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19 Apr 2018

National Seniors Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of a new watchdog for the aged care industry, which will serve as a one-stop shop for complaints.

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said yesterday the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, due to start work on 1 January 2019, was designed to promote transparency in the industry.

It follows the Carnell-Paterson review into failures at South Australia’s Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Service last year, which led to its closure.

The new commission brings together the functions of the... Read More

19 Apr 2018

Imagine popping down to your local to hear the latest science about how ageing and the physical changes it brings impact our ability to learn, while enjoying a cold ale.

Australians will be able to do just that next month, as the global Pint of Science festival kicks off.

Pubs across the country will host some of our brightest science minds from May 14 to 16 to talk about their science, technology, engineering or maths research and... Read More

19 Apr 2018

By Meredith Booth

Taking risks with retirement balances may be counterintuitive but would probably improve prosperity, according to Lesley-Ann Morgan, UK-based global head of defined contribution at investment manager Schroders.

Speaking at the 2018 Investment Magazine Post Retirement Conference, held in Sydney last month, Ms Morgan took her audience on a ‘... Read More

19 Apr 2018

More than 4.5 million Australians who are most at risk during this year’s flu season can now access a free influenza vaccine under the Federal Government’s National Immunisation Program.  

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said last year was Australia’s worst for influenza in almost a decade, mirroring a global trend, with more than 250,000 Australians testing positive for influenza and double the normal hospitalisations.  

He urged all Australians to consider having a flu shot this year.

Those eligible for a free flu shot under the National Immunisation Program... Read More

19 Apr 2018

Australians are being urged to start a conversation this week with friends and family about what you value in your life.

With National Advance Care Planning Week finishing at the weekend, National Seniors’ Chief Advocate Ian Henschke said now was the time to begin the process of putting a plan in place to ensure you can be heard, even if you are unable to speak for yourself.

Mr Henschke is an ambassador for National Advance Care Planning Week and joined the initiative designed to raise awareness of the need for people to make their future health care preferences known.

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19 Apr 2018

National Seniors members can take advantage of a special two-for-one ticket offer to see the Brisbane performance of the Camerata’s gala season opening of Souvenir at QPAC’s Concert Hall on Monday 30 April.

The offer is available online only and closes tomorrow, 20 April.

The concert by Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra will bring together a collection of inspired musical moments to treasure, from the tender beginnings of Rodrigo’s shimmering Canconeta to... Read More

19 Apr 2018

The University of Tasmania is offering a free, four-week online course on Preventing Dementia as a companion to its Understanding Dementia program.

Offered through its Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), the two courses are free and build on the latest in international research on dementia.

The Preventing Dementia MOOC course features global experts explaining how lifestyle and health factors interact to increase or decrease dementia risk, based on the latest scientific evidence.

This course is suited to everyone - whether you are an individual with an interest in... Read More

19 Apr 2018

Devotees of the Maggie T fashion label will be rejoicing with its relaunch online tomorrow and in stores next week across Australia.

The brand was purchased recently by the Speciality Fashion Group (SFG), and will be available at 175 of its 330 Millers stores nationally and in New Zealand from next Monday.

One of Australia’s best-known plus-size brands, Maggie T went into administration late last December after reportedly struggling to pay its debts in the lead up to Christmas.

The brand was developed to celebrate the famed model Maggie Tabberer, now 80, who championed... Read More

19 Apr 2018

We’ve all read the stories about Millennials not being able to afford house deposits because they spend too much eating avocado on toast at trendy cafes.

Now Britain’s Mirror website has reported a NSW man being charged $7 for vegemite toast for what he expected would be a ‘nice and normal’ snack.

But when the waiter arrived with his meal, it’s fair to say the customer couldn’t believe what was on his plate. He posted a photo of the meal on social media with the caption: “Gourmet vegemite on toast. This is just ridiculous.”

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12 Apr 2018

A new study has found grandparents pass their level of educational achievement down through the generations, having a direct effect on their grandchildren’s NAPLAN results.

Researchers led by the Telethon Kids Institute’s found that grandparents with higher levels of education had grandchildren with higher NAPLAN scores in Year 3.

“Most of this relationship could be explained by the fact that parents would also have higher levels of education, as we would expect, however we found grandparents still had a small effect over and above the influence of parents,” the institute’s... Read More

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