As we get parched, cognition can sputter

Anyone lost in a desert hallucinating mirages knows that extreme dehydration discombobulates the mind. But just two hours of vigorous yard work in the summer sun without drinking fluids could be enough to blunt concentration, according to a new study.

Social media buffers depression among older adults with pain

With a few finger strokes or swipes on a computer or cell phone, seniors with pain reduce the risk of depression when visiting social media sites.

Why some older people are rejecting digital technologies

Fear of making mistakes and wider concerns about their social responsibility are among reasons why older people are rejecting digital technologies, a new study reveals.

Want to improve care in nursing homes? Mandate minimum staffing levels

The Royal Commission into aged care has begun its 18-month investigation into the quality and safety of Australia’s residential aged-care system.

Mental health inquiry terms of reference

The Federal Government has today released the terms of reference for the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into mental health and announced the appointment of an Associate Commissioner for the inquiry.

We have weaker bones than our ancestors – what you can do about it

Technology is continuously advancing to make our lives “easier”, more efficient and often more sedentary. All of this has an impact on our body and, specifically, our bones.

Meditation and music may reduce memory loss

A simple meditation or music listening program may alter certain biomarkers of cellular ageing and Alzheimer’s Disease in older adults who are experiencing memory loss.

Study sheds light on how our brains age

Two studies from a landmark 20-year Melbourne research project have shed more light on how the brain ages and what can affect the process. The results have led experts to encourage women to watch their cholesterol and blood pressure.

Population aged over 85 to double in the next 25 years

The number of Australians aged 85 years and over is projected to double by 2042, increasing to over 1 million people according to the latest population projections released today by the ABS.

Seniors driving skills checked

Virtual reality is being used in a unique project to check the driving skills of senior Australians to improve road safety.

Frail older women in nursing homes get sexually abused too

We don’t often think of older women being victims of sexual assault, but such assaults occur in many settings and circumstances, including in nursing homes.

Women, Ageing and Disadvantage symposium

The compounding effects of ageism and sexism are severely impacting the lives of older women in Australia.

Loyalty doesn’t pay when it comes to property insurance

The NSW Emergency Services Levy Insurance Monitor (ESL), Professor Allan Fels, has revealed that consumers who renew a home and contents insurance policy with their existing insurer are paying more than new policyholders.

Dementia carers distressed by end-of-life decisions

New international research from Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) reveals that dementia carers need more support and guidance to navigate end-of-life care for their loved one.

Thousands of couples caught rorting the welfare system

More than 70 people a day are being caught rorting the welfare system by falsely claiming to be single in order to qualify for higher Centrelink payments.

Low-protein high-carb diet shows promise for healthy brain ageing

Low-protein high-carbohydrate diets may be the key to longevity, and healthy brain ageing in particular, according to a new mice study from the University of Sydney.

Hearing loss linked to accelerated brain tissue loss

Although the brain becomes smaller with age, the shrinkage seems to be fast-tracked in older adults with hearing loss.

Clinical trial finds new immunotherapy improves MS symptoms

A world-first clinical trial of a new cellular immunotherapy for multiple sclerosis (MS) has found that it improved symptoms and quality of life for the majority of patients.

Elder abuse report accepted by WA Government

The Western Australian State Government has backed the majority of recommendations included in the Final Report of the Select Committee into Elder Abuse.

WA seniors awards 2018

Renowned Perth butcher Vince Garreffa has been recognised with the top honour at the WA Seniors Awards 2018 for his multimillion dollar fund-raising efforts on behalf of Lifeline WA.

Summit to address rural medical specialist shortage

The challenge of getting more medical specialists into regional Australia will be the focus today of the first summit on this issue.