Canada can teach us a lot about health and welfare

By Chief Advocate Ian Henschke

The Commonwealth Games kicked off again last week. I’m a big fan. I don’t care if some people say they’re the school sports for the royal family.

When I was growing up I wanted to run for Australia. So, anyone who wears green and gold on an athletics track in any international competition is already a champion in my mind.

The first Games I can remember were in Perth in 1962. I was seven. I saw them on TV and learned about them at school.

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Dance aids healthier ageing

Ballet dancing really is a great way to exercise without going to the gym - and it can also boost your social life, a new study shows.

Queensland Ballet and QUT (Queensland University of Technology) this week released the results of a joint project looking at the health and wellbeing benefits of ballet for older Australians.

The three-month project, incorporating 10 Ballet for Seniors classes, found participants had higher energy levels, greater flexibility, improved posture, and an enhanced sense of achievement.

Estate planning workshop for WA seniors

If you have a will but you are still unsure about your care when you are no longer able to make your own decisions, then National Seniors can help.

An estate planning workshop in Perth next month will assist you to plan for the time others may have to choose on your behalf, if you’re unable, and dictate how your wealth is distributed on your death.

The three-hour workshop will go beyond wills and help towards mapping out a comprehensive estate plan aimed at engaging with your family.

Seven lifestyle factors could lead to dementia

Half of all dementia cases in Australia could be attributed to seven modifiable lifestyle factors, new research has shown.

The factors were midlife hypertension, diabetes, low educational attainment, smoking, physical inactivity, mid-life obesity, and depression, according to Professor Kaarin Anstey, chief investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) and principal Research Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia.

Rare gold coin to go under the hammer

A rare 1920 gold sovereign is expected to sell for more than $600,000 at auction in Sydney next week.

The rare coin is one of only five ever auctioned and is attracting interest from collectors worldwide, said Jim Noble of Noble Numismatics, which is handling the sale.

Older coins up for sale include an Elizabeth I fine sovereign, 1584-6 (estimated price $30,000), and a Charles II five guineas from 1673 (estimate $10,000).

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Cellarmasters

Australia's leading online wine retailer, Cellarmasters, offer members a huge selection of premium wines at guaranteed lowest prices.

There are no ongoing deliveries, no obligations to purchase again and all returns from this partnership are re-invested into National Seniors Australia so we can continue to fight for a fair go for over 50s.

For more great wine deals, visit the Cellarmasters website or call Cellarmasters on 1800 500 260.

Travel agent fined for price fixing

Australia’s biggest travel agent has had its fines increased after breaching competition laws by trying to induce three international airlines to enter into price fixing arrangements.

Consumer watchdog the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said the Full Federal Court of Australia this week ordered Flight Centre to pay penalties totalling $12.5 million over the price fixing arrangements between 2005 and 2009.

Flight Centre had sought each airline to agree not to offer airfares on its own website that were less than those offered by Flight Centre.

A break from Facebook can cut stress levels

There may be more benefits to deleting your Facebook account than just protecting your private data – it could also reduce your stress levels.

A University of Queensland research team investigated the effects of a short break from Facebook on a person’s stress and well-being.

“Taking a Facebook break for just five days reduced a person’s level of the stress hormone cortisol,” research team leader Dr Eric Vanman said.

Have your say on Australia's 2021 Census topics

Would you like to have some input into what goes into the next Australian Census?

The Australian Bureau of Statistics is reviewing the information it will collect in the 2021 Census of Population and Housing to ensure it best meets the nation’s needs and informs Australia’s important decisions.

It will provide critical data and information to support important Australian decisions by governments, community organisations, businesses and individuals.

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Yoga most popular but seniors prefer aerobics

Yoga is Australia’s preferred cardio, strength and flexibility exercise, with 2.18 million Australians participating in yoga in the year to December 2017.

Roy Morgan Research said its survey had found yoga participation easily outstripped another popular exercise choice - Pilates, which now has 1.2 million participants and aerobics with just over one million participants.

Women made up over 70 per cent of participants in all three exercises.

But surprisingly, aerobics was the most popular form of exercise for pre-Baby Boomers (those born before 1946).

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