Older Australians fastest-growing online learners

nbn™ connected Australians are twice as likely to enrol in online learning courses.

Can food have negative calories? Nutritionist debunks the idea

Diets are everywhere, but could eating “negative calorie” foods, such as celery and grapefruit, help to boost weight loss?

Are you walking your dog enough?

Australia has nearly five million dogs, with nearly 40% of Australian households owning one.

But it seems that 40% of Australian dogs are not walked enough and that a similar percentage of dogs are overweight or obese.

How meditation affects the brain to help you stress less

In Australia, about one in six adults practise meditation, while one in ten practise yoga. People often turn to yoga or meditation as a way to to take time out and manage the stress of their day-to-day lives.

Close friends linked to a sharper memory

Maintaining positive, warm and trusting friendships might be the key to a slower decline in memory and cognitive functioning, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.

Older Australians need secure and affordable housing

Peak body for Baptist Care community service organisations Baptist Care Australia is calling for action to stem the tide of insecure and marginal housing for Australians over 55.

Healthy diet linked to healthy cellular ageing in women

Eating a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains and low in added sugar, sodium and processed meats could help promote healthy cellular ageing in women.

Polypharmacy in the elderly: new project investigates

Multiple medications are rife in older public hospital patients. Inappropriate polypharmacy is a common problem where patients are taking more medication than medically necessary.

New report exposes a long queue for home care packages

The long queue of 108 000 older Australians needing home care packages revealed in the latest quarterly report from the Health Department should be taken as a challenge to double-down on wider systemic reform.

Age shouldn't be a barrier to playing competitive sports

To stay healthy and fit, older people have traditionally been advised to take up gentle activities, such as walking and tai chi. But it’s time we added competitive sports to the mix.

Women under-treated for heart attack die at twice the rate of men

Cardiac specialists are alarmed by disparity in treatment outcomes in Australian hospitals.

National Child Protection Week

For National Child Protection Week, Australia’s leading child protection advocate Bravehearts, has launched their FREE Personal Safety Parents’ Guide to help Australian parents better protect their children.

Dementia Awareness Month

Dementia Awareness Month is Dementia Australia’s national awareness-raising campaign held every year.

Women’s Health Survey and Women’s Health Week launch

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health surveyed more than 15,000 women across Australia this year to find out their greatest health concerns, habits and needs.

Surgery and medication not always the answer for Osteoarthritis

New guidelines released by the RACGP advise that surgery should be considered as the last resort for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis and that exercise is the most effective treatment.

WA Seniors Awards announce two new categories as nominations open

Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray is calling for nominations for the WA Seniors Awards 2018.

Life insurance cancellation rates high with poor claims outcomes

ASIC’s review of direct life insurance sales has found that sales practices and product design are leading to poor consumer outcomes.

More Men’s Sheds for Victorians

The Victorian Government is creating more positive, safe and practical spaces for men to work together and contribute to their local community.

Only 25% of hip fracture patients leave hospital with osteoporosis treatment

ANZHFR based at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), released its 2018 Annual Report on 30 August, with a call for hospitals to make osteoporosis plans a priority for patients after a hip fracture.

ASIC review of reverse mortgage lending

A review by ASIC has found that reverse mortgages are allowing older Australians to achieve their immediate financial goals – improving their lifestyles in retirement – but longer-term challenges exist.

Partnership on mature age employment

The Collaborative Partnership on Mature Age Employment - chaired by Age Discrimination Commissioner Dr Kay Patterson AO - has begun discussions on how to reduce workplace age discrimination.