National Seniors’ advocate joins advance care campaign

National Seniors Australia Chief Advocate Ian Henschke has become an ambassador for National Advance Care Planning Week to be held from 16 to 22 April.

The week is an initiative of Advance Care Planning Australia, which is funded by the Federal Government.

National Seniors joins call for immediate action on elder abuse

National Seniors has joined with other seniors and community legal groups to form a coalition to tackle elder abuse.

At the recent National Elder Abuse Conference, the group welcomed a National Plan announced by the Federal Government.

But the group said immediate funding was needed in the 2018-19 budgets of all governments across Australia to prevent and combat elder abuse.

In a conference statement, the group declared “there is no excuse not to act nationally now”.

New national plan to support unpaid carers

National Seniors has welcomed the announcement of a new national approach to support unpaid carers, due to take effect later this year.

Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan this week announced an extra $85.6 million to fund new support measures and services from October 2018, through the Carer Gateway website.

The services would include peer support, counselling, coaching and educational resources.

Discover your dream destinations

Fancy cruising the romantic rivers of Europe, journeying to the Arctic Circle by train, or discovering the historic sites of Croatia?

Come along to an exclusive travel seminar in Brisbane later this month and hear APT’s Queensland manager Karen Newbury speak about a range of popular overseas and Australian destinations, along with exciting emerging markets.

Karen has been in the travel industry for more than 30 years and will be a key presenter at the seminar, which will also feature members of the National Seniors travel team.

Men's health not a 'one-size-fits-all'

A new study shows a one-size-fits-all approach to men’s health is putting patients at risk.

Researchers at Victoria’s Deakin and Monash universities found nurses were not addressing the specific needs of men in primary care.

Men’s health researcher Dell Lovett said in-depth interviews with nurses and male patients throughout Victoria identified more could be done to help nurses prioritise men’s health.

“Unfortunately, we found that a lot of nurses didn’t like to discuss sensitive or personal health issues with male patients,” Ms Lovett said.

Music really does help you exercise for longer

Listening to music while exercising really does boost your endurance, a new study has shown.

People who listened to upbeat music through headphones could run for nearly a minute longer during a tough stress test on a treadmill, according to researchers from Texas Tech University in the United States.

They found music acted as a powerful motivator – improving mood and triggering feel-good and energy-boosting chemicals in the brain.

Are you at risk of kidney disease?

Did you know 90 per cent of kidney function can be lost without experiencing any symptoms? Chronic kidney disease is called a ‘silent disease’ as there are often no warning signs.

Marking Kidney Health Week (5-11 March), Kidney Health Australia said that one in three people in Australia was at increased risk of kidney disease, and although 53 people died every day as a result of this highly undiagnosed condition, most were unaware they were affected until it was too late.

Time out of workforce takes toll on women's super

Women will continue to retire with less super than men due to time out of the workforce and lost compound returns, a new study shows.

In a first of its kind, Industry Super Australia adviser and former Treasury retirement modelling head, Phil Gallagher, used data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to plot both pay and superannuation gaps by age and salary.

Pantone says purple symbolizes International Women's Day

Trend-setting US colour consulting company Pantone said ultra-violet, the 2018 Colour of the Year, symbolized International Women's Day (8 March) and its campaign theme, highlighting feminism and international efforts to achieve gender parity. 

The Pantone Colour Institute's Leatrice Eiseman said ultra-violet communicated "originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us towards the future".


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