New way to measure quality of aged care - research

The Caring Futures Institute at Flinders University is leading research into developing a new quality of life measure that aged care providers can use for quality assessments with their clients.

Royal Commission community forum in Launceston

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has announced details of a community forum to take place in Launceston, Tasmania.

Multiple medication risk for older persons

A triple whammy risk to older Australians is occurring in aged care when oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medication is taken along with loop diuretics and hypertension medication.

Study helps employers benefit from growing mature workforce

New research has identified how organisations can overcome the so-called ‘challenge’ of Australia’s ageing workforce in order to reap the benefits of an age diverse workforce.

People in their 90s are Australia's fastest growing senior age group

When the media discusses ageing, it commonly focuses on people older than 65. But generally, a 65-year-old and a 95-year-old have about as much in common as a 65-year-old and a 35-year-old.

Anxiety and depression: why doctors are prescribing gardening rather than drugs

Spending time in outdoors, taking time out of the everyday to surround yourself with greenery and living things can be one of life’s great joys – and recent research also suggest it’s good for your body and your brain.

Experiences of Australians living with disability

The diverse experiences of more than 4 million Australians living with disability is the subject of a new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

New guidelines for “Runner’s Knee”

Active rather than passive treatments are the key to recovering from “Runner’s Knee”, according to new international treatment guidelines co-authored by La Trobe University physiotherapy researcher Dr Christian Barton.

Better design could make mobile devices easier for seniors to use

A loud “bing” sounded as we drove onto the highway access ramp. I didn’t see a message on our car’s screen. Was it my phone or my wife’s? Was it a calendar alert, or did one of us receive a text message? Was it the low battery warning on one of our hearing aids?

When caring hurts: recognising and responding to vicarious trauma

Every day across Australia, the compassion, empathy and expertise of thousands of social workers and counsellors helps people from all walks of life come to terms with personal trauma.

When a baby is stillborn, grandparents are hit with 'two lots of grief'

Six babies are stillborn every day in Australia. This significant loss affects parents for years to come, often the rest of their lives. However, stillbirth also affects many others, including grandparents.

Why grandpa and grandma should be playing video games

A University of California, Irvine-led study has found that online brain game exercises can enable people in their 70s and even 80s to multitask cognitively as well as individuals 50 years their junior.

Seniors feel isolated when brakes put on driving privileges

Whether it’s going to the local grocery store or to a friend’s home, driving a car plays a major role among seniors seeking to maintain their independence.

NSW acts on exploitative funerals

The NSW Government has announced new rules for the funeral industry, which will make it easier for people to access price information when planning a funeral.

Falls among older people predicted with 75% accuracy

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and Mark Moran Group (MMG) have partnered to help older Australians benefit from the latest breakthroughs in medical research.

Mesothelioma caused almost 700 deaths in 2018

At least 699 people died during 2018 from the aggressive cancer mesothelioma, which is predominantly caused by asbestos exposure.

Seven ways to communicate effectively with seniors who have dementia

Knowing how to communicate and connect with dementia patients through this period is of great importance.

A social disconnection cure program

A program that reduces loneliness, depression and anxiety caused by social disconnection has been developed by researchers at The University of Queensland.

Queensland Meals on Wheels tackling malnutrition facing older Australians

Malnutrition is the silent health epidemic facing 40% of older Australians.

Fall in ageing Australians' home-ownership rates looms as seismic shock

A report released today by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) raises concerns that rising mortgage debt and falling home ownership rates in later life are undermining the role of home ownership in supporting retirees’ financial wellbeing.

Dementia care program improves mental health of patients, caregivers

UCLA-led research finds that a comprehensive dementia care program staffed by nurse practitioners working within a health system improves the mental and emotional health of patients and their caregivers.