Doctors and nurses unite to put care back into aged care

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) are jointly calling on the Federal Government to act now to guarantee quality and safety in aged care.

How to check if your mum or dad's nursing home is up to scratch

If you’ve read the headlines about poor standards in Australia’s nursing homes, it’s only natural to be concerned about your own family or friends in residential aged care.

Cardio workout benefits stroke survivors

A world-first Australian study funded by the Heart Foundation and undertaken at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health is using MRI brain imaging to understand how exercise can repair brain function after a stroke.

Climate change and an ageing population create perfect storm

Within the lifetime of Australia’s millennials, the occurrence of heatwaves will triple and they will be longer, leading to increased deaths among the nation’s elderly.

Review of the retirement income system

The Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced (27 September 2019) that Federal Government is commissioning an independent review of the retirement income system.

How biscuits enriched with protein could keep the ageing population strong

The world’s ageing populations are increasing every year. In 2016, 18% of the UK’s population was aged 65 years or older – by 2046, this group will account for nearly a quarter of the people living in the British Isles.

Smart homes could help dementia patients live independently

You might already have what’s often called a “smart home”, with your lights or music connected to voice-controlled technology such as Alexa or Siri.

Underperforming MySuper products costing billions

Research from new consumer group Super Consumers Australia shows that the superannuation system put over 170,000 people into a poor performing super product in 2017-18, costing them up to half a million dollars in retirement.

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.