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Seniors’ myki roll-out delayed

Seniors have welcomed the Victorian Transport Ticketing Authority's decision to hold back on the distribution of free myki cards to Victorian seniors so that an easier transition can take place when the system is ready.

The TTA has announced that the mail out of myki cards to 400,000 seniors has been rescheduled to begin when myki is fully operational on all of Melbourne's public transport.

National Seniors Victorian state manager Arnold Bates welcomed the moves by the TTA.

International Women’s Day

The global theme for this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March is “Equal rights, equal opportunities: progress for all”.

IWD is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women.

It is a day when women are recognised for their achievements, without regards for divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political.

Different states in Australia are choosing their own theme to raise awareness of the issues affecting women here and overseas.

More details on health reforms needed

Older Australians have stressed the need for more information on how Local Hospital Networks will deliver the Government's health reforms.

Commenting on the reforms announced by the Prime Minister this week, National Seniors chief executive Michael O'Neill said the majority of hospital patients are over 55.

“Seniors welcome any move to introduce national standards, make hospitals more efficient and improve patient outcomes. We hope these reforms deliver real improvements, such as shorter waiting

times for patients,’’ he said.

Australian Organ Donor Awareness Week

Australians are being urged to think about organ donation and discuss it with their family.

This year’s Australian Organ Donor Week, which runs until 28 February, is about highlighting and promoting the chance to save lives by encouraging families to discuss with each other whether or not they want to be a donor.

Australia's organ donation record is now among the worst in the Western world.

The focus on family discussion is to help lift the nation's family consent rate of just 56 per cent.

New statistic reveal underemployed

National Seniors believe the Australian economy is in danger of continuing to lose billions of dollars a year by not making the best use of older Australians who want to work.

New statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics released this week showed that older Australians experience longer periods of underemployment than younger people.

The average length of time older workers spend underemployed is between 85 and 90 weeks - over a year and a half.

More than 200,000 older Australians who work part-time want to work more hours.

Community organisations play vital role for older men

Almost 90 per cent of older men involved in community organisations feel it improves their overall wellbeing, according to a survey funded by National Seniors.

The survey conducted by the University of Ballarat, found that 98 per cent of the men questioned reported that being involved in community organisations made them feel better about themselves.

Eighty per cent said it made them feel happier at home, and 77 per cent said it had improved their social skills.

One 94-year-old man said that involvement in his community group had saved his life.

SA Concessions welcomed

State Premier Mike Rann has agreed to National Seniors demand for increased utility concessions for older South Australians.

Commenting on the announcement earlier this week, National Seniors spokesperson Paul Versteege said National Seniors had raised the need for increases in concessions to counter rising living costs in its Election Priorities Document.

National Seniors sent its priorities to all major political parties as part of its campaign for the upcoming state election.

Good fats improve eye health

There is now some good news for people who love the Mediterranean style diet.

According to a Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) study, olive oil can significantly reduce the risk of blindness in old age.

It found that people who eat at least 100 millilitres (about seven tablespoons) of olive oil per week are almost 50 per cent less likely to develop late age-related macular degeneration (AMD) than those who eat less than 1 millilitre per week.

Events for Tasmanian seniors

National Seniors in Tasmania is inviting local seniors to attend a Seniors Expo in Launceston on 3 March.

Tasmanian membership coordinator Mike McHugo said the Launceston event was the first of three expos to be held in Tasmania.

McHugo said the expo would be full of stallholders providing information on a range of topics such as health and finance.

The event will be held on 3 March from 10am- 4pm at Launceston Bowls Club, Royal Park, Launceston.

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