospital admissions at the end of their lives.

Dementia films and mobile app for CLAD groups being developed

A Moving Pictures project seeks to raise awareness and prompt early diagnosis among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) groups.

Concerns about housing affordability and retirement

New research on attitudes to property investment and saving for retirement has revealed widespread concern over affordable housing and support for changes to negative gearing.

Reducing refundable accommodation deposit paperwork

The Australian Government is streamlining aged care accommodation approvals.

Rise in the rate of older Australian homelessness

The rate of homelessness in Australia has increased 4.6 per cent over the last five years, according to new data from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing.

Review of standards in aged care vocational training

An Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is being formed to tackle critical skills and workforce issues identified by the Federal Government’s Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce.

New National Advance Care Planning Week ambassador

Advance Care Planning Australia has announced that Chief Advocate for National Seniors Australia, Ian Henschke as an ambassador for National Advance Care Planning Week, 16-22 April 2018.

Why the daunting economics of elder care are about to get much worse

My sister is living the plot from the movie “Groundhog Day.” She takes care of our mother, who suffers from dementia.

Higher Vitamin D levels may be linked to lower risk of cancer

High levels of vitamin D may be linked to a lower risk of developing cancer, including liver cancer, concludes a large study of Japanese adults published by The BMJ.

Compound prevents neurological damage, shows cognitive benefits

The supplement nicotinamide riboside (NR), a form of vitamin B3 – prevented neurological damage and improved cognitive and physical function in a new mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease.

Exercise can slow the ageing process – a professor explains how

The tradition of sending a telegram to every British citizen on their 100th birthday was started just over 100 years ago by George V, who sent out just nine letters. Last year, the Queen had to sign over 16,000 birthday letters.

Concussion dementia link?

The possible link between traumatic brain injury, concussion, and dementia will be a focus at this year’s Dementia Australia’s Keep Your Life In Mind.

New palliative care standards and guidelines

Palliative Care Australia has launched the 5th edition of the National Palliative Care Standards and the Palliative Care Service Development Guidelines at Parliament House.

QLD Government outlaws tow truck sharks

The Queensland Government has passed legislation to outlaw towing industry sharks and protect motorists from dodgy operators.

Rethinking gastrointestinal cancer diagnosis

The way we diagnose gastrointestinal cancers is about to be revolutionised over the next 5-10 years.

More isn’t always better when it comes to health care

Many US people over age 50 see a mismatch in what tests and treatments doctors recommend, and what they need and use, according to a new poll.

International Women’s Day - honouring the service and sacrifice of women

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester has marked International Women’s Day by attending a morning tea with the War Widows Guild and their supporting organisations.

Aussie volunteering set to decline?

Australia could be headed for a decline in volunteering that would leave a multi-billion-dollar hole in the economy according to a new study, released by the Australian Seniors Insurance Agency.

To grow old at home there need to be changes

Ooh, a storm is threatening my very life today / If I don’t get some shelter / Oh yeah, I’m gonna fade away…Mick Jagger.

Child abuse survivors suing rights extended

The Victorian Government has introduce new laws to quash an unfair legal loophole preventing child abuse survivors from suing some organisations for their abuse.