Survey finds in-laws give the worst Christmas presents

A new survey has shown mothers-in-law and fathers-in-law have the worst reputation for giving gifts which have upset, offended or bewildered the rest of the family – at least in the United Kingdom.

Other common culprits for giving gifts which were never used included work colleagues, aunts and sisters.

“The survey found Brits had received gifts which included a broken toilet brush, an already opened pack of peanuts and an out of date cereal bar!”, said Oliver Harcourt, head of Vistaprint UK, which commissioned the study via


Just don't call me 'Spidery McSpiderface'

A four millimetre-long jumping spider, with a hipster ginger beard and red hairs on the top of its legs, has been discovered in Queensland – and Australia is being asked to name it.

Small in size but flamboyant in colour, the spider was discovered  as part of species discovery program ‘Bush Blitz’ in the Quinkan region of Queensland’s Cape York by Dr Barbara Baehr and Robert Whyte of the Queensland Museum and PhD student Jim Mclean of Macquarie University.

Older people losing their appetite for vegetables

A new health survey shows older people are eating more chicken and fewer vegetables.

The Australian Health Survey, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showed that people ate more poultry and less vegetables between 1995 and 2011-12.

"Average consumption of the vegetables and legumes/beans fell by 10 per cent, with decreased consumption by teenage and adults age groups of both sexes,” said the ABS’s Louise Gates.

Beware of opening a scammer's con these holidays

Consumer watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is warning people to be wary of scammers trying to ruin their Christmas holidays.

The ACCC’s Delia Rickard said that scammers often try to take advantage of people during the busy Christmas period and prey on their vulnerabilities.

“For example, they may take advantage of you looking for a good deal on a family holiday, searching for a loved one’s present at an online store, or even that you’re expecting a present from someone through the post,” Ms Rickard said.

Wheat a kick in the guts for fighting diseases

Australian scientists have helped develop a new type of wheat with 10 times the amount of fibre than normal wheat, helping to improve gut health and fight bowel cancer and Type 2 diabetes.

The new wheat strain, created by an international team including Australia’s CSIRO, is high in the resistant starch amylose and could provide millions of people with a lot more fibre without having to change their eating habits, the CSIRO’s Dr Ahmed Regina said.

Most older Australians feeling younger

Three quarters of Australians aged over 50 feel at least 10 years younger, according to research released this week.

National Seniors Australia’s Research Director Professor John McCallum said feeling younger positively impacted health and wellbeing and meant people lived longer.

Prof. McCallum said National Seniors’ recent survey had revealed that people felt about 20 per cent younger than their actual age, with women 30 per cent more likely than men to feel younger.

Taking the worry out of aged care

National Seniors has launched a new service to help members better navigate the potential minefield of aged care services for their parents, friends, family members - or for themselves.

In this month’s issue of 50 Something magazine, Financial Information Desk (FID) manager Craig Hall writes that decisions on aged care, and residential care in particular, are often made in a hurry but the consequences can be far-reaching.

Nab the best deal with free car buying service for members

Thinking of buying a new or used car? National Seniors members can now tap into the best deal possible through specialist car broker Auto Advantage.

Created in 2001, Auto Advantage works with thousands of people Australia-wide to help them save time, money and stress when buying a motor vehicle.

National Seniors’ Chief Executive Dagmar Parsons said older people sometimes put up with old or unreliable cars because the time and expense of buying another one was too daunting, or they worried about obtaining value for money.

Seeking views on Specialist Dementia Care Units

The Federal Government is seeking community input on how to best implement planned new Specialist Dementia Care Units (SDCUs) for people living with severe behaviours associated with advanced dementia.

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said an estimated 350,000 Australians are already living with dementia and the SDCU feedback would help shape the initiative, including funding and administrative options.

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