Free Newcastle and Gosford legal clinic to supporting vulnerable older people

Some of the most vulnerable people in our society – older people – are benefiting from a new free community legal service established by Newcastle Law School in Newcastle and Gosford.

National registration body for aged care workers launched

The national registration body was launched today to restore confidence in a sector shaken by findings heard in Royal Commission of neglect, abuse and poor conditions for the elderly and staff.

There's a yawning gap in the plan to keep older Australians working

In the past decade a 30-year trend to earlier retirement has been reversed. In OECD countries the average age at which people retire has risen by about one to two years. In Australia the average age has risen from 64 to 65.6 for men, and from 61.8 to 64.2 for women.

Workforce key to addressing aged care sector problems

The future age care workforce must receive adequate, ongoing training and aptitude and capability challenges must be addressed, according to an industry expert.

Research reveals no link between statins and memory loss

Over six years, researchers evaluated the cognitive effects of statins in elderly consumers, revealing no negative impact and potential protective effects in those at risk of dementia.

Aged Care Royal Commission Canberra hearing - aged care system and health care system

The Royal Commission into aged Care quality and Safety will hold a public hearing in Canberra from Monday 9 December 2019 to Friday 13 December 2019.

Elder abuse prevention plan launched by WA Government

The State Government has released Western Australia's first long-term strategy to combat elder abuse, outlining a series of support, education and awareness measures to combat the growing issue.

How simple policy changes can help us age better and prevent cognitive decline

Many people experience a decline in cognitive function with age, such as a worsening memory and trouble processing information. In most cases, this is perfectly normal.

How older Australians in aged care use health services

A first-time report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) examines the use of health services by older people using different types of aged care.

IRT Group marks 50 years in aged care

Illawarra-based retirement living and aged-care provider IRT Group turns 50 today, 14 November 2019.

Exercise reduces chronic inflammation, protects heart

The body needs white blood cells — or leukocytes, to fight infection. However, a sedentary lifestyle can lead to inflammatory leukocytes, which can cause an increased risk for heart disease and strokes.

How meditation can help you make fewer mistakes

If you are forgetful or make mistakes when in a hurry, a new study from Michigan State University – the largest of its kind to-date – found that meditation could help you to become less error prone.

Bilingualism and dementia: how some patients lose their second language and rediscover their first

For many people with dementia, memories of early childhood appear more vivid than their fragile sense of the present.

Is the productive wellbeing of older workers all in the mind?

As people are staying healthy and living longer, many older workers, aged 55 and over, have been choosing to continue in employment well into their sixties, seventies and even into their eighties.

Longevity tables, the basis for ensuring your money lasts, need revision

Crucial tables used in software to estimate retirees’ longevity and calculate how best to ensure their savings last, need a critical update, the Actuaries Institute said.

Earle Haven inquiry report released

The Australian Government is supporting the 23 recommendations made by the report of Inquiry into Events at Earle Haven, which was produced by Ms Kate Carnell AO and released 11 November 2019.

Royal Commission Hobart: Governance of approved providers of aged care

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will hold a hearing in Hobart, Tasmania, from Monday 11 November to Friday 15 November 2019.

WA draft aged care residential planning statement

The Western Australia Government on 28 October launched the 'Draft Position Statement: Residential Aged Care' aimed at cutting red tape and fast-tracking planning for aged care facilities across the State.

Tweaking prescribing rules won't fix chemical restraint in aged care

The Royal Commission into Aged Care and Safety wasn’t supposed to make any recommendations in its interim report. Yet it identified three key areas where immediate action should be taken.

How to be fit in your 60s and beyond

Ageing is inevitable and is influenced by many things – but keeping active can slow ageing and increase life expectancy.

The aged care royal commission's 3 areas of immediate action are worthy, but won't fix a broken system

After many months of hearings across the country, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has published its interim report.