Self-care should be top of your list this Christmas

Christmas is a time for good food, gift giving, socialising and having a merry time but with that comes a huge amount of expectation.

Regular problem solving does not protect against mental decline

Sudoku and crosswords may not offset age-related mental decline, but can boost mental ability over a lifetime.

Older Australians win in 2018-19 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook

The Federal Government will provide more support for older Australians, with a $552.9 million increase to aged care funding including the release of 10,000 high-level home care packages within weeks.

Market slumps likely to delay retirement plans for over 420,000

The number of people intending to retire in the next 12 months is estimated at 426,000, a 30% increase on the level seen in 2008 when it was 328,000.

Free tickets to the NSW Premier’s Gala Concerts

Seniors can get free tickets to the New South Wales Premier’s Gala Concerts on 14 and 15 February 2019 from Ticketek.

Aged care ratios - economic sense

The ANMF has released evidence which outlines how mandated minimum staffing ratios in aged care can bring improvements in care outcomes for elderly nursing home residents and provide economic benefits.

New Commissioner to protect older people and adults with disability

A and independent Ageing and Disability Commissioner will be established in New South Wales to investigate and take action in cases of abuse of older people, and adults with disability.

‘Humans of Aged Care’ storytelling platform

A new storytelling platform for the aged care industry, Humans of Aged Care, has launched nationally.

Remote monitoring to help senior Australians live at home longer

High-tech movement monitoring promises to help more senior Australians live safely in their own homes for longer following $260,000 in funding by the Federal Government.

Voluntary retirement living code of conduct launched

The retirement living industry has officially launched a new voluntary industry code of conduct and is urging all retirement village operators to sign up over the next 12 months.

Why is no-one talking about safe sex for the over 60s?

Can you imagine being told in later life that you shouldn’t be having sexual thoughts or that watching a risqué TV show is “too sexy for someone your age”? Or even that you are “too old” for sex and shouldn’t be considering it?

Bed in a box - top mattress

CHOICE mattress test finds that bed in a box mattresses score higher on average than their traditional counterparts.

Productivity Commission seeking veteran support submissions

The Productivity Commission says that Australia’s veteran support system needs fundamental reform.

Proof of life needed from overseas pensioners

Australian pension recipients aged over 80 who are living overseas will be asked to provide a ‘proof of life’ certificate every two years to continue to receive their age pension, Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher said.

One in every 85 Australians sought help from homelessness services

Two reports released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) provide insight into the use of specialist homelessness services (SHS), with a special focus on Australians who are ‘couch surfers’.

Mediterranean diet improved with yoghurt and cheese

New research from the University of South Australia shows a dairy-enhanced Mediterranean diet will significantly increase health outcomes for those at risk of cardiovascular disease – and it’s even more effective than a low-fat diet.

How healthy is the typical Australian?

The typical Australian is a non-smoker and has never smoked, does 42 minutes of exercise every day, is overweight or obese and does not eat enough vegetables.

Taking the superbug fight to nursing homes

Nursing homes are coming under the spotlight in the ongoing war against superbugs.

Report on respite services welcomed

Not for profit aged care provider Benetas has welcomed the recent release of the Aged Care Financing Authority (ACFA) report on respite services saying the review is an essential piece of work to address issues with the service.

New appointment to Aged Care Royal Commission

The Honourable Richard Tracey AM RFD QC has been appointed as a Commissioner for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

Grey nomad lifestyle provides a model for living remotely

Every other year, retired couple Jorg and Jan journey some 5,000 kilometres in their campervan from Port Fairy in southeastern Australia to Broome in the far northwest for a change of lifestyle and scenery.