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21 Dec 2017

Early results from a new Australian study shows people in their 60s and early 70s could lower their risk of dementia if they went to the gym to retain muscle mass.

Australian National University’s Dr Marnie Shaw said about one in 10 Australians aged 65 years and older will get dementia.

“As our population ages, the number of people with dementia will increase, but an active lifestyle offers real opportunities for reducing dementia risk,” Dr Shaw said.

The researchers observed about 400 people aged in their 60s and early 70s from Canberra at several different stages... Read More

21 Dec 2017

Whether it’s a broken tooth or a nagging ache that won’t go away, dental problems often crop up when the local dentist is on leave.

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) wants to reassure people if they have any dental emergencies over the Christmas-New Year period and their local dentist is not available, there will be other dentists ready to address any problems.

Services will be limited to relief of pain or trauma and the provision of antibiotics where required, the ADA said.

Patients will be referred to a rostered emergency dentist by either web-based or... Read More

21 Dec 2017

One in five Australians leave their air conditioning running when they are not at home – a habit expected to waste an estimated $1.3 billion this summer.

A new survey by comparison website finder.com.au revealed that 23 per cent of Australians or 2.3 million households wasted an average of 4.1 hours in energy per day at a cost of $578 per household each quarter. 

This works out to a cost of up to $1.3 billion in wasted energy expenditure over summer while these homes are sitting empty or an added $578 per household quarterly electricity bill.

Finder’s Bessie Hassan... Read More

14 Dec 2017

Most older Australians won’t be shopping online or receiving e-Cards this Christmas because they are on the wrong side of a ‘digital divide’, National Seniors Australia says.

The consumer group for over 50s this year surveyed its members and found many are online, tech-savvy, or else keen to learn.

But others said that the digital world was a strange and unfriendly place they didn’t want to visit.

“We are aware of the divide between young and old but there is a growing digital division among older people themselves,” National Seniors Research Director Professor John... Read More

14 Dec 2017

A new survey has found that a quarter of Australians are lonely some or most of the time, with men over the age of 55 one of the groups most likely to feel the impact of loneliness.

The Australian Red Cross survey also showed that the main reason for older men feeling lonely was divorce or separation.

Women aged over 55 were much more likely to chat to a friend or family member to help counteract loneliness.

The survey also found that a total of one in four, or 5.6 million people, were lonely almost all the time or on a regular basis, 16 per cent said they felt lonely... Read More

14 Dec 2017

A new survey has shown mothers-in-law and fathers-in-law have the worst reputation for giving gifts which have upset, offended or bewildered the rest of the family – at least in the United Kingdom.

Other common culprits for giving gifts which were never used included work colleagues, aunts and sisters.

“The survey found Brits had received gifts which included a broken toilet brush, an already opened pack of peanuts and an out of date cereal bar!”, said Oliver Harcourt, head of Vistaprint UK, which commissioned the study via OnePoll.com.

“But despite receiving some less... Read More

14 Dec 2017

A four millimetre-long jumping spider, with a hipster ginger beard and red hairs on the top of its legs, has been discovered in Queensland – and Australia is being asked to name it.

Small in size but flamboyant in colour, the spider was discovered  as part of species discovery program ‘Bush Blitz’ in the Quinkan region of Queensland’s Cape York by Dr Barbara Baehr and Robert Whyte of the Queensland Museum and PhD student Jim Mclean of Macquarie University.

“This fantastic little beast has yet to find a scientific or even a common name, which is why we want your suggestions to... Read More

14 Dec 2017

A new health survey shows older people are eating more chicken and fewer vegetables.

The Australian Health Survey, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showed that people ate more poultry and less vegetables between 1995 and 2011-12.

"Average consumption of the vegetables and legumes/beans fell by 10 per cent, with decreased consumption by teenage and adults age groups of both sexes,” said the ABS’s Louise Gates.

"Although adults aged 51 years and over still consumed more serves of vegetables than younger people, those older adults had the biggest drop... Read More

14 Dec 2017

Consumer watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is warning people to be wary of scammers trying to ruin their Christmas holidays.

The ACCC’s Delia Rickard said that scammers often try to take advantage of people during the busy Christmas period and prey on their vulnerabilities.

“For example, they may take advantage of you looking for a good deal on a family holiday, searching for a loved one’s present at an online store, or even that you’re expecting a present from someone through the post,” Ms Rickard said.

She warned people to watch out... Read More

14 Dec 2017

MelbourneMelbourne is still the place most Australians would like to visit on holiday.

More than 14.8 million Australians aged 14 and over reported in the year to September 2017 that they would like to spend a holiday within Australia in the next two years, a Roy Morgan Research survey revealed.

The figure was virtually unchanged from a year ago when 14.9 million Australians indicated a desire to take an Australian holiday but down slightly from a peak of over... Read More

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