Nominations open for inaugural NSW ageing media awards

Nominations are now open for the inaugural New South Wales Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing’s (MACA) Media Awards, which celebrate and recognise excellence in reporting on ageing.

Spiritual care guidelines in aged care launched

Older persons in residential and community aged care can now be offered spiritual care that is desired by and meaningful to them with the release of National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care.

Volunteering linked to enhanced mental health

Volunteering in middle and older age is linked to good mental health/emotional wellbeing, finds a large study of British adults, published in the online journal BMJ Open.

Want to burn your house down? Ignore these precautions

National insurer Apia is urging Australia’s over 50s to take fire safety precautions during winter, with new research showing people are exhibiting risky behaviours that can lead to house fires.

New Disability Knowledge Clearing House

The Centre for Applied Disability Research (CADR) this week launches a new Disability Knowledge Clearing House with information about what works in the NDIS.

Giving sight to others - Lesley's story

Older Australians can make a valuable life changing gift to needy people of all ages after they die. This is the story of Lesley Richards, 66 years old, as told by her daughter Susan, during DonateLife Week.

ASIC launches new app to highlight the real cost of buying a car

A new mobile phone app – MoneySmart Cars - developed by ASIC will support Australians with the financial decisions associated with buying a car.

Fat types consumed can help or hinder your diet

A diet high in saturated fat can make your brain struggle to control what you eat, says a new study in Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience.

Seniors and disabled persons Ekka discounts

People with disability and seniors who hold a Queensland Government Companion Card or Seniors Card will have discounted entry at this year’s Brisbane Ekka.

Retirees choosing income streams over super lump sums

Retirees are increasingly choosing to access their superannuation through income streams rather than withdrawing lump sums, according to analysis released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Breaking the silence on death and dying

Palliative care researchers at Flinders University hope to get more people talking about death and dying through Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to broach the social aspects of the topic.

Grandparents help prevent youth homelessness

During Homelessness Week 2016, the national youth homelessness prevention charity Kids Under Cover is recognising and identifying the vital, yet hidden, support networks that help prevent youth homelessness.

Older Austrlaians can be organ donors and save lives too

This DonateLife Week (31 July - 7 August) Australians are urged to join the Australian Organ Donor Register online to help end the wait for those in need of a life-saving transplant.

High temperatures may increase skin cancer threat

Exposure to ultra-violet (UV) light has long been established as the main cause of skin cancer.

Alzheimer's genetics point to new research direction

A University of Adelaide analysis of genetic mutations which cause early-onset Alzheimer’s disease suggests a new focus for research into the causes of the disease.

Weight loss surgery associated with increased fracture risk

Severely obese patients undergoing weight loss surgery are more likely to have increased fracture risks both before and after the surgical procedure compared to obese and non-obese people people who don’t need surgery.

How far off is a blood test for Alzheimer’s disease?

Anyone who has ever visited a doctor’s office is familiar with the use of blood tests for the diagnosis of various diseases.

NT Literary Awards winners announced

The winners of the Northern Territory Literary Awards have been announced at a ceremony at Parliament House.

Don't be caught by dodgy super tax schemes

The Australian Taxation Office has seen an increase in aggressive retirement tax planning schemes as over one-third of Australians approach retirement and wish to maximise their retirement income.

WA dementia-friendly guidelines an Australian first

A new set of guidelines directing the creation of dementia-friendly communities in Western Australia is the first of its kind in Australia.

Don't miss out on viral hepatitis treatment

Lives could be transformed by medicines that are now available to treat a deadly virus, but only if people speak to their doctor about breakthrough hepatitis C therapies that can cure in as little as 12 weeks.