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Australians rely on ‘a little help from their friends’

A new report from National Seniors Australia has shown that when it comes to getting good advice in the ‘information age’, older people favour humans over going online.

The report, released this week, shows that while digital technology has revolutionised information delivery, older people making important decisions about retirement first turn to trusted health and financial professionals or family and friends.

New aged care service proving its worth

Sisters Anne and Sharon* are at almost opposite ends of the continent, but both care deeply about their 84-year-old mother Betty, who still lives independently in her own home.

They recently used National Seniors’ new Aged Care service to solve a problem that could have caused them and their mum a lot of stress, and upset holiday plans.

Betty was needing more help than Sharon, who lives nearby, could provide weekly and she was also planning a six-week overseas trip.

Nominations open for Stroke Awards

The Stroke Foundation is on the hunt for people making life better for stroke survivors, with nominations for the 2018 Stroke Awards now open. 

The awards are an opportunity to celebrate survivors and commend carers, volunteers, health professionals and researchers who work tirelessly to improve the lives of those affected by stroke.

Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Officer Sharon McGowan said the awards recognised the outstanding Australians dedicated to treating, supporting and advocating for stroke survivors and the broader stroke community.

Advanced cancer patients thrown lifeline

Oncology patients in the advanced stages of cancer will be given greater access to clinical trials under an ambitious new national anti-cancer initiative that could save lives.

At a time when only five per cent of adult cancer patients are involved in trials compared to 80 per cent of children, the Eliminate Cancer Initiative (ECI) targets the difficulties that stand in the way of anyone wanting to participate in a trial.

Breast cancer linked to chronic disease later in life

Women who receive hormonal therapy for breast cancer are at increased risk of developing chronic conditions later in life, according to new research published in the Medical Journal of Australia this month.

Researchers from Flinders University and the University of South Australia found that rates of depression, osteoporosis, diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, chronic pain and gastric disorders were higher among breast cancer survivors who had received hormonal cancer treatment than among those without breast cancer.

Dementia Australia launched

A unified, national peak body for people of all ages living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers has been launched.

Dementia Australia is the new voice of what was previously Alzheimer's Australia.

Announcing the change, the organisation said that while Alzheimer’s disease was the most common form, there were more than 100 types of dementia and, for this reason, its message needed to be inclusive of all.  

The organisation said that awareness and understanding about dementia was still alarmingly low, but the prevalence of dementia was growing.

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.

Give the gift of life in 2018

Australians are being asked to begin the year by discussing their organ and tissue donation wishes with family and friends and joining the Australian Organ Donor Register.

Federal Minister responsible for organ and tissue donation, Ken Wyatt AM, said almost anyone could become a registered donor, including people aged in their 70s and 80s.

“I’m calling on all Australians to make this a priority for 2018,” Mr Wyatt, who is also Minister for Ageing, said.

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