How to help people with dementia retain the power of choice

Deterioration in the ability to produce complex speech or understand what people are asking, can make it difficult for people with dementia to make choices in conventional ways.

More Parliamentarians support increase to Newstart

ACOSS has stated that all of the crossbenchers of the Lower House of federal Parliament and key Senate crossbenchers now support an increase to Newstart.

New training to stop elder abuse

An Elder Abuse Prevention and Support Framework and a new digital aged care staff training system are underway to protect vulnerable seniors with an additional $3 million Government allocation.

86-year-old powers home after ‘Walk for Life’

Alan ‘Superman’ Staines OAM will today reach Sydney after a gruelling 320km walk from Canberra’s Parliament House a month ago.

Scams alert as tax bill due date draws near

While most taxpayers received a tax refund this year, around one million taxpayers will need to make a payment to the ATO.

Some factors create a greater heart attack risk in women than men

High blood pressure, smoking and diabetes increase the risk of heart attack in both sexes but they have more impact in women than they do in men.

Obesity causes depression

New research released today from the University of South Australia and University of Exeter in the UK has found the strongest evidence yet that obesity causes depression, even in the absence of other health problems.

Mesothelioma diagnosed every day, with poor survival rate

Over 700 Australians were diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2017—equating to 2 cases diagnosed per day—according to the latest data released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Seniors Week to celebrate older Western Australians

Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray is encouraging people of all ages to celebrate the contributions of older people during Seniors Week,11-17 November 2018.

Age stereotypes an older employee's problem

Older employees may be prematurely exiting the workforce because they feel stereotyped on the basis of their age.

More savings on diabetes meds

More than 600,000 Australians with diabetes will benefit from cheaper access to products that help them manage their diabetes following changes to the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS).

Before replacing a carer with a robot, we need to assess the pros and cons

If you have seen science fiction television series such as Humans or Westworld, you might be imagining a near future where intelligent, humanoid robots play an important role in meeting the needs of people, including caring for children or older relatives.

One in four Australians are lonely, which affects their physical and mental health

One in four Australians are lonely, our new report has found, and it’s not just a problem among older Australians – it affects both genders and almost all age groups.

Seniors urged to move more

A Victoria University sport participation expert says a $23 million federal government fund to encourage Australian seniors to move more is tackling a long-ignored and growing problem.

People living with dementia add voice to care model debate

A new Flinders University study has asked Australian aged-care residents to rate the quality of care they receive.

Age bias is subconscious, study indicates

Going into a job interview is difficult enough, but many applicants may feel a younger selection panel discriminate or are less objective on the basis of age.

Australians are likely to be comfortable in retirement

The conventional wisdom that Australians don’t save enough for retirement is wrong. A new Grattan Institute report reveals that the vast majority of retirees today and in future are likely to be financially comfortable.

Mediterranean diet key to delaying Alzheimer’s

Eating a Mediterranean diet could delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by years, new research has found.

3000 Takata airbags a day replaced in Australian cars

Australia’s largest ever recall is now well underway with new figures released detailing the first quarter of compulsory Takata airbag replacements under the Mandatory Recall Notice issued by the Australian Government.

Renters Beware: how the pension and super could leave you behind

How we fund retirement in an ageing century ought to worry all of us. But one group of us should be much more worried than the rest.

Remote Aged Care Workforce Accord

Senior Australians living in remote areas will benefit from a targeted new initiative to sustain, support and expand the aged care workforce in remote communities.