Death of a partner increases risk of irregular heartbeat

The death of a partner is linked to a heightened risk of developing an irregular heartbeat otherwise known as atrial fibrillation—itself a risk factor for stroke and heart failure.

Transperth free public transport a seniors favoutite

Seniors in Western Australia are staying connected to their communities for longer, taking more than nine million free off-peak trips on Transperth services in 2015.

Physical and mental exercises protect memory by rewiring the brain

Researchers have revealed that progressive resistance exercise (high intensity strength training) and computerised cognitive training (brain training) produce brain changes that help explain their therapeutic value.

Caution! diagnosis creep

An editorial in the latest edition of Australian Prescriber suggests that some guidelines prepared by expert panels are broadening definitions of disease. This means more and more healthy people are being labelled as ‘sick’.

SA Stolen Generations reparations scheme now open

The South Australian Government’s Stolen Generations reparations fund was open for applications on 31 March 2016, following the completion of guidelines for the scheme.

Victoria responds to the Royal Commission into Family Violence

The Victorian Government will overhaul its broken family violence system from the bottom up, following the release of the Royal Commission into Family Violence report.

Smoke alarms are no April Fools Day joke

Australians are urged to be smart about their safety this April Fool’s Day and change their home’s smoke alarm batteries today.

A Healthier Medicare for chronically-ill patients

The Federal Government will change care services for Australians with chronic diseases and complex conditions – aiming to keep them out-of-hospital and living at home.

Men not calling the National Dementia Helpline

Men with a diagnosis of dementia or men who are caring for a person with dementia could be missing out on support and information as only one in five callers to the National Dementia Helpline are men.

Many older Australian households asset rich, income poor

Asset rich but income poor is the story for nearly one-third of older Australians in low income households, according to new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Reflecting on keepsakes to help seniors stave off loneliness

Socially isolated seniors in regional New South Wales will explore the meaning of the precious objects in their lives.

Australians intend to work longer

Australians aged 45 years and over are intending to work longer than ever before, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

More energy savings for NSW seniors

New South Wales seniors are being offered more discounts on their energy bills, following the renewal of the AGL Energy’s (AGL) Seniors Energy Gas & Electricity Plans.

Invest with your eyes open – use ASIC's MoneySmart Investing Challenge

Recent Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) research has revealed that one in 10 Australian investors lost money they couldn't afford to lose last year.

Death rates in older pensioners – austerity link

A study says cuts in Pension Credit spending as part of the British government’s austerity measures in England have a ‘significant’ link with a rise in death rates among pensioners aged 85 or over.

South Korea’s demographic ageing dilemma

In 1950, 551,000 Koreans or 2.9 per cent of the population were aged 65 or above when the Korean War broke out. In 2014, 6.4 million South Koreans, or 12.7 per cent were aged 65 or above.

Be gas safe this Easter to avoid injury

Holiday makers using portable gas appliances are urged to follow safety instructions this Easter to prevent someone being seriously injured or killed.

Help for Victorians with power bills

Victorian energy companies may face penalties of up to $20,000 for failing to offer assistance to customers in financial hardship.

Aged Care Complaints Commissioner wants to hear concerns

The Federal Aged Care Complaints Commissioner, Rae Lamb, appeared on television news last night to say that anyone can raise concerns about Australian Government funded aged care services.

Online tool to access skin cancer risk

Researchers at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute have developed an online tool to predict the risk for people aged 40 and over of developing non-melanoma skin cancers.

DVDs provide access to lifesaving information for hard-of-hearing

Deaf and hard-of-hearing adults will now have easy access to potentially lifesaving information following the launch of specially formatted fire safety and first aid information DVDs.