Dose of nature is just what the doctor ordered

People who visit parks for 30 minutes or more each week are much less likely to have high blood pressure or poor mental health than those who don’t.

Exercise as effective as surgery for middle aged patients with knee damage

Exercise therapy is as effective as surgery for middle aged patients with a common type of knee injury known as meniscal tear, finds a study in The BMJ this week.

Don’t just blame older Australians for increased hospital demand

Australian Medical Association president Michael Gannon last week headed his list of reasons for increased pressure on the health system with population ageing.

Dementia care model focusing on enablement and independence launched

The Salvation Army Aged Care Plus has launched an Australian-first, revolutionary dementia care model that is set to transform the way it cares for residents living with dementia.

Elderly couples are the wealthiest households

The wealthiest households in Australia are couples over 65, who have experienced a partly property related real increase in median net wealth of almost 70% since 2002.

Bowel Cancer Screening monitoring report 2016

The new report presents statistics on the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) found that in 2014, for those screened, 7% had a positive result warranting further assessment.

Unattended kitchen appliances a recipe for fire disaster

This winter, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is reminding residents to be vigilant in the most fire prone room of the house – the kitchen.

Women are staying in workforce longer due to changes in pension age

Increasing the pension age from 61 to 65 for women – making it the same access age for men – results in women spending longer in the labour force rather than seeking other welfare payments.

Housing affordability crisis creates spiral of disadvantage

New research has highlighted that while many house-shifters are upgrading homes and living standards, housing affordability is sorting many of the most disadvantaged into areas with fewer opportunities.

Progress on an Alzheimer’s vaccine

Researchers in the US and Australia have make a breakthrough discovery in the quest to discover a new and potentially effective vaccine targeting the proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

Life-style and brain power preservation

Dementia is the second highest killer in Australia today. But did you know you could reduce your risk by up to 30%?

Skin cancers a common preventable disease

Skin cancers overall account for the largest number of cancers diagnosed in Australia each year and Australia has the world's second highest melanoma incidence rates after New Zealand.

Multicultural seniors to become tech savvy

The Victorian Government is partnering with Telstra to provide free technology training to help seniors from multicultural backgrounds become connected online for the first time.

Amputations – 4,400 reasons to take diabetes seriously

More than 4,400 diabetes-related amputations are performed at Australian hospitals every year, most are preventable, and threaten the long-term viability of Australia’s health system.

Seniors supported to stay in the WA Wheatbelt

The Western Australia Government today announced a $23.3 million housing initiative which will enable senior residents to remain in their communities in the central and eastern Wheatbelt.

More VIC end-of-life wishes respected

More people with a terminal illness will be supported to die at home under the Victorian Government’s new End-of-Life and Palliative Care Framework.

Federal Court upholds Indigenous funeral insurance exploitation

A Federal Court decision has allowed for the continued exploitation of Indigenous Australians through dud Funeral Insurance schemes.

Chewing gum test could prevent blindness

Researchers from the University of Sydney’s Save Sight Institute have reported a simple ‘chewing gum’ test that could identify Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA), a disease that causes blindness, strokes and death.

Link between Alzheimer’s and gut bacteria?

Recent research with mice points to a link between the composition of gut flora and the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

Should we still be choosing fat-free over full-fat products?

Light or “lite”, 99% fat-free, reduced fat, low fat, less fat, reduced calorie, low calorie, lean, extra lean – are products with these labels always healthier?

Heater danger - a seasonal reminder

During the winter months the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner regularly receives complaints which highlight the need for care in using heaters in residential care services and the potential danger to residents.