‘Fixing the aged care crisis’ won’t be easy, with just 5% of nursing homes above next year’s mandatory staffing targets

In his election victory speech, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese pledged to “fix the crisis in aged care”.

Not eating enough vegetables as cost-of-living crisis bites

The skyrocketing cost of produce is the top reason people are not eating enough vegetables for good health, a new survey reveals.

I’m getting older, how can I prevent falls?

Falls are common. Each year one in every three people aged over 65 will fall. Around one in ten falls lead to serious injury. Most of us have a friend or relative who has experienced an injury from a fall and know what a life-changing event it can be.

Grandparent ‘child care’ a win across generations

As parents struggle to juggle work and family commitments, early childhood education experts are encouraging Australians to acknowledge the important role of grandparents as critical caregivers in society.

Vitamin D deficiency leads to dementia

Dementia is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people worldwide, affecting thinking and behaviours as you age. But what if you could stop this degenerative disease in its tracks?

Protect yourself from harm this World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

NSW Trustee & Guardian is calling on the NSW community to protect themselves from harm this World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Wednesday, 15 June 2022. It is estimated that one in six older Australians have experienced abuse, with only one-third of victims seeking help.

How to complain about aged care and get the result you want

It can be hard to know what to say, or who to talk to, if you notice something isn’t right for you or a loved one in residential aged care.

Sharpen your mind with a little exercise

New research finds 100 minutes of exercise a week - less than 15 minutes a day - improves brain health .

Poor eyesight unfairly mistaken for brain decline

Millions of older people with poor vision are at risk of being misdiagnosed with mild cognitive impairments, according to a new study by the University of South Australia.

Arthritis – What you need to know

Arthritis is a real pain for older Australians, with new research from Osteopathy Australia revealing that over a third (36%) of those aged over 65 report arthritis as their biggest pain concern.

Report finds 82,156 vacancies in hospitals and aged care

Catholic Health Australia is calling on the new Health Minster post-election to introduce urgent and high-impact reforms.

New research challenges assumptions about older people

Older people in NSW support a number of issues that have long been contentious in public discussion, according to new research released by COTA (Council on the Ageing) NSW.

Cost of living crunch: top tips to keep your weekly shop cheap and healthy

Health and Wellbeing Queensland has revealed handy hints to cut grocery bills and make food stretch further as the rising cost of living puts the squeeze on household budgets.

Don’t be afraid to exercise regularly to boost bone health and cut falls risk

Include muscle strengthening 2-3 days of week; moderate impact exercise on most days; brisk walking 20 mins/daily for those with vertebral fractures.

Why does the oral health of the nation's grandparents matter so little?

Malnutrition, social isolation and declining general health are some of the serious impacts of not maintaining a healthy mouth – and this is never more so than with older Australians in aged care.

Regular exercise with dietary advice linked to better mobility in frail older people

Findings show improvements in physical performance and less loss of muscle mass and strength over three years.

COTA Australia Chief Executive Transition

The Chief Executive of the Council on the Ageing (COTA) Australia, Ian Yates AM, has announced that during 2022 he will be stepping aside from his longstanding role.

Women more likely to live in poverty in retirement

The inequality in superannuation balances as well as the entrenched gender pay gap means more women than men are likely to spend their retirement in poverty.

In-house pharmacists essential for aged care

Medicines are the most common treatments used in healthcare, especially for older people.

Older Queenslanders urged to have their say in developing a new seniors strategy

Health, staying in their own home, and managing cost-of-living are the top priorities for the almost 900,000 Seniors in Queensland, according to a state-wide survey.

Pensioners experience higher increases in living costs

Annual increases in living costs ranged between 3.8 per cent for Employee households and 4.9 per cent for Age pensioner households in the March 2022 quarter.