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Pets wonderful means of helping elders exercise, engage and reduce their social isolation

As communities cautiously reengage after years of pandemic isolation, COTA VIC is encouraging older Australians to discover the health boosting power of life enjoyed with a four legged friend by their side. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Older person’s self-perception of own health a predictor of future health: research

An older person’s perceptions about their health — known as 'health-related quality of life' (HRQoL) — may predict their health in the future, new Monash research shows.

Great news! Your morning cup of coffee could help you live longer

Drinking 1.5 to 3.5 cups of coffee per day, both sweetened and unsweetened, could reduce your chances of dying, according to international research which found that adults who drank a moderate amount of coffee over a seven-year follow-up period were less likely to die.

Heart Health Week – how ECG screening for irregular heartbeats is saving lives

One in three Australians will develop an irregular heartbeat (or Atrial Fibrillation), yet many will have no idea until they suffer a stroke. To celebrate Heart Health Week (May 2-8), Professor Ben Freedman, one of Australia's leading experts, will lead the world's largest screening of AF with an ECG to help prevent stroke.

Millions could benefit after breakthrough Alzheimer’s treatment trial by Aussie biotech

Biotechnology company Actinogen Medical has announced positive results for their lead drug Xanamem taking the ASX-listed company a step closer to creating a novel treatment for a disease that impacts more than 400,000 elderly Australians.

WA woman’s hospital death being investigated

Independent experts will investigate the death of a woman who suffered a heart attack after waiting for care at a regional West Australian hospital.

New study finds where we live a factor in dementia risk

A Monash University study has found people who live in more affluent areas have superior memories and a lower risk of developing dementia.

Melb Design Week portrait exhibition showcases good design features for healthy ageing

At a Melbourne Design Week 2022 narrative portrait exhibition by Monash University’s Rehabilitation, Ageing and Independent Living (RAIL) Research Centre and the National Centre for Healthy Ageing (NCHA), ways to design for ‘civic good’ are being championed to empower people to ‘design the world they want’.

Successful ageing about postcode: new South Australian study

Where a neighbourhood's medical services are located, how much green space it offers and how willing its volunteers are can affect the ability of older Australians to successfully age at home, researchers say.

WHO summary of Baseline report for UN Decade of Healthy Ageing now available in range of languages

To support governments, civil society, international agencies, professionals, academia, the media, and the private sector around the world to achieve healthy ageing, WHO has launched translations of the Decade of healthy ageing: baseline report – summary in all official UN languages. 

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