'Toilet humour' helps beat incontinence stigma

The Continence Foundation of Australia is using ‘toilet humour’ to help people overcome the social stigma surrounding the issue of incontinence.

The foundation has appointed comedian and actor Bev Killick ambassador for the government-funded Laugh without Leaking campaign as part of World Continence Week (18 to 24 June 2018).

Ms Killick, who says she has lived with incontinence all her life, wants people to start talking about their bladder, bowel and pelvic floor problems.

Global study of women born on the same day

If your birthday is 12 June and you are a woman born in 1951, Queensland developmental psychology Professor Linda Gilmore would like to hear from you.

QUT’s Prof. Gilmore said her research project started out as the idea for a book, to gather a small group of women, all born on her birthdate, and write about their contrasting life experiences. It quickly turned into a unique research study tracing the lives of women all born on the same day.

“The idea sprang from a chance meeting with a woman in Cambodia in 2008 who was the same age as me,” Professor Gilmore said.


Workplace treats take toll on workers' waistlines

It may be only a distant memory for those long retired but for many Australians still working, there is no escaping what workplace treats are doing to their waistlines, a new study has found.

Few can resist the lure of ‘free’ sweets, cakes or hot sausage rolls bought or made by generous and well-meaning employers or fellow workers.

Americans acknowledge they have the same problem, with a survey of 5,222 employees across the United States showing 22 per cent of them obtained food and beverages from work at least once a week.

Threat and kidnap scams target Chinese community

Members of the Chinese community in Australia are being warned to look out for two frightening scams involving threats of arrest and extortion via fake kidnappings.

So far this year, the Scamwatch division of consumer watchdog the ACCC said it had received nearly 1700 reports about these scams, with losses totalling $1.15 million.

The losses have come from NSW, Victoria, Queensland or Western Australia but the scam was targeting Chinese people nationwide – particularly Chinese students studying in Australia.

Nation fatigued by new energy crisis

Inadequate sleep, missed meals and a lack of exercise are sapping Australians of the energy needed for everyday activity and it’s impacting on productivity and the national economy, new research shows.

A recent survey of 1,200 people, conducted by University of Sydney’s Business School and Sydney-based human performance firm Energx, found on average, Australian women believed they had sufficient energy for themselves and important activities on just four out of every 10 days.

Men felt they had sufficient energy on just five of every 10 days.

Tasmanian budget win for seniors

National Seniors Australia has welcomed the Tasmanian Government’s announcement in today’s budget of a 50 per cent discount on stamp duty for eligible seniors who downsize their homes.

National Seniors Chief Advocate Ian Henschke said the concession was a big win for the advocacy group, which had been campaigning for cuts to stamp duty for older Australians for years.

Elder abuse takes many forms

By Ian Henschke, National Seniors Chief Advocate            

Have you ever asked yourself what constitutes elder abuse? Could it be an adult daughter or son who “encourages” their aged parent to move out of their home for their “own good”, then promptly moves in themselves – or sells the property and pockets the money? 

This is now called inheritance impatience! 

Could it be an aged care facility that delivers meals and drinks but doesn’t check whether they’ve been consumed?

What's that? Men's hobbies could be sending them deaf

Popular hobbies such as going to the footy, car races, live music gigs and DIY jobs around the home may be sending Aussie men deaf - but they’re just not listening to the warning signs.

As part of Men’s Health Week (June 11-17), Australian Hearing is urging men to have their hearing checked.

“Almost twice as many men as women suffer hearing loss – and excessive noise is a leading cause,” said Dr Brent Edwards, director of the National Acoustic Laboratories, the research division of Australian Hearing.

Queensland budget holds little joy for seniors

Queensland’s budget contained little joy for older people, with continued funding of elder abuse prevention measures on the plus side offsetting the demise of a dedicated job skilling program, National Seniors Australia said today.

The 2018/19 state budget contained $900,000 for the previously announced roll-out of seniors’ legal and support services to Gladstone, Rockhampton, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Mackay.

Caring for regional dementia carers

People living in rural and remote areas who care for those with dementia are being urged to join a new research project using technology to improve their lives and continue caring.

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said by joining the Caring for Carers of People with Dementia research trials, carers could help to map a new support network for dementia care nation-wide.

“With approximately 425,000 Australians already living with dementia and the number projected to grow to more one million by 2050, the work of carers is critical,” Mr Wyatt said this week.

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