Dementia-related wandering in residential aged care studied

People with dementia in residential aged care don't wander into harms way as often as carers and family fear.

Access your credit score free

CreditSavvy.com.au launches today, providing Australians with free access to their credit score and resources to understand and manage their credit reputations.

Older age groups succumb to chronic disease

New information released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) presents the latest data on causes of death in Australia.

Alzheimer’s breakthrough using ultrasound

Queensland scientists have found that non-invasive ultrasound technology can be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease and restore memory.

Too many unaware of high blood pressure risks

A new survey* reveals many Australians are unaware of the serious risks associated with high blood pressure and often find it difficult to make the lifestyle changes after being diagnosed.

Australians need more calcium and iron - ABS

In a joint first between the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), estimates of Australians’ usual intake of nutrients have been produced and calcium is found to be lacking.

Quakers Hill Nursing Home management’s response ‘lame and risky’ - Coroner

Findings from the Quakers Hill Nursing Home fire coronial inquest are damning of the nursing home’s employment and management of Roger Dean, who lit two fires which killed 11 residents in November 2011.

Moderate coffee consumption lessens risk of clogged arteries and heart attacks

People who drink a moderate amount of coffee daily are less likely to develop clogged arteries that could lead to heart attacks, reveals research published online in the journal Heart.

Intergenerational Report – seniors body perspectives

The fourth Intergenerational Report (IGR), released today by Treasurer Joe Hockey, reveals an outlook of optimism, opportunity and challenge, says National Seniors.

Intergenerational Report stark choices

At the release of the report, the Treasury Joe Hockey said the Report is the social compact between the generations – children, grandchildren, parents, grandparents and each other.

Losing a spouse often hastily linked to depression

Loneliness brought about by the death of a spouse can trigger a wider network of depression-like symptoms – and doctors are often too quick to attribute the symptoms to depression.

Living alone in Australia

A quarter of all Australian households are now lone person households, according to a new demographic trends paper released by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Risks taking paracetamol long-term

Doctors may have underestimated the risks for patients who take paracetamol long-term, suggests research published online in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

Government action taken to protect aged care residents

Any kind of mistreatment of older Australians in the care of an aged care facility is completely unacceptable - Assistant Minister for Social Services Mitch Fifield.

For older adults, a solution to sleepless nights

Everybody has a restless night now and again, but sleep disturbances among the elderly are a significant medical and public health concern.

Biomarker offers clearer prognosis for bowel and rectal cancer

For the first time, a biomarker will allow clinicians to distinguish certain types of colorectal cancer patients who do relatively well after surgery from those who may subsequently die from their disease.

Alzheimer's disease linked to heart's effect on the brain

The prevailing medical wisdom that Alzheimer's Disease has its origins in the brain has a disputed rival with implications for medicine's efforts to forestall disease, ageing and death, according to a new review of the evidence.

Private health insurance premium increases 2015

Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley has approved a private health insurance premium increase by a weighted industry average of 6.18 per cent for more than 13 million Australians from 1 April 2015.

Knowledge lost as older workers leave workforce

According to a report on older workers, less than a quarter of the respondents to a survey said that their organisation took routine steps to capture the knowledge of workers as they transition out of the workforce.

Higher risk of death linked to hospital stays less than 10 days

Older patients are more likely to die following a short hospital stay for a hip fracture, finds research published in The BMJ today.

Anger can trigger a heart attack!

University of Sydney research reveals that the risk of a heart attack is 8.5 times higher in the two hours following a burst of intense anger.