Quality of life

Share your stories of how you found your feet in retirement

National Seniors members know only too well that you can discover joy from new hobbies by stepping out of your comfort zone.

Around the country, our branch members and others are proving that every day by joining walking groups, heading to the gym, travelling, taking up dance lessons, attending University of the Third Age classes, helping others through Volunteers Abroad and other charitable groups, and a raft of other activities.

Growing older, feeling younger

Subjective age studies have consistently shown that self-perception of age or ‘felt age’ is a powerful predictor of a person’s well-being. The current study gathered data from the members of National Seniors Australia on their felt age, how old they feel as opposed to their chronological age, with 75 per cent indicating they feel younger than they are. By world standards, Australia is a ‘longevity’ society, ranked 8th in the world for life expectancy. It seems that we are growing older, yet feeling younger.

Nationwide network aims to combat elder abuse

Older Australians now have a free, nationwide support network to help them stand up for their aged care rights.

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) would help empower older Australians, ensuring they had a voice to speak up for them when they needed it most.

“Through OPAN’s network of nine service delivery organisations – one in each state and the ACT and two in the Northern Territory, in Darwin and Alice Springs – we are now providing a nationally consistent model of independent advocacy,” Mr Wyatt said.

Downsizing: Movers, planners, stayers

Downsizing is a major consideration for Australian homeowners when they enter retirement. The current study gathered data from the members of National Seniors Australia on their reasons for downsizing, and asked about some policy measures that may encourage them to downsize if they haven’t yet done so. Many homeowners wish to keep living in the family home in retirement. We asked this group of people what discourages them from considering downsizing.

Sign up to organ donor register

Australians are being urged to register as organ donors and help save the lives of up to 10 people.

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said  living and deceased organ and tissue donors and their families would be honoured on Sunday (19 November), which is DonateLife Thank You Day.

“This day is an opportunity to say a special thank you to those who have given so many Australians a second chance at life through the gift of donation,” Mr Wyatt said.

Aged care reforms 'a huge step forward'

National Seniors Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to make unannounced audits of the nation’s residential aged care facilities, describing the move as “a huge step forward” in protecting some of Australia’s most vulnerable older people.
National Seniors Chief Advocate Ian Henschke said the advocacy group had called for a much greater focus on unannounced visits to aged care facilities, and it was pleased Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt had acted so swiftly to implement the initiative.

Say 'thanks' to a carer

Australians are being urged to say thanks to the country’s 2.7 million unpaid carers as part of National Carers Week this week.

Carers Australia’s Ara Cresswell said carers looked after people with disabilities, mental illness, chronic conditions, terminal illnesses, alcohol or other drug issues, or who were frail aged.

“This National Carers Week we’re asking all Australians to let carers know they count by saying thanks to them for all they do, and to show their support for a carer‑friendly Australia,” Ms Cresswell said.

Melbourne seminar looks at life choices

Melbourne members interested in end-of-life choices are invited to attend an information seminar in Chadstone later this month.

Incoming Monash branch president Elaine Forde, who is also an Aged Friendly Ambassador for the City of Monash, said the Talk and Plan, Your Life and Choicesseminar follows a similar successful event last year.

National Seniors (Monash Branch) members and Monash Council are hosting the information session on Wednesday, 25 October, from 11am to 1.30pm at Batesford Hub, 94 Batesford Road, Chadstone.

Healthy Ageing: The state of the evidence and available resources

Australia’s population is growing older and a greater proportion of Australians are living longer than ever before. As a result, more people are developing, and living longer with, diseases and disabilities associated with ageing. With escalating health care demands the expected increase in burden of disease in Australia has been reported to be unsustainable. On an individual level, disease and disability can impair quality of life and wellbeing by restricting activity, mobility, social connectedness, and community participation.

Australia only 58th most affordable country

Australia has been ranked only the 58th most affordable place to live in the world behind countries including Oman and Saudi Arabia.

Removalist company Assured Removals said the South American country Suriname was rated the most affordable place to live, based on comparison of the average house price against the average income of its residents.

The company’s survey identified property markets in Barbados and China as overpriced – but the USA was rated as a bargain.

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