Victorian and NT budgets hold little joy for seniors

The Victorian and Northern Territory 2018-19 budgets handed down this week were a mixed bag holding little joy for older people, according to National Seniors Australia.

Chief Advocate Ian Henschke welcomed Victoria’s announcement of $4.3 billion in transport infrastructure and services, including $1 billion for transport upgrades.

“We hope these initiatives will improve coordination between bus and rail services as we recommended in our budget submission,” Mr Henschke said.

Don’t forget to thank mum

By Chief Advocate Ian Henschke

It’s Sunday afternoon in a quiet suburb of Adelaide. The invitation says the party starts at 2pm and finishes at 5pm.

We turn into the street just after two and it’s already in full swing. Cars are lining both sides of the road. We have to park half a block away. People are walking from all directions up to a house with balloons on the gate.

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Seniors have mixed views about aged care delivered at home

A major report by National Seniors Australia released this week found most seniors receiving aged care at home thought workers treated them with respect, met their personal care and support needs, and were well trained.

However, about 50 per cent of people qualified their positive views by saying better coordination between home care and health services was required, along with improvements to the Consumer Directed Care system.

People with diabetes at higher risk of flu

More than 650,000 Australians with diabetes aged 65 and over are being urged to have a flu shot after a nightmare season claimed more than 1000 lives last year.

Diabetes Australia’s Professor Greg Johnson said people with diabetes were more likely to be hospitalised with the flu and were much more likely to die from it than people without the disease.

“All Australians with diabetes should get the flu shot, but older Australians are at a higher risk of severe flu and even death,” Prof. Johnson said.

Train a Guide Dog pup

Guide Dogs Australia is calling on seniors to apply for the ultimate job… raising a Guide Dog puppy.

With a puppy boom expected this autumn, Guide Dogs Australia said it was important the animals got off to the best start in their temporary homes before they went on to play a vital role in the lives of people with little or no vision.

But there were a lot of common misconceptions about being a Guide Dog puppy raiser. Here are five reasons why you should consider it:

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Move - for your heart’s sake

New research has shown nearly one in five Australian seniors believe they are too old for physical activity – but they were more likely to exercise if they had someone to do it with.

Marking Heart Week (29 April to 6 May 2018), a survey by the Heart Foundation revealed that seniors were less likely than younger Australians to be excited about getting active (29 per cent of seniors compared to 38 per cent of younger Australians).

But people of all ages were nearly twice as likely to be excited about getting active if they had someone to be active with.

Personal connections help learning online

Seniors were more likely to learn digital skills if they could relate them to their own stories and interests, a new report has shown.

Researchers at Melbourne’s Swinburne University found many older people felt left out of the digital age, putting them at risk of social isolation as well as reduced participation in essential services such as welfare and health.

But many older Australians were frustrated by technological change and learning the fundamentals of going online.

Tech-savvy NSW seniors embrace transport apps

NSW Seniors can learn how to plan public transport routes, check bus or train timetables in ‘real’ time, and top up their Gold Opal cards online as part of the state government’s new Tech Savvy Seniors Transport App workshop.

Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said the new workshop would be available through the Tech Savvy Seniors program.

Mr Constance said participants in the new workshop would learn how to operate three of the most common transport apps used for navigating public transport in NSW.

More evidence of entrenched workplace age discrimination

New research has revealed more evidence of entrenched ageism against older workers but most felt powerless to stop it.

Not-for-profit charity The Benevolent Society said a survey of 1,005 people aged 50 and over nationwide showed two thirds did nothing to end the discrimination – they just put up with it.

Of the people surveyed, 93 per cent were working, with half employed fulltime and half part-time.

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