Pension changes to hit middle Australia hardest

New analysis of the federal government’s proposed changes to the pension shows those on average incomes or below will suffer the heaviest impact to their retirement income.

The Dementia Epidemic: Is Australia Prepared?

Industry experts, people living with dementia, carers and researchers will share their expertise and stories at a first-of-its-kind forum on dementia on Wednesday 20 May at the University of Sydney.

Gunbalanya elder recognised with Order of Australia

Gunbalanya elder, Timothy Nadjowh has been appointed a member of the Order of Australia for his service to the Indigenous communities of West Arnhem Land and to the visual arts.

Hearing aid devices keep breaking sound barrier

Improvements in technology and a growing elderly hearing impaired market are driving the development of a train of hearing devices claiming supremacy over predecessors. Here are two more.

NSW public transport hazards for aged commuters

Automatic boom gates that shut too quickly, fast set downs on trains and buses and slippery platforms are among the major hazards confronting older and less mobile commuters.

Reassessing high use of heartburn and reflux medicines

Many Australians may be using (and spending money on) a daily prescription heartburn and reflux medicine that may not be necessary.

Volunteers not safe from workplace bullying

Despite the charitable nature of volunteering new research from Edith Cowan University (ECU) and Murdoch University has found one in three volunteers can experience workplace bullying as in any other workplace.

Sleeping over eight hours a day associated with greater risk of stroke

People who sleep for more than eight hours a day have an increased risk of stroke, according to a study by the University of Cambridge.

Carers deserve more credit in the retirement incomes debate

Australia could not function without the enormous and mostly hidden contribution of carers.

High-cholesterol diet increases spread of prostate cancer

University of Queensland research has shown that a high-cholesterol diet increases the spread of prostate cancer tumours to lymph nodes, lungs and bones.

Time to change smoke alarm batteries

Families are urged to change the batteries in their smoke alarms when they change their clocks back at the end of Daylight Saving on Sunday 5 April.

Paracetamol is ineffective for lower back pain

Paracetamol is not effective in the treatment of spinal pain and provides negligible benefits for osteoarthritis, according to a study published in The BMJ today.

Dementia now the second leading cause of death

The ABS has released their 2013 report on causes of death in Australia – which looks at the 147,678 deaths reported in 2013 and presents a full picture of mortality patterns across the population.

Tax discussion welcomed – retirement incomes discussion needed

A discussion about the taxation system which feeds into a retirement incomes review to ensure equitable, sustainable and stable tax and income security system for all retirees is needed.

Stress management helps long term breast cancer survivors

A new study shows that providing women with skills to manage stress early in their breast cancer treatment can improve their mood and quality of life many years later.

Walking after meals could save older people from a fall

Going for a walk instead of resting after eating could help to save older people from some falls caused by a sudden loss in blood pressure, according to new research.

Why do only some people plan for retirement

A person’s “psychological clock”, or innate tendency to focus more on the past, present or future, strongly influences how well they plan for retirement.

Move more sit less for a healthy lifestyle

ACT Minister for Planning, Mick Gentleman, joined the Heart Foundation to encourage the community to live an active, healthy, life.

AMA recommends responsible use of restraint in aged care

The AMA has revised its Position Statement on Restraint in the Care of People in Residential Aged Care Facilities.

Harnessing the power of oldness at work

The release of the Intergenerational report in early March 2015 catapulted me into a state of confusion.

Palliative care plans in aged care needed

The AMA today released its new Position Statement on Palliative Approach in Residential Aged Care Facilities.