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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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Move - for your heart’s sake

New research has shown nearly one in five Australian seniors believe they are too old for physical activity – but they were more likely to exercise if they had someone to do it with.

Marking Heart Week (29 April to 6 May 2018), a survey by the Heart Foundation revealed that seniors were less likely than younger Australians to be excited about getting active (29 per cent of seniors compared to 38 per cent of younger Australians).

But people of all ages were nearly twice as likely to be excited about getting active if they had someone to be active with.

Personal connections help learning online

Seniors were more likely to learn digital skills if they could relate them to their own stories and interests, a new report has shown.

Researchers at Melbourne’s Swinburne University found many older people felt left out of the digital age, putting them at risk of social isolation as well as reduced participation in essential services such as welfare and health.

But many older Australians were frustrated by technological change and learning the fundamentals of going online.

Tech-savvy NSW seniors embrace transport apps

NSW Seniors can learn how to plan public transport routes, check bus or train timetables in ‘real’ time, and top up their Gold Opal cards online as part of the state government’s new Tech Savvy Seniors Transport App workshop.

Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said the new workshop would be available through the Tech Savvy Seniors program.

Mr Constance said participants in the new workshop would learn how to operate three of the most common transport apps used for navigating public transport in NSW.

More evidence of entrenched workplace age discrimination

New research has revealed more evidence of entrenched ageism against older workers but most felt powerless to stop it.

Not-for-profit charity The Benevolent Society said a survey of 1,005 people aged 50 and over nationwide showed two thirds did nothing to end the discrimination – they just put up with it.

Of the people surveyed, 93 per cent were working, with half employed fulltime and half part-time.

Five healthy habits can add 10 years to your life

Maintaining five healthy habits can add a decade to your life expectancy, new research has found.

The new study, led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, keeping a healthy body weight, not drinking too much and not smoking in adulthood were the keys to a longer life.

Hidden treasures uncovered

A wooden statue has been found to be 11,600 years old, making it twice as old as the pyramids of Egypt and a survivor of the last great Ice Age. 

The statue was made of a single trunk of larch wood, carved into a smooth plank. It was covered with carefully engraved patterns and topped with a stylised human head.

Russian archaeologists have examined the statue, known as the Shigir Idol, since it was found more than 100 years ago, preserved in a peat bog near the Russian city of Yekaterinburg.

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Mandatory vaccine for aged care staff aims to reduce flu toll

Residential aged care homes will have to offer influenza vaccinations to all staff under new government measures to head off a repeat of last year’s horror flu season.

Health Minister Greg Hunt and Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said the results of a survey had shown a significant link between increased staff immunisation and lower aged care influenza outbreaks.

“It will now be mandatory for every aged care provider to offer the flu vaccine to every single worker,” Mr Hunt said.

Dementia an extra challenge in natural disasters

A new online guide aims to help the carers of people living with dementia cope with natural disasters.

The Carer Ready Guide, from the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration: Carers and Consumers, was created by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in  partnership with the Red Cross.

“More than 425,000 Australians live with dementia and we are a country that has its fair share of natural disasters. Many of us will be impacted by one at some stage,” said lead researcher, QUT’s Dr Linda Schnitker.

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