Immune cell betrayal explains why it gets colder as we age

Human evolution has provided us some protection from the existential threat of cold temperatures through our capacity to produce heat from fat stored in the body.

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for Western Australians 60 and older

Western Australians aged 60 and above will be eligible to receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from next week.

Social isolation entering ICU can be deadly for older adults

Socially isolated older adults who enter intensive care units (ICUs) are more likely to die and are at increased risk of disability after discharge compared with those who are more connected to family and friends, a new Yale University study shows.

Making the future memorable - unravelling why ageing minds fail us

Scientists are studying the ageing brain to unravel the mysterious decline caused by dementia in a bid to beat this debilitating disease.

New research explores social supports to help older caregivers in rural Australia

Charles Sturt University researchers seek participants for a survey for new research to develop interventions to address isolation and depression for older caregivers in rural Australia.

‘I tell everyone I love being on my own, but I hate it’: what older Australians want you to know about loneliness

Over the past 18 months of COVID lockdowns, many of us have experienced the heaviness of loneliness — missing family, friends, and meaningful social contact.

World failing to address dementia challenge

Only a quarter of countries worldwide have a national policy, strategy or plan for supporting people with dementia and their families.

Study identifies ways to reduce hospitalisations for older Australians

One in five South Australians will experience an unplanned hospitalisation or emergency department presentation within 90 days of undertaking an aged care assessment.

High blood pressure rates: 1.2 billion people now living with hypertension

A major new study involving UNSW academics, published in The Lancet, has analysed blood pressure measurements from more than 100 million people taken over three decades in 184 countries.

Salt swap reduces rates of stroke, heart attack and death

Replacing table salt with a reduced-sodium, added-potassium ‘salt substitute’ significantly reduces rates of stroke, heart attack and death.

Western Diet Linked to Increased Depression in Over 45s

Researchers at UNSW Sydney’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) have revealed new insight into the connection between nutrition and depression in adults aged 45 years and older.

Disability Discrimination Commissioner launches IncludeAbility resource hub – a new website designed to promote meaningful employment opportunities for Australians with disability has been launched.

2020 Aged Care Workforce Census Report

The Federal Government today releases the 2020 Aged Care Workforce Census Report.

How to prevent social isolation with widowed men for Father’s Day – Expert shares tips

As COVID-19 cases continue to soar in the community, lockdown has become a stressful and lonely time for many.

Poorest twice as likely to feel lonely in lockdown compared to richest

Older people in the poorest sector of the population were more than twice as likely to feel isolated and lonely during the first lockdown than the richest.

Hearing loss could be cause of depression in older people

University of Manchester researchers have discovered that hearing loss may act as a cause of depression in older people.

National HESTA Awards winners: allied health, aged care, community and disability services

The eight winners of the 2021 HESTA Excellence Awards were last night announced in a virtual celebration of Australia’s top organisations and teams.

MPs call on Morrison Government to act on mandated nursing levels in aged care

Politicians are calling on the Federal Government to support critical staffing recommendations of the Royal Commission.

More aged care advocates for Brisbane

Aged care advocacy services are being expanded into Brisbane to raise the voices of older Australians and protect their rights in aged care.

Researchers to train next generation in supporting older Australians

Federation University Australia researchers are partners in a new training centre working to help improve the quality of life for older Australians.

Over 80 not ‘over the hill’

Later life can be a rich and fulfilling time, particularly if there is social-community engagement and meaning to every day activity.