Understanding older Australians isolation and loneliness

With increasing numbers of older people receiving care in the home, there is a growing need to understand and address social isolation and loneliness which could be an unintended consequence of this growing area.

Calcium and vitamin D for bone health

The Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) said today’s World Osteoporosis Day shines the spotlight on calcium and vitamin D and the vital role they play in preventing osteoporosis.

World Osteoporosis Day – get active

Minister for Health Sussan Ley is pleading with Australian women to “put their health first” and get active to ensure they – and their families - live more healthy, happy and productive lives.

What is the optimal system for funding retirement?

Australia's retirement system may be the envy of international policy-makers, but its combination of mandatory savings and a government means-tested age pension may not be producing the best outcome.

New Powers of Attorney Legislation - Victoria

State Trustees has applauded the new Powers of Attorney legislation that commenced in Victoria on 1 September 2015

Real Men Move website launched

The New South Wales Government will join forces with national industry body Exercise & Sports Science Australia to launch a website this week aimed to get Australian men doing more exercise.

Dementia – little understood impacts

As the second leading cause of death after heart disease, dementia is one of the Australia’s biggest, yet least understood conditions.

Renting pensioner couples at greatest risk of poverty

Queensland couples who rely on the age pension and rent in the private market are at the greatest risk of living in poverty compared to other seniors.

Tai Chi helps some common long term conditions

The ancient Chinese exercise Tai Chi is linked to improved physical capacity among older adults with certain common long term conditions.

In-home care recipients being 'fleeced'

The ABC Lateline program has reported on complaints from seniors about exorbitant fees being charged by not-for-profits after recent changes to in-home care.

Increasing calcium intake unlikely to boost bone health

Increasing calcium intake through dietary sources or supplements is unlikely to improve bone health or prevent fractures in older people, conclude two studies published in The BMJ.

Be medicinewise as you’re getting older

As we age the way the body handles and reacts to medicines can gradually change.

Older women and poverty

Older single women represent the changing face of homelessness says a new Anglicare report 2015 State of the Family report, Who is being left behind?

Common drug presents fracture risk to older women

Researchers are urging caution in prescribing one of the world’s most commonly issued drug groups, citing links to increased fracture risks in older Australian women.

Study into nursing home deaths

The first comprehensive study into injury related or premature deaths of residents in nursing homes has found that more than 80 per cent are from falls.

How ageing affects driving

Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) are studying how ageing affects driving with the aim of promoting road safety, and they are looking for more older drivers to help with the project.

Extended treatment may prevent breast cancer returning for some women

Women with breast cancer receiving further treatment with an aromatase inhibitor, which reduces the production of oestrogen, may prevent breast cancer from returning.

Protein and carbs, not calories, hold the key to a long life

Low protein, high carbohydrate diets could be just as effective as low calorie diets at promoting a long life and good heart and digestive health.

Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome study

An Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) member is conducting a world-first study into chronic lateral hip pain in post-menopausal women, also known as GTPS.

Palliative Care - Talking about dying won’t kill you

People nearing the end of their lives and their families, carers and nursing staff will benefit from $52 million in Federal Government funding for palliative care projects.

Curb winter weight gain: Trim takeaway tips from nutrition experts

The DAA says that nearly half of all Australian adults are expected to pile on the kilos over winter, prompting calls to reign in fatty takeaways and discretionary foods over the cooler months.