Tas Discounts and Concession Guide released

The 2019-2020 Tasmanian Government Discounts and Concessions Guide is now available to support Tasmanians who may need a bit of extra support.

Husbands benefit from mutual caregiving, wives feel more distressed

Spouses in older marriages are increasingly taking on the role of their partner’s caregiver in dealing with chronic conditions like heart disease, memory loss, and cancer.

Should doctors write prescriptions for exercise?

Richard Carpenter, 75, was going through the mail one day last year when he saw a postcard from UC Irvine seeking participants for a study on whether exercise can help with age-related memory loss.

Pet-friendly aged care ticks both economic and health boxes

A growing demand for pet-friendly aged care accommodation is backed by scientific evidence demonstrating the health benefits of companion animals.

Growing old in rural and remote Australia

Fresh on the recent hearings of the Royal Commission into aged care and safety in Darwin, Broome and Cairns, the Australian Journal of Rural Health publishes a special issue focussing on older persons’ health in rural, regional and remote Australia.

SA Government easing cost of living pressure for low income households

The South Australian Government is urging low or fixed income households who are missing out on a government annual Cost of Living Concession to take advantage of up to $210.70 towards bill relief and expenses.

Physical activity at any intensity linked to lower risk of early death

Clear evidence that higher levels of physical activity - regardless of intensity - are associated with a lower risk of early death in middle aged and older people, is published by The BMJ.

Dementia doesn’t discriminate. Do you?

To mark Dementia Action Week 2019, which runs from 16-22 September, Dementia Australia will be calling on all Australians to change how we respond and behave around people living with dementia.

Almost 95,000 dementia-related hospital admissions in 2016-17

There were almost 95,000 hospitalisations of people with dementia and $20 million spent on anti-dementia medications in 2016-17, according to two new reports from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Queenslanders to have their say on voluntary assisted dying at public hearing

Advocates speaking for and against voluntary assisted dying will outline their views at a public hearing in Brisbane on Friday 23 August 2019.

New advice from the Heart Foundation on meat, dairy and eggs

Unflavoured full-fat milk, yogurt and cheese are now an option for healthy Australians, while the limit has lifted on the number of eggs that can be eaten per week in a heart-healthy diet.

Inquiry into rule putting older people at risk

Australia’s parliament should scrap a new rule that allows nursing homes to over-medicate and restrain older people, a group of organizations working for older people’s rights in Australia said.

Questions over the effectiveness of some mobility aids

A CQUniversity research study has questioned whether many mobility aids developed to navigate the community, including public transport, are able to do so effectively.

Aged care red tape shouldn’t force staff to prioritise ticking boxes over residents’ outcomes

Recent hearings at the aged care royal commission in Brisbane looked at regulation in aged care. While rules and regulations are designed to safeguard residents, bureaucratic “red tape” also contributes to the failings in aged care.

Barefooting for better balance - Can it help prevent falls?

Ten years after she became a barefoot runner, University of Canberra PhD researcher Susan Antcliff is recruiting participants for a study to investigate if going barefoot can help prevent falls in the elderly.

Vietnam Veterans’ Day

Today Australians are encouraged to commemorate the service of all those who served in the Vietnam War and the Battle of Long Tan.

Age-friendly and dementia-friendly grants for WA initiatives

The Western Australian Government has launched its expanded Age-friendly Grants Program to include dementia-friendly projects for the first time.

Bupa Eden nursing home to go rogue

Later today the official accreditation of the Bupa Eden nursing home expires.

Celebrating a Queensland for All Ages 17-25 August 2019

Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland coordinates Queensland Seniors Week on behalf of the Queensland Government, bringing people together to ‘Celebrate a Queensland of all Age’ through a variety of events across the state.

New over-50s resort GemLife Pacific Paradise planned

Australian over-50s lifestyle resort developer, GemLife, has launched a new master-planned community, GemLife Pacific Paradise, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Cycling Without Age Sydney takes seniors for a ride

Local aged care residents are reconnecting with the joy of riding, thanks to a program helping them explore Sydney by bike.