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.
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.
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.
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.
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