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03 May 2018

By Chief Advocate Ian Henschke

It’s Sunday afternoon in a quiet suburb of Adelaide. The invitation says the party starts at 2pm and finishes at 5pm.

We turn into the street just after two and it’s already in full swing. Cars are lining both sides of the road. We have to park half a block away. People are walking from all directions up to a house with balloons on the gate.

I thought it might be a big show but I had no idea just how many people would be there. I’ve been to eighteenths and twenty-firsts, and fortieths and fiftieths where there have been crowds of people,... Read More

03 May 2018

A major report by National Seniors Australia released this week found most seniors receiving aged care at home thought workers treated them with respect, met their personal care and support needs, and were well trained.

However, about 50 per cent of people qualified their positive views by saying better coordination between home care and health services was required, along with improvements to the Consumer Directed Care system.

The report, Accentuating the positive: consumer experiences of aged care at home, was commissioned by the Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce and... Read More

03 May 2018

More than 650,000 Australians with diabetes aged 65 and over are being urged to have a flu shot after a nightmare season claimed more than 1000 lives last year.

Diabetes Australia’s Professor Greg Johnson said people with diabetes were more likely to be hospitalised with the flu and were much more likely to die from it than people without the disease.

“All Australians with diabetes should get the flu shot, but older Australians are at a higher risk of severe flu and even death,” Prof. Johnson said.

“This year, the Australian Government is funding two new enhanced flu... Read More

03 May 2018

Guide Dogs Australia is calling on seniors to apply for the ultimate job… raising a Guide Dog puppy.

With a puppy boom expected this autumn, Guide Dogs Australia said it was important the animals got off to the best start in their temporary homes before they went on to play a vital role in the lives of people with little or no vision.

But there were a lot of common misconceptions about being a Guide Dog puppy raiser. Here are five reasons why you should consider it:

  1. You can try before you buy: Thought about getting a dog now that the kids have flown the... Read More
03 May 2018

New research has shown nearly one in five Australian seniors believe they are too old for physical activity – but they were more likely to exercise if they had someone to do it with.

Marking Heart Week (29 April to 6 May 2018), a survey by the Heart Foundation revealed that seniors were less likely than younger Australians to be excited about getting active (29 per cent of seniors compared to 38 per cent of younger Australians).

But people of all ages were nearly twice as likely to be excited about getting active if they had someone to be active with.

“You are more... Read More

03 May 2018

Seniors were more likely to learn digital skills if they could relate them to their own stories and interests, a new report has shown.

Researchers at Melbourne’s Swinburne University found many older people felt left out of the digital age, putting them at risk of social isolation as well as reduced participation in essential services such as welfare and health.

But many older Australians were frustrated by technological change and learning the fundamentals of going online.

In their recent report titled 60+... Read More

03 May 2018

NSW Seniors can learn how to plan public transport routes, check bus or train timetables in ‘real’ time, and top up their Gold Opal cards online as part of the state government’s new Tech Savvy Seniors Transport App workshop.

Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said the new workshop would be available through the Tech Savvy Seniors program.

Mr Constance said participants in the new workshop would learn how to operate three of the most common transport apps used for navigating public transport in NSW.

“Websites and apps have changed the way we travel and I’m... Read More

03 May 2018

New research has revealed more evidence of entrenched ageism against older workers but most felt powerless to stop it.

Not-for-profit charity The Benevolent Society said a survey of 1,005 people aged 50 and over nationwide showed two thirds did nothing to end the discrimination – they just put up with it.

Of the people surveyed, 93 per cent were working, with half employed fulltime and half part-time.

More than 71 per cent said they wanted to remain in their current job, with just under half looking for more flexible work practices, and 47 per cent suggesting companies... Read More

03 May 2018

A new survey shows that pet-friendly workplace policies are considered a benefit by pet-owning employees who believe their animals have a positive impact on the work environment.

The survey, by Pet Sitters International (PSI) also revealed: 

  • 78 per cent of responding pet owners considered a pet-friendly policy an employee benefit
  • 82 per cent felt pets helped reduce stress in the workplace
  • 63 per cent felt pets in the workplace would increase interaction and collaboration between co-workers.
  • ... Read More
03 May 2018

Maintaining five healthy habits can add a decade to your life expectancy, new research has found.

The new study, led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, keeping a healthy body weight, not drinking too much and not smoking in adulthood were the keys to a longer life.

The researchers also found that American men and women who maintained the five healthy habits were 82 per cent less likely to die from cardiovascular disease and 65 per cent less likely to die from cancer when compared with those with the least healthy... Read More

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