Faecal transplants show promise

The use of faecal transplants to treat severe infections has rapidly become the treatment of choice.

Cancer survivors eat unhealthily

While most cancer survivors in the United States are motivated to seek information about food choices and dietary changes to improve their health, a new study comparing their dietary patterns to federal guidelines indicates that they often fall short.

Risk of heat-related health problems increases with age

Summer weather can pose special health risks to older adults and people with chronic medical conditions.

Mindful care for carers

Mindfulness activities may be useful in reducing the stress and increasing quality of life for those people caring for family members or friends with an illness.

GDF could lead to better recovery after stroke

UCLA researchers have identified a molecule that, after a stroke, signals brain tissue to form new connections to compensate for the damage and initiate repairs to the brain.

The Gray Wave. The Silver Tsunami. The Agequake.

Aging societies have been on the horizon for decades around the world.

Jobs plan for older workers failing

The Federal Department of Employment is set to overhaul the failing Restart wage subsidy program, designed to get older Australians back to work, from 1 November 2015.

Funeral insurance RIP-offs exposed

ASIC has today released a report on funeral insurance, highlighting that funeral insurance premiums tend to rise steeply for the over-50s and that many people cancel their policy in the first few years.

Older Australians drinking themselves awake

A survey of poor sleep patterns by Sleep Health Foundation has revealed consumption of caffeine and alcohol increases steadily with age.

Helping older neighbours prepare for storms and bushfires

With the early beginning to the fire season, Apia, the insurer for Over 50’s, is urging Australians to help their older neighbours prepare for the coming bushfire and storm season.

Residential taskforce for ageing Queenslanders

A taskforce of industry experts has been appointed by the Queensland Government to identify affordable and independent housing options for ageing Queenslanders.

Ageing genes find could provide treatments

Researchers have helped identify nearly 1,500 genes associated with ageing that could provide new health treatments to improve the prevention and treatment for age-related diseases.

Older sexual abuse victims seek help

It took almost four decades and an emotional breakdown resulting in hospitalisation for NSW grandmother to acknowledge the effect of childhood sexual abuse and seek help.

Don't worry. Be happy. Lose weight

Many people believe that if they lose weight they will be happier about themselves, but new research is suggesting that people should take the opposite approach.

Age Pensioners not spending the inheritance

Australia’s aged pensioners tend to preserve financial wealth and consume conservatively says a new study by the ARC Centre for Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR).

Australia slipping in best countries for older people to live

Australia remains among the best but has fallen several places on the 2015 Global Ageing Index of quality of life and well-being for older people.

VIC bowel cancer screening rates low

New data shows only around one in three Victorians aged over 50 are taking up the opportunity to have a free bowel cancer screening test.

37 000 Australian cancers could be prevented

An Australian-first study that found about 37 000 Australian cancer cases could be prevented each year.

Scientists map healthy elderly brain

Scientists have comprehensively mapped the connections in the healthy elderly brain, known as a connectome.

Dementia Severe Behaviour Response Teams

A Federal Government initiative will provide a help for aged care residents who exhibit severe behaviour as a result of their dementia and assist them to manage their symptoms.

Financial abuse of older Australians

The Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan, has called for a national plan to prevent the elderly from becoming victims of financially motivated abuse.