Think before giving your powers away

From 1 March 2020, the Victorian Office of the Public Advocate will change its focus of advice about powers of attorney by stressing the importance of future planning as opposed to just filling out forms.

How exercise is 'medicine' for cancer

WA Scientist of the Year Professor Rob Newton is on a mission: to save the lives of as many cancer patients as possible through tailored exercise intervention.

Five ways seniors can overcome feeling socially isolated

Approximately one-fourth of the senior population is affected by social isolation and loneliness, which has a significant impact on mental and physical health.[1]

Relationship between alcohol use and dementia - one area research grants

Clarifying the relationship between alcohol use and dementia is just one of 19 new projects that will share in $1.5 million in grants to conduct ground-breaking dementia research.

Strength training can help protect the brain from degeneration

For the first time, an intervention - lifting weights - has been able to slow and even halt degeneration, over a long period, in brain areas particularly vulnerable to Alzheimer's disease.

Women my age tend to drink - it’s normal

Women aged 50–70 are more likely than younger women to consume alcohol at levels that exceed low risk drinking guidelines – and most think that’s just perfectly fine.

Handle with care: Caring for older people – getting the fundamentals right

As part of the BRAVE Flinders Research and Innovation lecture series, Professor Alison Kitson, presents on the fundamentals of care in light of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety interim findings.

Palliative Care Grants program – SA

New South Australian Government’s Palliative Care 2020 Grants Program aims to ensure services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Romance scammers costing Aussies more than $28.6 million

Scammers are using new online platforms to take advantage of their victims, with dating and romance scams making up one fifth of losses across all scams reported to Scamwatch in 2019.

Alcohol and medication a dangerous cocktail

A new research program has found many older Australians who consume alcohol are putting their health at serious risk when taking commonly prescribed medications.

Lack of preparation could crush older Australians’ dreams of remaining at home

New nationwide research has found that older Australians’ desire to remain living at home increases with age.

Payment platform pitfalls

Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CA ANZ) is urging Australians to stop and think about the financial ramifications of “buy now, pay later” services and the effect it could have on your financial position.

Queensland Seniors Month 2020 subsidies

Since first initiated in 1960 by Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland, Queensland Seniors Week has grown substantially - so Queensland seniors month will be celebrated all of August.

New aged care Business Improvement Fund

LASA has welcomed the Federal Government’s new $50 million Business Improvement Fund but says the residential care sector needs an additional $1.3 billion in support over the next 18 months.

Gilead sciences awards $0.25M to advance quality of life for Australians living with HIV

Four Australian organisations were awarded from more than 136 Submissions received from Asia Pacific community organisations.

New directions in aged care in Australia

Comparisons with international systems and innovations in aged care has identified many opportunities for improvement in Australia, according to researchers at Flinders University.

Royal Commission into aged care - hearings in 2020

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will hold a series of hearings during the first half of 2020.

Seniors struggle with technology, and often their kids won't help

Seniors may not enjoy the stereotype of struggling with technology, but undeniably many older people do have difficulty mastering their devices.

Malnutrition is on the rise in older adults – how to spot the signs

While the obesity crisis is still considered the foremost public health epidemic in the west, malnutrition is quickly becoming a growing concern.

Australian of the year awards 2020

An eye surgeon working to prevent blindness, an obstetrician leading the world in the prevention of pre-term birth, the world’s No.1 ranked women’s tennis player and an advocate for disadvantaged rural youth are the 2020 Australians of the Year.

International systems and innovations - way forward for Australian aged care

New research on international systems and innovations in aged care has identified many opportunities for improvement in Australia, according to researchers at Flinders University.