Aged care homes “must not ruin Christmas” by barring visitors

Many older Australians are at risk of a ruined Christmas with a minority of rogue aged care providers still preventing them from seeing their loved ones, or excessively restricting visiting.

Aged Care policy reform crucial to attract workers

Work-related stress, lack of career progression and up-skilling opportunities are key deficiencies in Australia’s aged care sector.

Device aims to improve balance for hearing impaired

Researchers are investigating whether a device giving feedback on body position can improve balance and stability in older adults with hearing loss.

Know the signs of elder abuse this festive season

Queenslanders are being encouraged to recognise the signs of elder abuse and seek help over the Christmas period.

Seniors’ dental scheme must have expert input

A proposed scheme allowing older Australians to finally access affordable dental treatment must have the full input from dental practitioners and other key stakeholders, a coalition of peak oral health advocates has warned.

Aged care medication going unchecked

New research from the Registry of Senior Australians at SAHMRI has shown just one in five older Australians receive a government-funded medication review after entering an aged care facility.

Your Natter Matters: Ask R U OK?

R U OK? has launched a campaign to connect senior Australians through the ‘Gift of Conversation’.

Drinking linked to a decline in brain health from cradle to grave

The evidence for the harmful effects of alcohol on brain health is compelling, but now experts have pin-pointed three key time periods in life when the effects of alcohol are likely to be at their greatest.

Mental health impacts of COVID-19 on people living with dementia

The need to address the loneliness and isolation by people impacted by dementia has been brought in to focus by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Dementia Australia.

For better heart health, step to it, pair of studies say

If you’re sitting down, the findings of two major new studies led by University at Buffalo researchers are likely to get you moving.

The deadly side effects of a QLD summer

Danger Sun Overhead is calling on all Queenslanders this summer to play it safe in the sun but particularly employers and employees involved in outdoor work.

Why single, older women without children face economic insecurity

"I feel as I don’t have family responsibilities, more is expected of me": participant.

Playing it cool: how the body copes during heatwaves

What's the best way to keep cool in extreme temperatures?

Serious Incident Response Scheme establishment

The Australian Government has introduced legislation into the Parliament to support the establishment of the Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) for residential aged care.

Government's response to Aged Care Commission's COVID recommendations

The Australian Government will allocate a further $132.2 million in its response to the Aged Care Royal Commission’s recommendations on COVID-19.

Blueprint for better aged care

Australia needs a new aged care system. Spending an extra $7 billion a year could provide all older Australians with the care and support they need, according to a new Grattan Institute report.

Guardianship reforms safeguarding vulnerable Queenslanders

Substantial reforms to strengthen Queensland’s guardianship system have taken effect today, giving greater protection to the more vulnerable in our community such as the elderly and those with impaired capacity.

Navigating the ‘new normal’ for older Australians

Older Australians have had a lot to worry about this year and the COVID-19 coronavirus has placed many of them at increased risk of isolation and loneliness.

New global recommendations for physical activity revealed

Physical inactivity contributes to four to five million deaths worldwide each year.

Winners announced for national HESTA Excellence Awards

Winners of the inaugural HESTA Excellence Awards were last night revealed, with eight organisations and teams recognised across disability services, allied health, aged care and community services in a virtual celebration of excellence.

Call for rethink of how Australians finance their retirement

RMIT economists are calling for a rethink in retirement financing in a new first of its kind report which reveals that more older Australians are using reverse mortgages to pay off debt.