One in six will not buy Christmas presents this year

A new study shows nearly one third of Australians are cutting back on gifts this Christmas and one in six won’t buy any presents.

With many households feeling the pressure of rising living costs, 31 per cent of people surveyed by comparison website said they would cut corners on gift giving.

A total of 12 percent said they would re-gift presents or choose the do-it-yourself route with baked treats and handmade goods. A further three percent planned to go on a holiday instead of giving gifts.

Improving Aged Care for LGBTI seniors

Federal Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt says positive steps have been achieved in the training of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) aged care workforce, but more work needs to be done.

Releasing the LGBTI Aged Care Strategy Review today, Mr Wyatt said it was important the aged care industry continued with the work begun five years ago when the strategy was introduced.

Rental accommodation allowing pets hard to find

Types of pets owned in each State and Territory

Many pet-owning tenants are finding it increasingly difficult to locate suitable homes for themselves and their animals, according to a new survey of renters.

Less than half of those seeking to rent a property attached a Pet Résumé to their Renter Résumé, according to’s Greg Bader.

“It says a lot about the difficulties renters experience finding pet-friendly rental properties,” Mr Bader said.

“Property limitations and other factors such as insecure housing (fences) can be a key factor driving people to relinquish their pets, an outcome no-one wants."


Air NZ is Australia’s favourite airline again

A new survey shows Air New Zealand is again Australia’s best international airline.

The Kiwi carrier’s customer satisfaction rating in September was 88.8 per cent, just ahead of international rivals Singapore Airlines on 88.3 per cent and Dubai-based Emirates on 87.3 per cent, Roy Morgan Research said.

Air NZ now had a string of monthly victories in the category, although the strong improvement for several competitors over the past year had narrowed the field considerably, according to Roy Morgan’s Norman Morris.

Shoe research a step in the right direction

A group of seniors has stepped out in a selection of shoes in the name of science.

The women have put their best feet forward to help La Trobe University podiatry researchers investigate ways to prevent falls among the elderly – the leading cause of injury-related hospitalisation and mortality in older people.

The group, aged 65 to 83, performed a series of laboratory tests while wearing a variety of footwear.

Gossiping isn’t all bad

Gossiping may not be all bad because it gives people a clearer sense of appropriate behaviour, Australian researchers say.

According to the University of Queensland’s Dr Kim Peters and Professor Jolanda Jetten, gossiping helps a person develop a better understanding of society’s expected behaviours.

In their study, people unacquainted with each other were divided into pairs and then shown videos of a person doing something generally viewed either positively or negatively – namely dropping or picking up rubbish.


Walking could help prevent heart disease

Nine out of 10 Australians could cut their risk of heart disease simply by walking as little as 15 minutes more each day, a new report has found.

The Heart Foundation said a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) estimated that if the 89 per cent of people who did little or no exercise added 15 minutes of moderate activity such as brisk walking five days per week, they could avoid 13 per cent of their potential disease burden.

High cost of housing drives older people to homelessness

A new report has called for 60,000 new social housing dwellings to be provided for older people.

Mission Australia’s Ageing and Homelessness: solutions for a growing problem report said the high cost of housing was placing great financial strain on many older people, particularly those who rented.

“For people who are surviving on social security payments such as the age pension, there’s not much left over after paying the rent each week,” said Mission Australia’s Catherine Yeomans.

Seniors not slow with smartphones

Seniors are embracing technology and making smartphones a key part of their lives, a new report has found.

Monash University’s Dr Harriet Radermacher said a Deloitte mobile consumer survey showed a 10 per cent increase in older people’s smartphone ownership in the year to July 2017.

It found 78 per cent of seniors aged 65 to 75 owned a smartphone, up from 69 per cent in 2016, as well as 82 per cent of 55 to 64-year-olds.

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