Research

Once bitten twice shy: GFC concerns linger for Australian seniors

Retirement planning and investments are major considerations for Australians over 50.

The impact of the global financial crisis (GFC) still lingers ten years on, with 7 out of 10 concerned about another potential market collapse. Yet despite many expressing a “once bitten twice shy” sentiment, equity investment remains a significant part of the mix.

This report presents the key findings from the 2018 National Seniors Social Survey (NSSS) (Wave 7) on older Australians’ understanding of retirement income issues.

$18m registry to fast-track dementia research

Dementia Australia has welcomed the announcement of the Australian Dementia Network (ADNet), a registry and research program to accelerate dementia research in Australia.

Dementia Australia’s Maree McCabe said Australian researchers, Dementia Australia and people impacted by dementia have long held a vision for an integrated registry of researchers, studies, information, data and clinicians to ensure more targeted, effective research.

“The Federal Government’s commitment of $18 million will make this vision a reality,” Ms McCabe said.

Debilitating disease recognised with a national day

Australian researchers have joined forces to raise awareness of a disease putting older people at risk of crippling injuries.

The Australian and New Zealand Society for Sarcopenia and Frailty Research (ANZSSFR) designated Wednesday, 4 July as Sarcopenia Australia Day.

Sarcopenia is a combination of low muscle mass and weakness in older adults, causing functional problems and putting them at high risk of falls, fractures, disability, hospitalisation and even death.

Dentists may ditch pliers

Few people enjoy a trip to the dentist but a new research project is aiming to lessen the anxiety.

QUT’s Professor Christopher Barner-Kowollik is working with Liechtenstein-based Ivoclar Vivadent to develop ground-breaking new on-demand visible light-degradable dental materials.

“Our project aims to break new ground in the field of advanced adhesives by pioneering a unique system that can be cleaved with a defined visible light trigger, enabling the removal of previously bonded material without mechanical force,” Prof. Barner-Kowollik 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.

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.

The Centrelink Experience: From ‘waiting, frustrating, hopeless’ to ‘helpful, friendly, positive’

National Seniors Australia regularly gathers data about how older Australians are faring across many areas of service access and general wellbeing through surveys, policy forums and qualitative interviews. The intent of this research is to raise public awareness of the issues facing senior Australians when applying for the Age Pension, and to better understand the scale and causes of the problems experienced by seniors in their dealings with Centrelink.

National Women’s Health Survey extended

Not-for-profit organisation Jean Hailes for Women’s Health is extending the deadline of its annual women’s health survey by two weeks.

The Women’s Health Survey is one of the largest of its kind, offering women a chance to fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle on a range of health issues, including mental health, sex, weight and healthy living.

Now in its fourth year, the survey provides a vital link between Australian women and those who help keep them well.

Does your cat 'walk on the wild side'?

A university study is seeking cat owners in the Brisbane and Gold Coast regions who want to get the scoop on their cat’s ‘poop’ in the hope of better understanding their impact on wildlife.

Griffith University student Renee Piccolo wants cat owners to complete her online survey, which she hopes will yield greater insight into patterns of cat roaming behaviour.

These include the numbers of cats kept indoors and those free to roam 24/7, along with what animals these cats are preying on when they are outdoors.

'The Dish' hears more of the universe

It’s famous for its starring role in the Australian film, The Dish, which told how the CSIRO’s Parkes radio telescope in New South Wales relayed live television of man's first steps on the moon in 1969 to a massive global audience.

Now new technology installed on the radio telescope has opened a wider range of radio waves from objects in space.

The $2.5 million 'bionic ear' receiver for the cosmos was designed to catch radio waves and turn them into electrical signals for astronomers to analyse.

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