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Sitting less could boost business productivity, survey shows

A new survey shows sitting less and moving more throughout the day could increase business productivity.

Results of the survey conducted in Heart Week, which finished last Sunday, showed only 45 per of respondents believed they did enough physical activity to be healthy, with one third listing “lack of time” as a barrier to being physically active.

Unemployed older people turn to volunteering

Older Australians often turned to volunteering if they were out of work or had suffered age discrimination in the workplace, a new survey has shown.

The Benevolent Society’s Dr Kirsty Nowlan said many older people who were not in paid employment often became volunteers because they believed they had more to contribute.

In its recent survey of 1,005 Australians aged 50 and over, the society found 60 per cent of respondents had encountered ageism on the job or while job seeking.

Workshops urge seniors to speak up on elder abuse

Workshops throughout Australia will urge older people to recognise and speak up about elder abuse as part of National Law Week (14-20 May).

In NSW, Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies and the state’s Attorney General Mark Speakman today announced that a series of free workshops would help draw attention to what were often taboo topics.

Apps may be the stick to eat more carrots

Smartphone apps could be the key to helping Australians eat enough vegetables, Australia’s science agency the CSIRO said.

Despite evidence that eating vegetables could cut the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer, it was estimated more than 19 million Australians were not meeting their minimum dietary guideline recommendation.

Launched last year, CSIRO's VegEze app uses game-like features to encourage Australian adults to eat more veggies through a 21-day Do 3 at Dinner challenge.

Victorian and NT budgets hold little joy for seniors

The Victorian and Northern Territory 2018-19 budgets handed down this week were a mixed bag holding little joy for older people, according to National Seniors Australia.

Chief Advocate Ian Henschke welcomed Victoria’s announcement of $4.3 billion in transport infrastructure and services, including $1 billion for transport upgrades.

“We hope these initiatives will improve coordination between bus and rail services as we recommended in our budget submission,” Mr Henschke said.

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Victorian and NT budgets hold little joy for seniors

The Victorian and Northern Territory 2018-19 budgets handed down this week were a mixed bag holding little joy for older people, according to National Seniors Australia.

Chief Advocate Ian Henschke welcomed Victoria’s announcement of $4.3 billion in transport infrastructure and services, including $1 billion for transport upgrades.

“We hope these initiatives will improve coordination between bus and rail services as we recommended in our budget submission,” Mr Henschke said.

Don’t forget to thank mum

By Chief Advocate Ian Henschke

It’s Sunday afternoon in a quiet suburb of Adelaide. The invitation says the party starts at 2pm and finishes at 5pm.

We turn into the street just after two and it’s already in full swing. Cars are lining both sides of the road. We have to park half a block away. People are walking from all directions up to a house with balloons on the gate.

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Seniors have mixed views about aged care delivered at home

A major report by National Seniors Australia released this week found most seniors receiving aged care at home thought workers treated them with respect, met their personal care and support needs, and were well trained.

However, about 50 per cent of people qualified their positive views by saying better coordination between home care and health services was required, along with improvements to the Consumer Directed Care system.

People with diabetes at higher risk of flu

More than 650,000 Australians with diabetes aged 65 and over are being urged to have a flu shot after a nightmare season claimed more than 1000 lives last year.

Diabetes Australia’s Professor Greg Johnson said people with diabetes were more likely to be hospitalised with the flu and were much more likely to die from it than people without the disease.

“All Australians with diabetes should get the flu shot, but older Australians are at a higher risk of severe flu and even death,” Prof. Johnson said.

Train a Guide Dog pup

Guide Dogs Australia is calling on seniors to apply for the ultimate job… raising a Guide Dog puppy.

With a puppy boom expected this autumn, Guide Dogs Australia said it was important the animals got off to the best start in their temporary homes before they went on to play a vital role in the lives of people with little or no vision.

But there were a lot of common misconceptions about being a Guide Dog puppy raiser. Here are five reasons why you should consider it:

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