Seniors cards offer savings for many aged 60 and over
Nearly 50,000 senior citizens have been guaranteed savings that could add up to thousands of dollars each year. And depending on which state you reside, the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) combined with a state government-issued Seniors Card might also get you discounts on other services as well.
Healthy eating lowers your risk of diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. Whilst it's still not yet clear if that's also true for Alzheimer's disease, it's not a lost cause in any case. Here are 9 foods that researchers think will keep your whole body, including your brain, healthy.
Why older adults struggle sleeping & ideas to improve your sleep
It's common for older adults to experience changes in the quality and duration of their sleep, with many reasons behind such struggles linked to either mental or physical health. This article covers the various symptoms of declining sleep as well as ideas to help improve your sleep.
Free 1-hour online webinars tailored for the Over 50s
Learn to use technology with confidence, how to protect yourself online and find out what opportunities the internet can provide by joining a range of free online government webinars from Be Connected. Tailored for anyone Over 60. Register to book your spot. Bookings are limited.
Australia's top performing suburbs across each capital city for 2021
So, where were Australia’s top performers in residential real estate over 2021? CoreLogic’s annual Best of the Best 2021 report is the most comprehensive overview of top performing residential markets and provides suburb-level insights across a variety of measures to reveal Australia’s strongest performers over the year.
While many of us look forward to the days ahead for retirement, it can look very different for each person, and sometimes you find yourself at a loose end. Each person’s expectations vary, and it can be an exciting time of freedom to do everything you’ve wanted to get to for a while. As you read ahead, you will discover ways to find direction and motivation while gaining a better understanding of the feelings of loss that may arise when you leap into retirement.
The foods we eat can dramatically affect how much and how well we sleep. Some foods and beverages calm and relax, while some stimulate the nervous system, keeping you up all night. This article covers five foods (or beverages) that can often help you get a better sleep.
14 things you can do to start your day on a positive note
How do you start your day? We all have those days where no matter how positive and motivated we are when we wake up, we’re just not feeling it. Some people call it getting out the wrong side of the bed. Some of us sadly just dread the day ahead. Our article covers 14 habits that will help you start your mornings on a more positive footing.
Regular physical activity is important for the health and mental well-being of people 50 and older — exercise boosts energy, strengthens the heart, and helps older folks manage illness or pain as well as weight. This blog explores a number of free exercise videos on YouTube, ranging from all types of weight brackets, age groups over 60 and fitness levels.
The Seventies was quite possibly the Western world’s sexiest decade. The early Seventies reflected those complexities in its hit parade with music that was evocative, entertaining and, for better or worse, unavoidable. Whilst there were many artists who had songs in the top 10 charts for months, this blog covers the number one hits in the billboards – with music clips of each single.
The five best wellbeing benefits of colouring for older adults
People of all ages love colouring – from the very young to the young at heart. For both gals and guys, there is no denying that colouring is a relaxing and enjoyable activity. While colouring is lots of fun, there’s also plenty of evidence that it’s good for you. Here we talk you through some of the benefits of colouring, and the ways in which it can help you to live a calmer and happier life.
Uncertainty is all around us, whether it is finances, family, employment, relationships or our mental and physical health. Uncertainty is an unavoidable part of life – but you are not alone. As the global pandemic has shown, life can be unpredictable – more than we could ever have imagined. But there are ways to manage uncertainty and reduce stress. Here are a few.
The retro collectibles that are now worth a small fortune • Do you own any?
Spring has sprung, and the warm weather may well have prompted you to have a bit of a spring clean. If you’re getting ready to do a big tidy-up at home, in your garage, or shed, then make sure you check inside every box before you send it to the tip! Many old and retro items have come back into fashion and are now very popular with collectors, who are willing to pay well to get their hands on the particular pieces they are after.
There’s been a buzz about superfoods in human diets for around two decades now, and there’s no reason why dogs can’t share the health benefits. There are many dog recipes filled to the brim with these nutrient dense ingredients. Here we discover how to supercharge your pup’s diet with our A-Z guide.
Why online dating can be more fun for the Over 60s
Are you over 60 and looking into the world of dating but unsure where to start? Did you know that older adults are one of the fastest-growing demographics using online dating services and are having a lot of fun doing so? Our latest article explores why dating over 60 can be fun and more!
It’s no secret that the way to your dog’s heart is through their stomach. But the older they become, the harder it will be to burn off those yummy treats. Although they’ll retain the same special personality, as a dog ages they tend to slow down, both physically and mentally. And when your dog’s activity levels decline, their dietary needs will change.
How the 2021 Budget affects those in their 60s, 70s and over
Older Australians will benefit from several measures in the Federal Budget aimed at increasing workforce participation and fixing retirement incomes. Our article includes some of the measures from the 2021 Budget that may be most relevant to those in their 60s, 70s and older.
Australia's biggest age pension postcodes revealed
The last five years has seen age pensioner numbers shrink in Victoria and New South Wales, as seniors head north and west to enjoy richer retirements. Particularly to Queensland, which now contains four of Australia’s top five age pension postcodes – all in regional areas. Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, East Toowoomba and Caloundra sit within Australia’s only five postcodes with more than 10,000 pensioners. View all postcodes here.
Dating at any stage of life can be scary and filled with uncertainty, but no expiry date comes with it, and it should be enjoyed whatever age you are. It’s something you probably didn’t see yourself navigating in your 60’s and the thought of a first date may seem somewhat overwhelming. Come with us as we explore the positives of dating once you’re over 60.
The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has revealed the best and worst superannuation fund products in Australia after releasing the superannuation statistics for the June 2021 quarter. The first annual performance test revealed that $56.2 billion is invested in underperforming products, with these products holding almost 1.1 million accounts. On Tuesday, 13 big-name funds’ products were shown to have failed the financial watchdog’s performance test.
Socially active older adults have slower rates of health decline
Researchers are becoming increasingly aware of the tangible health benefits from social connections and of those people we have around us. In particular, one recent study found that socially active older adults have slower rates of health declines. A recent study supports previous research that established a link between our social interactions and our health.
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.