Make sure your Downsizer contributions don’t upend your super plans Two proposals in the federal budget are unambiguously great news for older Australians looking to get more money into super. Both relate to extending the period of time for which particular opportunities are available. The first was a proposal to bring the eligibility for “downsizer
Is premium kibble good for your dog? You’ve seen the shiny packets stacked up in the pet food shops, twice the price of the basic supermarket kibble. Your vet may have recommended a particular brand to keep your dog healthy. But what is premium kibble and will it actually give your dog extra health benefits?
5 Tips and Tricks to Get Creative with Adult Colouring Books Kids are smart, they have always known the best relaxing activities to do and get creative with, and we adults have finally caught up. If you haven’t yet discovered, colouring books are no longer just for the little ones; older adults have been using
7 tips to keep mentally healthy while in lockdown or self-isolating Whether you’ve just come out of lockdown, or being forced back in to lockdown – you’re not alone in feeling like that your mental health has (or is) suffering from self-isolation. It’s a tough situation for everyone, all over the world, and seems we
Queensland Health blasted over another compassionate case Son unable to visit his dying mother due to Queensland’s lack of empathy on border restrictions The Today Show hosts broke down on live TV this morning after it was revealed Karl Stefanovic’s schoolmate was unable to visit his dying mother due to Queensland’s border restrictions. Allison Langdon
UQ Researchers seeking participants aged 50 and over to participate in COVID-19 survey Understanding potential mental health protective factors associated with COVID-19 UQ researchers are seeking participants aged 50 years and over to participate in a survey regarding their COVID-19 experience to help understand the impact of the pandemic and potential protective mental health factors.
Australia’s biggest age pension postcodes revealed Queensland strengthens its position as Australia’s retirement hot spot 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
Why keeping physically active helps keeps the brain active and healthy Although the link between exercise and heart health is well-known, researchers are more recently starting to piece together what happens to our most complex organ – the brain – when we work up a sweat. Through a series of studies, scientists started noticing that
14 fun ideas to repurpose your favourite colouring pages What do you do with all those beautiful works of art when you’re done coloring them? Well the good news is there are a few fun things you can do to enjoy your work and share it with others. Perhaps you’ve run out of room on
No changes to the halving of minimum pension draw down rates With no news in this month’s Federal Budget, we had assumed the temporary halving of the minimum pension draw down rates would cease on 30 June 2021 (as currently legislated). However, the Government has now announced an extension for one more year. As part
My dog is farting, is this normal? Common questions about dog gassiness We’re all spending a lot more time at home right now, and while your dog will be loving the extra attention, you might be noticing just how gassy they are. If your dog’s diet is working for them, you shouldn’t be noticing nasty
Survey by NRMA ranks the top most aggravating driving behaviours and most courteous An NRMA survey has uncovered the most important acts of courteous drivers. More than 2,000 NRMA members scattered through metro, regional and rural areas of NSW and the ACT took part in the survey. So what were the top ranked forms of
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. Ian Yates, Chief Executive of COTA Australia, welcomed the expansion of superannuation payments to workers earning less than $450 a month, saying the
Should you start a pension before 1 July 2021? What to weigh up in deciding whether or not to start a pension before 1 July 2021 The conventional wisdom is that most people who can start retirement phase pensions should do so as soon as possible. They come with great tax breaks (the fund stops
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