Loneliness, isolation and heart disease: new study reveals deadly link

Loneliness, social isolation and a lack of social support can increase the risk of having a heart attack or stroke in older Australians.

Easing dementia’s burden on Indigenous Australians

Improving the impact of high dementia rates on Indigenous Australians and communities is the focus of a University of Queensland-led telehealth project with a global track record of success.

Home Care Workforce Support Program

Australia’s personal care workforce is being increased under a $91.8 million Federal Government initiative helping older people live at home for longer.

Australia’s shortage of aged-care workers requires immediate action

Australia is facing a shortage of at least 110,000 direct aged-care workers within the next decade unless urgent action is taken to boost the workforce, a new report by CEDA has found.

Are robots the answer for aged care during pandemics?

In an echo of last year’s devastating COVID-19 outbreak in Victorian aged care homes, the virus recently struck aged care in New South Wales, leaving people fearing for older parents and friends.

Northern Territory Seniors Policy 2021-2026 launched

Acknowledging the NT has Australia’s fastest-growing rate of seniors aged over 65-years, the Territory Government has launched its Northern Territory Seniors Policy 2021-2026.

Dental health week

Ignoring oral health can have serious implications on the rest of the body through impacts on a surprising and diverse range of negative effects.

People entering aged care with new GP experience an increase in medication

New research reveals people with dementia entering aged care with a new GP experienced a 20 per cent increase in prescribed medication.

Support for senior Australians as COVID-19 restrictions continue

Senior Australians affected by ongoing lockdowns can access vital support services to ensure they stay socially connected and maintain their health.

Wheatfields SA - $11m aged care funding

Freeling not-for-profit aged care home, Wheatfields Incorporated, is South Australia’s biggest winner with an $11.265 million Federal Government capital grant in the latest ACAR.

Blood pressure variability associated with increased risk of dementia

The long-term ASPREE study has revealed high blood pressure variability (BPV) in older adults, particularly in men, is associated with an increased risk of dementia and cognitive decline.

Blood donation is an essential service - exempt from all travel restrictions and stay at home orders

With lockdown announced for 11 local government areas in South East Queensland, it is important to remember blood and plasma donation remains absolutely vital and is one of the reasons you are allowed to leave the house.

Infrastructure funding and aged care boost

Senior Australians in regional and remote areas will benefit from a Federal Government investment in residential aged care infrastructure.

Extra support for WA’s seniors

312,000 Western Australian Seniors Card members are to share in almost $25.5 million cost of living rebate payments to help with the cost of daily expenses.

Time to strengthen the rights of older people

The Law Council of Australia remains committed to strengthening the rights of older people.

Corporations could improve profits while dealing with financial abuse rate

 Protecting Seniors Wealth has announced an opportunity for financial service companies to exponentially improve and assist in protecting clients.

How a new trade deal could make it harder to improve life for Australians in aged care

The 16-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement signed in November 2020 between Australia and 14 nations including Singapore, Japan and China could make it harder to tighten the regulations relating to aged care.

Funding for a new training centre for optimal ageing

Monash University has been awarded $4.58 million from the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Program to establish a new ARC Training Centre for Optimal Ageing.

Medicine Safety is a game of Russian roulette for older Australians

PSA remains deeply concerned by the findings of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, particularly in relation to medicine safety and the extensive use of sedatives in aged care facilities.

Neighbourhoods affect perceptions of safety in older people

Older people living in disadvantaged neighbourhoods are not significantly affected by a fear of crime compared to younger populations, researchers from Australia and Germany have discovered.

Key support services for older people across Victoria during the COVID-19 lockdown

Older Persons Advocacy Network, is encouraging older people, their families and carers to utilise support services during lockdown periods and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.