Life expectancy and deaths hit historic highs
Life expectancy and death numbers hit historic highs in 2014, according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Exercise promises to reverse the affects of dementia
Professor Perry Bartlett, founding director of the Queensland Brain Institute, has been awarded the CSL Florey Medal for his discoveries in neuroscience and that the brain is ever-changing.
Fitness trumps fatness
A finding that cardio-respiratory fitness is more important than fat loss for people suffering so-called ‘Syndrome X’ has landed a Queensland researcher a New Investigator Award.
Osteoporosis – cracking up older men
‘Movember’ is all about helping men live happier, healthier and longer lives.
Ladders risky for older men
It’s that time of year when we start spring cleaning and DIY jobs. The Department of Health and Human Services is urging older men to be mindful of ladder safety.
Improving dementia support
The Federal Government will build a nationally consistent dementia support services following analysis released today that described a system with a “lack of consistency and coordination”.
New SA elder abuse campaign
A new public awareness campaign aimed at putting a stop to the abuse of older South Australians has been launched.
Crisis continues among older workers
The Australian Human Rights Commission’s Willing to Work consultation has found that discrimination against mature-age workers persists widely amongst job recruiters.
Vision pass boosts travel accessibility
QLD commuters who are blind or have low vision will be able to travel more independently across the state with the Government introducing an upgraded permanent go access Vision Impairment Travel Pass.
Common prescription medicines cheaper over-the-counter
Many concessional patients with a prescription for medicines such as paracetamol and aspirin are paying two-to-three times retail prices than if they simply purchased them over-the-counter.
NSW Registered Nurses in aged care report
A report by the Legislative Council Standing Committee tabled in the NSW Parliament on 29 October 2015 recommended that RNs be on duty in residential aged care at all times.
Faecal transplants show promise
The use of faecal transplants to treat severe infections has rapidly become the treatment of choice.
Cancer survivors eat unhealthily
While most cancer survivors in the United States are motivated to seek information about food choices and dietary changes to improve their health, a new study comparing their dietary patterns to federal guidelines indicates that they often fall short.
Risk of heat-related health problems increases with age
Summer weather can pose special health risks to older adults and people with chronic medical conditions.
Mindful care for carers
Mindfulness activities may be useful in reducing the stress and increasing quality of life for those people caring for family members or friends with an illness.
GDF could lead to better recovery after stroke
UCLA researchers have identified a molecule that, after a stroke, signals brain tissue to form new connections to compensate for the damage and initiate repairs to the brain.
The Gray Wave. The Silver Tsunami. The Agequake.
Aging societies have been on the horizon for decades around the world.
Jobs plan for older workers failing
The Federal Department of Employment is set to overhaul the failing Restart wage subsidy program, designed to get older Australians back to work, from 1 November 2015.
Funeral insurance RIP-offs exposed
ASIC has today released a report on funeral insurance, highlighting that funeral insurance premiums tend to rise steeply for the over-50s and that many people cancel their policy in the first few years.
Older Australians drinking themselves awake
A survey of poor sleep patterns by Sleep Health Foundation has revealed consumption of caffeine and alcohol increases steadily with age.
Helping older neighbours prepare for storms and bushfires
With the early beginning to the fire season, Apia, the insurer for Over 50’s, is urging Australians to help their older neighbours prepare for the coming bushfire and storm season.
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