Why more older Australians are living in share houses

An increasing number of older Australians are living in share housing. A relatively new group to emerge on the share-housing scene, they are choosing to share for financial reasons, but finding unexpected social benefits.

A brain scientist who studies Alzheimer's explains how she stays mentally fit

As a specialist in Alzheimer's prevention, Jessica Langbaum knows that exercising her mental muscles can help keep her brain sharp.

Health costs of ageism in the US calculated at $63 billion annually

Ageism — a widespread form of prejudice that is directed at older persons — led to excess costs of $63 billion for a broad range of health conditions during one year in the United States.

Home care not keeping up with demand

Data contained in the latest Home Care Packages Program report shows that too many older Australians are not getting care at the level they require.

ATSI life expectancy lowest in remote and very remote areas

The life expectancy at birth for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in 2015-2017 was 71.6 years for men and 75.6 years for women.

Growth in seniors receiving home care packages

The latest home care report shows increasing choice in home-based care for senior Australians, with almost 92,000 now receiving home aged care packages, an annual growth rate of 29 per cent.

Beat the health insurance extras countdown

CHOICE is encouraging Australians to check their extras halth insurance to take advantage of any remaining benefit before 31 December.

Land secured for Nhulunbuy aged care project

In a major step forward in the provision of a local aged care home for First Nations people in and around Nhulunbuy, the Federal Government provided $549,000 for a sublease for an East Arnhem Land aged care project.

Hundreds gather to pay tribute to those killed by asbestos exposure

Family and friends of South Australians whose lives were tragically cut short by asbestos-related diseases will come together tomorrow to remember and reflect on their loss.

Launch of MS Australia 2019 election commitments

Prime Minister, Scott Morrison has agreed to launch MS Australia 2019 Election Commitments package at a Parliamentary Friends of Multiple Sclerosis event in Parliament House today.

Older people who self-harm at highest risk of suicide

People over 65 who harm themselves are more likely to die by suicide than other age groups according to new research published in the Lancet Psychiatry by University of Manchester and Keele University academics.

ASIC spotlights the buy now pay later industry

ASIC has released its first review of the rapidly growing buy now pay later industry.

New quality standards for aged care

New single Aged Care Quality Standards will better protect senior Australians and further promote responsibility and accountability for their care.

Contemporary dance – seniors collaboration

Wheelie walkers will double as dance props when residents from two Lutheran Services aged care centres and professional contemporary dancers share the stage in a ground-breaking collaboration.

Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission legislated

A new era in Australian aged care is beginning, with legislation passing Parliament to establish the nation’s first, independent Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission.

Aussies growing food in their backyards put health before wealth

More than half of Australian households are growing some form of their own food at home and the majority say it’s more about producing healthier food to eat than the financial benefits, according to research from The Australia Institute.

Temper your workouts in extreme heat

We look forward to summer to make the most of the weather for our outdoor sports and workouts when the sun is shining.

Setting personal goals is important for dementia care

Researchers have sought new ways to help people with dementia to maintain the best quality of life as possible even as their conditions progressively worsen.

Setting goals to be more active slows memory decline

Older African Americans with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) who got help setting goals to be more socially, physically, or cognitively active had slower memory decline than those who did not.

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.