Celebrating the Year of the Dog

National Seniors’ Chief Advocate Ian Henschke (right) was at the Migration Museum in Adelaide this week with Consul General for China Cai Siping and Senator Penny Wong to mark the start of Chinese New Year.

A banner recognising the Chinese community was unveiled at the event, and a 17-metre dragon traditionally used in the New Year dragon dance was donated to the museum for its collection.


Grazing women gain more weight

Women who “graze” throughout the day could be more likely to gain weight than those who stick to regular meal times, a Melbourne researcher says.

A study by Deakin University’s Rebecca Leech discovered misconceptions regarding the health benefits of snacking and “grazing”, and evidence of how meal timing can play an important role in body weight and cardiovascular health.

“My research found evidence of a ‘grazing’ style eating pattern, characterised by higher snack frequency and energy intake from snacks and eating later in the day,” Dr Leech said.

Should Barnaby Joyce resign?

Embattled Nationals leader and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is on the ropes and under pressure to resign.

Mr Joyce survived a vote in parliament aimed at forcing him out as he denied claims he asked a friend for a rent-free townhouse when his marriage broke down last year.

Mr Joyce lived rent-free in businessman Greg Maguire's Armidale townhouse, which he moved into as he was preparing for the New England by-election last December. He said at the time he was no longer an MP or a minister, having been forced to resign because of his New Zealand citizenship.

His relationship with his now-pregnant partner and former media advisor Vikki Campion has also raised concerns about the potential misuse of taxpayer funds, after she was shuffled around jobs in other senior MPs' offices.

Is Barnaby Joyce now a liability who should resign? Or should he hang on and help preserve the government’s majority? 

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 Queensland swelters under a summer heatwave, National Seniors Australia says.

With the weather bureau forecasting temperatures to remain in the mid to high 30s - and even top 40 degrees in some inland areas, National Seniors Chief Advocate Ian Henschke called on Queenslanders 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.

Federal Pre-Budget 2018-19 Submission

National Seniors submission to the Federal Budget 2018-19 consultation process presents a number of key recommendations to the Federal Government on behalf of older Australians.

Call for more dementia-specific respite care

A new report has called for better access to dementia-specific respite care across Australia.

Carers Australia has urged the government to increase subsidies for respite care in residential aged care facilities so that family and friend carers can take a break when required.

Other types of respite also need to be made more readily available, including cottage-style accommodation for overnight and weekend breaks, said Carers Australia’s Ara Cresswell.

More time to claim refund from Western Union

The ACCC’s Scamwatch is urging all Australians who lost money to a scammer through Western Union from 2004 to 2017 to lodge a claim by the extended deadline of 31 May.

Western Union has agreed to pay a penalty of US$586 million to the United States’ Department of Justice (DOJ) after admitting to aiding and abetting wire fraud.

The DOJ is using this penalty to provide refunds to eligible people worldwide who were tricked into paying scammers via Western Union.

Alcohol sales the only joy for retailers

Australians bought more alcohol at Christmas but that was about it, with retail figures representing a conservative season.

Retail revenue growth for the holiday season fell short of expectations, according to the Australian Retailers Association (ARA).

The 2.49 per cent total year-on-year growth fell short of the ARA and Roy Morgan’s predicted 2.8 per cent increase for the period of 15 November to 24 December.


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