Don't wait for a crisis – start planning your aged care now

Most Australians prefer to die at home but few adequately plan for it. Consequently, just one in seven dies at home.

Cases of cancer triple since early 1980s, but survival rates are improving

Survival rates for most types of cancer are improving, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Federal Government must adequately fund National Plan for Elder Abuse

Western Australia Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray has called on the Federal Government to properly fund the National Plan for Elder Abuse.

A nutty solution for improving brain health

Long-term, high nut consumption could be the key to better cognitive health in older people according to new research.

Increase in aged care subsidies

Federal Government funding in aged care totalling $467 million take effect in the form of subsidy increases from 20 March 2019.

Human rights based approach to aged care welcomed

Dementia Australia has welcomed the Australian Greens policy release and their human rights based approach to aged care.

Federal Government elder abuse plan

For the first time, Australia has a National Plan to combat abuse of older Australians – and victims have a new National Hotline to help them.

Why we’re struggling to meet demand for subsidised home care

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is this week turning its focus to aged care in the home.

A universal dental care scheme for Australia

Australia should introduce a Medicare-style universal insurance scheme for primary dental care, to ensure all Australians can go to the dentist when they need to, according to a new Grattan Institute report.

Smell training could help stop cognitive decline

As we age, we often have problems with our ability to smell (called olfactory dysfunction).

Seniors not sleeping well, but with less fatigue than younger people

Older Australians might toss and turn at night, but they’re still more likely than younger people to bounce out of bed in the morning, new sleep data shows.

Students invent balance ball to prevent falls in the elderly

A remarkable new project from two University of Canberra PhD students, the Equilibri Balance Ball aims to help reduce falls in the elderly and the balance-impaired, such as Parkinson’s disease sufferers.

Proposed new residential care funding model

A landmark University of Wollongong study about a new residential aged care funding model—the Australian National Aged Care Classification—has been released today.

Greater visibility and comparability in home care pricing coming

The Federal Government has finalised new legislation that requires home care providers to publish their pricing information in a new standardised schedule on the My Aged Care website by 1 July 2019.

Home care the focus of second Royal Commission hearing

Home care services for older people will be the focus of the second Adelaide hearing of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety commencing Monday 18 March 2019.

Living with dementia support funding

The Federal Government will provide a further $40 million in grants to better support people living with dementia.

Home care queue lengthens even more

Data released by the government shows that the national home care queue has grown to 127,748 of older Australians assessed as needing care in their homes but not able to get it at their assessed level of need.

Moderate muscle strength may lower risk for type 2 diabetes

New research shows building muscle strength may be one way to lower risk for the disease. The study of more than 4,500 adults found moderate muscle mass reduced the risk for type 2 diabetes by 32 percent.

New aged care council accommodation for Mapoon

Serviced residential aged care accommodation and new council staff living quarters will be constructed in Mapoon, Queensland.

Royal Commission into People with Disability terms of reference

The Federal Government has today commenced a consultation process with people with disability and their families concerning draft Terms of Reference for a Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

AI based Mediterranean lifestyle and physical activity trial

Artificial intelligence (AI) will take its first step into the healthy lifestyle sector as University of South Australia’s new virtual assistant, ‘Paola’, is piloted in a world-first Mediterranean lifestyle and physical activity study this week.