Voluntary retirement living code of conduct launched

The retirement living industry has officially launched a new voluntary industry code of conduct and is urging all retirement village operators to sign up over the next 12 months.

Why is no-one talking about safe sex for the over 60s?

Can you imagine being told in later life that you shouldn’t be having sexual thoughts or that watching a risqué TV show is “too sexy for someone your age”? Or even that you are “too old” for sex and shouldn’t be considering it?

Bed in a box - top mattress

CHOICE mattress test finds that bed in a box mattresses score higher on average than their traditional counterparts.

Productivity Commission seeking veteran support submissions

The Productivity Commission says that Australia’s veteran support system needs fundamental reform.

Proof of life needed from overseas pensioners

Australian pension recipients aged over 80 who are living overseas will be asked to provide a ‘proof of life’ certificate every two years to continue to receive their age pension, Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher said.

One in every 85 Australians sought help from homelessness services

Two reports released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) provide insight into the use of specialist homelessness services (SHS), with a special focus on Australians who are ‘couch surfers’.

Mediterranean diet improved with yoghurt and cheese

New research from the University of South Australia shows a dairy-enhanced Mediterranean diet will significantly increase health outcomes for those at risk of cardiovascular disease – and it’s even more effective than a low-fat diet.

How healthy is the typical Australian?

The typical Australian is a non-smoker and has never smoked, does 42 minutes of exercise every day, is overweight or obese and does not eat enough vegetables.

Taking the superbug fight to nursing homes

Nursing homes are coming under the spotlight in the ongoing war against superbugs.

Report on respite services welcomed

Not for profit aged care provider Benetas has welcomed the recent release of the Aged Care Financing Authority (ACFA) report on respite services saying the review is an essential piece of work to address issues with the service.

New appointment to Aged Care Royal Commission

The Honourable Richard Tracey AM RFD QC has been appointed as a Commissioner for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

Grey nomad lifestyle provides a model for living remotely

Every other year, retired couple Jorg and Jan journey some 5,000 kilometres in their campervan from Port Fairy in southeastern Australia to Broome in the far northwest for a change of lifestyle and scenery.

Fairer NSW retirement village law

New laws make retirement village arrangements more transparent and accountable and puts more power into the hands of retirees and their families.

Aged care workforce not keeping up with high care demand

Lower paid and lower skilled personal care workers are likely to be substituting the work of enrolled nurses in Australia’s residential aged care homes, according to new research released by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre.

Retirement costs continue to increase

There was a modest increase in the cost of living in the September quarter for retirees.

Better access to dental care needed

The Australian Dental Association NSW is calling for better access to oral health services for older Australians, after a new report found dental treatment was the most difficult medical service for this group to access.

Report on staffing ratio disclosure Aged Care Bill presented

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport Committee today presented to Parliament its Advisory Report on the Aged Care Amendment (Staffing Ratio Disclosure) Bill 2018.

Too few trained nurses increase patient death risk – UK study

Admission to a hospital ward with below average numbers of fully trained (registered) nurses to care for patients is linked to a 3 per cent rise in the risk of death for each day the shortfall persists.

Motorists ignoring ‘if it’s flooded, forget it’ message

QFES is urging motorists to steer clear of flooded roads, after severe storms on Wednesday night resulted in crews being called to two swiftwater rescues near Charters Towers.

Your low back pain will probably go away without extra treatment

Having an X-ray, CT or MRI scan usually won’t change your treatment for low back pain, and movement is the best medicine with the pain usually getting better within 4–6 weeks.

Waiting times for emergency department and elective surgery on the rise

Nationally, waiting times for elective surgery and emergency department care are steadily rising, according to two reports released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).