Government responds to Aged Care Royal Commission Interim Report

The Prime Minister Mr Scott Morrison has announced that the Federal Government is taking action to respond to the three priority areas identified in the Aged Care Royal Commission’s Interim Report released on 31 October 2019.

We're delaying major life events, and our retirement income system hasn't caught up

Asked to conduct an independent review of Australia’s retirement income system, the panel appointed by treasurer Josh Frydenberg reported on Friday that it was all tied up with the family home.

Study shows where in western Victoria people are injured most from falls

New Deakin University research has pinpointed the parts of Western Victoria with the highest rates of falls, something researchers say must be better prevented, especially with Australia's ageing population.

What can I do to avoid Alzheimer’s disease?

It’s a question Dr Stephanie Rainey-Smith answers in the latest episode of Edith Cowan University’s Body of Knowledge podcast – and the answers might surprise you.

Caregiving can affect quality of life for up to a year after loss

Family members who have been the primary carer for a dying loved one may experience considerable grief and poor health and quality of life for several months after the person has died.

Newstart debate must focus on people not politics

University of Adelaide economists have added to the national debate about the Newstart Allowance, arguing that Newstart should be increased by as much as $120 a week and urging politicians to address the issue with maturity.

Granny flat nightmares: when family living arrangements collapse

It is often triggered by a family crisis. A parent dies, their spouse is left behind, sometimes battling a serious health condition of their own.

Funeral giant InvoCare taking advantage of grieving families - CHOICE

Industry insider exposes hidden fees and misleading invoices.

Free Newcastle and Gosford legal clinic to supporting vulnerable older people

Some of the most vulnerable people in our society – older people – are benefiting from a new free community legal service established by Newcastle Law School in Newcastle and Gosford.

National registration body for aged care workers launched

The national registration body was launched today to restore confidence in a sector shaken by findings heard in Royal Commission of neglect, abuse and poor conditions for the elderly and staff.

There's a yawning gap in the plan to keep older Australians working

In the past decade a 30-year trend to earlier retirement has been reversed. In OECD countries the average age at which people retire has risen by about one to two years. In Australia the average age has risen from 64 to 65.6 for men, and from 61.8 to 64.2 for women.

Workforce key to addressing aged care sector problems

The future age care workforce must receive adequate, ongoing training and aptitude and capability challenges must be addressed, according to an industry expert.

Research reveals no link between statins and memory loss

Over six years, researchers evaluated the cognitive effects of statins in elderly consumers, revealing no negative impact and potential protective effects in those at risk of dementia.

Aged Care Royal Commission Canberra hearing - aged care system and health care system

The Royal Commission into aged Care quality and Safety will hold a public hearing in Canberra from Monday 9 December 2019 to Friday 13 December 2019.

Elder abuse prevention plan launched by WA Government

The State Government has released Western Australia's first long-term strategy to combat elder abuse, outlining a series of support, education and awareness measures to combat the growing issue.

How simple policy changes can help us age better and prevent cognitive decline

Many people experience a decline in cognitive function with age, such as a worsening memory and trouble processing information. In most cases, this is perfectly normal.

How older Australians in aged care use health services

A first-time report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) examines the use of health services by older people using different types of aged care.

IRT Group marks 50 years in aged care

Illawarra-based retirement living and aged-care provider IRT Group turns 50 today, 14 November 2019.

Exercise reduces chronic inflammation, protects heart

The body needs white blood cells — or leukocytes, to fight infection. However, a sedentary lifestyle can lead to inflammatory leukocytes, which can cause an increased risk for heart disease and strokes.

How meditation can help you make fewer mistakes

If you are forgetful or make mistakes when in a hurry, a new study from Michigan State University – the largest of its kind to-date – found that meditation could help you to become less error prone.

Bilingualism and dementia: how some patients lose their second language and rediscover their first

For many people with dementia, memories of early childhood appear more vivid than their fragile sense of the present.