Heat-related health dangers for older adults soar during the summer
As we age, our ability to adequately respond to summer heat can become a serious problem.
Vaping: how safe is it?
A survey of adolescents carried out by researchers at Coventry University has shown that than less than half of e-cigarette users knew that vape products contain nicotine or that they are addictive, raising the possibility that they could be a gateway to smoking normal cigarettes.
Older adults who get physical can lower their heart disease risk
Adults in their early 60s, who spend less time sitting and more time engaged in light to vigorous physical activity, benefit with healthier levels of heart and vessel disease markers.
Disadvantage faced by ‘hidden’ unpaid carer workforce
A campaign has been launched to remedy the economic disadvantage faced by unpaid carers as new research documents the scale of the economic disadvantage faced by those who provide essential support for the needy.
Older Australians fastest-growing online learners
nbn™ connected Australians are twice as likely to enrol in online learning courses.
Can food have negative calories? Nutritionist debunks the idea
Diets are everywhere, but could eating “negative calorie” foods, such as celery and grapefruit, help to boost weight loss?
Close friends linked to a sharper memory
Maintaining positive, warm and trusting friendships might be the key to a slower decline in memory and cognitive functioning, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.
Older Australians need secure and affordable housing
Peak body for Baptist Care community service organisations Baptist Care Australia is calling for action to stem the tide of insecure and marginal housing for Australians over 55.
Healthy diet linked to healthy cellular ageing in women
Eating a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains and low in added sugar, sodium and processed meats could help promote healthy cellular ageing in women.
Polypharmacy in the elderly: new project investigates
Multiple medications are rife in older public hospital patients. Inappropriate polypharmacy is a common problem where patients are taking more medication than medically necessary.
New report exposes a long queue for home care packages
The long queue of 108 000 older Australians needing home care packages revealed in the latest quarterly report from the Health Department should be taken as a challenge to double-down on wider systemic reform.
Age shouldn't be a barrier to playing competitive sports
To stay healthy and fit, older people have traditionally been advised to take up gentle activities, such as walking and tai chi. But it’s time we added competitive sports to the mix.
Women under-treated for heart attack die at twice the rate of men
Cardiac specialists are alarmed by disparity in treatment outcomes in Australian hospitals.
National Child Protection Week
For National Child Protection Week, Australia’s leading child protection advocate Bravehearts, has launched their FREE Personal Safety Parents’ Guide to help Australian parents better protect their children.
Dementia Awareness Month
Dementia Awareness Month is Dementia Australia’s national awareness-raising campaign held every year.
Surgery and medication not always the answer for Osteoarthritis
New guidelines released by the RACGP advise that surgery should be considered as the last resort for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis and that exercise is the most effective treatment.
WA Seniors Awards announce two new categories as nominations open
Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray is calling for nominations for the WA Seniors Awards 2018.
Life insurance cancellation rates high with poor claims outcomes
ASIC’s review of direct life insurance sales has found that sales practices and product design are leading to poor consumer outcomes.
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