New leads on treating dementia and Alzheimer's

A new study by scientists in Australia and the US provides an explanation for why clinical trials of drugs targeting proteins in the brain that were thought to cause dementia and Alzheimer’s have failed.

Loss of spouse could make one more likely to ‘die of a broken heart’

Widowed individuals are more likely to exhibit risk factors linked to cardiovascular illness and death in the three-month period following a spouse’s death, according to a new study from Rice University.

'Tip-of-the-tongue' moments less likely in fitter older people

You meet with a friend and tell her about a great book you’re reading. “It’s by a really famous author. Her name is, um … ” But the author’s name doesn’t come to you.

Engaging older Australians in the digital world

Older Australians become better engaged with the digital world when learning social media skills and drawing on their own interests than when learning just the fundamentals of going online.

Preventing elder abuse - Sydney

Older residents and their families are encouraged to learn more about their rights and signs of elder abuse by dropping in to a local community centre and speaking to experts.

Connection between circadian rhythm and aggression in Alzheimer’s

A research team including a researcher from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen has discovered a circuit in the brains of mice connecting circadian rhythm to aggressive behaviour.

Tax avoidance by aged care companies

Australia’s top six aged care providers, some with foreign ownership, posted enormous profits whilst taking advantage of AUD $2.17 billion in Australian taxpayer funded subsidies.

Improving diagnosis of glaucoma

UNSW scientists have bridged a key knowledge gap in the diagnosis of glaucoma, allowing observable damage to the optic nerve caused by the condition to be accurately and directly linked to vision loss.

NSW Carers to have their say

Carers NSW is calling on anyone in New South Wales who cares for a family member or friend to speak out by completing the Carers NSW 2018 Carer Survey, which launches today.

Ageism is alive and entrenched in Australian workplaces

The Benevolent Society undertook a survey of 1,005 people aged 50 and over from across Australia to determine their views on ageism, discrimination on the basis of age, in the workplace.

The Cost of Privilege shows our tax system is unfair

Anglicare Australia has called on the government to take urgent action on tax breaks and concessions in the next budget.

ASIC cancels the registration of 117 SMSF auditors

ASIC has cancelled the registration of 117 approved self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) auditors who did not lodge their annual statements. Notice of cancellation was sent to these auditors on 20 February 2018.

Community Sector Banking’s Social Investment Grant Program

Applications open today for Community Sector Banking’s 2018 Social Investment Grants Program, building resilience and capability for people who are experiencing homelessness or domestic abuse.

One year in: Update on major Alzheimer’s study ‘PISA’

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute is trying to crack one of medicine’s most challenging mysteries: can we detect who is going to develop dementia and what warning signs do we need to look out for?

Stem-cell technology aids 3D printed cartilage repair

Stem-cell technology from Swinburne University will be used to grow stem cells required for a new hand-held 3D printer that will enable surgeons to create patient-specific bone and cartilage.

Drugs for muscle conditions may increase risk of dementia

Use of certain anticholinergic drugs - that help to control involuntary muscle movements for conditions such as Parkinson’s disease - are associated with an increased risk of dementia.

LASA launching NEXT GENeration of aged care leaders

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) is launching the NEXT GEN initiative to attract the best and brightest young leaders and professionals to steer the age services industry into the future.

Exercise may help grow new heart muscle cells

Doctors, health organizations, and the U.S. surgeon general all agree that exercise is good for the heart. But the reasons why are not well understood.

Emergency treatment by older surgeons linked to slightly lower death rates

Patients undergoing emergency surgery who are treated by older surgeons (aged 60 or over) have slightly lower death rates in the first few weeks after their operation than patients treated by younger surgeons (aged less than 40).

Free home energy assessments for Sydney locals

City of Sydney residents can make their homes more sustainable by applying for free home energy assessments through the Our Energy Future program.

Stem cell research trial aims to improve osteoarthritis

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is contributing to national research that aims to explore the effectiveness of using a person’s own stem cells to treat their arthritis.