Muscle loss can cause a range of health problems as we age – but it can be prevented

Here’s a sobering fact: you can lose up to 40% of your muscle mass between your 20s and your 80s. That might sound outlandish, but it’s a natural part of ageing. Known as sarcopenia, this is the gradual loss of muscle mass that occurs as we age.

Nutrition key to health for senior Australians

Senior Australians have been encouraged to maintain a healthy diet as the COVID-19 pandemic changes the way we live, work, study and socialise.

Grief and trauma support for Australia's aged care sector

The Australian Government is allocating $12.4 million in a Grief and Trauma Response Package to provide support to those affected by COVID-19 across the aged care sector.

No genetic signs that hearing loss causes Alzheimer’s disease

New QIMR Berghofer and QUT research has found there is no strong genetic evidence that hearing loss causes Alzheimer’s disease, despite both conditions sharing a significant number of genetic variants.

Virtual student placements offer recreation and support for the elderly

Western Sydney University is working in partnership with UNITING NSW.ACT, to offer virtual recreation therapy programs for some of our community’s elderly.

Carers of people with dementia likely to experience similar discrimination

A Joint Position Statement issued by Carers Australia and Dementia Australia during National Carers Week has spoken about the discrimination faced by family and friend carers of people living with dementia.

Celebrating carers’ outstanding contribution

National Carers Week, which runs from October 11 to 17 October 2020, is held annually to highlight the contribution made by carers and ensure they seek the support they need to fulfill this important role.

Tuned lighting helps nursing home residents get better sleep

A study led by researchers at the Brown University School of Public Health found that using tuned LED lighting cut in half the number of sleep disturbances among older residents in long-term care.

Five ways to increase protein intake as we age

Protein is an essential part of a healthy diet. It helps us build and maintain strong muscles and bones, helps us better recover from illness and injury, and reduces likelihood of falls and fractures.

Tackling malnutrition

Identifying and treating malnutrition is the focus of the latest virtual issue by the Journal of Dietitians Australia, Nutrition & Dietetics.

New report shows impact of COVID-19 on cancer screening

The number of cancer screening tests performed as part of national population screening programs declined during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia.

Exercise intensity not linked to mortality risk in older adults

Exercise intensity appears to make no difference to risk of mortality among older adults, suggests a randomised controlled trial from Norway published by The BMJ.

Virtual classrooms for dementia education - aged care workers during COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dementia Australia has developed virtual classroom education for aged care workers, to equip staff with strategies and skills to provide quality care for people living with dementia.

Research backs home-based program for people living with dementia

With alternatives to residential aged care in high demand, a new program focused on supporting people with dementia and their carers to live well at home is showing significant societal and economic benefits in Australia.

Aged care staffing recommendations don’t go far enough

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), has welcomed the Aged Care Royal Commission’s six recommendations which the Morrison Government must implement immediately to manage COVID-19 in aged care.

Green spaces and walkable neighbourhoods can all help in the fight against dementia

Thirty years ago dementia was a condition less understood than it is now and assumed to be a normal part of ageing.

Sleep test predicts dementia in older adults

Measurements of brain activity during sleep reveal signs of accelerated brain aging.

Antipsychotics for treating adult depression linked with higher mortality

Physicians managing adults with depression should be aware of the potential for increased mortality from antipsychotics use, study finds.

Commission launches elder abuse awareness campaign

The Australian Human Rights Commission launched an elder abuse awareness campaign on the International Day of Older Persons (1 October 2020).

Do not forget food: the essential ingredient in health and wellbeing of older Australians

The importance of providing nutritious food and satisfying mealtimes in the wellbeing of older Australians must be recognised if the Royal Commission’s report into the impact of COVID-19 on aged care are to improve quality of life for residents.

Aged care residents eat more when served larger portions

As Australia’s aged care sector continues to be scrutinised, researchers at the University of South Australia show that plain solutions are often the best.