Medication use in older men linked to risk of death and frailty
Medication use among men aged 70 years and older is linked to a heightened risk of death and frailty, new research reveals.
Assisted dying: the difficult conversation
We must acknowledge divergent views on assisted dying and start framing laws that will enable it, writes Ian McPhee.
Where women live influences decisions about breast cancer treatment
New research has found that the distance to cancer services may be influencing the treatment intentions of regional Queensland women diagnosed with breast cancer.
Will stretches be the answer on back pain?
The majority of Australians will struggle with back pain in their lifetime, but research commencing at the University of Canberra may offer a new solution through Pilates exercise.
Help for people affected by adoption
The Benevolent Society's Post-Adoption Support Queensland (PASQ) is running a series of workshops for people affected by adoption at the Gold Coast, as well as a retreat in Brisbane.
Grandparents help families save billions on childcare
A study released by Australian Seniors Insurance Agency shows grandparents are easing the financial burden of childcare within families, by working on average two days a week as unpaid caregivers.
Old seniors more likely to drive than juniors
Australians aged 80-plus are now more likely to drive than 18-24 year-olds, the latest national data from Roy Morgan shows.
Prostheses pricing reform needed
The Australian Government will look to make medical devices ranging from pacemakers to pins and plates more affordable and accessible for patients.
NT draft Guardianship of Adults Bill consultation
New legislation to reform and modernise adult guardianship in the Northern Territory was released for public consultation today.
More information needed from Private Health Insurers
The Minister for Health Sussan Ley has asked all Private Health Insurers to provide additional information regarding possible premium increases which they have requested for 2016.
Ageing the bigger picture - photo contest results
Photocrowd in parthership with the British Society of Gerontology have released the winners of their international photo competition focussing on the exploration of the complexities of ageing.
Dementia drug improves Parkinson's symptoms
Scientists in Bristol have discovered that a commonly prescribed dementia drug could hold the key to helping prevent debilitating falls for people with Parkinson’s disease.
Flexible retirement requires support from employers
Workers are expecting to transition into retirement but face a significant obstacle – few employers have employment practices to support them.
New national approach to dementia support
The Australian Government has announced the next phase in a new national approach to programmes and services supporting people with dementia and their carers.
Elder relationship trial launched
Relationships Australia is launching a new counselling and mediation service to support families who need help negotiating the often complex issues related to aging.
Some develop Alzheimer’s — and others don’t
Alzheimer’s disease affects millions, but there is no cure and no real test for the diagnosis until death, when the brain can reveal the amyloid plaques that are a telltale characteristic of the disease.
Elderly die in virus outbreak
Four elderly people belived to be in their nineties have died following a respiratory virus outbreak at an aged care hospital near Cairns in North Queensland.
Can volunteering lead to better health?
Eric Kim from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health led the first study to look at a possible link between volunteering and health care use in older adults.
Study to help adults delay frailty and live independently longer
A study, involving researchers from the University of Birmingham aims to help older people stay fitter and live independently for longer.
Yoga benefits healthy ageing
Participation in yoga programs can improve balance, provide a safe and enjoyable form of exercise and may reduce the risk of falls for older Australians, researchers say.
PSA testing guideline approved by NHMRC
Australian clinical practice guidelines on PSA testing and early management of test-detected prostate cancer have been agreed by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
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