Stay-at-home 'kidults' cost millions

Nearly one third of adults aged 19 to 34 are still living with their parents because they cannot afford to move out, new research shows.

More than half of stay-at-home adult children are not paying rent and 75 per cent do not contribute to household bills, according to a survey from comparision website Mozo.com.au.

Their ‘failure to launch’ is costing parents $235 million per week nationally.

Mozo said 31 per cent of young adults were still living at home because moving out wa not financially viable.

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Vitamin pills may harm, not help

Some vitamin supplements may increase your risk of dying prematurely, a new report has shown.

Canadian and French scientists reviewed 179 different studies and found no evidence vitamin or mineral pills protected against, or helped to treat, heart disease.

Some supplements, such as vitamin B3 (niacin) and antioxidants, could increase the risk of death. The one exception was folic acid supplements, which might reduce the risk of stroke. 

Smokers puff on despite risks

Two out of three Australian smokers will lose 10 years of life and die from their smoking, according to the Heart Foundation.

And despite smokers being four times more likely to die from heart disease than non-smokers, public awareness about the damaging effects of smoking on the heart remains low.

Marking World No Tobacco Day (31 May 2018), the Heart Foundation’s Maurice Swanson called for more awareness of the link between smoking and heart disease, Australia’s leading cause of death.

Baby Boomers take longer holidays

Most Australians intend taking a holiday in the next 12 months and while younger people are leading the way for short breaks, Baby Boomers take longer vacations, new figures show.

The Roy Morgan Holiday Tracking Survey revealed nearly 14 million or 68.3 of people aged 14 or older intended to take at least one vacation, down 0.7 percentage points from the same period last year.

But there were some clear generational differences, with Millennials leading Gen X and Z, Baby Boomers and Pre-Boomers for holiday travel intention. 

Longer lives demand super rethink

Australians have among the longest lifespans in the world, but are failing to plan financially for their later years, National Seniors Interim CEO Professor John McCallum said today.

National Seniors surveys over many years had consistently shown older Australians wanted regular, low-risk incomes in retirement.

Have you discussed your end-of-life wishes with your family?

Survey shows most Australians not prepared for end of life

Australians are being urged to discuss their end-of-life wishes as most people fail to prepare for it.

A national survey commissioned for National Palliative Care Week (20-26 May) showed three out of four Australians had not talked to their loved ones about what would matter most to them if they were to become seriously unwell.

Liz Callaghan, of Palliative Care Australia, said the survey of 2,100 Australians found that eight in 10  believed it was important to talk to their family about their care wishes if they were to become seriously ill.

How far do you travel to work?

Men travel further to work than women while miners have the longest average commute of all occupations, according to new data released this week from the 2016 Census.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said the latest information showed the average Australian commute to work was 16km, with males travelling an average of 17.7km and females 14.2km.

“While most occupations averaged journeys under 17km, technicians and trade workers travelled an average of 18.2km to reach work and machinery operators 21.1km,” said the ABS’ Phillip Wise.

Become a volunteer

More Australians are being urged to volunteer, despite one in three already doing their bit for the community.

As part of National Volunteer Week (21-27 May), national peak body Volunteering Australia said more people were needed in sectors with high unmet demand, such as disability support, aged care and community mental health.

Volunteering Australia’s Adrienne Picone said the National Volunteer Week was an opportunity for all Australians to celebrate and acknowledge the generous contributions volunteers made across all sectors of society.

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