Australians are selfie-obsessed

Australia is a selfie-obsessed nation with two million selfies snapped each day, or 742 million a year, a new survey has shown.

But the poll by comparison website also revealed selfies aren’t for everyone, with more than one in two (52 per cent) avoiding the practice.

“Until recently selfie wasn’t even a word, but now Aussies are generating 14 million of them every single week. You’d be hard-pressed to go a day without seeing one in your social media feed,” Finder’s Alex Kidman said.


Probiotics may halve bone loss, study finds

A new study has shown probiotics can halve bone loss from osteoporosis in older women.

Osteoporosis is characterised by porous and weak bones, which can cause them to break even when subjected to low loads, such as a fall from standing height. Most women over 80 years of age have the disease.

But researchers at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden believe it is possible to cut age-related bone loss in elderly women in half if they receive health-promoting bacteria, known as probiotics.

New after-hours mental health support service

South Australians with mental health issues – as well as their carers, family and friends – will soon be able to access a unique after-hours telephone help line.

Adelaide’s first Lived Experience Telephone Support Service (LETSS) will be staffed by people who have faced and recovered from challenges to their mental health.

The after-hours service, which is now recruiting, will operate from 5pm to 11.30pm, 365 days a year.

Age Pension application process needs major overhaul

The Centrelink application process for the Age Pension needs an urgent overhaul, according to National Seniors Australia.

National Seniors’ Interim CEO Professor John McCallum said Age Pension applicants had described the process as “too hard, too complicated and too long”.

Prof. McCallum said the Centrelink application process demanded immediate attention given the Federal Government was reforming the superannuation system.

Help tackle elder financial abuse

National Seniors has joined a new concerted campaign to help stop elder financial abuse.

The campaign includes the Australian Banking Association, Council on the Ageing, the Older Persons Action Network and the Financial Services Union.

People are being urged to write to their state and territory Attorney-Generals to introduce three key changes to help better recognise, report and stamp out elder financial abuse.

The changes are:

•  Standardised power of attorney orders around Australia

•  Establish an online register of powers of attorney

Seniors welcome big boost to NSW hospitals

National Seniors Australia has welcomed the NSW Government’s $2.3 billion investment in hospitals and health services in this week’s budget, after calling for a reduction in accident and emergency and elective surgery waiting times.

Chief Advocate Ian Henschke said National Seniors expected the commitment, along with $1 billion for 950 additional nurses and 300 doctors in state hospitals, would assist in delivering shorter waiting times.

Fighting to eliminate pension poverty

National Seniors and the Benevolent Society visited community groups in the northern NSW towns of Coffs Harbour and Lismore last week to talk about the 110-year anniversary of the Age Pension in Australia, and the importance of addressing poverty among older Australians.

The Invalid and Old Age Pensions Act was passed by the then young Commonwealth Parliament in June 1908. This followed long community campaigns and was based on age pensions introduced in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.

Seniors big losers in power market

A new energy market report has reinforced the need for regulated power prices for older consumers unable to shop around for a better deal, according to National Seniors Australia.

National Seniors’ Chief Advocate Ian Henschke said the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) report found higher prices combined with complex and confusing energy offers had driven consumer confidence to new lows.

Bad heating habits hit hip pocket nerves

As many Australians shivered through a cold snap earlier this week, new research emerged showing our bad heating habits have the potential to damage more than just hip pocket nerves.

The survey by comparison website of 2,033 respondents found one in four people (28 per cent) indulged in not only expensive but also dangerous winter warming practices.

Over 1.7 million people left the heater on in a room they were not using, a practice that was not only a waste of power but also be a fire hazard.

'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.

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