Australians downgrading private health cover

Australians dumped or downgraded half-a-million ‘all-inclusive’ private health insurance policies last year as record numbers flocked to cheaper cover with exclusions and excesses.

Ladders risky for older men

It’s that time of year when we start spring cleaning and DIY jobs. The Department of Health and Human Services is urging older men to be mindful of ladder safety.

Improving dementia support

The Federal Government will build a nationally consistent dementia support services following analysis released today that described a system with a “lack of consistency and coordination”.

New SA elder abuse campaign

A new public awareness campaign aimed at putting a stop to the abuse of older South Australians has been launched.

Crisis continues among older workers

The Australian Human Rights Commission’s Willing to Work consultation has found that discrimination against mature-age workers persists widely amongst job recruiters.

Vision pass boosts travel accessibility

QLD commuters who are blind or have low vision will be able to travel more independently across the state with the Government introducing an upgraded permanent go access Vision Impairment Travel Pass.

Common prescription medicines cheaper over-the-counter

Many concessional patients with a prescription for medicines such as paracetamol and aspirin are paying two-to-three times retail prices than if they simply purchased them over-the-counter.

NSW Registered Nurses in aged care report

A report by the Legislative Council Standing Committee tabled in the NSW Parliament on 29 October 2015 recommended that RNs be on duty in residential aged care at all times.

Faecal transplants show promise

The use of faecal transplants to treat severe infections has rapidly become the treatment of choice.

Cancer survivors eat unhealthily

While most cancer survivors in the United States are motivated to seek information about food choices and dietary changes to improve their health, a new study comparing their dietary patterns to federal guidelines indicates that they often fall short.

Risk of heat-related health problems increases with age

Summer weather can pose special health risks to older adults and people with chronic medical conditions.

Mindful care for carers

Mindfulness activities may be useful in reducing the stress and increasing quality of life for those people caring for family members or friends with an illness.

GDF could lead to better recovery after stroke

UCLA researchers have identified a molecule that, after a stroke, signals brain tissue to form new connections to compensate for the damage and initiate repairs to the brain.

The Gray Wave. The Silver Tsunami. The Agequake.

Aging societies have been on the horizon for decades around the world.

Jobs plan for older workers failing

The Federal Department of Employment is set to overhaul the failing Restart wage subsidy program, designed to get older Australians back to work, from 1 November 2015.

Funeral insurance RIP-offs exposed

ASIC has today released a report on funeral insurance, highlighting that funeral insurance premiums tend to rise steeply for the over-50s and that many people cancel their policy in the first few years.

Victorians to have their say on end of life care

Victorians are being urged to have their say about the services they want to support them at the end of their and their loved ones’ lives.

Older Australians drinking themselves awake

A survey of poor sleep patterns by Sleep Health Foundation has revealed consumption of caffeine and alcohol increases steadily with age.

Helping older neighbours prepare for storms and bushfires

With the early beginning to the fire season, Apia, the insurer for Over 50’s, is urging Australians to help their older neighbours prepare for the coming bushfire and storm season.

Residential taskforce for ageing Queenslanders

A taskforce of industry experts has been appointed by the Queensland Government to identify affordable and independent housing options for ageing Queenslanders.

NSW Grandparent of the Year

The NSW Grandparent of the Year has been awarded as part of Grandparents Day; a celebration of the contribution made by grandparents and older Australians to their families and communities.