Quality of life

Estate planning workshop for WA seniors

If you have a will but you are still unsure about your care when you are no longer able to make your own decisions, then National Seniors can help.

An estate planning workshop in Perth next month will assist you to plan for the time others may have to choose on your behalf, if you’re unable, and dictate how your wealth is distributed on your death.

The three-hour workshop will go beyond wills and help towards mapping out a comprehensive estate plan aimed at engaging with your family.

Chief Advocate addresses importance of advance care directives

National Seniors Australia Chief Advocate Ian Henschke will be the keynote speaker at an event in Adelaide on Wednesday 18 April to highlight the importance of advance care directives.

The event is part of the National Advance Care Planning Week from 16-22 April, and Ian will speak on the topic Advance Care Directives: A matter of love, rights and self-determination.

It has been organised by Health Consumers Alliance SA.

Mr Henschke, a former award-winning ABC broadcaster, is a National Advance Care Planning Week ambassador.

Call for more dementia-specific respite care

A new report has called for better access to dementia-specific respite care across Australia.

Carers Australia has urged the government to increase subsidies for respite care in residential aged care facilities so that family and friend carers can take a break when required.

Other types of respite also need to be made more readily available, including cottage-style accommodation for overnight and weekend breaks, said Carers Australia’s Ara Cresswell.

When enough is enough, you can vote with your feet...I did!

By Paul Geisel, Aged Care Specialist, Aged Care Matters

I guess the old saying “you can’t judge a book by its cover” is true with many providers in most industries in the modern world, and aged care is no different.

I think we believe that most providers have the best intentions and will generally strive to deliver on their promises and value offerings to the best of their ability. The care industry simply by its name would suggest that ‘care’ is of the utmost importance. Or is it?

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.

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