Elder abuse action sought

National Seniors Australia has joined forces with the Australian Banking Association, the Council on the Ageing and Legal Aid to tackle financial elder abuse.

Interim CEO Professor John McCallum said today the group was calling for an online register of power of attorney orders and a dedicated body to crack down on financial abuse of the elderly.

It also wanted standardised power-of-attorney laws across Australia.

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Special $69 offer for National Seniors members*

After winning a glittering array of international awards on Broadway, the West End, in Europe and Asia, Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical has returned home to Sydney for its 10th anniversary celebration tour.

This spectacular production has more glitter than ever and features a dazzling array of more than 500 award-winning costumes, 200 headdresses, plus all your favourite dance-floor classics including It's Raining Men, I will survive, I love the nightlife, Finally and many more.

It pays to ask your surgeon for a cut

By Chief Advocate Ian Henschke

Late last year we conducted an advocacy survey. You told us your key concerns. The ever-rising cost of private health insurance, especially out-of-pocket costs, came through at the top of the list.

These payments, often referred to as gap payments, were the subject of last week’s 4 Corners on ABC TV and I urge you to watch it if you haven’t already (see link below).

Keeping older people warm over winter

A new study focusing on improved housing design to keep older people warm during winter and cool in summer could help them live independently for longer.

University of Adelaide researchers are leading the three-year Australian Research Council Discovery Project.

It is investigating links between weather, behaviour in the home, energy use and the wellbeing of South Australians over the age of 65, with the aim of producing a set of guidelines for housing design to help maintain people’s comfort in their homes as they age.

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

Special ticket offer for members*

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music is a friendly, unique and internationally acclaimed event presenting a 10 day program of over 30 concerts and special events. Experience the world’s finest chamber musicians performing in various combinations exclusively in the tropical winter warmth of Townsville, North Queensland from 27 July - 5 August 2018.

Seminar on Queensland retirement village law changes

If you would like to know more about recent changes to laws affecting retirement villages and manufactured homes, come to a free seminar in Brisbane later this month.

It will be the first in a series of National Seniors information sessions around Queensland where you can learn more about retirement living options and some of the recent legislative changes that provide better consumer protections for retirement village residents and manufactured home owners.

Jenny Craig pays penalty for “10kg for $10” ads

Consumer watchdog the ACCC has fined Jenny Craig Weight Loss Centres $37,800 for alleged false or misleading representations.

From December 2017 to February 2018, televisions ads for Jenny Craig said people could lose up to 10kg of weight for a $10 program fee, without adequately disclosing customers also had to purchase food at an additional cost.

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