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”.

Stem cell treatment can stop and reverse osteoarthritis

A large stem cell trial of its type has shown that pure stem cells provide a more effective treatment for osteoarthritis than traditional therapies, such as pain relief drugs, anti-inflammatories, prescribed exercise and knee surgery.

Weight gain and loss may worsen dementia risk in older people

Older people who experience significant weight gain or weight loss could be raising their risk of developing dementia, suggests a study from Korea published in the online journal BMJ Open.

Trial project to accommodate uni students in aged care

A project proposed by USC Gympie and Cooinda Aged Care Centre aims to give university students a novel opportunity to live in renovated accommodation at the centre while completing their degrees next door.

Developed economies face decades of reduced consumption due to population ageing

Population ageing will entail a demographic transition in the medium and long term that will affect the global economy.

End-of-life conversations can contribute to a better death

End-of-life conversations can improve quality of life and provide people dealing with an advanced illness with a much-needed sense of control.

The rise of DIY wills and why you shouldn’t go there

Without a legal background, understanding the intricacies of wills and estates can be both daunting and challenging.

Public hospital admissions growing faster than private

Hospital admissions have risen faster than population growth, and last financial year saw a rise in influenza related hospitalisations, according to a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Valued volunteers stay longer

People are more likely to volunteer for a longer period of time if they are told they are making a difference and they feel valued, a new report led by Curtin University has found.