Dementia Prevention guidelines to reduce dementia rates

New guidelines have been issued for Australian GPs, that could help to significantly reduce dementia rates nationally.

Opioids contribute to two thirds of drug-induced deaths

Opioid drugs were found to have contributed to 1,123 of the 1,740 drug-induced deaths in 2018 - data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows.

Boosting nut consumption linked to less weight gain

Increasing nut consumption by just half a serving (14 g or ½ oz) a day is linked to less weight gain and a lower risk of obesity.

Having sex in older age could make you happier and healthier

Sexual activity is an essential part of intimate relationships, though it tends to decline as people get older.

Age-friendly project grants across Queensland

Eighteen age-friendly projects, ranging from active ageing programs to music and arts projects, will share in $1 million funding under the third round of the Queennsland Government’s Advancing Queensland: age-friendly community grants program.

Bowel cancer screening reduces deaths - scientific proof

New research led by the University of South Australia shows just how effective bowel cancer screening is in helping to reduce the number of bowel cancer deaths by up to 45 per cent.

Two thirds of people think dementia is a normal part of ageing, rather than a medical condition

95 per cent of survey participants thought they could develop dementia in their lifetime – a survey of 70,000 people across 155 countries revealed.

Mackay residents prove age is no barrier when it comes to fitness

The Mackay Active Ageing Program culminated in an Olympic-style event last week, where approximately 50 individuals aged 55 and over competed in a range of hand-eye coordination and agility activities.

Frailty can affect you at any age

People of any age can be affected by frailty, according to new research at Flinders Caring Futures Institute.

Treatment for hip fractures improving but with operating theatre delays

Australia’s largest annual hip fracture report shows significant national improvement in hospital pain management and early rehabilitation for people being treated for a broken hip.

Australia's population grows

Australia's population grew by 1.6 per cent during the year ending 31 March 2019, according to the latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Fall related head injuries increase for older Australians

The rate of head injuries from falls by older Australians has nearly doubled over the past decade, according to a new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Disturbing gap between the Disability Support Pension and cost of living

A report on the need to improve income support for people with disability compares the additional financial hardship and insecurity of households with people with disability and those without.

Eye scan sheds new light on Alzheimer’s disease

New research by Australian scientists has demonstrated that a quick, non-invasive eye scan can identify changes in the retina that could be used to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease.

Trust in the aged care industry has not improved from 2018

Insights agency, Faster Horses, has released its annual national research report into the aged care industry.

Wellbeing Index finds Australians are happiest in retirement

Retirees have a much higher sense of wellbeing compared to the general population, according to an annual survey that provides a barometer of Australians' satisfaction with their lives.

The challenges of an ageing population

It’s not as though it should come as any kind of surprise. One of the results of successful public health interventions is increased life expectancy resulting in an older society.

Bupa's nursing home scandal is more evidence of a deep crisis in Government regulation

British health-care conglomerate Bupa runs more nursing homes in Australia than anyone else. We now know its record in meeting basic standards of care is also worse than any other provider.

Blood management in older adults questioned

USC-led research exploring blood management in older patients with anaemia and blood loss has raised questions around the current recommended medical care approach.

Royal Commission charter extended six months

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, has had its term extended by six months following the signing of letters patent by David Hurley AC DSC (retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia on 13 September 2019.

Three Rivers partners with Men’s Shed for health checks

Three Rivers and Men's Shed to offer free health checks at Henty Machinery Field Days, which will be conducted by Charles Sturt students.