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.

Funding certainty against WA elder abuse

The Western Australia Government has provided funding certainty to the States on-the-ground elder abuse prevention services, launching a five-year funding agreement.

Palliative care-related hospitalisations growing

Palliative care-related hospitalisations has been rising at a faster rate than other hospitalisations, according to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Latest in-home technology hub for assisted independent living

Tunstall Healthcare joined industry leaders to launch the Assistive Housing Hub Smart Display Home in Preston, in Victoria last Wednesday 15 May 2019.

Aged Care provider IRT Group trials autonomous vehicle

Aged care and retirement village residents at IRT Kangara Waters in Canberra are participating in an autonomous vehicle trial this month.

Volunteers helping Australians plan their future health care

Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) has welcomed National Volunteer Week’s 2019 theme, Making a World of Difference, acknowledging the wide impact of their small volunteer team of 12.

Commissioner for Senior Victorians reappointed

The Victorian Government has announced the reappointment of Gerard Mansour as the Commissioner for Senior Victorians for another four years.

Retirement living leader takes home top property prize

Cranbrook Care has taken home one of Australia’s top property prizes for a development that redefines retirement living in Sydney’s Hills District.

Study shows older men feel ‘excluded, overlooked and cut-off’

With increasing numbers of older men experiencing loneliness, a new report calls for a better understanding of how to tackle the growing public health challenge.

So you're thinking of going into a nursing home? Here's what you'll have to pay for

This week at the aged care royal commission hearings, the CEOs of three aged care providers called for a change in the way residential aged care is funded to improve the quality of care.

Adopting a healthy lifestyle helps reduce the risk of dementia

New WHO Guidelines recommend specific interventions for reducing the risk of cognitive decline and dementia.

Does exercise hold the key to preventing dementia?

A research study is to assess if exercise can improve overall cognitive performance. Exercise may be great for the mind and body, but can it prevent dementia?

Morning exercise keeps the brain sharp all day

Older Australians who sneak exercise into the day with a regular morning workout significantly improve decision-making for the next eight hours of the day.

There's almost always a better way to care for nursing home residents than restraining them

As Australia’s aged care royal commission hears testimony about the treatment of people with dementia in residential aged care, the use of restraints is front and centre.

Creative arts therapies help people with dementia socialise and express grief

People with dementia can flourish and show creativity in ways they, their caregivers and loved ones never thought possible.