There's almost always a better way to care for nursing home residents than restraining them

As Australia’s aged care royal commission hears testimony about the treatment of people with dementia in residential aged care, the use of restraints is front and centre.

Creative arts therapies help people with dementia socialise and express grief

People with dementia can flourish and show creativity in ways they, their caregivers and loved ones never thought possible.

Aged care, work and family policy action needed

Experts are calling for better working conditions in aged care, disability and child care sectors.

Knee replacement recovery breakthrough

A $29 set of stationary exercise pedals is set to revolutionise the way patients recover from total knee replacements.

VIC Carers get greater access to services and support

Victorian carers looking after a friend or loved one will benefit from a State Government funding increase.

NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner Bill introduced

The most vulnerable in society will be better protected from abuse, neglect and exploitation under a landmark Bill introduced by the NSW Government in Parliament.

Mobility scooter-related injuries and deaths

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released a report on instances of mobility scooter injuries and deaths.

Rural housing report uncovers needs of ageing population

A new report from leading community housing provider Horizon Housing is shining a light on lack of provision of appropriate housing in rural areas, deeming it largely unable to meet the needs of our ageing population.

Seniors need greater Motor Neurone Disease support

People with motor neurone disease (MND) who are older face long waiting lists for disability care that meets their needs, and in some cases, are dying before they receive help.

Nearly 2 out of 3 nursing homes are understaffed - 10 charts explain why aged care is in crisis

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety begins hearings on residential aged care facilities, or nursing homes, in Sydney today.

New study highlights financial illiteracy of seniors

The financial illiteracy of Australians aged over 55 is at “dangerous levels” with only seven per cent correctly answering three simple questions posed in a new Bond University study.

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety releases third and fourth Background Papers

The papers are Understanding dementia treatment, care and its physical and social consequences and Restrictive practices in residential aged care.

Electricity default market offer welcomed

The announcement of regulated prices for the new Default Electricity Offer is good news for older Australians battling rampant electricity increases and a confusing retail market.

Prescribe yourself some exercise for your mental health

On the Black Dog Institute’s Exercise Your Mood Week (4-12 May 2019), experts are reminding Australians that non-medical interventions like exercise have the potential to improve your mental health and protect from the development of depression.

Sydney Aged Care Royal Commission hearing begins on Monday

The Royal Commission's next public hearing will run over two weeks in Sydney, commencing on 6 May 2019.

$5.94 billion of superannuation being withheld by rogue employers

The savings gap between those Australians robbed of their super by rogue employers and those workers paid correctly has blown out by 25 per cent in just three years.

Older Australians loose $21 million to scammers

Australians who are older, Indigenous or have disability reported record losses in 2018 according to the ACCC’s annual Targeting Scams report released this week.

Background paper: changing demographics and dynamics of aged care

Australians aged 85 years or more will increase to more than 5.8 million people or 3.7% of the population by 2050.

More Australians intend to retire despite inadequate savings levels

The number of people intending to retire in the next 12 months is estimated at 439,000, a 6% increase on the 2018 level of 414,000 and 11% above the 2017 figure of 395,000.

Due for a heart attack? Have a Medicare-funded Heart Health Check

Data released by the Heart Foundation reveal more than two thirds of Australian adults - almost 13 million people, or 69.1 per cent - have at least three risk factors for the nation’s biggest killer, heart disease.

Low mobility predicts hospital readmission in older heart attack patients

Close to 20 per cent of elderly adults who have suffered a heart attack will be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days.