NT Seniors, Pensioners and Carers scheme

The Northern Territory’s Pensioner, Seniors and Carers schemes come into effect on 1 July 2018.

How old is too old for surgery, and why?

Many of us will have been in situations with older loved ones where a doctor says surgery is too risky given the patient’s advanced age. Why is it surgery becomes risky in the elderly, and is it based on chronological age or their health?

World Continence Week

Aged Care Minister and Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt has called on the one in four Australians affected by incontinence to make sure they seek help and receive the support available to live life to the full.

Tackle elder financial abuse

Australians can now join the drive for change to tackle Elder Financial Abuse in a new campaign launched today by the Australian Banking Association, National Seniors, the Council on the Ageing, the Older Persons Advocacy Network and the Finance Sector Union.

Violent crime against older people is at record levels — here's why

Crime statistics have traditionally suggested that people aged 60 or over are less likely to be the victims of violent crime than the rest of the population.

Government energy site helps consumers find a better deal

Australians have used the Commonwealth Government Energy Made Easy price comparator website more than one million times since August 2017.

Applications open - 2018 National Advance Care Directive Prevalence Study

Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) has opened applications for the National Advance Care Directive Prevalence Study 2018, the first of its kind in Australia.

Have your say on the future of men’s health in WA

Western Australians are urged to get involved and have their say on the State's first policy to improve the health and wellbeing of men.

Guiding end of life directions for aged care

Providing Australians with support and the right advice on palliative care and advance care planning will be easier with a $15 million injection by the Commonwealth Government.

God’s waiting room? Life needs to be valued in nursing homes

When an older person moves into a nursing home it’s generally due to a decline in their health.

Tasmanian budget win for seniors

The Tasmanian Government’s announcement in the 14 June 2018 budget of a 50 per cent discount on stamp duty for eligible seniors who downsize their homes is welcomed news.

Australian Government Response to the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse

The Australian Government will establish a National Office for Child Safety and issue a formal apology in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Establishment of peak body to counter elder abuse

A new group launched on 14 June 2018 by the Attorney-General will focus on supporting older Australians and protecting them from elder abuse.

Mammograms to continue for SA women in their 70s

South Australian women aged between 70 and 74 will continue to receive potentially life-saving mammograms for free as part of a new $4.2 million agreement secured by the Government.

Stay safe this winter

With winter now upon us we are reminded of the common dangers associated with appliances used to stay warm.

Keeping older Aussies warm over winter

A new study that focuses on improving housing design to keep older people warm over winter and cool over summer, could help Australians live independently for longer.

WA continues support for Grandcarers Assistance Program

The Western Australia Government has announced it will provide Wanslea with $125,000 to extend the Grandcarers Assistance Program for an additional 12 months.

Queensland budget holds little joy for seniors

Queensland’s budget contained a little joy for older people, with continued funding of elder abuse prevention on the plus side offsetting the demise of a dedicated job skilling program.

Failure to maintain smoke alarms

Last winter only half of all homes where accidental fires occurred had a working smoke alarm, prompting WA fire authorities and Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan to urge people to take immediate action.

Caring for regional dementia carers

The call is out for country carers of people living with dementia to join in a ground-breaking research project using technology to improve their lives and continue caring.

Social care Japanese style – what we can learn from the world's oldest population

 Japan has long been known for its widespread respect for its seniors and a powerful sense of obligation to care for them.