Category: Seniors

Finding Hope After Losing a Spouse

Isabella Ross Losing a loved one, not to mention a partner, is one of the hardest things we can go through. In the later years of life, loss is understandably more common. So, it is important to learn a range of coping strategies and to hold onto hope during times of grief. A recent report from Seniors Online Victoria, devised a list of helpful interventions aimed at reducing isolation and loneliness in older Australians. ‘Loneliness is a big issue. Our community don’t see it, but it is there. What we do see is the tip of the iceberg,’ revealed...

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Accessible Apps and Technology Tutorials for Seniors

Isabella Ross Long gone is the stereotype that the older generation has been left behind in technological advancements. With more accessibility, knowledge, tutorials, beginner’s guides and more resources available, our Aussie seniors are becoming incredibly tech-savvy in their own right. Below are all the latest apps specialised for oldies, as well as places people can go to further their skills and hi-tech prowess. Council-led tutorials for seniors: Tech Savvy Seniors 2019 in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Korean: This program will assist seniors from English and non-English speaking backgrounds who have limited or no previous experience in using technology to...

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Funding Needed For Aged Care

Isabella Ross There is no question that our seniors and older Australians within the community are some of the most vulnerable. National Seniors Australia have expressed their disappointment regarding the lack of necessary funding being directed towards aged care in Australia. The nation’s Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is still underway. While conclusive findings have not been released yet, it is evident that the Royal Commission has shed light on the importance of aged care. But with the Royal Commission’s final report expected to be finalised by April 30th 2020, National Seniors Australia is worried that more needs to be done in the lead up. “Older Australians can’t afford to wait for the Royal Commission’s recommendations. We can and must do better as a nation. The Royal Commission has uncovered appalling evidence of aged care failure and it is time to commit to action.” said National Seniors Chief Advocate Ian Henschke. Thus far, the Royal Commission has heard that 16,000 people died in 2018, waiting for necessary home care packages. What is for certain is that our seniors deserve better, and with the support of the public and the Royal Commission, circumstances will hopefully begin to change. Whilst the Royal Commission proceeds, the Morrison Government have announced a major reform package for value and security in aged care facilities across the country. Minister for Aged Care...

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Self-managing Chronic Disease

Brooke Fryer Chronic diseases may affect any age group, at any time, but as we grow older the chances of getting a chronic disease increases. There are specialised services available to help people suffering from chronic diseases, but in order to keep the disease in check day-to-day, self-management is vital. A chronic disease is categorised as an on-going disease which lasts more than three months. These diseases generally are not completely curable and, in most cases, the disease gets worse with time. According to the Australian Government’s, My Aged Care, the most common types of chronic diseases in Australia...

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How to escape boredom in retirement

Isabella Ross Ah, Retirement. A time to feel proud of your decades’ long work, lifetime of achievements and welcome the next chapter. Retirement is often spent relaxing, in stark contrast to your adult period where the clock was constantly ticking and the juggling of everyday tasks was a normality. But with this new chapter can often come a sense of boredom or lack of purpose. With all this spare time on your hands, many can be left looking for a new hobby or pastime – and that is where Sydney Observer comes in!   The Joys of Reading: A...

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