Cuts to deeming rate gives one quarter of Australia's pensioners an extra $804
Almost a million Australians will be up to $804 better off after the federal government's decision to cut deeming rates. Deeming rates were introduced in 1991 to simplify the federal government's social security income test. However, cuts in the official interest rates have meant lower returns from term deposits and other savings, forcing the government to act.
Generosity improves social connection and relationships
Year after year, more studies are highlighting the benefits of generosity on both our physical and mental health. Not only does generosity reduce stress, support physical health, enhance sense of purpose, and naturally fight depression, it is also shown to increase one's lifespan.
Why volunteering positively contributes to happiness
Why should volunteering have such positive effects? To date, the mechanisms of the volunteering-health relationship have been understudied, but there are a number of potential theories. One such explanation is that volunteering boosts social resources, which in turn has health implications.
13 benefits of learning a musical instrument as we get older
A recent study discovered the impact of individual piano instruction on adults between the ages of 60 and 85 - finding gains in memory, verbal fluency, the speed at which they processed information, planning ability, and other cognitive functions, in those learning and instrument compared with those who had not received lessons.
Powerful benefits of learning a musical instrument after 60
It's never too late to gain the benefits of learning a musical instrument! Musical training seems to have a beneficial impact at any age, containing all the components of a cognitive training program that sometimes are overlooked, as well are many other health and wellbeing benefits.
The 1950s witnessed the birth of rock and roll music, which would later spawn other related genres such as rockabilly (which also originated in the 1950s), garage rock and pop music, among a huge myriad of other derivations. In short, it is one of this decade's most defining musical styles.
If you are active online, you should consider joining an online community forum where you can discuss topical interests, news or politics with like-minded individuals. Whether you're into gardening, hiking, motorcycles, birdwatching or painting, there's a social group waiting for you.
Medical science is becoming increasingly aware of the impacts our emotional health has on our physical health, whereby such conditions as depression and loneliness are rightfully getting more attention. This is especially true as we age. With this in mind...
Australia's 3 biggest cyber threats that target over 60s
Cyber-attacks can take a variety of forms, from compromising personal information to capturing control of computers and demanding a ransom to release control back to the user. In simple terms, most attacks are an attempt to change a computer user's behaviour through dodgy, and often undetected, computer tactics.
Tricks to help you identify potential email scam attacks
How the older generation can improve awareness of phishing scams Cybercrime continues to be an ongoing threat in 2019. Emails are still the most common way for cyber criminals to complete spear-phishing attacks. Unfortunately, many of the baby boomer generation are becoming victims of such email scams...
Australia's top performing suburbs across each capital city for 2018
On what has been a turbulent year in housing market movements throughout 2018, Corelogic has released their annual report Best of the Best, for 2018. The report covers a range of housing data metrics such as median values, 12-month change, 5-year change and rental rates and yields over time. The data provides house and unit values across a national level and capital city-suburb level.
It's believed that 40% of our happiness is determined by how we think and behave in our daily life, and this is largely under our control. So factors such as how healthy, wealthy, or attractive we are don't actually matter as much as you might think.
How Over 60s can become more aware of suspicious behaviour online. It's estimated that 91% of cybercrime is due to human error, so it’s important to know how to protect yourself from being hacked, as well as having some understanding of how cyber-attacks occur.
Protect yourself against phone scams from fake 'Telstra technicians'
Judy's story involves scammers disguised as representatives from Telstra, offering assistance with NBN connection by 'Telstra Technicians' over the phone. Read her story so that you can better protect yourself from these type of scams in future.
How Centrelink entitlements are calculated under the age pension
If you are at least 65 1/2 years old, you're eligible to apply for the age pension. Your entitlements are subject to means testing, comprising of two components: an assets test and an income test. Learn more here...
16 handy iPhone tricks for the Baby Boomer generation
Functions on a mobile phone have changed dramatically over the last decade. And with so many new devices being released each year it's hard to keep up with all of the features, functions and settings available. Our latest blog will show you some handy tricks that are available on most iPhones, in particular, features that the Baby Boomer generation may find helpful in every day use.
Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and we need that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in the joints. Without it, the muscles shorten and become tight. Then, when you call on the muscles for activity, they are weak and unable to extend all the way. That puts you at risk for joint pain, strains, and muscle damage.
Over-65s dodge Downsizing Rules contributions using investment property
July 2018 marks the start of the downsizing rules that may help you sidestep the ever-shrinking superannuation contribution caps. But in what will come as a surprise to many, investment property may be eligible for the $300,000 downsizing superannuation contribution.
Sometimes the negativity and unrealistic expectations of other people can derail your determination to include relaxation as a valuable part of your life. Don’t let that happen. Instead, consider the following suggestions to help you to remain relaxed around non-relaxed people.
The Targeting scams report by ACCC reported losses from scams in 2017 amounted to $340 million, an increase of $40 million over 2016 losses. Investment scams topped the losses at $64 million, an increase of more than 8%. Dating and romance scams caused the second greatest losses at $42 million. See the list of scams...
New Zealand hiking at its best | The Routeburn Track
The Routeburn Track is a 40km one-way trail, linking Fiordland National Park with Mount Aspiring National Park. Shaped by successive glaciations into fiords, rocky coasts, towering cliffs, lakes and waterfalls, this trail is guaranteed not to disappoint. And the birdlife is prolific through forested sections of the track; native tomtits, robins, fantails, wood pigeons and bellbirds.
How much does Facebook know about you? Easy steps to extract your Facebook data
In light of the recent Cambridge Analytica Facebook scandal in the mishandling +50 million users’ Facebook data, now is a good time to see just how much information Facebook knows about you. This will not only surprise you, but should definitely concern you, if you are an engaged Facebook user.
Key findings from the Survey of Disability, Ageing & Carers (SDAC)
The article looks at results from the Survey of Disability, Ageing & Carers (SDAC) for Over 65s. The key findings include the long-term health conditions of Over 65's, social participation numbers and Australia's population characteristics and geographic coverage of Over 65's.
Research has found that chronic and acute stress have adverse effects on memory processing systems. Therefore, it is important to find ways to reduce the amount of stress in your life if you’re trying to improve your memory This article explores 8 ways to help you begin creating a personalised stress-fighting plan.
How to beat depression after being diagnosed with dementia
Dementia is a pervasive collection of symptoms, including memory loss, confusion, personality change, multi-sensory challenges, and apathy, caused by a number of disorders affecting the brain. However, it is often the stigma surrounding the condition that can be more disabling than the condition itself.
Persistent trouble falling asleep at night or feeling sleepy during the day is not a normal part of the ageing process, and something can be done. Some simple lifestyle changes can make a world of difference to your quality of sleep. Here are 14 tips to help improve on your sleeping habits.
As we get older, many fund it difficult to relax. This is a natural development of breaking away from the daily work-life routine where stress, deadlines, and reporting to management has become ingrained from spending most of our adult life working. This blog looks at 5 quick techniques to avoid stress.
The latest ABS data has revealed the regions with the highest median age group, local areas with the highest proportion of baby boomers (48-67 years), and the top 50 council areas with the highest proportion of residents aged 65 and over.
The rising popularity of Manufactured Housing Estates (MHEs) for the Over 50s, Over 60s & Retirees
Today, Manufactured Housing Estates (MHEs) are the largest and fastest growing target market within the seniors living spectrum. There is a shortage of supply of affordable senior’s accommodation and a growing demand for such affordable houses, as house prices continue to rise, a lot faster than incomes, whilst MHEs are lot less an investment for owners. This articles explores everything you need to know about MHEs.
Read about the benefits behind laughter, smiling, the positive links between owning a pets, and ways of beating dementia and mental health. Also learn the truth about exercising when you're over 60 as well as the good and bad alcohol habits.
Did you know that the job market in the 60-64 year age group has jumped 165%, that employers/self-employment in the 60+ group has increase 49,000 over 5 years, and that there are many 60+ now perceived as 'boomerprenuers'?
Where are the most popular retirement regions in Australia?
The ABS recently published population estimates by age and sex which provides a timely opportunity to look at the housing market performance of those council areas nationally which are most popular with over 65's.
Are there positive links between laughter & health?
Laughter is an essential ingredient to your better wellbeing. Laughter is known to cure diseases, reduces stress levels and generally makes us feel good; taking our mind off all the negatives. So let's explore the links between laughter and health.
In this article we debunk the 15 common myths that stop older people from exercising, along with a great case study which links physical activity to improvement in brain volume, and reducing the risk of Alzheimer's disease.
Historic images captured throughout history, around the globe. From Audrey Hepburn to Elvis in uniform, Grace Kelly on horseback or riding Penny Farthing's. We have a whole range of historic pictures that you'll enjoy.
The health benefits of olive oil are unrivaled, and research reveals more benefits nearly every day. This article take a look at 19 health benefits of extra virgin olive oil and why you should incorporate more of it in your diet.
Choosing olive oil at the supermarket can be a confusing exercise, there are far too many brands, too many varieties and "wait, which is the healthiest olive oil?". This article uncovers the varieties, the types you need to avoid, and some surprising factors around the use of olive oil.
Always remember, be patient. The bone-building phase in young adults – at its speediest – takes three to four months, and it may take a lot longer if you have osteoporosis or are older. So you won't be seeing big changes on any bone density tests after your first week of working out. Bones change slowly – but they do change. This blog article explores some of the more popular exercises that will help you improve your bone health and density.
Many doctors and specialists will suggest taking supplements and vitamins in addition to exercise and healthy eating in efforts to improve bone density. Such supplements include calcium, magnesium and protein and vitamins such as vitamin D, vitamin K and vitamin E. This blog article explores these supplements and vitamins in more detail.
Arthritis is often referred to as a single disease. In fact, it is an umbrella term for more than 100 medical conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system, specifically joints where two or more bones meet. Arthritis is a common affliction of the ageing process, with over 3.9 million Australians currently suffering from arthritis, which is expected grow to 5.4 million by 2030. This article looks to separate the fact from fiction. What are the real facts on what causes, cures, hinders, and helps arthritis and joint pain.
Arthritis is often referred to as a single disease. In fact, it is an umbrella term for more than 100 medical conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system, specifically joints where two or more bones meet. Research suggests that early intervention can delay the onset of the disease and may reduce the number of cases of osteoarthritis by about 500,000 within 15 years. While there are about 100 forms of arthritis, the three most significant – osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout – account for more than 95% of cases in Australia.
The Mediterranean Diet Pyramid is based on the dietary traditions of Crete, Greece, and southern Italy circa 1960 at a time when the rates of chronic disease among populations there were among the lowest in the world, and adult life expectancy was among the highest, even though medical services were limited. However, the word traditional should be emphasised, as many people in that part of the world (especially cities in Greece), have succumb to a Western diet and thus obesity rates are soaring there as well.
Bone building reaches a peak during adolescence but then slows after age 25. In addition to this natural bone loss, we're less likely to perform high-impact, bone-stimulating exercises (such as jumping) after age 50. This adds up to an increased risk of osteoporosis and bone breaks and fractures. Taking steps to increase your bone mass and density throughout your life decreases your chances of osteoporosis, bone breakage and fractures as you age.
Vitamins & Supplements: How to choose wisely after 60
Scientists don't know whether a daily multivitamin staves off disease, but many people take them to maintain or boost their health. Others take just one vitamin or mineral, like iron, to fill in a gap in their diets. Before you add a supplement or vitamin to your routine, let's go over some questions you should ask your doctor, pharmacist, or registered dietitian.
Alcohol consumption & health – The GOOD and the BAD
There are severe health risks associated to heavy drinking, however, moderate drinking can actually provide some health benefits. "Alcohol does all kinds of things in the body, and we're not fully aware of all its effects," says James C. Garbutt, MD, professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and a researcher at the university's Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies. "It's a pretty complicated little molecule." Let's explore the benefits and impacts of alcohol level intake.
Consumed for thousands of years, green tea has provided delicious medicinal benefits – weight management, disease fighting, energy boosting and stress reducing – to many cultures around the globe. Studies too show that the components found in such a small little teabag can do wonders for your health. If you look at the ingredients list for any fat burning supplement, chances are that green tea will be on there too.
Although studies have historically shown the negative side effects of coffee, recent studies indicate that it can actually improve your health – from boosting brain power, to delaying Alzheimer's disease and improving memory as you age. "There is certainly much more good news than bad news, in terms of coffee and health," says Frank Hu, MD, MPH, PhD, nutrition and epidemiology professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. Read on to learn more about the surprising benefits of coffee on the body and mind.
The '60s was the first full decade of rock and roll, and the top twenty singles of the decade reflect a battle between old and new forms. Elvis Presley and Ray Charles, who helped lay the foundation for the explosion of rock and soul in the '50s, each appear on the list; so does the smooth doo-wop of the Four Seasons. Louis Armstrong, the famous jazz musician who had been recording since the 1920s, had one of the biggest hit singles of the '60s.
Top 20 films most voted by the IMDb community, out of 26,978 titles. Time to reminisce on the classics of the 1960s. So brush off the old VHS tape, slide the DVD in the player, pop down to Blockbuster or search through your Foxtel movie channel. It's time to pick your favourite film...