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Extra home care packages welcomed but more needed

National Seniors has welcomed the Federal Government’s rollout of an extra 6,000 high-need home care packages, but says too many older people are still waiting for services.

National Seniors Chief Advocate Ian Henschke said Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt’s announcement of the additional high-need packages would only address a small fraction of the almost 90,000 older Australians who were receiving a lower level of care than required or no care at all.

Do you have any 'lost' super?

Nearly $18 billion in ‘lost’ super is waiting to be claimed, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) says.

As at 30 June 2017, there were more than 6.3 million lost and ATO-held super accounts.

The figures show that super funds are holding $14.12 billion of lost super, with a further $3.75 billion of unclaimed super held by the ATO.

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Lycra wearing allowed

Middle-aged men lampooned for wearing lycra while exercising can take heart – academics applaud your efforts to stay fit and healthy in the lead-up to retirement.

Professor Julie Pasco and Michael Berk of Victoria’s Deakin University say ‘pretirees’ are approaching a crucial time that could lead to either healthy ageing or chronic disease threats.

They believe targeted health promotions could help improve their quality of life and reduce the financial toll on health, disability and social services budgets.

Diet dilemmas put down to personality types

If you’ve ever questioned why you cannot lose weight, the answer may lie in your personality type, according to the CSIRO.

The scientific research agency analysed results of a survey of more than 90,000 people to gain a comprehensive picture of why many people find it hard to maintain a healthy diet.

CSIRO’s report focussed on the five most common diet personality types across the surveyed population, and looked at the major stumbling blocks for each type.

It found food cravings were one of the most common reasons diets fail.

Hip fracture rates set to rise

New research shows one quarter of hip fracture patients die within a year after discharge from hospital and only around one in five regain the mobility they had before they broke their hip.

An audit by the Australian and New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry shows nearly 22,000 hip fractures were recorded in Australia in 2016 at an estimated cost of $908 million, with five per cent of patients dying in hospital and 10 per cent being discharged into an aged care facility.

Dementia brings embarrassment, survey shows

Today (21 September) is World Alzheimer’s Day, when Alzheimer’s organisations concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about the disease and other forms of dementia.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning.

And a new survey has found people living with dementia and their carers suffer embarrassment, feel less competent and sometimes feel useless.

Keep cool in this weekend's heatwave

National Seniors is urging older people to stay cool and hydrated this weekend, with an early season heatwave expected to grip much of Australia’s east coast.

The Australian Bureau of Meterology said a high pressure system off the east coast was expected to push Sydney temperatures up to 33 degrees, while Brisbane will swelter around 35C on Sunday and into Monday, more than 10 degrees above average for this time of year.

The outback Queensland town of Birdsville is expected to top 40C on Saturday.

National Seniors seeks volunteer for travel role

The Board of National Seniors Australia invites members to nominate for a role on the sub-committee that supports and guides our travel agency business.

We are looking for a travel industry expert or former travel agency owner who wants to contribute their skills, passion and experience to make our travel business more contemporary and relevant to our members.

Please consider this opportunity if you have the following attributes:

Seniors welcome hearing health report

National Seniors has welcomed the hearing health inquiry report, Still waiting to be heard, released this week, calling on the Federal Government to adopt its key recommendations without delay.

Chief Advocate Ian Henschke said after two investigations of the industry in a decade, the government needed to clean up problems the ACCC had labelled scams.

Mr Henschke said one in six Australians had hearing loss, and the figure would rise to one in four by 2050.

One of the key recommendations was to crackdown on use of commissions in the hearing aid industry.

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