Australians rely on ‘a little help from their friends’

A new report from National Seniors Australia has shown that when it comes to getting good advice in the ‘information age’, older people favour humans over going online.

The report, released this week, shows that while digital technology has revolutionised information delivery, older people making important decisions about retirement first turn to trusted health and financial professionals or family and friends.

New aged care service proving its worth

Sisters Anne and Sharon* are at almost opposite ends of the continent, but both care deeply about their 84-year-old mother Betty, who still lives independently in her own home.

They recently used National Seniors’ new Aged Care service to solve a problem that could have caused them and their mum a lot of stress, and upset holiday plans.

Betty was needing more help than Sharon, who lives nearby, could provide weekly and she was also planning a six-week overseas trip.

Should all aged pensioners receive the Federal Government’s energy supplement?

Do you support moves to change the date of Australia Day?

One of the topics that’s exercised the pollies and others over the summer has been the date Australia Day is celebrated.

Poll results released today by the Canberra think-tank The Australia Institute has shown that 56 per cent of Australians don’t mind when it’s held, provided there is a national day of celebration.

Less than half of poll respondents identified the First Fleet arriving in Sydney Cove in 1788 as the reason why January 26 is the current date. But nearly half – 49 per cent – of those surveyed believed Australia Day shouldn’t be on a date that is offensive to Indigenous Australians.

No clear answer emerged as to what date would be better, if Australia Day was moved. Some people chose when Australia was named, or events that haven’t occurred yet, such as signing a treaty with Indigenous people or when Australia becomes a republic.

Do you think Australia should pick another date for its national day of celebration and, if so, what should it be?

Nominations open for Stroke Awards

The Stroke Foundation is on the hunt for people making life better for stroke survivors, with nominations for the 2018 Stroke Awards now open. 

The awards are an opportunity to celebrate survivors and commend carers, volunteers, health professionals and researchers who work tirelessly to improve the lives of those affected by stroke.

Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Officer Sharon McGowan said the awards recognised the outstanding Australians dedicated to treating, supporting and advocating for stroke survivors and the broader stroke community.

Advanced cancer patients thrown lifeline

Oncology patients in the advanced stages of cancer will be given greater access to clinical trials under an ambitious new national anti-cancer initiative that could save lives.

At a time when only five per cent of adult cancer patients are involved in trials compared to 80 per cent of children, the Eliminate Cancer Initiative (ECI) targets the difficulties that stand in the way of anyone wanting to participate in a trial.

Breast cancer linked to chronic disease later in life

Women who receive hormonal therapy for breast cancer are at increased risk of developing chronic conditions later in life, according to new research published in the Medical Journal of Australia this month.

Researchers from Flinders University and the University of South Australia found that rates of depression, osteoporosis, diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, chronic pain and gastric disorders were higher among breast cancer survivors who had received hormonal cancer treatment than among those without breast cancer.

Dementia Australia launched

A unified, national peak body for people of all ages living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers has been launched.

Dementia Australia is the new voice of what was previously Alzheimer's Australia.

Announcing the change, the organisation said that while Alzheimer’s disease was the most common form, there were more than 100 types of dementia and, for this reason, its message needed to be inclusive of all.  

The organisation said that awareness and understanding about dementia was still alarmingly low, but the prevalence of dementia was growing.

New Year - New Car?

Savings on many makes and models and a personalised car buying service means that National Seniors members could be driving a great deal on a new car in this new year.


Hyundai Santa Fe Active

As part of the 2017 plate clearance event, Hyundai is offering the popular Santé Fe Active with five years/75,000 km servicing as part of the on-road cost of just $37,990.

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