Five ways seniors can overcome feeling socially isolated

Approximately one-fourth of the senior population is affected by social isolation and loneliness, which has a significant impact on mental and physical health.[1]

Strength training can help protect the brain from degeneration

For the first time, an intervention - lifting weights - has been able to slow and even halt degeneration, over a long period, in brain areas particularly vulnerable to Alzheimer's disease.

Women my age tend to drink - it’s normal

Women aged 50–70 are more likely than younger women to consume alcohol at levels that exceed low risk drinking guidelines – and most think that’s just perfectly fine.

Handle with care: Caring for older people – getting the fundamentals right

As part of the BRAVE Flinders Research and Innovation lecture series, Professor Alison Kitson, presents on the fundamentals of care in light of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety interim findings.

Alcohol and medication a dangerous cocktail

A new research program has found many older Australians who consume alcohol are putting their health at serious risk when taking commonly prescribed medications.

Lack of preparation could crush older Australians’ dreams of remaining at home

New nationwide research has found that older Australians’ desire to remain living at home increases with age.

Payment platform pitfalls

Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CA ANZ) is urging Australians to stop and think about the financial ramifications of “buy now, pay later” services and the effect it could have on your financial position.

New directions in aged care in Australia

Comparisons with international systems and innovations in aged care has identified many opportunities for improvement in Australia, according to researchers at Flinders University.

Seniors struggle with technology, and often their kids won't help

Seniors may not enjoy the stereotype of struggling with technology, but undeniably many older people do have difficulty mastering their devices.

Malnutrition is on the rise in older adults – how to spot the signs

While the obesity crisis is still considered the foremost public health epidemic in the west, malnutrition is quickly becoming a growing concern.

International systems and innovations - way forward for Australian aged care

New research on international systems and innovations in aged care has identified many opportunities for improvement in Australia, according to researchers at Flinders University.

Tune Review on the delivery of the NDIS sets clear directions for reform

Carers Australia welcomed yesterday’s release of the independent review conducted by David Tune into NDIS practices and procedures.

Preventing suicide in nursing homes is possible -  here is a start

Suicide among nursing home residents is a major concern. Between 2000 and 2013, around 140 Australian nursing home residents took their own lives.

Ageing: how our 'epigenetic clocks' slow down as we get older

From the tap dancing 90-year-old to the 40-year-old who struggles to run a mile, we all know people who seem surprisingly young or old for their age.

Harmful effects of ageism on older persons’ health found in 45 countries

In the largest examination to date of the health consequences of ageism, or age-based bias, researchers at the Yale School of Public Health have found evidence that it harms the health of older people in 45 countries and across 5 continents. The study included over 7 million participants.

Positive Ageing Tool supports older Australians to stay active longer

Victorian age care provider, Benetas, has launched an online resource for older Australians to self-screen their physical resilience and take the steps they need to stay independent for longer.

Exercise: its true value for older people and society

Taking up exercise is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions for people wanting to improve their health. But our research shows that the benefits of older people going to exercise groups go beyond self-improvement and provide good value for society, too.

Moving back in: the rise of multigenerational households

Living with your parents is not all about saving money or free childcare, says Dr Edgar Liu from UNSW’s City Futures Research Centre.

Healthy habits in middle age - longer life free from disease

Sticking to a healthy lifestyle including not smoking, not being overweight, and exercising regularly, is associated with a longer life expectancy at age 50 free of major diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes, finds a study in The BMJ.

Culturally and linguistically diverse families could benefit more from the NDIS

UNSW’s Social Policy Research Centre and St Vincent de Paul Society NSW are bridging cultural gaps for Australian Chinese to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Therapy at home helping people with dementia

Receiving occupational therapy at home has been found to be effective for people living with dementia, according to a University of Queensland-led study.