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Time out of workforce takes toll on women's super

Women will continue to retire with less super than men due to time out of the workforce and lost compound returns, a new study shows.

In a first of its kind, Industry Super Australia adviser and former Treasury retirement modelling head, Phil Gallagher, used data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to plot both pay and superannuation gaps by age and salary.

Pantone says purple symbolizes International Women's Day

Trend-setting US colour consulting company Pantone said ultra-violet, the 2018 Colour of the Year, symbolized International Women's Day (8 March) and its campaign theme, highlighting feminism and international efforts to achieve gender parity. 

The Pantone Colour Institute's Leatrice Eiseman said ultra-violet communicated "originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us towards the future".

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Polio survivor on a mission to raise awareness of late effects

When Queenslander Eric Rushton started experiencing fatigue, muscle weakness and difficulty swallowing, he chalked it up to part of the ageing process.

Despite his doctor reaching the same conclusion, Mr Rushton decided to investigate further as his condition continued to worsen.

After a visit to a rehabilitation specialist, he discovered he was experiencing returning symptoms of polio, a disease he was diagnosed with when he was just two years old.

Poor hearing health can lead to social isolation

Australians are being urged to stop ‘putting it off’ and have their hearing checked.

Marking Hearing Awareness Week (25 February to 3 March), the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) said one in six Australians had some form of hearing loss.

RIDBC’s Chris Rehn saidan estimated116,000 Australians aged 45 and over were at risk of severe to profound hearing loss but only three per cent would receive treatment.

This year, Hearing Awareness Week coincided with International Cochlear Implant Day last Sunday and World Hearing Day on Saturday 3 March.

Have your say on aged care staffing

Australians have just over two weeks to complete an online survey or contribute to the current national review of the aged care industry’s workforce.

Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt said a top priority was to ensure the industry had a strong supply of appropriately trained, skilled and resourced staff.

“To ensure adequate staffing and skills, I announced a workforce taskforce last November that is due to produce Australia’s first aged care workforce strategy by July,” Mr Wyatt said.

Chronic pain needs GP assessment

Australians who suffer pain for longer than three months are being urged to consult their doctor to have their condition checked.

Not-for-profit medical information service NPS MedicineWise this week launched a program on neuropathic pain, sometimes known as ‘nerve pain’, experienced by one in 20 Australians.

NPS Medicinewise’s Dr Andrew Boyden said if pain persisted for more than three months, it became a form of chronic pain.

“Working out if neuropathic pain is behind the patient’s discomfort will help them to receive the best treatment,” Dr Boyden said.

Failure to switch providers costs millions

Laziness and fear of change are costing Australians around $10 million a year, a new survey shows.

Comparison website finder.com.au said 45 per cent of adults planned to switch at least one provider for services such as banking, energy, health insurance, telephone and pay TV, this year. However, 55 per cent – or more than 10 million people – would not change and their reluctance to act could cost them thousands of dollars.

Finder’s Bessie Hassan said Australians should review their monthly outgoings and consider switching to save money.

Missed calls from overseas may be scams

Australians are being warned to beware of missed calls or ‘Wangiri’ scams in which scammers call and let the phone ring once before hanging up without leaving a message.

‘Wangiri’ is a Japanese term that roughly means ‘one and cut’ in which a missed call will appear on your phone from an international number.

If you call the number back, you may be put on hold, hear music, or the scammer could try and chat with you.

Heavy snorers can age faster

A new study shows heavy snorers can damage their DNA, making their cells age faster and increasing the risk of cancer.

The researchers at West China Hospital, in China’s Sichuan province, found that snorers have shorter telomeres, the tiny caps at the end of chromosomes that prevent genetic material from unravelling and fraying.

The shorter telomeres indicated rapid ageing and increased susceptibility to cancer, the researchers said.

“This has implications for the treatment and prevention of future health problems,” the study added.

Unsustainable stress on carers of the aged

Carers are urging the government to release more home care packages for the aged, in line with National Seniors’ call for more support for older people living in the community.

Carers Australia’s Ara Cresswell said the current caps on the number of home care packages and the long waiting times before aged people could access packages of support for which they had been deemed eligible shifted heavy care loads onto family and friends.

“Many of these carers are aged themselves and have decreasing capacity to take on a hefty and exhausting caring role,” Ms Cresswell said.

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