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A quick word of thanks to the more than 4000 members who have taken the time to complete our advocacy survey.

It’s the first time we’ve done an in-depth analysis of what your thoughts are on such a wide range of issues: everything from downsizing your home to medically assisted dying.

When I travel around meeting members, they often take the opportunity to share their ideas on issues they are passionate about.

That’s great, but I know there are members all over Australia who - for whatever reason - I can’t meet and talk to.

Better flu vaccines for seniors promised

Stronger and better flu vaccines should be available for next year's flu season, with vaccine manufacturers working to have them approved for use in Australia.

The moves came this week as several key medical and other stakeholders, including National Seniors Australia, urged the Federal Government to ensure a more effective flu vaccine be approved for older people ahead of next winter.

Retirement funding on agenda for Albury seniors

National Seniors Australia is coming to Albury to help older people improve their knowledge about how to better fund their retirement.

Basil La Brooy, from National Seniors Financial Information Desk, will present a seminar next Wednesday, 8 November, for those thinking of giving up paid work and people who are already retired.

Seniors key to who governs in Sunshine State

Queenslanders will go to the polls on 25 November.

Although the election could have been held as late as May 2018, it seems Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk wanted an element of ‘surprise’ – despite the ongoing speculation - and has called it six months early.

Senior voters and their issues will hold the key to who governs. The over 50s are a powerful voice. Almost half the voting population is aged over 50.

National Seniors played a key role in ensuring the recent reforms to retirement village legislation and we acknowledge those improvements.

Older people are the least wasteful

Australians throw away a collective $9.6 billion in food each year but Baby Boomers are the least wasteful generation, new research has revealed.

The RaboDirect 2017 Food & Farming Report showed an average of 14 per cent of a household’s weekly grocery buy, equating to more than $1,050 each year, was thrown away.

This was despite 53 per cent of people considering themselves ethically conscious consumers and 77 per cent saying they cared about changing their waste habits.

Tell your story about being a woman without children

The number of women in Australia who have no children continues to rise, with figures almost doubling in the past two decades.

Sydney researcher Naomi Menahem has no children, and is completing a PhD at Deakin University to ‘make more sense of her own experiences’.

She’s keen to hear from other women who are happy to talk to her about their childlessness.

Don't fall victim to online 'buyer's remorse'

If you’ve ever splurged on online shopping and regretted it later, you are not alone, a new survey reveals.

Comparison website finder.com.au surveyed 2,005 people and found that 82 per cent of online shoppers – equivalent to 6.8 million Australians – had experienced buyer's remorse.

Finder’s Bessie Hassan said shopping online could create a sense of euphoria that could quickly fade once the purchase was delivered.

Green vegetables linked to better heart health

Getting more greens into your diet could cut your risk of heart disease and stroke by as much as 40 per cent, according to new research from Perth’s Edith Cowan University.

Researchers from the university’s School of Medical and Health Sciences studied the diets of more than 1,000 Western Australian women, focusing on nitrate intake derived from vegetables.

They found that over a 15-year period, those women who had the highest intake of nitrate from vegetables had up to a 40 per cent lower risk of dying from heart disease or stroke.

Australia third in world retirement income rankings

Australia has the world’s third best retirement income system, a new global study has found.

Denmark claimed the top spot for the sixth consecutive year, the Netherlands was ranked in second place, followed by Australia.

The index is based on research to assess the public and private pension systems of 30 countries, collectively representing 60 per cent of the world’s population.

In 2017, New Zealand, Colombia and Norway were included in the index for the first time.

New housing laws provide better protection for Qld seniors

New laws passed by the Queensland Government last night will deliver greater certainty and security for seniors signing up for retirement villages and other types of accommodation, according to National Seniors Australia.

National Seniors Research Director Professor John McCallum said today the new laws would strengthen protections for older Queenslanders, who were often confused and unclear about the contract terms and conditions associated with retirement villages and residential parks.

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