Christmas doesn't have to be the season to feel lonely

A new survey has found that a quarter of Australians are lonely some or most of the time, with men over the age of 55 one of the groups most likely to feel the impact of loneliness.

The Australian Red Cross survey also showed that the main reason for older men feeling lonely was divorce or separation.

Women aged over 55 were much more likely to chat to a friend or family member to help counteract loneliness.

Unleash your latent Lego builder

If you are a closet Lego® fan or have grandchildren who love the plastic building blocks, then a trip to an upcoming exhibition is a 'must see'.

Brickman Awesome starts its national tour on Boxing Day at the ICC Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre and runs until 4 February 2018, before continuing around Australia, stopping in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.

The exhibition will be Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught’s third and will showcase the tallest Legomodel in the Southern Hemisphere – a NASA rocket standing at 7.5m tall and built from more than 450,000 bricks.

Deaf can watch ABC News in Auslan

Deaf Australians can watch the primetime news in Auslan for the first time during the National Week of Deaf People (22-28 October).

Today, the ABC News channel's 6pm (AEDT) bulletin will be interpreted live in Auslan - Australian Sign Language - the national language of the Australian deaf community.

Brent Phillips, from Victorian deaf and hard of hearing advocacy group Vicdeaf, said the ABC broadcast of the news in Auslan would allow thousands of deaf Australians to understand the news in their first language.

Celebrating Victorian seniors

The contribution of Victoria’s one million seniors aged 60 years and older will be celebrated when the Victorian Seniors Festival celebrates its 34th year in October.

Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley said the 2016 Victorians Senior Festival program will include sport, the arts and concerts such as the Festival Big Band Dance, as well as food tours, information and skills sessions as part of 1500 events and activities.

Older women reading slightly more books

New figures out this week have shown that older women are bucking a trend towards reading fewer books.

Roy Morgan Research said a survey showed that women aged over 65 were reading around one per cent more novels and non-fiction books than they were back in 2010. But the results were not so good for younger groups.

While there was an increase in book reading among children aged 6-13, after the age of 14, there was a decline.

Dancing helps halve disease risk

Older people who work up a sweat on the dance floor can almost halve their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, an Australian study has found.

It showed those who participated in dancing had a 46 per cent lower risk of cardiovascular death over a decade compared to those who rarely or never danced.

And people who were at least slightly out of breath or sweaty while dancing benefitted, but not those whose dancing was at a light intensity.

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