Women sitting ducks for frailty

Women who spend more time sitting down as they age are at higher risk of becoming frail, a University of Queensland study has found.

Federal Government disregards true cost of aged care

The release of the Government’s Aged Care Subsidies and Supplements Rates for the coming financial year shows the Federal Government is oblivious to the true cost of providing care to older Australians.

WA regional aged accommodation funding

The Western austrlaian Government is helping to meet the aged accommodation needs of regional Western Australia, awarding $13.1 million to six aged care regional accommodational projects.

Increase to low-income Medicare levy threshold

The Medicare levy low income thresholds for singles, families, seniors and pensioners has increased so that they will continue to be exempt from the levy.

Don’t be put off seeking mental health help when you need it

The National Mental Health Commission said that despite recent criticisms of the mental health system, it is important that anyone needing mental health assistance should not be deterred from seeking help.

SMSF advice needs significant improvement

Around 90% of financial advice on setting up a self-managed super fund (SMSF) did not comply with relevant laws, a review by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has found.

Mental health first aid for older South Australians

A specialised mental health first aid training course for families and carers living and working with older people has been launched in South Australia.

The Veronicas - Dementia Australia Ambassadors

Internationally-renowned music artists Jessica and Lisa Origliasso of The Veronicas were named Dementia Australia’s newest Ambassadors at an event at Parliament House in Canberra yesterday.

Reversal of blood thinning treatment knowledge important

Results from a survey in five countries reinforce the importance of patient-physician discussion around the reversal of blood thinning (anticoagulant) treatments in potential emergency situations.

When it comes to childcare, grandparents are the least stressful option

As any mother or father will tell you, being a parent is hard. Being successful at it is highly dependent on the personal and material resources of parents, and the emotional, mental and physical needs of children.

Vertical retirement villages are on the rise, and they're high-tech too

It is no secret people are living longer, thanks to advances in medical technology.

SA Adult Safeguarding Unit to be established

The South Australian State Government has introduced legislation to establish an Adult Safeguarding Unit.

More Australians seeking advance care planning advice

Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) has reported a 462% surge in calls to their advisory service with more people seeking advice about taking active control of their future health care.

People with disability and seniors to be impacted by new regulatory tax

Disabled, seniors and vulnerable people in the community will be impacted by a new regulatory tax from 1 July 2018, warns the Assistive Technology Suppliers Australasia (ATSA).

ACMA helps consumers moving to the NBN

New industry standards are the next step taken by the Australian Communication and Media Authority to help consumers move smoothly to the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Volunteer grants round

Community organisations will benefit from $20 million in grants to support the efforts of their volunteers.

Marriage may protect against heart disease/stroke and associated risk of death

Marriage may protect against the development of heart disease/stroke as well as influencing who is more likely to die of it, suggests a pooled analysis of the available data, published online in the journal Heart.

Technology to help dementia patients remain at home longer

New technology will enable people with dementia to receive round the clock observation and live independently in their own homes, a new study in the Journal PL0S One reports.

Ethnicity, age contributing to low bowel cancer screening rates

Ethnicity and age are leading causes for low uptake of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program in Australia, rather than geographic location, new research shows.

Physical fitness and lower aortic stiffness key to slower brain ageing

The rate of decline in certain aspects of memory may be explained by a combination of overall physical fitness and the stiffness of the central arteries.

Comment invited on new Retirement Living Code of Conduct

Public comment is being sought on the draft version of a new national Retirement Living Code of Conduct.