Gym trial puts weight behind active bones

Community exercise programs could be key to helping Australia's ageing population maintain bone and muscle health, while busting common misconceptions about the type of exercise best for older adults.

Early Start’s Intergenerational Playgroups benefit young and old

Children and grandparents enjoy active play in relaxed, research-focused environment.

Pharmacists can help protect older Australians

One hundred and sixteen aged care residents are hospitalised every day in Australia due to medication errors.

Takata airbag misdeployment can result in death or serious injury

Major car manufacturers, including BMW, GM Holden, Honda, Mitsubishi and Toyota, are warning that 20,000 vehicles already under recall for defective Takata airbags are now classified as “critical”.

Commission's Melbourne Hearing 2 - diversity in aged care

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will hold a public hearing in Melbourne from Monday 7 October 2019 to Friday 11 October 2019 on the aged care needs of people who have diverse backgrounds, experiences and characteristics.

Investigating lifestyle interventions to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s

The role of lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise and brain training in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease will be the focus of a major new study funded by the Medical Research Future Fund.

What happens when students call an aged care facility home

Intergenerational living aims to benefit students and older people in care.

Applications open for 150 new rural aged care beds

The Australian Government is providing ongoing funding for up to 150 high needs rural aged care beds with $5 million available in the round.

‘We need to stand up now’ for the elderly: urges UN rights expert on World Day

In the coming decade, the number of persons aged 60 or over is projected to grow by 46 per cent.

International Day of Older Persons

1 October 2019 marks International Day of Older Persons, with the theme for this year being “The Journey to Age Equality.”

Governments must take further action to boost job opportunities at an older age

In the face of rapid population ageing, governments must promote more and better job opportunities at an older age to protect living standards and the sustainability of public finances, according to a new OECD report.

Doctors and nurses unite to put care back into aged care

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) are jointly calling on the Federal Government to act now to guarantee quality and safety in aged care.

How to check if your mum or dad's nursing home is up to scratch

If you’ve read the headlines about poor standards in Australia’s nursing homes, it’s only natural to be concerned about your own family or friends in residential aged care.

Cardio workout benefits stroke survivors

A world-first Australian study funded by the Heart Foundation and undertaken at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health is using MRI brain imaging to understand how exercise can repair brain function after a stroke.

Climate change and an ageing population create perfect storm

Within the lifetime of Australia’s millennials, the occurrence of heatwaves will triple and they will be longer, leading to increased deaths among the nation’s elderly.

Review of the retirement income system

The Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced (27 September 2019) that Federal Government is commissioning an independent review of the retirement income system.

How biscuits enriched with protein could keep the ageing population strong

The world’s ageing populations are increasing every year. In 2016, 18% of the UK’s population was aged 65 years or older – by 2046, this group will account for nearly a quarter of the people living in the British Isles.

Smart homes could help dementia patients live independently

You might already have what’s often called a “smart home”, with your lights or music connected to voice-controlled technology such as Alexa or Siri.

Underperforming MySuper products costing billions

Research from new consumer group Super Consumers Australia shows that the superannuation system put over 170,000 people into a poor performing super product in 2017-18, costing them up to half a million dollars in retirement.

Dementia Prevention guidelines to reduce dementia rates

New guidelines have been issued for Australian GPs, that could help to significantly reduce dementia rates nationally.

Opioids contribute to two thirds of drug-induced deaths

Opioid drugs were found to have contributed to 1,123 of the 1,740 drug-induced deaths in 2018 - data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows.