Ageing population

You are as young as you feel, study shows

A new study suggests feeling younger than you are may slow the rate at which your brain ages.

People who feel younger than their years have greater volumes of grey matter in their brains, which is involved in hearing, emotions, decision making and self-control, aacording to research by South Korea’s Seoul National University.

They also have better memories, consider themselves healthier and are less likely to be depressed. 

250 people develop dementia daily

New figures show more than 425,000 Australians are living with dementia, with an estimated 250 people developing the disease each day.

Dementia Australia’s Maree McCabe said while there was no cure for dementia, the right support, information and help could make a life-changing difference to people living with the condition.

“There is a perception in the community that nothing can be done following a diagnosis of dementia,” Ms McCabe said.

New online portal dispels health myths for seniors

National Seniors’ new online resource launched today aims to help older people stay healthier as they age.

The Healthy Ageing Hub links users to information on ways to deal with chronic health conditions and pathways to a healthier lifestyle, based on the latest scientific research from Australia and around the world.

We are older – and losing our religion

New census data released this week shows Australians are getting older – and losing their religion.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics said data from the 2016 Census revealedthere were 664,473 additional people aged 65 and over since 2011.

Tasmania is our most experienced’ state, with nearly one in five people aged 65 and over.

The Apple Isle also recorded Australia’s highest median age (42 years), ahead of South Australia (40 years).

Australia also remained a predominantly religious country, with 60 per cent of people reporting a religious affiliation.

Fix census mess, urge seniors

National Seniors is calling for urgent action to address ongoing issues with accessing paper census forms.

Chief advocate Sarah Saunders says older people have not been properly considered in the move to take the census online.

“The census is a critical source of data for shaping national policy and the lack of public notification on the new format is not good enough” she said.

High demand for paper forms highlights the difficulty in the change of process.

“This last minute rush is causing undue anxiety for many older people,” said Saunders.

Watch for your Census letter

The Census, a five-yearly national information-gathering exercise, set to be held on Tuesday 9 August will be different in 2016.

Unlike previous years, the Census forms won’t be automatically dropped off at your home. Instead, Australians are being encouraged to fill out the questionnaire online.

From next week every household will receive a letter from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), containing instructions on how to participate.

National Seniors chief advocate Sarah Saunders says it’s important not to lose it.

More women than men in Australia

Females outnumber males in Australia, with 99 men and boys to every 100 women and girls.

The latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows the female population has hit 12 million but there are still 96,300 males to go to reach the 12 million milestone.

"With the exception of Western Australia and the Northern Territory, all states and territories have more females than males,” said ABS Director of Demography, Beidar Cho.

World’s older population grows dramatically

The world’s older population continues to grow at an unprecedented rate with new figures showing the ageing population is set to skyrocket by 2050.

According to a new report commissioned by the US-based National Institute on Aging (NIA), An Aging World: 2015, 8.5 per cent of people worldwide (617 million) are aged 65 and over. 

This percentage is projected to jump to nearly 17 per cent of the world’s population by 2050 (1.6 billion).

Seniors welcome major inquiry into elder abuse

National Seniors has welcomed the announcement of Australia’s first major national inquiry into elder abuse.

Attorney General George Brandis QC today said the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) would conduct an inquiry into laws and frameworks in an effort to put the rights of older people on the national agenda.

National Seniors has called for a national elder abuse prevention strategy and public awareness campaign in its 2016 federal budget submission.

Chief executive Michael O’Neill said a national approach to the issue of elder abuse was long overdue.

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