QLD dementia respite care gets $20M

The Queensland Government is providing $20 million to community-based organisations to provide respite care for Queenslanders living with dementia or neurodegenerative conditions.

Aged Care Complaints Commissioner Consultative Committee formed

The Aged Care Complaints Commissioner Rae Lamb has set up a consultative committee of people representing groups within the aged care community.

Campaign against Medicare rebate freeze

The AMA today launched a national campaign against the Government’s Medicare patient rebate freeze.

SA grants for seniors community organisations

Thirteen South Australian organisations will share in more than $90,000 as part of the latest round of the Grants for Seniors program.

All VIC drink drivers to use alcohol interlock device

Every motorist convicted of drink driving will be required to use an alcohol interlock device, under a crackdown by the Government.

Friends ‘better than morphine’

People with more friends have higher pain tolerance, Oxford University researchers have found.

Battle of Long Tan 50th commemorative events

Australia’s Vietnam War veterans will be honoured with a series of special events this year to mark the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan which took place on 18 August 1966.

Canberra’s first ever Seniors Health Round Table

The ACT’s first Seniors Health Round Table has been launched to enable health consumers and seniors’ organisations to discuss issues and find solutions to health care issues specific to ACT seniors.

Common chemotherapy not a cause of cognitive decline for women with breast cancer

UCLA researchers have found that a commonly used chemotherapy drug does not appear to cause cognitive decline following treatment in women with breast cancer.

Spotlight shines on 1,500 volunteers

Churches of Christ in Queensland joins the nation in celebrating the significant role volunteers play within our community this National Volunteers Week with the theme ‘Give Happy, Live Happy’.

Flu vaccinations more effective in the morning

New findings, published in the journal Vaccine, suggest administering vaccinations in the morning, rather than the afternoon, could induce greater, and more protective, antibody responses.

Sourcing an aged care place found to be stressful

A national survey of more than 500 Australians has revealed that half of people seeking to source an aged care place for their loved one found the whole process either ‘very stressful’ or ‘extremely stressful’.

QT Mutual Bank and RACQ merger proposed

A proposed merger between RACQ and QT Mutual Bank will establish a banking subsidiary within the RACQ Group, alongside its assistance, insurance and lifestyle operations for 1.5 Million Queenslanders.

Financial fraud targeting older adults often appeals to emotions

An appeal to emotions like excitement or anger is a key persuasion tactic used by fraudsters to mislead the elderly.

World’s older population grows dramatically

The world’s older population continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. Today, 8.5 percent of people worldwide (617 million) are aged 65 and over. According to a new report.

New cases of dementia in the UK fall

The UK has seen a 20% fall in the incidence of dementia over the past two decades, according to new research from England, led by the University of Cambridge.

Ageing and disabled Australians spark a DIY revolution

Ageing and disabled Australians have started a DIY revolution, turning to major hardware stores for home modification products that allow them to stay in their homes for longer.

No time limit for NSW child abuse compensation claims

More victims of child abuse will be eligible to claim compensation under recent changes by the New South Wales Government to the Limitations Act 1969.

Medical error a leading cause of death in the US

Medical error is the third leading cause of death in the US after heart disease and cancer, say experts in The BMJ.

Australian Human Rights Commission appointments

Today saw the appointments of the Dr Kay Patterson as Age Discrimination Commissioner, Mr Alastair McEwin as Disability Discrimination Commissioner and Mr Edward Santow as Human Rights Commissioner.

ACT review brings changes for retirement villages

Following a review of the retirement villages legislation, a reform package to enhance the operation of retirement villages for residents, families and operators has been introduced.