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Living Longer, Living Better

Living Longer, Living Better

What’s the secret to ageing well? It’s a combination of a healthy lifestyle, independence, social engagement, financial security and access to health services, according to a wide-ranging report designed to better understand FiftyUps. The Council on the Ageing NSW Consumer Survey 2013, released last month, asked 1804 people aged over 50 living in NSW for their views on health and […]

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Somebody call a doctor! Medicare faces major surgery

Somebody call a doctor! Medicare faces major surgery

Free visits to the GP could soon be a thing of the past for most people, after the Health Minister Peter Dutton last week proposed a radical overhaul of Australia’s health system. In a hardline speech in Brisbane, Dutton described the current system as “riddled with inefficiency and waste”, saying he wanted to “modernise and strengthen Medicare”. The upshot? You […]

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Everything you need to know about the age pension (and a few things you probably don’t)

Everything you need to know about the age pension (and a few things you probably don’t)

Treasurer Joe Hockey’s “Age of Entitlement” schtick is proving to be the gift that keeps on giving. (Or taking, as the case may be.) Speaking at the start of the G20 finance ministers’ meeting in Sydney last week, the Treasurer again flagged raising the retirement age, saying longer life expectancies imposed costs – including the age pension – which may […]

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When Big Days go bad

When Big Days go bad

Your wedding day is supposed to be the happiest, most memorable day of your life, which often means we are prepared to fork out big bucks when planning our special day. And the wedding industry knows it too, with an average Australian wedding now costing $54,294. Whilst the jury is still out on whether parents still pay the lion’s share […]

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How to clean your house on a shoestring

How to clean your house on a shoestring

The cost of living keeps heading skywards, but not everything around the house needs to break the bank. We’ve rolled up our sleeves, pulled on the rubber gloves and compiled a list of the thriftiest household cleaning products. Tell us yours too.  LEMONS And you thought they were just for gin and tonic… Turns out lemons are a secret weapon […]

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