Ageing genes find could provide treatments

Researchers have helped identify nearly 1,500 genes associated with ageing that could provide new health treatments to improve the prevention and treatment for age-related diseases.

Older sexual abuse victims seek help

It took almost four decades and an emotional breakdown resulting in hospitalisation for NSW grandmother to acknowledge the effect of childhood sexual abuse and seek help.

Don't worry. Be happy. Lose weight

Many people believe that if they lose weight they will be happier about themselves, but new research is suggesting that people should take the opposite approach.

Age Pensioners not spending the inheritance

Australia’s aged pensioners tend to preserve financial wealth and consume conservatively says a new study by the ARC Centre for Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR).

Australia slipping in best countries for older people to live

Australia remains among the best but has fallen several places on the 2015 Global Ageing Index of quality of life and well-being for older people.

VIC bowel cancer screening rates low

New data shows only around one in three Victorians aged over 50 are taking up the opportunity to have a free bowel cancer screening test.

37 000 Australian cancers could be prevented

An Australian-first study that found about 37 000 Australian cancer cases could be prevented each year.

Scientists map healthy elderly brain

Scientists have comprehensively mapped the connections in the healthy elderly brain, known as a connectome.

Dementia Severe Behaviour Response Teams

A Federal Government initiative will provide a help for aged care residents who exhibit severe behaviour as a result of their dementia and assist them to manage their symptoms.

Financial abuse of older Australians

The Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan, has called for a national plan to prevent the elderly from becoming victims of financially motivated abuse.

Understanding older Australians isolation and loneliness

With increasing numbers of older people receiving care in the home, there is a growing need to understand and address social isolation and loneliness which could be an unintended consequence of this growing area.

Calcium and vitamin D for bone health

The Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) said today’s World Osteoporosis Day shines the spotlight on calcium and vitamin D and the vital role they play in preventing osteoporosis.

World Osteoporosis Day – get active

Minister for Health Sussan Ley is pleading with Australian women to “put their health first” and get active to ensure they – and their families - live more healthy, happy and productive lives.

What is the optimal system for funding retirement?

Australia's retirement system may be the envy of international policy-makers, but its combination of mandatory savings and a government means-tested age pension may not be producing the best outcome.

New Powers of Attorney Legislation - Victoria

State Trustees has applauded the new Powers of Attorney legislation that commenced in Victoria on 1 September 2015

Real Men Move website launched

The New South Wales Government will join forces with national industry body Exercise & Sports Science Australia to launch a website this week aimed to get Australian men doing more exercise.

Dementia – little understood impacts

As the second leading cause of death after heart disease, dementia is one of the Australia’s biggest, yet least understood conditions.

Renting pensioner couples at greatest risk of poverty

Queensland couples who rely on the age pension and rent in the private market are at the greatest risk of living in poverty compared to other seniors.

Tai Chi helps some common long term conditions

The ancient Chinese exercise Tai Chi is linked to improved physical capacity among older adults with certain common long term conditions.

In-home care recipients being 'fleeced'

The ABC Lateline program has reported on complaints from seniors about exorbitant fees being charged by not-for-profits after recent changes to in-home care.

Increasing calcium intake unlikely to boost bone health

Increasing calcium intake through dietary sources or supplements is unlikely to improve bone health or prevent fractures in older people, conclude two studies published in The BMJ.