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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Aug-Sept 2012
12 | www.probussouthpacific.org NEWS Upkeep of homes reducing savings Australians over 50 are struggling to afford home repair bills, with more than 17 million defects registered. The most common issues, according to insurance provider Apia, are leaking taps, cracks in walls, blocked drains and the need to trim back trees for safety issues. Without the skills to fx the problems themselves, Australia's senior population looks to tradies. This often means dipping into their diminishing savings pool. In the heart of winter, this issue gets worse, with a spike in electricity and gas costs. For people relying on pension payments, the reality is that at the end of the week or fortnight, there's not much money to shuffe to other expenses. Not being able to afford the upkeep of homes has long-term ramifcations as little issues can turn into big problems if not addressed. With an ageing population and greater life expectancy, people are staying in their homes longer. In the past, people have moved into residential care at approximately age 75. This has now increased to 85, so it is imperative to ensure the standard of their houses is up to scratch. Help is at hand for eligible retirees through state-based Home and Community Care (HACC) programs. Contact details for HACC in each state are on the Australian Government's HACC website. W: www.health.gov.au/internet/ main/publishing.nsf/Content/ hacc-index.htm National Healthy Bones Week This month sees the return of the National Healthy Bones Week (NHBW). With a proven link between calcium levels and bone strength, lack of calcium and other minerals can lead to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis affects one in two women and one in three men over the age of sixty. This year, NHBW focuses on teaming a healthy diet with exercise for strong bones at all stages of life. Running from 19 to 25 August, NHBW features a series of fun community activities designed to encourage Australians of all ages to team their dairy intake with exercise for positive bone health. Research has shown that while adequate calcium and exercise enhance bone health independently, when combined, the effect on bone density is much greater. Dairy Australia dietitian Glenys Zucco said for our bones to benefit most from exercise, Australians need to consume the recommended daily intake of calcium. "Unfortunately, at least half of all Australians do not meet their recommended intake of calcium," Ms Zucco said. "In Australia we have a wonderful supply of calcium-rich dairy foods. Just three serves of dairy foods every day will provide most people with the calcium they need to build and maintain strong bones. " During NHBW, a number of cute, quirky and calcium-loving cafes around the country will serve free shakes and smoothies in a bid to boost their customers' calcium consumption and build strong bones. Some of Australia's best-known chefs will be sharing their favourite milkshake recipes to be voted on by the Australian public, and the NHBW website is running a milkshake dance competition -- get your entries in! W: www.healthybones.com.au The latest jewel in the MSC Cruises' fleet, MSC Divina, was recently christened in suitably elegant style by international screen legend Sophia Loren, godmother of the MSC Cruises' fleet, in Marseilles. Sophia Loren christens her namesake
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