Budget - inadequate income support

The Brotherhood of St Laurence has long advocated for action to deal with stubborn unemployment still hurting too many in our most vulnerable communities.

Measures to tackle lost super but super gender gap ignored

The 2018/19 Federal Budget delivered welcome measures for the efficiency of the super system, but did little to improve retirement outcomes for women.

Budget fails to deliver improved staffing in aged care

The ANMF says the 2018/19 Federal Budget will not fix the crisis in aged care and is disappointed that the Government has failed to address the urgent need for safe staffing in nursing homes.

Recruits sought for study to stimulate the ageing brain

Brain training and stimulation in older adults may be the key to tackling cognitive decline and dementia, according to University of Queensland researchers.

Evidence backing Scott Morrison plan to expand Pension Loan Scheme

Reported moves to expanded the under-utilised Pension Loan Scheme (PLS) to allow pensioners access to the scheme would be a welcome budget breakthrough.

Fasting boosts stem cells’ regenerative capacity

As people age, their intestinal stem cells begin to lose their ability to regenerate.

Seventy-nine percent of grandparents think they are doing a good job

Nickelodeon Australia, today unveiled the results of “The Grand Illusion: Being Grandparents in the 21st Century,” a new study exploring the expanding role grandparents play in today’s family.

Cervical and bowel screening reports

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released two new reports today.

Every cancer patient should be prescribed exercise medicine

Every four minutes someone in Australia is diagnosed with cancer. Only one in ten of those diagnosed will exercise enough during and after their treatment. But every one of those patients would benefit from exercise.

Healthy Ageing Grants Review

A report into the reach and focus of the Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants (ACSIHAG) Program has been released today.

Combating loneliness in local communities

The Australian Government is committing $46.1 million to the national Community Visitors Scheme, which is seeking the assistance of organisations to help combat loneliness and social isolation.

Brainwave to let Parkinson's patients sleep through surgery

Melbourne scientists have discovered a unique brain signal that will act as a homing device, making deep brain stimulation surgery for Parkinson’s disease and other conditions more accurate and less confronting for the patient.

New leads on treating dementia and Alzheimer's

A new study by scientists in Australia and the US provides an explanation for why clinical trials of drugs targeting proteins in the brain that were thought to cause dementia and Alzheimer’s have failed.

Loss of spouse could make one more likely to ‘die of a broken heart’

Widowed individuals are more likely to exhibit risk factors linked to cardiovascular illness and death in the three-month period following a spouse’s death, according to a new study from Rice University.

'Tip-of-the-tongue' moments less likely in fitter older people

You meet with a friend and tell her about a great book you’re reading. “It’s by a really famous author. Her name is, um … ” But the author’s name doesn’t come to you.

Engaging older Australians in the digital world

Older Australians become better engaged with the digital world when learning social media skills and drawing on their own interests than when learning just the fundamentals of going online.

Preventing elder abuse - Sydney

Older residents and their families are encouraged to learn more about their rights and signs of elder abuse by dropping in to a local community centre and speaking to experts.

Connection between circadian rhythm and aggression in Alzheimer’s

A research team including a researcher from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen has discovered a circuit in the brains of mice connecting circadian rhythm to aggressive behaviour.

Tax avoidance by aged care companies

Australia’s top six aged care providers, some with foreign ownership, posted enormous profits whilst taking advantage of AUD $2.17 billion in Australian taxpayer funded subsidies.

Improving diagnosis of glaucoma

UNSW scientists have bridged a key knowledge gap in the diagnosis of glaucoma, allowing observable damage to the optic nerve caused by the condition to be accurately and directly linked to vision loss.

NSW Carers to have their say

Carers NSW is calling on anyone in New South Wales who cares for a family member or friend to speak out by completing the Carers NSW 2018 Carer Survey, which launches today.