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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.

Elder abuse action sought

National Seniors Australia has joined forces with the Australian Banking Association, the Council on the Ageing and Legal Aid to tackle financial elder abuse.

Interim CEO Professor John McCallum said today the group was calling for an online register of power of attorney orders and a dedicated body to crack down on financial abuse of the elderly.

It also wanted standardised power-of-attorney laws across Australia.

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It pays to ask your surgeon for a cut

By Chief Advocate Ian Henschke

Late last year we conducted an advocacy survey. You told us your key concerns. The ever-rising cost of private health insurance, especially out-of-pocket costs, came through at the top of the list.

These payments, often referred to as gap payments, were the subject of last week’s 4 Corners on ABC TV and I urge you to watch it if you haven’t already (see link below).

Keeping older people warm over winter

A new study focusing on improved housing design to keep older people warm during winter and cool in summer could help them live independently for longer.

University of Adelaide researchers are leading the three-year Australian Research Council Discovery Project.

It is investigating links between weather, behaviour in the home, energy use and the wellbeing of South Australians over the age of 65, with the aim of producing a set of guidelines for housing design to help maintain people’s comfort in their homes as they age.

Seminar on Queensland retirement village law changes

If you would like to know more about recent changes to laws affecting retirement villages and manufactured homes, come to a free seminar in Brisbane later this month.

It will be the first in a series of National Seniors information sessions around Queensland where you can learn more about retirement living options and some of the recent legislative changes that provide better consumer protections for retirement village residents and manufactured home owners.

Jenny Craig pays penalty for “10kg for $10” ads

Consumer watchdog the ACCC has fined Jenny Craig Weight Loss Centres $37,800 for alleged false or misleading representations.

From December 2017 to February 2018, televisions ads for Jenny Craig said people could lose up to 10kg of weight for a $10 program fee, without adequately disclosing customers also had to purchase food at an additional cost.

National Women’s Health Survey extended

Not-for-profit organisation Jean Hailes for Women’s Health is extending the deadline of its annual women’s health survey by two weeks.

The Women’s Health Survey is one of the largest of its kind, offering women a chance to fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle on a range of health issues, including mental health, sex, weight and healthy living.

Now in its fourth year, the survey provides a vital link between Australian women and those who help keep them well.

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