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Inside Everybody’s Oma – the doco on family, hope, love and learning while living with dementia

Accumulating more than 140,000 followers, the Oma’s Applesauce Facebook page has for the past few years shared Hendrika Van Genderen’s journey with dementia through a series of short video clips taken by her filmmaker son, Jason Van Genderen. Those clips, an inspiration to millions online, have now been woven together into a powerful, feature length film titled Everybody’s Oma. BIANCA ROBERTS chatted to Jason about the project.

New medicinal cannabis study gives hope to patients suffering chronic pain

New research from pioneer of the Australian medical cannabis market, Little Green Pharma (LGP), is providing promising results for long-suffering patients with chronic pain.

Labor has a huge health agenda ahead of it. What policies should we expect?

According to health economist Dr Stephen Duckett, Labor’s win in Saturday’s election heralds real change in health policy. Although Labor had a small-target strategy, with limited big spending commitments, he says its victory represents a value shift to a party committed to equity and Medicare, and, potentially, a style shift to a hands-on, equity-oriented health minister.

US scientists identify genetic variants linked to age-related mobility changes

A new US study suggests changes in strength and mobility may depend on genetic variations in a critical mitochondrial enzyme and provides a new biomarker linked to age-related muscle health.

COTA head says election focus needs to be on older Australians

The peak body for older Australians has urged whoever wins the May 21 election to take a whole of government approach to tackle issues faced by older Australians.

Designer Pound working to ensure future generations enter their older years with dignity

Annabelle Pound is a key member of human-centred design firm, Designit. She and her colleagues believe that in order to deliver true quality of care for elders across the nation, providers must move away from the ‘one-size fits all' approach. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Hearing researcher and audiologist awarded Lifetime Achievement Award

World-renowned hearing expert Professor Bob Cowan has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to industry-research collaboration by Cooperative Research Australia at its Excellence in Innovation Awards in Canberra last Thursday.

Bruce Willis diagnosis shines light on condition affecting 120,000 mostly older Australians

It was announced earlier this week that Hollywood star Bruce Willis is retiring from acting aged 67 after being diagnosed with the condition aphasia, a neurological condition affecting around 120,000, predominately older Australians. Australian researchers have been working tirelessly to produce treatments for the debilitating condition, which according to the Stroke Foundation affects one in three stroke survivors. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

As we age we react more positively to both emotional and neutral stimuli – new study

It's an age-old question: do we get better at regulating our emotions as we age? The answer, according to a study conducted by UNSW psychologist Dr Susanne Schweizer and colleagues from the University of Cambridge, seems to be 'Yes'.

Energy consumption crucial for helping older Australians manage their health and wellbeing

Here and overseas, people are encouraged to stay in their own homes as they age. However, bill anxiety over high energy costs mean many are sacrificing bodily comfort by avoiding the use of heaters, air-conditioning and other appliances. The links between health, well-being and energy consumption are explored in new research led by QUT’s Professor Ross Gordon.

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