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Seniors' health

Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia.

Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease affects the brain functions, memory and behaviour. Find out about symptoms, how it’s diagnosed, and how to help delay its onset.

It's important to wear the correct prescription lenses - Eye health for over-60s

Eye health tips for over-60s

Did you know that your eyes need 3 times as much light when you’re 60 as they did when you were 20 years old? Learn more about mature eyes here.

Your body needs vitamin D to help it absorb calcium needed for strong bones.

Healthy bones

Follow these steps to help keep your bones healthy.

A balanced diet will help you stay healthy.

Healthy eating over 60

Your body changes over time. Here's what to eat, how to maintain your appetite and stay well as you get older.

Controlling your blood pressure can make a big difference to your health over time.

How to lower blood pressure

High blood pressure is common and often has no symptoms. Read these tips for keeping your blood pressure under control.

Strength training should be an important part of your physical activity.

Physical activity guidelines for older adults

If you are over 65, you should try to be active every day. Here are tips on how to stay fit and information about how much physical activity you need.

Rheumatoid arthritis usually affects the smaller joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Experiencing pain and swelling in the smaller joints in your hands or feet? It could be rheumatoid arthritis. Find out more here.

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Supporting aged and elderly | Head to Health

There are many benefits that can come with being older. However, elderly people also have their own unique circumstances, challenges, and risk factors related to their mental health and wellbeing.

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Ten healthy eating tips for seniors | Women's Health Queensland Inc

Our nutritional requirements change as we age. Here are ten ways seniors can ensure they maintain a healthy diet.

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Seniors | AusVaxSafety

In the context of no safety signals identified during two years of surveillance in over 18,000 participants, AusVaxSafety concludedactive surveillance of zoster vaccine safety in November 2018

Read more on National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) website

Parenting and Child Health - Health Topics - Immunisation of children

Immunisation is a simple and effective way of protecting children and adults against certain diseases

Read more on Women's and Children's Health Network website

Supporting yourself - aged and elderly | Head to Health

You can experience many changes in your older years – living arrangements, physical health, brain function and memory, among others. Your wellbeing is as important now as any other stage of life.

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When do I get immunised? | Australian Government Department of Health

Your health, age, lifestyle and job will determine the vaccines you need and when to get them.

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Protein - Better Health Channel

The human body can't store protein, so it must be supplied daily from the foods we eat.

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Childhood immunisation coverage | Australian Government Department of Health

Childhood immunisation coverage is the percentage of children in Australia who have had all the vaccines recommended for their age. We are close to meeting our target of 95 per cent, with more than 90 per cent coverage for one year olds, two year olds, and five year olds.

Read more on Department of Health website

Polio (poliomyelitis) | Australian Government Department of Health

Polio is a contagious disease, spread by close contact with an infected person. Symptoms include fever and headaches. Polio can affect people of all ages but can be prevented with vaccination. Due to immunisation, polio is very rare in Australia.

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Whooping cough - Better Health Channel

The major symptom of whooping cough is a severe cough, which is often followed by a 'whooping' sound.

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