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Tasmanian budget win for seniors

National Seniors Australia has welcomed the Tasmanian Government’s announcement in today’s budget of a 50 per cent discount on stamp duty for eligible seniors who downsize their homes.

National Seniors Chief Advocate Ian Henschke said the concession was a big win for the advocacy group, which had been campaigning for cuts to stamp duty for older Australians for years.

Elder abuse takes many forms

By Ian Henschke, National Seniors Chief Advocate            

Have you ever asked yourself what constitutes elder abuse? Could it be an adult daughter or son who “encourages” their aged parent to move out of their home for their “own good”, then promptly moves in themselves – or sells the property and pockets the money? 

This is now called inheritance impatience! 

Could it be an aged care facility that delivers meals and drinks but doesn’t check whether they’ve been consumed?

What's that? Men's hobbies could be sending them deaf

Popular hobbies such as going to the footy, car races, live music gigs and DIY jobs around the home may be sending Aussie men deaf - but they’re just not listening to the warning signs.

As part of Men’s Health Week (June 11-17), Australian Hearing is urging men to have their hearing checked.

“Almost twice as many men as women suffer hearing loss – and excessive noise is a leading cause,” said Dr Brent Edwards, director of the National Acoustic Laboratories, the research division of Australian Hearing.

Queensland budget holds little joy for seniors

Queensland’s budget contained little joy for older people, with continued funding of elder abuse prevention measures on the plus side offsetting the demise of a dedicated job skilling program, National Seniors Australia said today.

The 2018/19 state budget contained $900,000 for the previously announced roll-out of seniors’ legal and support services to Gladstone, Rockhampton, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Mackay.

Caring for regional dementia carers

People living in rural and remote areas who care for those with dementia are being urged to join a new research project using technology to improve their lives and continue caring.

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said by joining the Caring for Carers of People with Dementia research trials, carers could help to map a new support network for dementia care nation-wide.

“With approximately 425,000 Australians already living with dementia and the number projected to grow to more one million by 2050, the work of carers is critical,” Mr Wyatt said this week.

MPs urged to spread the word about shingles vaccine

National Seniors is ramping up its campaign to raise awareness about shingles and the vaccine to prevent it.

In a letter and information kit sent to all federal members of parliament, National Seniors Interim Chief Executive John McCallum urged them to spread the word among doctors, health professionals and older people in their electorates about the availability of a vaccine.

Early release of super on compassionate grounds

People may be able to get quicker access to their superannuation in times of need from next month.

Financial Services Minister Kelly O’Dwyer said from 1 July 2018, responsibility for the administration of the early release of superannuation benefits on compassionate grounds will be transferred from the Department of Human Services (DHS) to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

Cancer a hit to the heart and the pocket

One quarter of Queenslanders diagnosed with cancer will pay upfront doctors’ fees of more than $20,000 in the first two years, according to a new study revealing out-of-pocket costs for survivors.

Researchers from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute investigated the financial burden faced by Australian cancer patients, with the findings published in the Medical Journal of Australia this week.

No fuzz treatment does away with fabric pilling

Nasty pilling on your woollen jumpers and bedsheets could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to a new textile treatment.

Working with researchers from Victoria’s Deakin University’s Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM), researchers from Swiss chemical manufacturer HeiQ have developed a range of “no fuzz” treatments to reduce unsightly pilling and make garments look and feel newer for longer.

The IFM’s Dr Alessandra Sutti said pilling was caused by friction, as loose fibres in the material rubbed and became tangled, forming annoying fuzzy balls.

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Nearly half Australians are online shoppers

Australians are becoming a nation of online shoppers with new research showing almost 9.5 million of us buy something on the internet each month.

A survey of more than 50,000 consumers by Roy Morgan Research conducted in the 12 months to March 2018 found 9.46 million people, or 46.8 per cent of those aged 14 and over, purchased something online in an average four-week period. This was up from 2.3 million since 2014.

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