Women's health

Adults failing to eat their greens

It seems it’s not just children who turn their noses up at fruit and vegetables come dinner time – or any other time of the day.

Australia’s largest fruit and vegetable survey has found that four out of five Australian adults are not eating enough fruit and vegetables to meet the Australian Dietary Guidelines. But retirees and health industry workers are more likely to meet the recommended dietary guidelines than others.

Dementia figures reveal multi-billion dollar cost

The number of people living with Alzheimer’s in Australia is expected to double over the next 40 years to more than one million at a cost to the taxpayer of $36 billion a year.

A report, commissioned by Alzheimer’s Australia, called The Economic Cost of Dementia in Australia 2016-2056, revealed that there were an estimated 417,000 people with Alzheimer’s currently.

Almost 139,000 were in NSW – at an estimated cost to the community of more than $14 billion this year alone.

More research needed into thunderstorm asthma, report shows

Research into thunderstorm asthma will get a funding boost from the Victorian government after the extreme weather event killed nine people last year.

The preliminary report released this week from the Inspector-General for Emergency Management into the thunderstorm asthma event of 21 and 22 November 2016, found that Victoria suffered an unprecedented rapid-onset event, with ambulance services and hospitals under severe pressure across a wide area.

Call for more hearing health awareness

National Seniors has called for a public education campaign about hearing loss which affects at least one in three Australians aged over 70.

In a submission to the Inquiry into the Hearing Health and Wellbeing of Australia, National Seniors said it was crucial to address the preventable causes of hearing loss associated with occupational and recreational activities.

Last chance to complete survey on aged care

The Commonwealth Government is currently conducting the Aged Care Legislated Review to look at recent changes to aged care and any future directions required to further improve aged care.

National Seniors will be preparing a submission to the review based on member feedback.

Even if you have not had any interactions with the aged care sector, your opinions are of value.

This survey should take approximately five minutes to complete.

Better services access for NSW hearing impaired

NSW residents with impaired hearing have better access to services and transactions with the rollout of hearing loops at Service NSW centres.

The new services also include video conferencing technology for remote Auslan interpreting and live-captioning, Minister for Finance, Services and Property Dominic Perrottet said.

Hearing health inquiry underway

The Inquiry into Hearing Health and Wellbeing of Australia is underway amid forecasts that one in four Australians could be affected by hearing loss by 2050.

Currently, one in six Australians is affected by hearing loss but this is expected to climb as the population ages.

Hearing impairment can impact on a person’s participation in social situations and may adversely affect their education and employment opportunities.

Yoga Australia’s fastest growing sport

New research shows yoga is Australia’s fastest-growing sporting or fitness activity, with its popularity doubling in the last eight years.

Roy Morgan Research said one 10 Australians aged 14 and over now do yoga, up from one in 20 in 2008 when aerobics was the more popular fitness activity.

Today, more than twice as many people do yoga as opposed to aerobics.

“Pilates is also now more popular than aerobics, with around 1.25 million Australians participating — almost half of whom also do yoga,” Roy Morgan Research Chief Executive Officer Michele Levine said.

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