Study on impact of art on dementia

A collaboration between the Brain and Mind Centre, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) and Alzheimer’s Australia NSW will lead a study on the impact of art on people living with dementia.

Income stress in older women linked to frailty

Money might not guarantee happiness, but it could buy you physical health in older age, new University of Queensland research shows.

What is elder abuse and why do we need a national inquiry into it?

Attorney-General George Brandis has announced an inquiry into laws and frameworks to safeguard older Australians from abuse.

Does eating chocolate improve your brain function?

Everyone loves a study that turns one of our favourite vices into a health benefit. This week, the news headlines tell us “eating chocolate improves brain function” and that it “could help protect against normal age-related decline”.

Medicinal cannabis legislation passes Parliament

Parliament has passed legislation permitting Australian patients to access a safe, legal and reliable supply of medicinal cannabis products for the management of painful and chronic conditions.

SA jury duty available for people aged over 70

The South Australian Government will move to allow people over 70-years-old to sit on juries in South Australia.

Safeguarding older Australians from abuse

Today, the Federal Government has taken steps to put the rights of older Australians on the national agenda by initiating an inquiry into elder abuse.

Estate duties part of the tax debate?

The Australia Institute has released a paper, Surprise Me When I’m Dead: Revisiting the Case for Estate Duties.

Longer, healthier lives are possible

A Stanford analysis shows how to enhance longevity and well-being through healthy living, financial security and social relationships.

Paleo diet increases weight gain

A new study has revealed following a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet for just eight weeks can lead to rapid weight gain and health complications.

Advanced Australia: The Politics of Ageing

Mark Butler has produced an excellently researched book on one of the most pressing issues confronting Australia today.

Australians concerned about retirement

A new poll from The Australian National University (ANU) on ageing and money has found many Australians are worried about their retirement and ability afford a comfortable life after leaving the workforce.

Variations in longevity across Europe

Wide and stubborn variations in longevity have persisted across Europe over the past 20 years, indicates research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

New Aged care complaints translated resources

There is a new addition to the range of translated resources being offered by the Aged Care Complaints Commission.

$22.7 million lost to dating scams in 2015

Last year, 2,620 Australians reported losing almost $23 million to dating and romance scams to the ACCC.

Group memberships after retirement linked to longer life

Membership of social groups, such as book clubs or church groups, after retirement is linked to a longer life, with the impact on health and wellbeing similar to that of regular exercise.

Urinary incontinence can be a problem for women of all ages, but there is a cure

Urinary incontinence is urine leakage from a loss of bladder control that mainly affects women after childbirth. But it can happen to anyone. Around 37% of Australian women have some form of the condition compared to 13% of Australian men.

Cooking at home = Prescription for healthy weight

More than half Australian adults are unhappy with their weight, with many wanting to eat better, trim portion sizes and cook at home more.

Relationships more beneficial to women than men

Women in relationships have better overall health compared to their single counterparts; for men, their overall health is not influenced by their relationship status.

One in three pedestrian deaths aged over 70

Police are urging pedestrians and motorists to be on the alert for each other following a significant number of recent pedestrian fatalities.

10 tips for heart healthy living

For Heart Month international and National Heart Research Day, 14 February, Dr Joanna McMillan - a leading Dieticians, Nutritionist, TV personality presents her healthy heart tips.