Healthy life expectancy across Australia on the rise - global disease estimates

The latest global disease estimates, published in The Lancet, reveal a perfect storm of rising chronic diseases and public health failures fuelling the COVID-19 pandemic.

We can create neighbourhoods to support healthy ageing in place

In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic has exposed issues and inequities across society. How we plan for ageing populations and older people is one critical issue that has been neglected for decades.

Publicly available data on population ageing

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) has launched publicly available data on population ageing futures and estimates.

Home-based care for people living with dementia

With alternatives to residential aged care in high demand, a new program focused on supporting people with dementia and their carers to live well at home is showing significant societal and economic benefits in Australia.

Funding for better outcomes for elderly after hip surgery

With hip fracture posing a major risk of death in people over 50, a new study aims to establish evidence for improved discharge planning for elderly patients following hip surgery.

Australians are at risk of vision loss and blindness

Only one in 10 Australians are able to properly identify the major risk factors for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), Macular Disease Foundation Australia (MDFA) has warned.

People living with dementia stay connected online, with new video conferencing guide

Resources to support people living with dementia to stay connected by video conferencing are now available through Dementia Australia.

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.