Social isolation linked to risk of hospitalisation for respiratory disease

Social isolation is linked to a heightened risk of hospital admission for respiratory disease among older adults, suggests research published online in the journal Thorax.

COVID-19 fears lead to patients wrongly stopping GP visits

The Australian Patients Association (APA) has urged patients with chronic and undiagnosed health issues to continue to visit their local GP amid concerns patients were staying away from GP clinics for fear of potentially contracting COVID-19.

Growing number are turning to alcohol during COVID-19

Psychologists are urging Australians to seek help for their mental health and wellbeing, as the worrying trend of increase in alcohol consumption suggests many are struggling to cope with the current isolation and anxiety of the COVID-19 crisis.

Alzheimer's: the 'switch-on moment' discovered

The past three decades saw a dramatic improvement in our understanding of what brings about Alzheimer’s disease. Two proteins are thought to be responsible: amyloid and tau.

Use of health services in the last year of life by people with dementia

In one of the first studies of its kind in Australia, the use of health services by people with dementia in their last year of life has been examined in a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Primary Health Networks mobilise for flu vaccination season

Staff and residents of aged care facilities across Australia are being urged to roll up their sleeves for flu vaccinations under a sweeping campaign to protect their health.

Aged care COVID-19 testing in Tasmania

The Federal Government will act immediately to test for COVID-19 at three aged care facilities across Tasmania’s North West Coast as the campaign to stop the spread of the virus continues.

Employers need to get ready for JobKeeper now

The new JobKeeper Payment has passed through parliament and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is working to assist businesses to access the scheme, helping them to retain their employees.

Banning visitors to aged care during coronavirus raises several ethical questions

Physically, older people are among those most vulnerable to the coronavirus. For those isolated in residential aged care or in the community, they’re also arguably the most vulnerable socially.

Risk of increased blindness in COVID confusion

Australia is facing a massive increase in the number of people who could unnecessarily lose their sight to wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) due to treatment cancellations caused by fear and confusion around COVID-19.

Measures to ensure continuity of aged care during COVID-19

Emergency contingency measures are to ensure aged care recipients continue to get the care they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mable partners with government to connect seniors with needed support

Grandparents and parents, who are most at-risk and isolated during the current COVID-19 crisis need help now more than ever.

No need to renew QLD senior driver medical certificates

Senior Queenslanders are again being urged to stay at home with the Queensland Government changing its medical certificate requirements for drivers 75 and over.

Tasmanian hospitals and aged care facilities restrictions

Keeping Tasmanians safe and secure during the coronavirus pandemic is a priority.

2020 flu vaccine now available in SA

South Australians eligible for a free influenza vaccine through the National Immunisation Program are being encouraged to immediately contact their immunisation provider to book in for a flu shot.

Downsizers value spare rooms and will leave neighbourhood for new home

Space remains important to Australian downsizers, with more than half moving to a dwelling with three or more bedrooms and a third moving to an apartment, AHURI research released has found.

The rise of multigenerational households

Multigenerational living arrangements thought to be more commonplace in many parts of the world are quietly emerging in Australia.

JobKeeper payment passes the Parliament

8 April 2020 marked the passage of unprecedented legislation to support the Federal Government’s $130 billion JobKeeper Payment.

Jobkeeper legislation passes Parliament: businesses should get ready before they go

With the JobKeeper legislation pushed through Parliament on 8 April, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) cautions businesses thinking they should rush their JobKeeper application.

Welfare checks to ensure the wellbeing of Senior Australians

Welfare checks will be conducted on Senior Australians who have elected to defer aged care home services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For older people and those with chronic health conditions, staying active at home is important

Fitbit recently released data showing a global decrease in physical activity levels among users of its activity trackers compared to the same time last year.