Nearly 2 out of 3 nursing homes are understaffed - 10 charts explain why aged care is in crisis

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety begins hearings on residential aged care facilities, or nursing homes, in Sydney today.

New study highlights financial illiteracy of seniors

The financial illiteracy of Australians aged over 55 is at “dangerous levels” with only seven per cent correctly answering three simple questions posed in a new Bond University study.

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety releases third and fourth Background Papers

The papers are Understanding dementia treatment, care and its physical and social consequences and Restrictive practices in residential aged care.

Prescribe yourself some exercise for your mental health

On the Black Dog Institute’s Exercise Your Mood Week (4-12 May 2019), experts are reminding Australians that non-medical interventions like exercise have the potential to improve your mental health and protect from the development of depression.

Sydney Aged Care Royal Commission hearing begins on Monday

The Royal Commission's next public hearing will run over two weeks in Sydney, commencing on 6 May 2019.

$5.94 billion of superannuation being withheld by rogue employers

The savings gap between those Australians robbed of their super by rogue employers and those workers paid correctly has blown out by 25 per cent in just three years.

Older Australians loose $21 million to scammers

Australians who are older, Indigenous or have disability reported record losses in 2018 according to the ACCC’s annual Targeting Scams report released this week.

Background paper: changing demographics and dynamics of aged care

Australians aged 85 years or more will increase to more than 5.8 million people or 3.7% of the population by 2050.

More Australians intend to retire despite inadequate savings levels

The number of people intending to retire in the next 12 months is estimated at 439,000, a 6% increase on the 2018 level of 414,000 and 11% above the 2017 figure of 395,000.

Due for a heart attack? Have a Medicare-funded Heart Health Check

Data released by the Heart Foundation reveal more than two thirds of Australian adults - almost 13 million people, or 69.1 per cent - have at least three risk factors for the nation’s biggest killer, heart disease.

Low mobility predicts hospital readmission in older heart attack patients

Close to 20 per cent of elderly adults who have suffered a heart attack will be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days.

Link between age and different subtypes of bowel cancer

A study by QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute has for the first time identified that bowel cancer has five distinct subtypes that are closely related to a patient’s age.

Aged care Royal Commission opens Facebook page

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is now on Facebook.

WA input urged on voluntary assisted dying legislation

South metropolitan area Western Australia residents are urged to attend a forum to have their say on voluntary assisted dying legislation, to be introduced to State Parliament later in 2019.

Benchmarks for aged care work conditions needed

A report released on 24 April has called for urgent reform of the working conditions in the aged care sector, which will address the stories emerging from the aged care royal commission.

Aged Care Commission Chief Clinical Advisor

The Australian Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has appointed Dr Melanie Wroth as its first Chief Clinical Advisor.

Need to identify and treat pseudodementia

A systematic review by researchers has highlighted the significant burden of pseudodementia, which can have a similar effect on patients and their families as organic dementia.

New Aged Care Quality Standards video

A new 30-minute educational video for service providers has been produced to support their efforts to ensure compliance with new Aged Care Quality Standards.

WA Budget increases funds for elder abuse

The 2019-20 Western Australia Budget will provide a $1.2 million boost to raise awareness of elder abuse, with the WA Elder Abuse Helpline to receive more resources to support its work tackling the growing issue.

The best built environment is designed for ageing and disability

Home modifications can help delay institutional care, creating benefits for the individual, the taxpayer and the healthcare system.

Risk factors identified for patients undergoing knee replacements

In the largest study of its kind, researchers from the Musculoskeletal Research Unit at the University of Bristol have identified the most important risk factors for developing severe infection after knee replacement.