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.

Improved fitness and strength for cardiac patients with individualised training

In people with both heart failure and atrial fibrillation, physical capacity improves if individualised, therapist-led, exercise-based training is provided.

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.

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).

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.