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A Little Help from My Friends: Getting good advice in the Information Age

When the Beatles wrote “With a Little Help from My Friends” in 1967, they weren’t thinking about health and retirement advice, yet family and friends have always been a trusted source of information. Since the sixties, information delivery has been revolutionised by a new entrant, digital technology, which has changed, not only the way we now seek advice from experts, but also our loved ones and the general public. With the amount of information available expanding rapidly, information literacy has become increasingly important.

Reminder: tell us about your aged care experiences

National Seniors members are being urged to share their experiences of aged care to help with the Federal Government’s National Aged Care Workforce Strategy, which is planning the aged care workforce for the future.

We offer a big thanks to those members who provided early comments during the Christmas break.

Give the gift of life in 2018

Australians are being asked to begin the year by discussing their organ and tissue donation wishes with family and friends and joining the Australian Organ Donor Register.

Federal Minister responsible for organ and tissue donation, Ken Wyatt AM, said almost anyone could become a registered donor, including people aged in their 70s and 80s.

“I’m calling on all Australians to make this a priority for 2018,” Mr Wyatt, who is also Minister for Ageing, said.

Expressions of Interest for a Board Sub-Committee Member

The Board is inviting members to nominate for a role on the sub-committee that supports and guides our travel agency business, making it more contemporary and relevant to our members. This is a voluntary role and the person can be located anywhere in Australia.

Please consider this opportunity if you have the following attributes:

A retirement age no longer exists

A retirement age does not exist. It is whenever you like and, most importantly, when you can afford it.

Putting yourself in a position to afford it can be difficult. The options are many, complex, and confusing. Age pensions should not be seen an income stream, and are subject to governmental changes and means tests. Plus, every investment and strategy comes with a risk.

“Potential retirees need to be armed with as much information as possible about how to fund their financial needs,” explains Basil La Brooy from the National Seniors Australia Financial Information Desk.

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