New directions in aged care in Australia

Comparisons with international systems and innovations in aged care has identified many opportunities for improvement in Australia, according to researchers at Flinders University.

Seniors struggle with technology, and often their kids won't help

Seniors may not enjoy the stereotype of struggling with technology, but undeniably many older people do have difficulty mastering their devices.

Malnutrition is on the rise in older adults – how to spot the signs

While the obesity crisis is still considered the foremost public health epidemic in the west, malnutrition is quickly becoming a growing concern.

International systems and innovations - way forward for Australian aged care

New research on international systems and innovations in aged care has identified many opportunities for improvement in Australia, according to researchers at Flinders University.

Tune Review on the delivery of the NDIS sets clear directions for reform

Carers Australia welcomed yesterday’s release of the independent review conducted by David Tune into NDIS practices and procedures.

Preventing suicide in nursing homes is possible -  here is a start

Suicide among nursing home residents is a major concern. Between 2000 and 2013, around 140 Australian nursing home residents took their own lives.

Ageing: how our 'epigenetic clocks' slow down as we get older

From the tap dancing 90-year-old to the 40-year-old who struggles to run a mile, we all know people who seem surprisingly young or old for their age.

Harmful effects of ageism on older persons’ health found in 45 countries

In the largest examination to date of the health consequences of ageism, or age-based bias, researchers at the Yale School of Public Health have found evidence that it harms the health of older people in 45 countries and across 5 continents. The study included over 7 million participants.

Positive Ageing Tool supports older Australians to stay active longer

Victorian age care provider, Benetas, has launched an online resource for older Australians to self-screen their physical resilience and take the steps they need to stay independent for longer.

Exercise: its true value for older people and society

Taking up exercise is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions for people wanting to improve their health. But our research shows that the benefits of older people going to exercise groups go beyond self-improvement and provide good value for society, too.

Moving back in: the rise of multigenerational households

Living with your parents is not all about saving money or free childcare, says Dr Edgar Liu from UNSW’s City Futures Research Centre.

Healthy habits in middle age - longer life free from disease

Sticking to a healthy lifestyle including not smoking, not being overweight, and exercising regularly, is associated with a longer life expectancy at age 50 free of major diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes, finds a study in The BMJ.

Culturally and linguistically diverse families could benefit more from the NDIS

UNSW’s Social Policy Research Centre and St Vincent de Paul Society NSW are bridging cultural gaps for Australian Chinese to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Therapy at home helping people with dementia

Receiving occupational therapy at home has been found to be effective for people living with dementia, according to a University of Queensland-led study.

Bush fire victims risk bad credit rating due to zombie bills

Fire victim tells how she has been fighting her bank for four years after her credit card bill went up in smoke.. A cautionary tale for those in the fire zone.

Heart health warning as Australians face smoke haze

As smoke haze continues to blanket parts of the country, the Heart Foundation is urging Australians with conditions such as heart failure, and those aged 65 years and over, to be aware of the risks to their health and the need to protect themselves.

Exploring the impact of exercise on brain health in older people

Researchers are looking for people aged 60 and over to participate in a research study exploring the impact of different types of exercise on brain health in older people with early thinking or memory problems.

Pumping iron at 90: Great grandmother Margaret raises the bar

A 90-year-old great grandmother who can deadlift 25kg like she’s picking up packed suitcases has a new lease on life thanks to USQ's Sport and Exercise Clinic.

Improving the quality of aged care

The quality of aged care provided to senior Australians will be strengthened as Government measures come into effect today.

Private health premiums must go below zero next round

The Medical Technology Association of Australia has welcomed Health Minister Greg Hunt listening to its calls to keep premium increases under 3 per cent and force the big corporate insurers to pay for it out of their own $1 billion in profits, not everyone else’s pockets.

LASA urges action on home care wait times

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) says the waiting list for home care packages is still far too long and the Government must act now to bring down wait times.