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14 Dec 2017

Australian scientists have helped develop a new type of wheat with 10 times the amount of fibre than normal wheat, helping to improve gut health and fight bowel cancer and Type 2 diabetes.

The new wheat strain, created by an international team including Australia’s CSIRO, is high in the resistant starch amylose and could provide millions of people with a lot more fibre without having to change their eating habits, the CSIRO’s Dr Ahmed Regina said.

A small number of farmers in the US states of Idaho, Oregon and Washington, have just harvested the first American crop of the... Read More

07 Dec 2017

Three quarters of Australians aged over 50 feel at least 10 years younger, according to research released this week.

National Seniors Australia’s Research Director Professor John McCallum said feeling younger positively impacted health and wellbeing and meant people lived longer.

Prof. McCallum said National Seniors’ recent survey had revealed that people felt about 20 per cent younger than their actual age, with women 30 per cent more likely than men to feel younger.

The results showed that Australia should “redefine middle age” up to age 75. Governments and the... Read More

07 Dec 2017

National Seniors has launched a new service to help members better navigate the potential minefield of aged care services for their parents, friends, family members - or for themselves.

In this month’s issue of 50 Something magazine, Financial Information Desk (FID) manager Craig Hall writes that decisions on aged care, and residential care in particular, are often made in a hurry but the consequences can be far-reaching.

Mr Hall said that FID can assist National Seniors members to understand the fees and costs of aged care but recognizes that many people need... Read More

07 Dec 2017

Thinking of buying a new or used car? National Seniors members can now tap into the best deal possible through specialist car broker Auto Advantage.

Created in 2001, Auto Advantage works with thousands of people Australia-wide to help them save time, money and stress when buying a motor vehicle.

National Seniors’ Chief Executive Dagmar Parsons said older people sometimes put up with old or unreliable cars because the time and expense of buying another one was too daunting, or they worried about obtaining value for money.

“This service will remove the hassle of trading... Read More

07 Dec 2017

The Federal Government is seeking community input on how to best implement planned new Specialist Dementia Care Units (SDCUs) for people living with severe behaviours associated with advanced dementia.

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said an estimated 350,000 Australians are already living with dementia and the SDCU feedback would help shape the initiative, including funding and administrative options.

“We want to hear from individuals and organisations who have knowledge about or experience of dementia, especially an understanding of the needs and care for people with very... Read More

07 Dec 2017

With Christmas fast approaching and retailers’ advertising hype in full swing, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has crunched the numbers on where Australians actually spend their money.

ABS spokeswoman Michelle Marquardt said Australian households spend nearly $130 a year on fresh fish and seafood and $30 on Christmas decorations. Almost $150 is spent on icecream, $600 on beer and $491 on wine.

“Approaching Christmas sees many people indulge in food, drink and festivities,” Ms Marquardt said.

“The warmer months also mean many people venture into the great... Read More

07 Dec 2017

Cat-loving seniors can find new companions and help rescue shy felines following the launch of a new pet adoption program.

The Shy Cats and Senior Citizens campaign by national animal welfare charity PetRescue is offering older Australians the opportunity to adopt a new furry friend for only $25, which includes desexing, vaccinations and microchipping.

PetRescue’s John Bishop said philanthropic and corporate donations subsidised the cost of the cats’ care while they were waiting for adoption in an animal shelter or in foster care.

Mr Bishop said many seniors were... Read More

07 Dec 2017

Australia’s property market is set for single-digit growth, apartment oversupply and ‘renovesting’ in 2018, according to some property and economic commentators.

Graham Cooke of comparison website finder.com.au said interest rates were expected to change little until the second half of 2018, after the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) this Tuesday left the official cash rate on hold at 1.5 per cent at its final meeting of the year.

“With market onlookers hinting that the next move will be up, now could be a good chance for mortgage holders to fix their rate,” Mr Cooke said.... Read More

30 Nov 2017

Home is where the heart is, and for more than 40 per cent of older Australians, it determines where they live in retirement.

National Seniors’ new research report reveals that while many Australians consider downsizing to a smaller house when they retire, a substantial proportion of older homeowners rule it out because they don’t want to leave their house, neighbourhood and community.

According to the report, 42.1 percent of retirees said they wanted to stay where they had memories of the kids growing up, and the space for hobbies and their children and grandchildren to come... Read More

30 Nov 2017

A new report shows Australia’s retirement villages are almost full, highlighting a need for more age-appropriate housing for seniors in their local communities.

The results of the annual PwC/Property Council Retirement Census show increasing numbers of older Australians are living in retirement villages, taking advantage of hotel-style services, visiting health professionals and cash left over from the sale of their family home.

The Property Council of Australia’s Ben Myers said... Read More

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