Hearing aid retailers fined $2.5 million for misleading pensioners

The Federal Court has ordered hearing aid retailers Oticon Australia Pty Ltd (Oticon) and Sonic Innovations Pty Ltd (Sonic) to pay penalties totalling $2.5 million for misleading pensioners.

Dementia driving resources aid older people in Taiwan

UOW expertise is helping clinicians in Taiwan guide older people through difficult decisions about driving.

Integrating dementia care

A new model of dementia care led by Western Sydney University is set to revolutionise diagnosis, treatment, and care for people with a decline in their memory and thinking.

Infants of older fathers are more likely to be less healthy at birth

Delaying fatherhood is associated with negative effects on both infants and mothers, suggests a US study published by The BMJ.

Asbestos disease sufferers miss out on PBS listing

Cancer drug Keytruda® must be made available to sufferers of asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma, under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, according to the Asbestos Disease Support Society.

Retirement funding in the ageing century

A new set of research briefs has been released by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), examining the current state and projected future of Australia’s retirement incomes system.

Tooth loss can indicate malnutrition

Older adults are at risk for both impaired oral health and malnutrition, according to a study by Rutgers University researchers.

Retiring at 70 was an idea well ahead of its time

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has abandoned the Coalition’s long-held commitment to lift the pension age from 67 to 70.

Bowel cancer – a price for unhealthy lifestyles

A UNSW study shows that a large proportion of bowel cancers in Australia are preventable by adopting a healthy lifestyle – particularly for men.

Industry honours the best in age services

A nurse practitioner, a health and wellbeing team and a provider serving older Australians in two states including remote areas have been recognised for excellence at the aged care industry event of the year.

Too old to work at 50: Survey

A new survey on attitudes to employing older workers has found that up to 30 per cent of Australian employers are still reluctant to hire workers over a certain age, and for more than two thirds of this group, that age was over 50.

Life expectancy gender gap narrows

The life expectancy gap between Australian men and women continues to narrow with Aussie males born today having an estimated life expectancy of 80.5 years, compared with 84.6 years for females.

Being active is the best medicine for low back pain

A new program on low back pain from NPS MedicineWise will address the mistaken belief that you need a scan (X-ray, CT scan or MRI) for a new episode of low back pain, and will provide advice on how to make a quick recovery through keeping active.

Aged Services Industry Reference Committee positions announced

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has today confirmed that the Aged Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will be chaired by Mr Ian Hardy AM, Chief Executive, Helping Hand Aged Care.

Dancing Grandmothers offers a moment of communion

“Age and grow fat; dance and grow fat.” This phrase, which appears on a screen midway through Dancing Grandmothers, suggests that we can have our cake and eat it too, that whatever is inevitable, dancing will always bring us great joy.

SA home battery scheme

The South Australian State Government has launched its Home Battery Scheme, with households able to access up to $6,000 towards a battery.

PBS listings for lung cancer and cholesterol patients

Two new listings on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) have the potential to extend the lives of Australians with advanced lung cancer and those at risk of a heart attack.

More action on heart disease and stroke

The National Heart Foundation and Stroke Foundation have today commended the Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, for his announcement of a new national action plan tackle two of Australia’s biggest killers – heart disease and stroke.

Exercise buddies against cancer study

The benefits of peer-supported exercise regimes for survivors of breast, colon and prostate cancer are being studied by University of Queensland researchers.

A healthy lifestyle cuts stroke risk, irrespective of genetic profile

People at high genetic risk of stroke can still reduce their chance of having a stroke by sticking to a healthy lifestyle, in particular stopping smoking and not being overweight.

It's hard to make money in aged care, and that's part of the problem

Aged care is where the challenges of population ageing are most apparent and where policy choices have direct impact on the lives of Australians.