The Senior News

Report misses reality of grandparent carers

GRANDPARENTS who care full-time for their grandchildren would no longer be able to access free child care under a Productivity Commission proposal.

Big rig keeps on rollin’

AFTER almost 50 years driving semi-trailers, B-doubles and road trains, Norm Ekman knows pretty much all there is to know about steering big rigs through the outback. Yet the 70-year-old is by no means ready to give it all away, perhaps one of the reasons he has been honoured by induction into the National Road Transport Hall of Fame in Alice Springs.

Part-time role ‘backward step’

RELEGATING the age discrimination commiss­ion­er’s role to a part-time position discounts the rights of older people and is a backward step. 

Jobseekers face uphill battle

AN extra 24,000 over-50s have begun receiving Newstart in the past year, with more than 200,000 older unemployed people now claiming the allowance.

Grandparents, you ought to be congratulated

NOMINATIONS are now open for the NSW Grandparent of the Year Awards.

Wolf’s winning ways

WOLF Blass knew he was on to a good thing before even arriving in Australia in 1961 to take up a three-year contract with the Kaiser Stuhl wine growers’ co-operative. In London, the young German went to a leading importer of Australian wine to sample the local product. One taste was enough. “I said I could not go wrong.”

It's Canberra or bust

IN 2013 they walked 1600km in 33 days from Brisbane to Birdsville, braving sub-zero mornings in Gatton, Oakley and Dalby, and 40-plus degree days beyond Windorah – and raised $120,000.

Grants for NSW Seniors Week Programs

APPLICATIONS for 2015 NSW Seniors Week grants close on September 19.

Australian-first program a life-saver

MINUTES or even seconds can be vital when someone is having a heart attack. Now, thanks to a new Ambulance Tasmania program, a lifesaving piece of equipment could be just around the corner.

Rise of the silver splitters

INITIATIVES focused on relationship support ignore rising divorce rates among older people. Divorce rates among over-60s continue to increase in Australia and across the western world, with 18 per cent of Australians calling it quits after more than 20 years of marriage in 2011 compared with 13 per cent in 1990.


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