Old seniors more likely to drive than juniors

Australians aged 80-plus are now more likely to drive than 18-24 year-olds, the latest national data from Roy Morgan shows.

Prostheses pricing reform needed

The Australian Government will look to make medical devices ranging from pacemakers to pins and plates more affordable and accessible for patients.

NT draft Guardianship of Adults Bill consultation

New legislation to reform and modernise adult guardianship in the Northern Territory was released for public consultation today.

More information needed from Private Health Insurers

The Minister for Health Sussan Ley has asked all Private Health Insurers to provide additional information regarding possible premium increases which they have requested for 2016.

Ageing the bigger picture - photo contest results

Photocrowd in parthership with the British Society of Gerontology have released the winners of their international photo competition focussing on the exploration of the complexities of ageing.

Dementia drug improves Parkinson's symptoms

Scientists in Bristol have discovered that a commonly prescribed dementia drug could hold the key to helping prevent debilitating falls for people with Parkinson’s disease.

Flexible retirement requires support from employers

Workers are expecting to transition into retirement but face a significant obstacle – few employers have employment practices to support them.

New national approach to dementia support

The Australian Government has announced the next phase in a new national approach to programmes and services supporting people with dementia and their carers.

Elder relationship trial launched

Relationships Australia is launching a new counselling and mediation service to support families who need help negotiating the often complex issues related to aging.

Some develop Alzheimer’s — and others don’t

Alzheimer’s disease affects millions, but there is no cure and no real test for the diagnosis until death, when the brain can reveal the amyloid plaques that are a telltale characteristic of the disease.

Elderly die in virus outbreak

Four elderly people belived to be in their nineties have died following a respiratory virus outbreak at an aged care hospital near Cairns in North Queensland.

Can volunteering lead to better health?

Eric Kim from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health led the first study to look at a possible link between volunteering and health care use in older adults.

Study to help adults delay frailty and live independently longer

A study, involving researchers from the University of Birmingham aims to help older people stay fitter and live independently for longer.

Yoga benefits healthy ageing

Participation in yoga programs can improve balance, provide a safe and enjoyable form of exercise and may reduce the risk of falls for older Australians, researchers say.

PSA testing guideline approved by NHMRC

Australian clinical practice guidelines on PSA testing and early management of test-detected prostate cancer have been agreed by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

China’s demographic challenges

When the 18th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) decided to abolish the one-child policy in October 2015 it made headlines throughout the world.

Older adults macular degeneration and falls study

Brisbane area people over 65 with and without macular degeneration are wanted for a study examining the association between falls, fear of falling, and activity levels.

Experts speak out for older drivers

University of Queensland ageing experts have rejected calls for all older drivers to relinquish their licences.

62 people own same as half the world

The gap between the richest and the rest has widened dramatically in the past year with 62 people now owning as much wealth as 3.6 billion of the world’s poorest, Oxfam reported - but others disagree.

Seniors make the most of Adelaide Metro’s free public transport

A new study by the University of Adelaide is showing that the Government’s free public transport initiative for Seniors Card holders has been a huge success.

Beat the heat and stay healthy

With the mercury set to rise this week, it becomes important to take expert advice on staying healthy and safe in prolinged heat-wave conditions.