One more centenarian at Peninsula Villages

Peninsula Villages resident Gordon Briggs has joined one of Australia’s fastest growing clubs, celebrating his 100th birthday on Monday 27 May.

Australians urged to make more informed healthcare decisions

A new push to encourage Australians to be more proactive in the management of their own healthcare is underway.

Older Queenslanders homes built in Springwood

The Queensland Government’s Housing Construction Jobs Program is seeing Spingwood seniors provided with accessible forever homes in a new 35-unit complex.

When should you call 000?

A lack of public understanding about when to call an ambulance is putting a strain on paramedic services and potentially risking lives, new research from Edith Cowan University (ECU) has found.

Joint guideline for the prevention and control of infection in healthcare

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has released the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2019).

Minimum wage rise will reduce poverty: So would a Newstart increase

The decision by the Fair Work Commission today to increase the minimum wage by 3% will help reduce poverty and revive the economy.

Abuse in earlier life creates greater elder abuse risk

Chinese-Americans who were victims of child abuse or intimate partner violence are at a greater risk of abuse when they are elderly, according to a Rutgers study in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

Elders, consensus to guide future for indigenous Australians

Mr Ken Wyatt, AM, has been appointed Minister Indigenous Australians.

Urgent reforms needed to fix ailing mental health system

Australia’s public psychiatric system is experiencing a slow and painful decline, with the mental health system critically under-resourced and health professionals facing unsustainable pressure.

Aged care, spirituality, frailty, and change

A leading researcher in ageing and spiritual life says the culture in Australia is changing and this must include the increasing need for qualified staff to provide care in residential aged care facilities.

Guardianship reform laws pass Victorian parliament

The biggest changes to Victoria’s guardianship and administration laws in more than 30 years passed the Parliament on 28 May 2019.

Surgery rates are rising in over-85s but the decision to operate isn't always easy

In January, 107-year-old Daphne Keith broke her hip and became the oldest Australian to have a partial hip replacement. This isn’t something you would have heard of two or three decades ago.

Genetic risk for cardiovascular health not linked to longevity

Studies of exceptionally long-lived individuals have shown that one of the key factors to exceptional longevity is better cardiovascular health.

Older patients arriving at hospital with Vitamin C deficiency

Alarmingly low Vitamin C levels in older hospital patients has been described as a serious hurdle in recovery by Flinders University researchers.

Doctors urging vaccination against “killer lung infection”

One-in-10 Australians aged over 65 years who are hospitalised with pneumonia die from the “killer lung infection”.

Commonwealth Government - second Morrison ministry

The Prime Minister Mr Scott Morrison announced, on 26 May 2019, his intention to recommend to the Governor-General the following Ministry.

Stem cell treatment can stop and reverse osteoarthritis

A large stem cell trial of its type has shown that pure stem cells provide a more effective treatment for osteoarthritis than traditional therapies, such as pain relief drugs, anti-inflammatories, prescribed exercise and knee surgery.

Weight gain and loss may worsen dementia risk in older people

Older people who experience significant weight gain or weight loss could be raising their risk of developing dementia, suggests a study from Korea published in the online journal BMJ Open.

Trial project to accommodate uni students in aged care

A project proposed by USC Gympie and Cooinda Aged Care Centre aims to give university students a novel opportunity to live in renovated accommodation at the centre while completing their degrees next door.

Developed economies face decades of reduced consumption due to population ageing

Population ageing will entail a demographic transition in the medium and long term that will affect the global economy.

End-of-life conversations can contribute to a better death

End-of-life conversations can improve quality of life and provide people dealing with an advanced illness with a much-needed sense of control.