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Renters Beware: how the pension and super could leave you behind

Super and the pension treat most retirees well, but not renters.  Shutterstock How we fund retirement in an ageing century ought to worry all of us. But one group of us should be much more worried than the rest. In a new set of research briefs published by the Centre of Excellence of Population Ageing Research, we report that most people do well...

Listen To Older Voices : Margaret Healy – Part 3

Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg. Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle...

Listen To Older Voices : Margaret Healy – Part 2

Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg. Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of...

Health Check: how much physical activity is enough in older age?

Physical activity is just as important for people over 65 as anyone else. Andrey Popov/Shutterstock We all know making physical activity a regular habit is important for health and well-being. But health promotion messages are often aimed at children and young people, with less focus on the importance of physical activity for older people. However, older age is a crucial...

Listen To Older Voices : Margaret Healy – Part 1

Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg. Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of...

Planning for death must happen long before the last few days of life

People need time to learn about their options and think about their preferences. Val Vesa/Unsplash Our experience of death obviously shapes the final moments of our own life. It also shapes the experience and remains in the memories of those around us. Around 160,000 Australians die each year, but few achieve the type of death they would like. Some 60% of us would like to die...

Listen To Older Voices : Rod Young – Part 2

Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg. Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of...

Listen To Older Voices : Rod Young – Part 1

Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg. Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of...

Four lessons for Australia from England’s system of rating its aged care homes

Ratings work mostly because they change the behaviour of care providers. from shutterstock.com ABC’s Four Corners coverage showing mistreatment of residents in Australia’s aged care facilities has led to much discussion about ideas to improve care. One proposal is to introduce ratings, which would provide a score reflecting the quality of residential aged care services. Ratings have come up before in reports about...

Australia’s residential aged care facilities are getting bigger and less home-like

Residential aged care facilities should be more like a home and less like a hospital. from shutterstock.com Most older people want to stay at home as long as they can. When this is no longer possible, they move into residential aged care facilities, which become their home. But Australia’s care facilities for the aged are...