Ageing in place: home is where our heart and health is

Age may well be just a number, but it will inevitably catch up to us. Physically, and mentally, we just won’t be able to do the things we once could.

PhD student turned sorrow into study with research to improve aged care practices

Australians are fortunate to be living longer than ever before, but this has not come without a new set of challenges for families as ageing parents with complex care needs and co-morbidities often need the services of residential aged care facilities (RACF).

WA Seniors set to be celebrated with Seniors Week back for 2020

Western Australia's Seniors Week 2020 commences today, with a range of activities and events that celebrate the contributions of older people and supports their active participation in community life.

For elderly couples, negative thoughts about ageing can be detrimental to their spouses

Elderly husbands and wives can expect their health to decline—as well as that of their spouse—when their self-perceptions about ageing become negative, a new study suggests.

Value in preventing and reducing stroke

A report released on 6 November has detailed that thousands of lives and billions of dollars could be saved annually by preventing stroke and improving access to treatment and care.

Walking downhill increases risk of falls in older adults

Falls are a common cause of injury in older adults and can lead to disability. Luckily, the risk of falls can be reduced with regular exercise– but not all exercise.

A new approach to supporting frail patients in hospital

A new research project combining hi-tech solutions and the help of volunteer is aiming to help older patients dealing with pain and frailty in Australian hospitals.

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.