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Most older Australians feeling younger

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.

Taking the worry out of aged care

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.

Nab the best deal with free car buying service for members

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.

Seeking views on Specialist Dementia Care Units

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.

Sizzling summer spending statistics

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.

Shy cats looking for homes with seniors

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.

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'Renovesting' the trend in 2018

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.

Should Sam Dastyari resign?

Former prime minister John Howard says Labor Senator Sam Dastyari should leave parliament.

Mr Howard also accused Opposition Leader Bill Shorten of protecting the embattled Senator Dastyari because he relies on his factional support.

Mr Shorten has refused to call on Senator Dastyari to resign from the Senate or the Labor Party.

Senator Dastyari is reported to have told Chinese Communist Party-aligned donor, Huang Xiangmo that his phone might be tapped, a move which has been widely condemned.

Should Senator Dastyari resign?

Most older Australians feeling younger

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

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.

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