COVID-19: Senior Australians urged to stay vigilant

Senior Australians have been urged to stay vigilant as the fight to contain the spread of COVID-19 continues.

New website helps older people stay active at home

Leading physiotherapists concerned ‘stay at home’ restrictions could exacerbate falls and poor physical function in older people have developed a new website to support older Australians to stay active, safely, at home.

‘Meaning in Frailty’ research to aid aged care

New Charles Sturt University research into frailty will inform policy and practice for the care of frail older people.

Ladder falls have long-lasting consequences for older blokes

It only takes a moment to fall off a ladder, but the psychological impacts are long-lasting, particularly for older males.

Study finds just 7% of blood pressure monitors validated

In a study with global implications, the majority of blood pressure monitors available for purchase in Australia have to be found not to have undergone rigorous accuracy testing.

Hot flushes and night sweats linked to cardiovascular disease

Research from The University of Queensland has found that women who have hot flushes and night sweats after menopause are 70 per cent more likely to have heart attacks, angina and strokes.

Roadmap to address dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

The NHMRC National Institute of Dementia Research has launched the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Roadmap for Dementia Research and Translation.

Better services and support for older South Australians

Exploring the benefits of child care in aged care facilities is one of many projects and initiatives outlined in the Government’s five-year plan to support all South Australians to age well.

Tips for improving brain health

Recent research from New Zealand suggests people who walk slower in middle age, may age faster and have more brain dysfunction.

Celebrating Queensland seniors virtually

For the first time in its 60-year history, Queensland’s annual celebration of seniors will be a virtual celebration from Saturday 15 – Sunday 23 August 2020.

Some personalities predisposed to dementia risk

New research from Murdoch’s Centre for Healthy Ageing suggests certain personality traits are associated with developing dementia.

COTA WA at home guide launched to help combat elder abuse

WA Seniors and Ageing Minister has launched the Council on the Ageing Western Australia's 'At Home Guide', to support older Western Australians in living well.

Options for funding Australia’s future aged care needs

Options to fund future age care needs are being canvassed in a new consultation paper released by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

Barriers to effective medication management for those with dementia

Up to two thirds of people with dementia are prescribed potentially inappropriate medications, with a new study from Monash University exploring system challenges which may lead to this.

Aged Care Royal Commission hearings to resume in July 2020

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will resume hearings next month after a break to protect hearing participants and staff during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Abuse of Powers of Attorney under the spotlight in SA

In the face of increasing concerns about the abuse of Powers of Attorney, legal experts are asking for submissions as part of their review of existing South Australian law.

Ageing in Multicultural WA report

The challenges faced by older Western Australians from culturally diverse backgrounds have been highlighted in a new report to assist with service planning and work to combat ageism, discrimination and financial stress.

Funding to help combat WA elder abuse

Older members of the Western Australian community will be provided further protection from elder abuse following a funding increase to support services.

National sign language interpreting service for aged care

A free sign language interpreting service will soon be available for senior Australians who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing.

'Ageing in neighbourhood': what seniors want instead of retirement villages

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus the need for connection to our local community and the health challenges of the retirement village model.

Negative thinking linked with more rapid cognitive decline, study indicates

There is no cure, but reports indicate that approximately a third of dementia cases may be preventable, which is why many researchers have begun to focus on identifying risk factors.