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Vaccinations don’t stop at childhood

 

Once you have had chickenpox, the virus can stay in your nervous system for many years. For reasons that are not fully understood, the virus may become active again and give you shingles. ...

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Taking a break

 

Accessing respite is important for the carer and the person they are caring for, enabling them both to have a break.  ...

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Contributing the proceeds of downsizing to superannuation

 

On 9 May 2017 the Government announced that from 1 July 2018, individuals aged 65 or over will be able to make a contribution to super of up to $300,000 from the proceeds of selling their home. ...

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Welcoming members of the 2018 COTA Queensland Board

COTA has a proud history of identifying needs and working with stakeholders to form community organisations to provide services. ...

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U3A Twin Towns Senior of the Year 2017

Ilona has been a member of U3A Twin Towns for nearly a decade.  In that time, she has been an incredibly active participant in and organiser of U3A activities and events. ...

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Emergency planning for aged care services

The Australian Department of Health has released the following reminder to Aged Care Service Providers:

The high risk season for major Australian weather events and bushfires has already commenced so it is important that all aged care providers are prepared to respond to emergency events.

Maintaining quality care under these circumstances requires effective emergency risk management and planning.

It is important that service providers are prepared for any events which may impact their service. The department has published a number … Read the rest

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‘The New Middle Age: Ways to thrive in the longevity economy’ – National Ageing Research Institute

This paper calls for a new policy framework for ‘a middle-ageing Australia’. It offers ideas for policy reform across the areas of work, education, health and community-building regarding the growing middle-aged demographic.

There are seven million Australians aged 50-75 years who are facing an extended life expectancy in a volatile and rapidly changing economic and political environment. The authors argue that Australia and its political leaders have an opportunity to take the lead in bringing the nation round to a … Read the rest

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Switch On … in your community  

In the dark about your electricity bills?
Join QCOSS to find out how to save money on your power bills

  • Are you receiving all the government energy rebates you are entitled to?
  • Would you like to understand what you can do to manage your energy use and costs?
  • Do you have your own energy saving tips to share with others in your community?

Bring your bill along to this free event to learn more about how you can save energy

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International Day of Older Persons 2017

 

Stepping into the Future: Tapping into the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Person’s in Society.

Ageism is a widely prevalent and prejudicial attitude that stems from the assumption that age discrimination, and sometimes neglect and abuse of older persons is a social norm and therefore, acceptable. It is a reality in some form in all societies, and finds expression in individuals’ attitudes, institutional and policy practices, as well as media representation that devalue and exclude older persons.

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Tips to Better Manage the Cost of Keeping Cool in SEQ During the Next Few Days

 

Source: Ian Jarratt, Queensland Consumers Association

The abnormally high temperatures forecast for the next few days means that many south east Queenslanders will start using their air conditioners again to keep cool.

The Queensland Consumers Associations is reminding consumers that prolonged and inefficient use of air conditioners during hot weather often results in unexpectedly high power bills that many households struggle to be able to pay.

However, Association spokesperson Ian Jarratt says:  “Power costs and bill shock can be much … Read the rest

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