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Study points to better testing of seniors' cognitive health

Older Australians are selling themselves short when it comes to their own cognitive health, according to a new report from National Seniors.

Research Director Professor John McCallum said an unintended consequence of a growing awareness of dementia was leading some people to believe their cognitive ability was declining when it wasn’t.

Conversely, the same study discovered that cognition among older Australians could deteriorate without people realising it, causing problems in decision-making and putting people at risk.

Qld seniors call for power price regulation

Queensland seniors are calling on candidates of major political parties to re-regulate electricity prices if they win the 25 November state election.

National Seniors Chief Advocate Ian Henschke said the promise that deregulation of the electricity markets would deliver cheaper prices had been replaced with the reality of sharply rising costs. This had left people on low, fixed incomes with little choice but to cut back their electricity use to avoid bill shock.

Older people had been hit particularly hard as many found it difficult to shop around to get a better price.

Call for more age-friendly workplaces

Australians could have longer careers and stay healthier in later life if workplaces were more age-friendly and promoted healthy lifestyles to their employees, according to a new study.

Lead researcher of the study by the Australian National University (ANU), Dr Cathy Gong, said people who had a sense of control over their environment and life changes enjoyed better wellbeing.

Women outpace men in attaining higher qualifications

New figures show more Australians are attaining non-school qualifications and the number of women is growing at a faster rate than men.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said nearly two thirds of Australians aged between 20 and 64 now held a non-school qualification and since 2004, the proportion had risen from 56 per cent to 66 per cent.

The ABS’ Stephen Collett said the higher level of qualifications was also significant.

Australians struggle under credit card burden

Australians considering a credit card balance transfer have an average of $12,067 of debt.

Figures from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) put the average credit card debt in Australia at $3,069.

But a survey by comparison site finder.com.au revealed those considering a balance transfer were struggling under a debt burden almost four times this amount.

The site examined data from 9,500 users trying to shift debt to a zero per cent balance transfer credit card and uncovered the average balance on their existing cards.

Three coffees a day may help you live longer

People with chronic kidney disease may live longer if they drink three coffees a day.

This was the conclusion of a study that followed more than 2,300 patients for 12 years. It found those who drank plenty of coffee slashed their risk of dying by 25 per cent.

One or two cups also raised the participants’ chances of survival by 12 and 22 per cent, respectively, compared to those who never touched it.

The researchers in Portugal believe their results suggest advising patients with chronic kidney disease to drink more coffee.

Road safety expo for Mornington Peninsula seniors

Seniors living on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula will have the opportunity to learn the latest road safety tips at a free expo on Saturday, 18 November.

The half-day expo will provide opportunities for a confidential one-on-one driver assessment in their own cars, as well as a VicRoads roadworthy check on their car. Both services will also be free.

Boomers more obese than their parents

Baby Boomers are becoming obese at more than double the rate of their parents at the same age, a new study has found.

Researchers from Adelaide’s three universities have finished the first stage of a report on the generation born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s.

The study showed the proportion of Baby Boomers with three or more chronic conditions was 700 per cent greater than the previous generation.

They have twice the rate of asthma and hearing loss, three times the rate of diabetes and almost double the cholesterol levels of their parents.

Older women living and working longer

Australia’s older women are living and working longer, rate their health as excellent more often than men, and are more likely to live alone, according to new research released by National Seniors Australia.

Its annual social survey, which was completed by 5,819 members, revealed that women were also more likely to downsize their homes as they aged, and to worry about outliving their savings and investments.

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