Call for retreat from Budget measures that hurt impoverished

ACOSS has called on the Coalition to retreat from the so-called ‘Zombie’ and other Federal budget measures that would reduce incomes to adults and children at risk of or already living in poverty.

List your details on nbn’s Medical Alarm Register

nbn is reminding all people with medical alarms or devices to sign up to its national Medical Alarm Register.

UN chief shines spotlight on once-taboo topic of elder abuse

The distressing crime of elder abuse often occurs in quiet, private settings, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Financial elder abuse a growing concern

According to research commissioned by State Trustees - revealed today on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – financial elder abuse is a significant issue, and we are ill-prepared to cope.

Mind your busyness

Are you busy on an average day? Do you often have too many things to do to get them all done? Do you often have so many things to do that you go to bed later than your regular bedtime?

Ageing in a foreign land research

The vulnerability of older adults from non-English speaking backgrounds living in Australia will be central to a new joint research project.

ACT Seniors Card eligibility tightened

Many older ACT residents will face difficulty following the announcement of tougher eligibility rules for concessions and rebates, National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill said.

QLD Good Money stores alternatives to payday lenders

Queenslanders facing serious money woes will soon have access to safe, fair and affordable finance to get their lives back on track.

What you can do to reduce the risk of bowel cancer caused by E. coli bacteria

Several bacteria are already linked to human cancers, and new evidence points towards a link between Escherichia coli (E. coli) and an increased risk of bowel cancer. Luckily there are things we can do to limit the risk posed by bacteria.

ASIC hits misleading pet insurance advertising

Allianz Australia Insurance Limited (Allianz) has compensated 740 Petplan insurance customers over $231,000 and its agent, Petplan Australasia Pty Ltd (Petplan), has corrected its Petplan adds.

Flood deaths are avoidable: don't go in the water

The flooding rains that have drenched eastern Australia have tragically left several people dead and several more missing in New South Wales and Tasmania. Last year at this time of year we saw five vehicle related drownings in Queensland.

Stay well this winter with winning meals

After a bumper cold and flu season last year, dietitians are urging older Australians to boost their immune system this winter by tapping into nutritious comfort foods.

Japan and its immigration policies are growing old

Japan is experiencing a serious demographic crunch. About 27 per cent of the Japanese population is over the age of 65 and there are 1.4 million fewer people today than there were in 2007.

Life needs to be valued in nursing homes

People in nursing homes live a mean time of 2.8 years. As this will be their final home, many people see nursing homes as “God’s waiting room”.

Dairy avoidance by women reaches dangerous levels

A study has found for the first time that one in six adult Australians are choosing to avoid milk and dairy foods, the majority without a medical diagnosis, with health concerns for women in particular.

VIC aged care modernisation starts

The Victorian Government has started the largest revamp of public aged care homes in metropolitan Melbourne.

Community groups call for reform to negative gearing

A national alliance of community housing and welfare groups says it’s time to get serious about reforming negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount to increase housing affordability.

To reduce pre-Alzheimer’s cognitive impairment, get to the yoga mat

Inner peace and a flexible body may not be the most valuable benefits that yoga and meditation have to offer.

Here's what people in their 90s really think about death

Across the developed world more people are living longer, which of course means more get to be extremely old by the time they die. Nearly half of all deaths in the United Kingdom are in people aged 85 or older, up from only one in five just 25 years ago.

Ageing affects test-taking, not language in older adults

The ability to understand language could be much better preserved into old age with older adults struggeling more with test conditions than language processing.

Winter warmer warning: no outdoor gas heaters indoors

It may be cosy, but the outdoor gas heater you’re using to keep warm this winter could be a hazard unless it’s used properly.