Ageing population increases energy use

New research links two of the biggest drivers of global change today: the population’s rapid ageing and the planet’s rising heat.

Royal Commission Broome hearing: access to aged care and inclusion

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will hold a public hearing in Broome from Monday 17 June 2019 to Wednesday 19 June 2019.

Chronic liver disease on the rise in Queensland

A new study has found a significant increase in the number of Queenslanders being admitted to hospital for treatment of chronic liver disease, and the rates are highest among the state’s most disadvantaged.

National research plan leads the way to dementia cure and care

Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia and is one of our greatest health challenges.

Virtual reality can spot navigation problems in early Alzheimer’s disease

Virtual reality (VR) can identify early Alzheimer’s disease more accurately than ‘gold standard’ cognitive tests currently in use, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge.

More people are retiring with high mortgage debts

The number of mature age Australians carrying mortgage debt into retirement is soaring. And on average each mature age Australian with a mortgage debt owes much more relative to their income than 25 years ago.

Loneliness looms for rising numbers of older private renters

Loneliness is increasingly recognised worldwide as a critical social issue and one of the major health hazards of our time. Our research shows older private renters are at high risk of loneliness and anxiety.

Home care health workers frequently verbally abused

Home care (domiciliary) health workers are frequently verbally abused by clients and their families, finds research published online in UK Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

'Night owls' can retrain body clock to improve health and performance

A simple tweak to the sleeping patterns of ‘night owls’ – people with extreme late sleeping and waking habits – could lead to a significant advance in sleep/wake timings, a decrease in depression and stress, improved performance in the mornings and better eating habits.

The impact of an ageing population in Australia

There’s an issue on the horizon that Australia needs to prepare for. The portion of elderly pepole who make up the overall population is increasing, and we might not have the infrastructure in place to support them.

People 95+ have greater life satisfaction than younger people

Researchers from UNSW Sydney’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) have explored the level of life satisfaction of near centenarians and centenarians to gain better understanding of ways to enhance the wellbeing of people with exceptional longevity.

Social care crisis is letting down professional carers too

I started as a care worker in August 2012, a year after a BBC Panorama documentary exposing abuse at Winterbourne View sent shock waves through the social care system.

If you’re caring for someone who takes medicines, this app can help

New features in the popular NPS MedicineWise smartphone app will make life a little easier for people who look after someone who takes one or more medicines.

Act now - it's time to look at your super account before 1 July

Superannuation fund members are encouraged to take a look at their accounts before 1 July 2019, as a new law starting on this date requires super funds to report and pay inactive low-balance accounts to the Australian Tax Office (ATO).

Eight hours of interval sprinting can reverse negative effects of menopause

A study in menopausal women found that participating in interval sprinting three times a week over two months resulted in significant health benefits.

Dementia research and participant online matching

A new online matching service is set to revolutionise the way people with dementia and researchers connect, fast-tracking more effective and inclusive dementia research across Australia.

Australia’s never-ending flu season

Flu experts are warning that high summer flu rates in 2018-19 defy usual trends making diagnostic testing and vaccination even more important.

Call to cut pensioner deeming rates

Advocacy organisation National Seniors Australia has called for deeming rates to be cut in line with record low interest rates announced by the Reserve Bank.

Your rejected severe arthritis or heart attack insurance claim could be valid

If you have severe rheumatoid arthritis or have experienced a heart attack, your insurance claim could now be valid thanks to a decision by MLC to backdate the changes to outdated definitions.

Antidepressants and opioids double fall risks and fractures in older people

Taking antidepressants or opioids more than doubles the risk of a fall and hip fracture in older people, according to a paper published 3 June in Australian Prescriber.

New exercise guidelines for people with cancer

A decade-old treatment recommendation for people with cancer to take a “slowly slowly” approach to exercise has been replaced with new guidelines.