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Cafe culture alive and well in Australia

Australians’ eating habits are going more upmarket, with new research showing we are now more likely to go to a café than a fast food outlet than we were 10 years ago.

Having a meal at the pub has also become more popular than having a pizza home delivered, according to Roy Morgan Research.

Australians’ dining and dietary habits have also changed over the past decade, with low-fat diets falling out of favour, fewer people being preoccupied with their cholesterol levels, and more of us opting to buy the same food week in, week out.

4th Seniors Sentiment Index

The Seniors Sentiment Index is a summary measure of how older Australians (5o years and over) view different aspects of their lives.

The Index is calculated based on self-assessments of financial, health and social wellbeing and is complemented with Prospective Indices that consider how these facets are expected to be in five years time.

This report presents findings from the 4th Sentiment Index; it follows from the previous analyses of the Index in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Don't go it alone: Life satisfaction among older Australians

The Australian population is ageing. Responding to this demographic change is critical to both capitalise on the opportunities and meet the challenges population ageing presents. Successful ageing represents principles adopted by different actors to improve outcomes for older people and society generally. It describes individuals' experience of 'the best old age possible'. Achieving it offers a range of benefits to individuals and the community as a whole in the context of population ageing.

The mundanities of life: Older consumers' views from the National Seniors Social Survey

Our nation is getting older. In 2015 there were over 7.8 million over 50s in Australia, constituting 33% of the population. By 2033 there will be 11.3 million, an increase of 46%. Older Australians are an increasingly financially powerful demographic, with 54% (or $3.4 trillion) of the household wealth in Australia held by people aged 55+. The wealth of older Australians is also growing faster than that of other age groups.

Living longer, learning longer: Experiences, perceptions and intentions regarding learning, education and training among older Australians

Increased life expectancy combined with recent changes to government policy (e.g. eligibility for the Age Pension increasing to age 67 by 2023) will require many people to work past the traditional retirement age of 65 to financially support themselves. Additionally, it is anticipated that Australia's ageing population will have a significant impact on the workforce participation rate; as the ageing population retire, labour shortages will emerge. Predicted labour shortages can be reduced by encouraging and supporting older workers to work for longer than they do now.

Health and ageing expert to lead National Seniors’ research

National Seniors Australia has appointed health and ageing expert Professor John McCallum to spearhead research as the consumer lobby group’s new Research Director.

Queensland-born Prof McCallum has an extensive university career, working on major research projects, both in Australia and overseas.

These include the Dubbo Longitudinal Study and the Australia-Japan Collaboration in Aged Care, Asset and Health Dynamics of the ‘Old’ Old (AHEAD), Vietnam Veterans Mortality Study and many national policy projects.

The Role of Financial Literacy & Financial Adviser Anxiety in Older Australians’ Advice Seeking

The future financial security of senior Australians will be influenced by the effectiveness of their financial plans. Key to ensuring this goal is the financial literacy of the individual, as well as their access to appropriate professional financial advice.

This National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre report, authored by Paul Gerrans from the University of Western Australia and Douglas A. Hershey from Oklahoma State University, examines these issues in detail and reveals some valuable findings. 

Detecting diabetes’ deadly ketones

A simple, hand-held breath testing device that detects deadly ketones has been developed by University of Sydney researchers. The device could mean an end to finger-prick blood tests for diabetes patients.

Electrical and information engineers created the device that measures ketones – chemicals produced in our liver when other forms of energy called energy substrates are not available, such as glucose.  For type 1 diabetes patients, elevated ketone levels can be life-threatening.

Not too late to complete census

People who were unable to participate in the census after the website crashed on Tuesday night are being urged to do so now.

The agency responsible for this national information-gathering exercise, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), is asking people to complete their forms as soon as possible. It has advised that fines will not be imposed for late completion.

National Seniors chief advocate, Sarah Saunders, said this year’s census exercise had been a debacle.

World class speakers to lead dementia month

To help people living with dementia feel less isolated, Alzheimer’s Australia is holding a series of public events in September. 

As part of Dementia Awareness Month, the organisation is hosting a world-leader in the field of Alzheimer’s disease Dr. Ronald Petersen. 

U.S. Mayo Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the Mayo Clinic Study on Aging director, Dr Petersen, was Ronald Reagan’s personal physician and treated the former American President’s Alzheimer’s disease. 

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