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.
WA 2015 Juniper Champion for Seniors
A tireless charity worker, whose seven-day-a-week volunteering efforts have enriched lives across the globe, has been named as the 2015 Juniper Champion for Seniors at the WA Seniors Awards.
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.
Be medicinewise as you’re getting older
As we age the way the body handles and reacts to medicines can gradually change.
Older women and poverty
Older single women represent the changing face of homelessness says a new Anglicare report 2015 State of the Family report, Who is being left behind?
Common drug presents fracture risk to older women
Researchers are urging caution in prescribing one of the world’s most commonly issued drug groups, citing links to increased fracture risks in older Australian women.
New Federal Minister for Aged Care announced
The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced that the Minister for Health and Sport, Sussan Ley will take on the responsibility of the newly created Minister for Aged Care.
Study into nursing home deaths
The first comprehensive study into injury related or premature deaths of residents in nursing homes has found that more than 80 per cent are from falls.
How ageing affects driving
Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) are studying how ageing affects driving with the aim of promoting road safety, and they are looking for more older drivers to help with the project.
Extended treatment may prevent breast cancer returning for some women
Women with breast cancer receiving further treatment with an aromatase inhibitor, which reduces the production of oestrogen, may prevent breast cancer from returning.
Protein and carbs, not calories, hold the key to a long life
Low protein, high carbohydrate diets could be just as effective as low calorie diets at promoting a long life and good heart and digestive health.
Samsung top loader washing machines fire hazard
Certain models of Samsung washing machines have caused a number of home fires even though a recall is underway.
Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome study
An Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) member is conducting a world-first study into chronic lateral hip pain in post-menopausal women, also known as GTPS.
Palliative Care - Talking about dying won’t kill you
People nearing the end of their lives and their families, carers and nursing staff will benefit from $52 million in Federal Government funding for palliative care projects.
Curb winter weight gain: Trim takeaway tips from nutrition experts
The DAA says that nearly half of all Australian adults are expected to pile on the kilos over winter, prompting calls to reign in fatty takeaways and discretionary foods over the cooler months.
QLD strategy for End-of-Life Care launched
Queensland Minister for Health Cameron Dick has launched Queensland’s Statewide Strategy for End-of-Life Care to ensure people facing a terminal illness receive a high standard of care.
Consumers big winners from medicines deals
The price of common medicines could be slashed – potentially saving patients over $100 per year – with the Federal Government striking two landmark deals benefiting consumers.
Elderly less likely to be investigated or aggressively treated after surgery
Patients aged 80 and above are significantly less likely to be investigated or aggressively treated after surgery than their younger counterparts.
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