Evidence based guidelines on music for people with dementia

Researchers from Western Sydney University’s MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development have published a new research paper and recommended guidelines for music use for people with dementia after a successful trial program.

WA Financial counsellors join the fight against elder abuse

The Western Australian Government has partnered with advocacy and education organisation Advocare to train financial counsellors to recognise and respond to financial elder abuse.

LASA Excellence in Age Services Award Winners 2020

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), has announced the 2020 Excellence In Age Services (EIAS) award winners.

The benefits of exercise and golf for our ageing population

Author and humourist P. G. Wodehouse once said “Golf, like measles, should be caught young, for, if postponed to riper years, the results may be serious.”

Understanding changes in grey matter

Grey Matters is an interactive website designed with and for people experiencing changes to their memory and thinking. Users can learn (about the ageing brain), explore (helpful tips and tricks), and share (their own experiences).

Bob Brown is right – it's time environmentalists talked about the population problem

In all the talk of tackling environmental problems such as climate change, the issue of population growth often escapes attention.

Asian countries do aged care differently. Here's what we can learn from them

Unlike in Western countries like Australia, traditional Asian cultures place a heavy emphasis on filial piety — the expectation children will support their parents in old age.

Exercising one arm has benefits in the other

New research from Edith Cowan University (ECU) has revealed that training one arm can improve strength and decrease muscle loss in the other arm – without even moving it.

Dementia rises to second leading cause of death for men

Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, overtook lung cancer as the second leading cause of death for men and remained the leading cause for women in 2019.

Melanoma risk not as obvious as some think

New QIMR Berghofer research has found almost a quarter of the Queensland population underestimates their risk of developing potentially deadly melanomas.

Despite more than 30 major inquiries, governments still haven't fixed aged care

Australia’s aged care sector has been the subject of more than 30 major inquiries and reviews since 1997.

New modelling finds investing in childcare and aged care almost pays for itself

In the absence of an official analysis of the impact of the budget by gender the National Foundation for Australian Women has published its own gender analysis of the budget, across multiple dimensions.

One broken bone leads to another, warns IOF on World Osteoporosis Day

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) calls for all adults to be alert to their risk factors for osteoporosis, a disease which can lead to a dangerous, life-threatening spiral of broken bones.

What it’s like for people inside the aged care system

Only around one-quarter of the people living in a residential aged care facility or receiving a home care package feel that their care needs are always met.

If we have the guts to give older people a fair go, this is how we fix aged care in Australia

In the face of the harrowing findings of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and the COVID-19 crisis, it’s abundantly clear the way we provide residential aged care in Australia needs to change.

Finalists revealed for HESTA Excellence Awards

Australia’s top 24 organisations and teams working in disability, allied health, aged care and community services have today been revealed, the largest number of finalists ever announced in HESTA Awards history.

Curtin research into impact of health on retirement could bolster workforce

Ill-health, such as a serious injury or bout of illness, was likely to lead to earlier shifts not only from fulltime work to retirement, but also to part-time work or self-employment for older Australians.

ROSA’s key role in improving aged care

The SAHMRI-based Registry for Senior Australians (ROSA) is helping deliver long-overdue improvements in aged care according to the ongoing Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

Aussies living longer but in poorer health

An Australian born today is expected to live six years longer than an Australian born thirty years ago, but poor health will reduce the quality of life gained, according to new data published in The Lancet.

Vitamin D as medicine, rather than as key nutrient, jeopardising elderly care home residents’ health

The professional perception of vitamin D as a medicine, rather than as a key nutrient, is constraining practice and jeopardising the health of elderly care home residents in England.

Research finds new way to help frail older people

A $6.9 million global research project involving USC as the only Australian partner has developed a new monitoring and intervention system to slow or even reverse the progression of frailty among older adults.