Home care health workers frequently verbally abused

Home care (domiciliary) health workers are frequently verbally abused by clients and their families, finds research published online in UK Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

'Night owls' can retrain body clock to improve health and performance

A simple tweak to the sleeping patterns of ‘night owls’ – people with extreme late sleeping and waking habits – could lead to a significant advance in sleep/wake timings, a decrease in depression and stress, improved performance in the mornings and better eating habits.

The impact of an ageing population in Australia

There’s an issue on the horizon that Australia needs to prepare for. The portion of elderly pepole who make up the overall population is increasing, and we might not have the infrastructure in place to support them.

People 95+ have greater life satisfaction than younger people

Researchers from UNSW Sydney’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) have explored the level of life satisfaction of near centenarians and centenarians to gain better understanding of ways to enhance the wellbeing of people with exceptional longevity.

Social care crisis is letting down professional carers too

I started as a care worker in August 2012, a year after a BBC Panorama documentary exposing abuse at Winterbourne View sent shock waves through the social care system.

If you’re caring for someone who takes medicines, this app can help

New features in the popular NPS MedicineWise smartphone app will make life a little easier for people who look after someone who takes one or more medicines.

Act now - it's time to look at your super account before 1 July

Superannuation fund members are encouraged to take a look at their accounts before 1 July 2019, as a new law starting on this date requires super funds to report and pay inactive low-balance accounts to the Australian Tax Office (ATO).

Eight hours of interval sprinting can reverse negative effects of menopause

A study in menopausal women found that participating in interval sprinting three times a week over two months resulted in significant health benefits.

Dementia research and participant online matching

A new online matching service is set to revolutionise the way people with dementia and researchers connect, fast-tracking more effective and inclusive dementia research across Australia.

Call to cut pensioner deeming rates

Advocacy organisation National Seniors Australia has called for deeming rates to be cut in line with record low interest rates announced by the Reserve Bank.

Antidepressants and opioids double fall risks and fractures in older people

Taking antidepressants or opioids more than doubles the risk of a fall and hip fracture in older people, according to a paper published 3 June in Australian Prescriber.

New exercise guidelines for people with cancer

A decade-old treatment recommendation for people with cancer to take a “slowly slowly” approach to exercise has been replaced with new guidelines.

Australians urged to make more informed healthcare decisions

A new push to encourage Australians to be more proactive in the management of their own healthcare is underway.

When should you call 000?

A lack of public understanding about when to call an ambulance is putting a strain on paramedic services and potentially risking lives, new research from Edith Cowan University (ECU) has found.

Joint guideline for the prevention and control of infection in healthcare

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has released the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2019).

Abuse in earlier life creates greater elder abuse risk

Chinese-Americans who were victims of child abuse or intimate partner violence are at a greater risk of abuse when they are elderly, according to a Rutgers study in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

Guardianship reform laws pass Victorian parliament

The biggest changes to Victoria’s guardianship and administration laws in more than 30 years passed the Parliament on 28 May 2019.

Surgery rates are rising in over-85s but the decision to operate isn't always easy

In January, 107-year-old Daphne Keith broke her hip and became the oldest Australian to have a partial hip replacement. This isn’t something you would have heard of two or three decades ago.

Genetic risk for cardiovascular health not linked to longevity

Studies of exceptionally long-lived individuals have shown that one of the key factors to exceptional longevity is better cardiovascular health.

Older patients arriving at hospital with Vitamin C deficiency

Alarmingly low Vitamin C levels in older hospital patients has been described as a serious hurdle in recovery by Flinders University researchers.

Doctors urging vaccination against “killer lung infection”

One-in-10 Australians aged over 65 years who are hospitalised with pneumonia die from the “killer lung infection”.