Over 60s over-represented in fire fatalities

Fire has claimed the lives of more people over 60 this year than any other age group, the latest Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) statistics show.

Brain damage from stroke can be minimised

A new study from The University of Queensland shows monitoring the brain of stroke patients using QEEG studies could inform treatments and minimising brain damage of stroke victims.

GPs may reduce depression and suicidal thoughts in older people

Between five and 10 per cent of people over 60 suffer from depression - a common and disabling disorder.

Aged care medical workforce is ageing

The aged care medical workforce is ageing and more than 15 per cent are intending to reduce their aged care visits over the next two years.

Alzheimer’s drug tests failure

There is often a fanfare about the promising affects of prospective new drugs. Most fail in testing and are quietly put rest without widespread announcements. Bapineuzumab failed in human tests.

The spirit in older nursing

Older more experienced nurses working in palliative care are more likely to include spiritual caring in their day-to-day professional activities compared to their younger counterparts in acute care.

Lack of physical activity threatens health

On the eve of the Olympics, a series in the medical journal The Lancet has starkly highlighted the threat a lack of physical activity poses to our health and mortality.

Late life drinking and cognitive decline

At the Alzheimer's Association International Conference(R), Vancouver, studies suggest that moderate alcohol use in late-life, heavier use earlier in life, and "binge" drinking in late-life increase risk of cognitive decline.

Retirement village sign-up caution

Older people are urged to seek professional advice, rather than rely on family and friends, when making the complex decision of choosing a retirement village.

Over 70s - most killed pedestrian group

The NSW Centre for Road Safety (CfRS) is urging motorists and pedestrians to take extra care while travelling on and crossing the road with the number of pedestrians killed nearly doubling.

Not too old to donate organs

Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing Catherine King today appealed to older Australians to decide about and discuss their organ and tissue donation wishes with their loved ones.

Falls among elderly tied to depression

A new study has found that people suffering from depression are more likely to fall, pointing to a complex relationship between mental illness, a sense of balance, and falling in older people.

Testosterone overprescribed for older men

Testosterone prescriptions have surged since 2006 due to promotional activity, according to University of Sydney research which also found growing overuse in older men.

Inquiry into dementia early diagnosis

Alzheimer’s Australia welcomed an inquiry into early diagnosis of dementia and intervention, to be undertaken by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health and Ageing.

Older Australians workforce barriers review

An ALRC review of Commonwealth legislation and policies that create barriers for older people participating in the workforce or other productive work has started.

Baby Boomers tough it out in retirement

The GFC has hit Baby Boomers hard – particularly if they are older single women in poor health and on lower incomes.

Tips to preserve eyesight

Eyesight is one of the most precious assets a person has so it pays to take care of your eyes by protecting them from a harsh environment and providing them with the nutrition they need.

Sleeping pills linked to more than fourfold increased risk of death

Certain commonly prescribed sleeping pills are associated with a more than fourfold increased risk of death, even among those taking fewer than 18 doses a year.

Never too old to work out

Claiming you are too old for aerobic work-outs may no longer be a valid excuse, with Victoria University sports scientists saying it’s time for pensioners to sweat.

Aged care crisis blueprint

Australia’s looming aged care crisis can only be averted if the Federal Government commits to aged care reform in 2012, leading aged care sector groups said today.

Older Australians waiting for aged care reforms

As politicians return to Canberra for Parliament before the Budget is brought down, COTA has appealed to them to guarantee older Australians the aged care that they deserve.