Know the signs of elder abuse this festive season

Queenslanders are being encouraged to recognise the signs of elder abuse and seek help over the Christmas period.

Seniors’ dental scheme must have expert input

A proposed scheme allowing older Australians to finally access affordable dental treatment must have the full input from dental practitioners and other key stakeholders, a coalition of peak oral health advocates has warned.

Holiday arrangements for Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support

There will be changes to payments and services over the December and January holiday period for Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support customers.

Aged care medication going unchecked

New research from the Registry of Senior Australians at SAHMRI has shown just one in five older Australians receive a government-funded medication review after entering an aged care facility.

Your Natter Matters: Ask R U OK?

R U OK? has launched a campaign to connect senior Australians through the ‘Gift of Conversation’.

Drinking linked to a decline in brain health from cradle to grave

The evidence for the harmful effects of alcohol on brain health is compelling, but now experts have pin-pointed three key time periods in life when the effects of alcohol are likely to be at their greatest.

Mental health impacts of COVID-19 on people living with dementia

The need to address the loneliness and isolation by people impacted by dementia has been brought in to focus by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Dementia Australia.

For better heart health, step to it, pair of studies say

If you’re sitting down, the findings of two major new studies led by University at Buffalo researchers are likely to get you moving.

The deadly side effects of a QLD summer

Danger Sun Overhead is calling on all Queenslanders this summer to play it safe in the sun but particularly employers and employees involved in outdoor work.

Why single, older women without children face economic insecurity

"I feel as I don’t have family responsibilities, more is expected of me": participant.

Playing it cool: how the body copes during heatwaves

What's the best way to keep cool in extreme temperatures?

Serious Incident Response Scheme establishment

The Australian Government has introduced legislation into the Parliament to support the establishment of the Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) for residential aged care.

Government's response to Aged Care Commission's COVID recommendations

The Australian Government will allocate a further $132.2 million in its response to the Aged Care Royal Commission’s recommendations on COVID-19.

Blueprint for better aged care

Australia needs a new aged care system. Spending an extra $7 billion a year could provide all older Australians with the care and support they need, according to a new Grattan Institute report.

Guardianship reforms safeguarding vulnerable Queenslanders

Substantial reforms to strengthen Queensland’s guardianship system have taken effect today, giving greater protection to the more vulnerable in our community such as the elderly and those with impaired capacity.

Navigating the ‘new normal’ for older Australians

Older Australians have had a lot to worry about this year and the COVID-19 coronavirus has placed many of them at increased risk of isolation and loneliness.

New global recommendations for physical activity revealed

Physical inactivity contributes to four to five million deaths worldwide each year.

Winners announced for national HESTA Excellence Awards

Winners of the inaugural HESTA Excellence Awards were last night revealed, with eight organisations and teams recognised across disability services, allied health, aged care and community services in a virtual celebration of excellence.

Call for rethink of how Australians finance their retirement

RMIT economists are calling for a rethink in retirement financing in a new first of its kind report which reveals that more older Australians are using reverse mortgages to pay off debt.

Sexuality and intimacy research in residential age care facilities

A Massey University New Zealand researcher has published a report on a three-year nationwide research project into intimacy and sexuality in residential aged care facilities.

125 organisations oppose Government’s plan to axe safe lending laws

Axing safe lending laws will be bad for people, bad for the economy and directly contradict the first recommendation of the banking royal commission, say leading voices across Australia