Downsizing off agenda for 40 per cent of seniors


Home is where the heart is, and for more than 40 percent of older Australians, it determines where they live in retirement.

A new research report from National Seniors Australia reveals that while many Australians consider downsizing to a smaller house when they retire, a substantial proportion of older homeowners rule it out because they don’t want to leave their house, neighbourhood and community.

Can Australia afford tax cuts for middle income earners?

What’s the priority for parliament?

The Federal Government has cancelled next week’s parliamentary sitting week to allow the Senate time to finish debating the same-sex marriage bill before it returns to the House of Representatives.

The Lower House was due to sit for two weeks from Monday but will instead sit for one week from December 4, with an option of extending sittings for another week.

The move comes amid the MPs’ citizenship crisis and a backbench push for a royal commission into the banks. Some backbenchers are threatening to cross the floor to set up a banking commission.

It remains to be seen if parliament can deal with all outstanding matters before it rises for the year. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this week also floated the idea of future tax cuts for middle income earners but has given no details.

If you were an MP, what would be your priority – the same sex marriage bill, settling the citizenship crisis, or a banking royal commission?

Improving Aged Care for LGBTI seniors

Federal Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt says positive steps have been achieved in the training of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) aged care workforce, but more work needs to be done.

Releasing the LGBTI Aged Care Strategy Review today, Mr Wyatt said it was important the aged care industry continued with the work begun five years ago when the strategy was introduced.

Rental accommodation allowing pets hard to find

Types of pets owned in each State and Territory

Many pet-owning tenants are finding it increasingly difficult to locate suitable homes for themselves and their animals, according to a new survey of renters.

Less than half of those seeking to rent a property attached a Pet Résumé to their Renter Résumé, according to’s Greg Bader.

“It says a lot about the difficulties renters experience finding pet-friendly rental properties,” Mr Bader said.

“Property limitations and other factors such as insecure housing (fences) can be a key factor driving people to relinquish their pets, an outcome no-one wants."


Air NZ is Australia’s favourite airline again

A new survey shows Air New Zealand is again Australia’s best international airline.

The Kiwi carrier’s customer satisfaction rating in September was 88.8 per cent, just ahead of international rivals Singapore Airlines on 88.3 per cent and Dubai-based Emirates on 87.3 per cent, Roy Morgan Research said.

Air NZ now had a string of monthly victories in the category, although the strong improvement for several competitors over the past year had narrowed the field considerably, according to Roy Morgan’s Norman Morris.

Shoe research a step in the right direction

A group of seniors has stepped out in a selection of shoes in the name of science.

The women have put their best feet forward to help La Trobe University podiatry researchers investigate ways to prevent falls among the elderly – the leading cause of injury-related hospitalisation and mortality in older people.

The group, aged 65 to 83, performed a series of laboratory tests while wearing a variety of footwear.

Gossiping isn’t all bad

Gossiping may not be all bad because it gives people a clearer sense of appropriate behaviour, Australian researchers say.

According to the University of Queensland’s Dr Kim Peters and Professor Jolanda Jetten, gossiping helps a person develop a better understanding of society’s expected behaviours.

In their study, people unacquainted with each other were divided into pairs and then shown videos of a person doing something generally viewed either positively or negatively – namely dropping or picking up rubbish.


Walking could help prevent heart disease

Nine out of 10 Australians could cut their risk of heart disease simply by walking as little as 15 minutes more each day, a new report has found.

The Heart Foundation said a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) estimated that if the 89 per cent of people who did little or no exercise added 15 minutes of moderate activity such as brisk walking five days per week, they could avoid 13 per cent of their potential disease burden.

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