Age discrimination

The new digital divide is among older Australians

Most older Australians won’t be shopping online or receiving e-Cards this Christmas because they are on the wrong side of a ‘digital divide’, National Seniors Australia says.

The consumer group for over 50s this year surveyed its members and found many are online, tech-savvy, or else keen to learn.

But others said that the digital world was a strange and unfriendly place they didn’t want to visit.

Most older Australians feeling younger

Three quarters of Australians aged over 50 feel at least 10 years younger, according to research released this week.

National Seniors Australia’s Research Director Professor John McCallum said feeling younger positively impacted health and wellbeing and meant people lived longer.

Prof. McCallum said National Seniors’ recent survey had revealed that people felt about 20 per cent younger than their actual age, with women 30 per cent more likely than men to feel younger.

Call for more age-friendly workplaces

Australians could have longer careers and stay healthier in later life if workplaces were more age-friendly and promoted healthy lifestyles to their employees, according to a new study.

Lead researcher of the study by the Australian National University (ANU), Dr Cathy Gong, said people who had a sense of control over their environment and life changes enjoyed better wellbeing.

Age discrimination affects 3 in 10 jobseekers

A new study has found more than three in 10 Australians aged 45 and over have experienced age discrimination while employed or looking for work in the past year.

According to the University of South Australia survey of 2100 men and women, the most common form of discrimination involved negative views about the skills and learning abilities of older workers.

Study author Justine Irving said because of the discrimination, older workers faced limited employment, training and promotion opportunities.

More Qld elder abuse cases reported

The number of reported cases of elder abuse in Queensland is on the rise, according to new figures out this week.

They show the number of reported cases to the Elder Abuse Prevention Unit have increased, following a strong focus on raising awareness and encouraging people to report abuse.

In 2015-16, there were 1550 reported cases of elder abuse in Queensland, a 21 per cent increase from 1282 reported cases the previous financial year, said Seniors Minister Coralee O’Rourke.

Call for national response on elder abuse

National Seniors has called on the Commonwealth, state and territory governments to commit to a comprehensive national strategy on elder abuse.  

This can include addressing financial, emotional, physical, sexual and psychological abuse and neglect.

With increasing life expectancy, elder abuse is becoming more prevalent and it is vital that people are aware of the risks.

In response to the inquiry into elder abuse by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC), National Seniors has proposed the following key elements:

Submission to the Willing to Work Inquiry

Greater life expectancy and improved health come with increased expectations and pressures for older people to participate longer in the workforce. While there are diverse social and economic pressures to participate in work, National Seniors believes that all Australians should be able to participate in work if they wish to do so.

Seniors slam plan for 's' plates as 'ageist'

A proposal for older drivers to use 'S' plates is ageist and ignores the research that shows older drivers are no more of a road risk than other drivers, National Seniors says.

Insurer QBE has suggested drivers opt-in to a 'S1, S2' system that would allow a tracker in their car to judge their driving, which would replace medical or driving tests.

WA-based chairman of National Seniors David Carvosso said on Monday that fatalities involving older people occurred for a range of reasons, not just their age.

Discrimination in employment

A national inquiry into employment discrimination against older Australians and people with a disability is looking for people to share their experiences.

The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) will be conducting consultations in every capital city and some regional centres between now and November 2015 as part of The Willing to Work: National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination Against Older Australians and Australians with a Disability.

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