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Power report a win for seniors

National Seniors Australia has urged the Federal Government to implement urgently key recommendations of the ACCC investigation into retail energy pricing.

The ACCC has said Australian households could save between $290 and $750 a year if the sweeping reforms are implemented.

National Seniors’ Chief Advocate Ian Henschke said the ACCC report, released on Wednesday, 11 July, had revealed the widespread abuse of market power by larger energy companies, which had affected vulnerable older Australians badly.

Loneliness is bad for your health

By Chief Advocate Ian Henschke

In my role as Chief Advocate, I’m often asked to comment on social issues.

I recently had a call from Sky News’ Ashleigh Gillon. She wanted me to go to their TV studio and talk about a recent newspaper report that said 60 per cent of Australians experience loneliness. It also said the number of friends people have has halved since 2005. 

You are as young as you feel, study shows

A new study suggests feeling younger than you are may slow the rate at which your brain ages.

People who feel younger than their years have greater volumes of grey matter in their brains, which is involved in hearing, emotions, decision making and self-control, aacording to research by South Korea’s Seoul National University.

They also have better memories, consider themselves healthier and are less likely to be depressed. 

Call for hospitals to test for diabetes

Hospital emergency departments and GP clinics should conduct more routine screening to diagnose the 500,000 Australians unaware they have a potentially deadly disease, according to Diabetes Australia.

People could have type 2 diabetes for up to seven years before diagnosis and in that time many people would begin to develop debilitating complications, Diabetes Australia’s Professor Greg Johnson said.

These included heart attacks and strokes, eye damage and blindness, foot ulcers and limb amputation, and kidney damage.

Sleep disorder linked to dementia brain changes

Obstructive sleep apnoea has been linked to structural brain changes seen in the early stages of dementia, new Australian research has revealed.

The study’s authors, from the University of Sydney, said the research provided evidence that screening older people for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and providing treatment where needed may help prevent dementia.

OSA is a condition in which the walls of the throat relax and narrow during sleep, which stops breathing and is known to reduce blood oxygen levels.

Hologram doctors could help you stay in your home longer

A home-based treatment trial using holographic virtual doctors is aiming to cut hospital admissions and help older people in Western Australia live independently for longer.

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said the Integrum Aged Care+ trial was designed to support senior Australians with complex care needs and chronic health conditions to remain in their homes for as long as possible.

Aldi is Australia's most trusted brand

German supermarket giant Aldi is now the most trusted brand in Australia, a new survey has shown.

Roy Morgan Research said the survey of 4,000 consumers showed Aldi’s Net Trust Score (NTS) put the supermarket chain ahead of Australian brands NRMA, Bendigo Bank and Qantas.

Aldi’s main supermarket rivals Woolworths and Coles were also rated highly but supermarkets as a category scored a minus NTS, falling behind other industries such as automotive, consumer product brands, travel, and technology.

Australians too scared to switch NBN providers

Connecting to the NBN is the perfect opportunity to consider switching telecommunications providers, but many Aussies prefer to stick to the one they know, a new survey has shown. 

Comparison website finder.com.au said 80 per cent of the 1,235 NBN users surveyed preferred to stay with their original provider when they connected to the NBN, with many not bothering to shop around for a better deal.

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