Enduring Power of Attorney reforms considered by Attorneys-General

A meeting of the Council of Attorneys-General (CAG) was held on 29 November 2019 in Adelaide, South Australia.

Ageing population a time bomb, only if policy makers don’t anticipate it

Australia’s ageing population is projected to slow labour force growth, reduce national income and tax revenue but we aren’t in the dark, yet.

Smartphone app to screen for early signs of dementia

Dementia screening could be as easy as using a smartphone app that listens to elderly people speak.

Earle Haven report tabled in Qld Parliament

The report of the committee’s investigation into the closure of the Earle Haven aged care facility was tabled in the Queensland Parliament today.

Elder abuse action needed by Council of Attorneys General

Australia’s banks along with older persons advocacy groups are calling on state and federal governments to agree to establish a national online register of Powers of Attorney at tomorrow’s Council of Attorneys General meeting in Adelaide.

World-first study pinpoints best exercises to beat back pain

Active treatments including Pilates, stabilisation exercises, weight training and aerobic exercise could be the most effective to help beat chronic low back pain.

Royal Commission Interim Report response a missed opportunity

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) has acknowledged the Prime Minister’s announcement of more than $500 million for aged care in the wake of the Royal Commission’s Interim Report.

Government responds to Aged Care Royal Commission Interim Report

The Prime Minister Mr Scott Morrison has announced that the Federal Government is taking action to respond to the three priority areas identified in the Aged Care Royal Commission’s Interim Report released on 31 October 2019.

We're delaying major life events, and our retirement income system hasn't caught up

Asked to conduct an independent review of Australia’s retirement income system, the panel appointed by treasurer Josh Frydenberg reported on Friday that it was all tied up with the family home.

Study shows where in western Victoria people are injured most from falls

New Deakin University research has pinpointed the parts of Western Victoria with the highest rates of falls, something researchers say must be better prevented, especially with Australia's ageing population.

What can I do to avoid Alzheimer’s disease?

It’s a question Dr Stephanie Rainey-Smith answers in the latest episode of Edith Cowan University’s Body of Knowledge podcast – and the answers might surprise you.

Caregiving can affect quality of life for up to a year after loss

Family members who have been the primary carer for a dying loved one may experience considerable grief and poor health and quality of life for several months after the person has died.

Newstart debate must focus on people not politics

University of Adelaide economists have added to the national debate about the Newstart Allowance, arguing that Newstart should be increased by as much as $120 a week and urging politicians to address the issue with maturity.

Granny flat nightmares: when family living arrangements collapse

It is often triggered by a family crisis. A parent dies, their spouse is left behind, sometimes battling a serious health condition of their own.

Funeral giant InvoCare taking advantage of grieving families - CHOICE

Industry insider exposes hidden fees and misleading invoices.

Free Newcastle and Gosford legal clinic to supporting vulnerable older people

Some of the most vulnerable people in our society – older people – are benefiting from a new free community legal service established by Newcastle Law School in Newcastle and Gosford.

National registration body for aged care workers launched

The national registration body was launched today to restore confidence in a sector shaken by findings heard in Royal Commission of neglect, abuse and poor conditions for the elderly and staff.

There's a yawning gap in the plan to keep older Australians working

In the past decade a 30-year trend to earlier retirement has been reversed. In OECD countries the average age at which people retire has risen by about one to two years. In Australia the average age has risen from 64 to 65.6 for men, and from 61.8 to 64.2 for women.

Workforce key to addressing aged care sector problems

The future age care workforce must receive adequate, ongoing training and aptitude and capability challenges must be addressed, according to an industry expert.

Research reveals no link between statins and memory loss

Over six years, researchers evaluated the cognitive effects of statins in elderly consumers, revealing no negative impact and potential protective effects in those at risk of dementia.

Aged Care Royal Commission Canberra hearing - aged care system and health care system

The Royal Commission into aged Care quality and Safety will hold a public hearing in Canberra from Monday 9 December 2019 to Friday 13 December 2019.