Appetite linked to healthier gut bacteria in over-60s

Over-60s with a good appetite have more diverse and different communities of microbes in their gut than those with a poor appetite, a study has found.

Food first in aged care - a basic human right

Tackling malnutrition by elevating the importance of nutritious food for older Australians is Dietitians Australia’s key focus at today's National Congress on Food, Nutrition, and the Dining Experience in Aged Care.

Consumers critical of some aged care services

New research highlights the need for comprehensive change in aged care and the Australian community’s commitment to achieve it.

Outrunning dementia with physical activity

Regular exercise can improve brain function and may protect against dementia in middle-aged and older adults, with women benefiting almost twice as much as men, according to research.

COVID-19 vaccinations for seniors

Thousands of aged care residents in Australia will receive their first vaccine dose against COVID-19 next week.

Aged care services sector-wide collaboration

Catholic Health Australia today welcomed the launch of a nationwide coalition of providers to advocate for better aged care standards and funding.

A ‘skeletal age’ calculator to predict bone fracture risk

Researchers from the Garvan Institute, led by UTS Professor Tuan Nguyen, have developed a computational model to calculate ‘skeletal age’.

Romance baiting scams costing victims millions

Australians reported a record-breaking $37 million lost to Scamwatch last year for dating and romance scams.

Improving social health for people living with dementia

Researchers at UNSW Sydney’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) have pinpointed mechanisms to reduce loneliness and improve social participation and belonging for people with dementia.

Calling all seniors who are writers

Page Turner Awards is inviting Australian Senior Citizens to join their community of writers and get involved in the Page Turner Awards 2021.

Family conflict and isolation are top risk factors for elder abuse

A history of family conflict, living alone or being isolated and dependent on others are the three key risk factors for elder financial abuse Griffith University research has found.

Tougher SA laws on paid carers and powers of attorney needed to protect the elderly from abuse

 

Law firm Maurice Blackburn is urging the South Australian Government to adopt a law reform recommendation to ban paid carers from being used as powers of attorney, describing it as an important safeguard against elder abuse.

Push for change to elder abuse laws to prevent false claims

Disgruntled relatives can win inheritance battles under ‘abuse’ pretence.

Financial means and quality in residential aged care

New research by the Office of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety investigates whether the quality of aged care facilities varies with residents’ financial means.

Keeping Victoria's healthcare workers healthy

A new virtual support centre for healthcare workers will make sure those who dedicate their time to caring for Victorians have access to physical and mental health support when they need it.

173,000 broken bones prompts an urgent call to prioritise bone health

Osteoporosis Australia announced its official rebrand as ‘Healthy Bones Australia’ today (Tuesday, February 9) to reinforce the importance of prevention.

Aged Care Voluntary Industry Code of Practice

The Australian Government congratulated the Aged Care Workforce Industry Council on its official launch of the Voluntary Industry Code of Practice.

New aged care data on hospitalisation rates show significant problem areas in residential aged care

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety released new data comparing hospitalisation rates from residential aged care facilities. The report found 36.9% of nursing home residents presented to an emergency department at least once in 2018-19.

Working outdoors linked to lower risk of breast cancer among older women

Working outdoors over many years is linked to a lower risk of breast cancer in women after the age of 50, finds research published online in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

New Victorian laws to protect retirement village residents

The Victorian Government is making it easier for former retirement village residents to recover money owed to them, if the owner of the village becomes bankrupt or insolvent.

Active Ingredient Prescribing makes medication easier

The introduction on 1 February of Active Ingredient Prescribing will help clarify consumers’ understanding of the medicines they are prescribed, the Consumers Health Forum says.