Number of people with dementia on the rise

There are more than 425,000 people living with dementia in Australia, figures show, with an estimated 250 people developing dementia each day.

Pain for more than three months? See your GP

Not for profit, evidence-based NPS MedicineWise is encouraging Australians who suffer pain for longer than three months to visit their general practitioner (GP) to have their condition checked.

Dream of owning a home is over for most

More than half of our country’s adult population believes the great Australian dream of owning a home is over, according to new Salvation Army research.

Care package waiting times stressing carers of the aged

Carers Australia has joined with Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA), Baptist Care Australia and Uniting Care Australia in urging the government to release more Home Care Packages for the aged.

Listeriosis outbreak linked to rockmelon

The NSW Food Authority is advising consumers who are most vulnerable to Listeria infection such as older persons, and people who have weakened immune systems to avoid eating rockmelon.

Major aged home care reforms – year one

On the first anniversary of the Increasing Choice in Home Care reforms, LASA has reflected on the reform experiences and impacts.

Supporting ACT retirement village residents – consumer rights

With Canberrans aged 55 years and over most likely to fall victim to scams, an education and awareness program is now underway across retirement villages to help residents to know their consumer rights.

Perceptions of old age change as we age

Does life really begin at 40? Is 50 the new 30? For people in these age groups, the answer appears to be yes.

ACT joins national push to tackle elder abuse

The ACT Government has welcomed the announcement by the Commonwealth that it will develop a national plan to combat elder abuse.

Alcohol causes nearly 6,000 deaths in one year

Almost 6,000 Australians died from alcohol-attributable disease in a single year, about one every 90 minutes, according to new research being released today.

LASA launches new palliative care resources

LASA has launched a series of Making Choices for Life resource materials for use by RTO's, care providers, staff and care recipients’ families in adopting a person-centred, palliative approach to care.

Supermarkets supporting obesity

Health promotion foundation VicHealth has welcomed new Deakin University research into the nutrition policies of supermarkets, urging retailers to lift their game and make their stores healthier.

5 questions to ask your aging parents' doctors

The population of seniors, or people age 65 or over, in the United States neared 48 million last year and is steadily growing. Consequently, millions of adult children find themselves taking care of their parents’ medical needs.

Comfortably numb – why some older people turn to cannabis for pain relief

When most people think of cannabis users, they probably think mainly of the younger generations. But it’s actually the 45 to 64 age group who show the highest proportion of household spending on cannabis.

Parkinson’s patients missing out in the Illawarra

A meeting of Parkinson’s disease advocates and experts hosted by The Hon. Sharon Bird MP, Federal Member for Cunningham, was held at Wollongong Town Hall today.

Indigenous interpreters at Human Services

Interpreting services are available on-demand over the phone to the Department of Human Services in eight commonly spoken Northern and Central Australian Aboriginal languages.

How to reduce crashes by people with dementia

Requiring physicians to report patients with dementia to state driver’s licensing authorities is not associated with fewer hospitalisations from motor vehicle crashes.

Higher protein diet – low Alzheimer’s risk

A diet adequate in protein rich foods such as meat and legumes reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, new research from Edith Cowan University has found.

‘Smart cane’ could flag gait problems, falling risks

A pair of Vanderbilt University engineers have developed an instrumented cane that not only provides added support, but can also analyse your gait to determine your risk of falling.

Corruption Perceptions Index 2017 – Australia slides lower

The Corruption Perceptions Index released today by Transparency International shows that Australia has fallen again in the CPI score.

Investigation of aged care residents deaths in Townsville

Nurses have been sacked and a doctor reported after the suspicious deaths of five residents at the Queensland Baptist, Carinity Fairfield Grange nursing home in Townsville.