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Breakfast seminars discuss retirement finances

If you are newly retired, transitioning to retirement or about to give up paid work, National Seniors’ breakfast seminars may help sharpen your financial focus in 2017.

The seminars will be presented by National Seniors Financial Information Desk.

Topics covered include understanding your own situation and the resources you can use, opportunities for fully self-funded retirees, Government Income Support (GIS) and the potential use and types of Equity Release Products.

A question and answer session will follow each presentation.

WA film makers to focus on positive ageing

Filmmakers are being invited to raise awareness and to challenge misconceptions about ageing as part of a new short film competition in Western Australia.

Seniors and Volunteering Minister Paul Miles said the Life in Pictures short film competition would be held in partnership with the Revelation Perth International Film Festival.

"Society often values youth and beauty, while messages about ageing can focus on the negatives of getting older," Mr Miles said.

Grants help SA and WA seniors with active ageing

South Australian and Western Australian seniors are being urged to get active and connect with their communities with the help of state government grants.

The first round of South Australia’s 2016/17 Grants for Seniors program has been announced and the state’s Minister for Ageing, Zoe Bettison, said 21 organisations will receive grants of up to $5000 to buy goods that encourage active ageing.

“I’m pleased to see these grants go to more than 20 South Australian organisations that are actively engaging older people,” Ms Bettison said.

Train a Guide Dog pup

Older people in South-east Queensland are being urged to sign up to raise Guide Dog puppies in the New Year when up to 20 pups will be looking for temporary homes.

The state’s Disability Services and Seniors Minister Coralee O’Rourke said puppy raisers were top of Guide Dogs Queensland’s Christmas wish list, with two new litters expected to arrive at the Bald Hills Breeding and Training Centre before Christmas.

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