Super funds down in first quarter

Financial market volatility continues to be a challenge for superannuation funds with the median Balanced Option down 1.7 per cent for the first quarter of the 2015/16 financial year.

SES Week across Australia

Queensland’s Orange Angels were centre-stage today with the official launch of SES Week.

What is the optimal system for funding retirement?

Australia's retirement system may be the envy of international policy-makers, but its combination of mandatory savings and a government means-tested age pension may not be producing the best outcome.

VIC Government extends grants for multicultural seniors

The Victorian Government is continuing the popular Participation for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Seniors Grants Program for another two years.

Australian-first insurance for people on low incomes

For the first time in Australia, accessible insurance cover will be available to people on low incomes.

New Powers of Attorney Legislation - Victoria

State Trustees has applauded the new Powers of Attorney legislation that commenced in Victoria on 1 September 2015

Real Men Move website launched

The New South Wales Government will join forces with national industry body Exercise & Sports Science Australia to launch a website this week aimed to get Australian men doing more exercise.

Dementia – little understood impacts

As the second leading cause of death after heart disease, dementia is one of the Australia’s biggest, yet least understood conditions.

Renting pensioner couples at greatest risk of poverty

Queensland couples who rely on the age pension and rent in the private market are at the greatest risk of living in poverty compared to other seniors.

WA 2015 Juniper Champion for Seniors

A tireless charity worker, whose seven-day-a-week volunteering efforts have enriched lives across the globe, has been named as the 2015 Juniper Champion for Seniors at the WA Seniors Awards.

Tai Chi helps some common long term conditions

The ancient Chinese exercise Tai Chi is linked to improved physical capacity among older adults with certain common long term conditions.

In-home care recipients being 'fleeced'

The ABC Lateline program has reported on complaints from seniors about exorbitant fees being charged by not-for-profits after recent changes to in-home care.

Grants for seniors in regional South Australia

Community organisations based in regional South Australia are the main recipients of the 2015-16 Grants for Seniors program.

Increasing calcium intake unlikely to boost bone health

Increasing calcium intake through dietary sources or supplements is unlikely to improve bone health or prevent fractures in older people, conclude two studies published in The BMJ.

New caution lights for pedestrians

In an Australian first, motorists in the Perth CBD will trial a new flashing yellow caution light which encourages them to give way to pedestrians.

Tailored skills program boosts aged care jobs in Adelaide’s north west

More than 20 people in Adelaide’s north west have secured jobs through a tailored preemployment and training program that addresses skills needs in South Australia’s aged and disability sectors.

Be medicinewise as you’re getting older

As we age the way the body handles and reacts to medicines can gradually change.

QLD’s domestic violence laws strengthened

The Queensland Government has passed a suite of laws to strengthen Queensland’s response to domestic and family violence.

Elective surgery waiting times reduce

A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows there have been improvements in the length of time public hospital patients waited for elective surgery.

Older women and poverty

Older single women represent the changing face of homelessness says a new Anglicare report 2015 State of the Family report, Who is being left behind?

Common drug presents fracture risk to older women

Researchers are urging caution in prescribing one of the world’s most commonly issued drug groups, citing links to increased fracture risks in older Australian women.