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.

Social security agreement with India

A new social security agreement between Australia and India is now in force, making retirement easier for residents of both countries.

Aged care sector workforce inquiry

The Senate has referred an aged care sector workforce inquiry to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee for the production of a report which is to address its terms of reference.

Remembering killed Vietnam veterans

Vietnam Veterans who died in the service of their country will be remembered at a poignant commemoration in February as part of the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan and the Vietnam War.

Lack of deep sleep may set the stage for Alzheimer's

There's growing evidence that a lack of sleep can leave the brain vulnerable to Alzheimer's disease.

Caregivers will suffer stress

It can be overwhelming to take care of a loved one with Alzheimer's or other dementia, but too much stress can be harmful to both of you.