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More than 90% of kids are vaccinated compared with 74% of adults aged over 65 years. Shutterstock

Vaccination isn’t just for kids – a guide for over-65s

We live in an ageing society, with the global median age rising steadily. Australia’s economic viability will increasingly rely on retaining older people in the workforce for longer. This, of course, relies…

VIDEO: Why older adults love online dating

Older adults are the fastest-growing demographic on online dating websites, with those aged 50-plus making up 22% of members on Australia’s leading internet dating site. In this episode of TCTV, Sue Malta…
Older adults are the fastest-growing group of internet dating site users and the number of couples over 60 who met online is surprising. Robert Kneschke/Shutterstock

Online dating could have been made for older adults – they love it

Older adults are the fastest-growing demographic on online dating websites, so much so that there has been a recent proliferation of sites catering specifically for the senior market, such as DatingOver60s…
Feeling secure about housing is very important for elderly people, especially when physical and financial constraints limit their options. Image from Shutterstock.com

Affordable housing is a problem for older Australians, too

The federal parliament has established a far-reaching inquiry into affordable housing. The terms of reference make only two specific references to issues affecting older people, but it is essential that…
Licensing authorities place the onus on drivers to report any medical conditions that might affect their driving. Image from shutterstock.com

Doctors shouldn’t be forced to dob in unfit drivers

Few states mandate that doctors or other health professionals must report unfit drivers to licensing authorities – and for good reason. Driving is an everyday practice for many Australians, but that doesn’t…
The community can provide more than 15 minutes of care. teaeff

Turn the welfare state on its head to fix social care

It should come as no surprise to anyone that there is a growing crisis in adult social care. Policymakers, practitioners and people using services alike all argue that the current system is fundamentally…
Older people living with younger family members is increasingly popular, but there can be associated legal issues if the relationship breaks down. Shutterstock

Close to home: financial hazards for older people in family accommodation

Last year, having recently lost her life partner, 78-year old Miriam* was advised by her children that the family home was now “too big” for her to live in. She sold her property and moved into the home…
It’s naive to assume neighbourhoods mean communities. RobertHuffstutter

Neighbourhood ‘care’ headed to graveyard of good intention

Neighbourhood watch groups should apply for care status and provide help for older people to counter Britain’s “uncivilised” attitude to pensioners. As well as looking out for potential burglars and keeping…
There is no legislation in place that specifically addresses elder abuse with family or carer circles. EPA/Diego Azubel

The mistreatment of older people: is it time to legislate against abuse?

The tragic case of 88 year-old Cynthia Thoresen recently made headlines in Queensland. Mrs Thoresen’s sad decline and the extent of her injuries have been comprehensively documented. Despite shocking neglect…
Increasing workforce participation of women and older people could increase Australia’s GDP by $50 billion. AAP

How can Australian governments change the game for economic growth?

If Australian governments are serious about raising rates of economic growth, they must reform the tax mix and increase the workforce participation rates of women and older people. Each of these reforms…
Taboos in porn can be shocking, but they can also be very revealing about our sexual apetites. Flickr/billypalooza

Old sex, fat sex and the popularity of porn taboos

Fat people having sex, ugly people having sex, old people having sex. All too readily our culture cringes, shudders, if not gags at the thought. After all, if film and television have taught us anything…
The Productivity Commission makes a number of recommendations about how we can best care for the eldderly. AZAdam

Caring for elderly Australians report: experts respond

The Productivity Commission has released the Caring for Older Australian report. Experts respond. Rhonda Nay, Professor of Interdisciplinary Aged Care at La Trobe University gives a general response to…

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Retirement can be bad for your health

Retirement can be detrimental to both mental and physical health, according to researchers at the Institute of Economic Affairs…