Tasmanian election campaign pledge to slash stamp duty for downsizing seniors

National Seniors’ Tasmanian state election campaign got off to a flying start at the weekend with the Liberals promising a 50 per cent cut to stamp duty for seniors downsizing, if the government is returned in the 3 March poll.

Under the proposal, eligible pensioners would be able to receive the discount on homes purchased up to $400,000 for 12 months.

Slashing stamp duty is one of National Seniors’ key election priorities and has been welcomed by National Seniors’ Tasmanian spokesperson Shirley Kirkby.

SA election in the spotlight

The second National Seniors Australia forum ahead of the South Australian state election will be held next Monday, 19 February.

It will involve Deputy Liberal Leader and Member for Bragg, Vickie Chapman; Greens SA Parliamentary Leader Mark Parnell; Dunstan ALP candidate Peter Vincent; a representative of SA Best Upper House candidate Nick Xenophon; and Advance SA candidate Peter Humphries.

National Seniors’ Chief Advocate Ian Henschke will be the moderator.

Take part in our 2018 Social Survey

If you would like to help us with our research into issues concerning older people, then take part in the annual National Seniors Social Survey (NSSS), emailed to members this week.

This survey provides valuable information that we use to present our members’ views to government and the media.

This year we have asked about your experiences and understanding of aged care, particularly for services delivered at home.

We also need to know how comfortable our members are with digital devices and services delivered online.

Keep an eye on seniors and help them weather the heat

Older people may be at risk of serious illness from dehydration and heat stress as many parts of Australia swelter under a summer heatwave, National Seniors Australia says.

With the weather bureau forecasting temperatures to remain in the mid to high 30s - and even topping 40 degrees in some inland areas, National Seniors Chief Advocate Ian Henschke called on Australians to look out for elderly family members, friends and neighbours.

“Frail older people are among the most vulnerable when it comes to enduring heat waves,” Mr Henschke said.

Beware of the online 'friend'

Consumer watch dog the ACCC is warning people to be careful about who they ‘friend’ online, with stats showing people are most likely to be preyed on by dating and romance scammers on social media sites.

Australians reported losses of $20.5 million to the ACCC’s Scamwatch website from dating and romance scams in 2017, with more than 3700 reports.

“These numbers are just the tip of the iceberg,” said the ACCC’s Delia Rickard.

“Women lost nearly twice as much money as men and people aged 45 and over are most likely to be targeted.”

Study shows opioids may be harmful to older people

A new study has shown opioid drugs offer little benefit to older people with muscle and joint pain.

Instead, the drugs increased the risk of serious negative side effects, according to the research published in the Journal of Pain.

The review focussed on the effectiveness and safety of prescription opioid drugs in people aged 60 and over with musculoskeletal pain in 24 international controlled trials, comparing the effects of opioids to a placebo.

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