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Diabetes growth hits ‘critical mark’

Diabetes growth hits ‘critical mark’

Diabetes will overtake heart disease as the leading lifestyle disease in Australia by 2017.

Paying bills the easy way

Paying bills the easy way

Sharyn has heard of a service provide by Centrelink which can help her spread the ...

Seniors shoplifting on the rise

Seniors shoplifting on the rise

New crime figures show shoplifting among seniors has risen by 20 per cent in the ...

2014’s best dressed

2014’s best dressed

There was one clear winner when it came to who was best dressed in 2014.

Hot foot it to Hamilton Island

Hot foot it to Hamilton Island

Spending time on the island really does mean leaving all your worries behind you.

iPhone 6 and Apple Watch launched

iPhone 6 and Apple Watch launched

Apple launched two new iPhones and a brand new smartwatch at an event on Tuesday. ...

Super – who gets what?

Super – who gets what?

How can you make sure your family receive your fortune?

Top five bargain-hunting websites

Top five bargain-hunting websites

These five websites are a bargain-hunter’s paradise.

What will be axed from the ABC?

What will be axed from the ABC?

What will funding cuts in this year’s budget mean for the ABC’s programming?

Julie Bishop a “complete fool”

Julie Bishop a “complete fool”

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has been described as a “complete fool”.

Where to go: Christmas in July

Where to go: Christmas in July

Find a Christmas in July event near you with this list of festive celebrations.

Kids exploited by reality TV?

Kids exploited by reality TV?

On Sunday night a young girl was brought to tears on national television.

Study shows over 65s to suffer

Study shows over 65s to suffer

Those aged over 65 will be hit hardest by the proposed Medicare $7 co-payment.

10 clever ways to keep kids busy

10 clever ways to keep kids busy

These 10 low-cost, low-effort activities will keep grandchildren busy for hours.

Reclining seats banned on airline

Reclining seats banned on airline

A UK airline will be banning reclining seats on all of its planes.

Bolt ‘deranged’ says Turnbull

Bolt ‘deranged’ says Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull has called Andrew Bolt ‘deranged’ and ‘unhinged’.

Bill’s Budget response

Bill’s Budget response

Bill Shorten delivered a stinging attack on the Abbott Government’s first budget last night.

The Coalition breaks key promises

The Coalition breaks key promises

Several key Coalition promises were broken in Tuesday’s budget.

Changes to pensions

Changes to pensions

How will changes to pensions announced in the Federal Budget 2014 affect you?

Federal Budget 2014 summary

Federal Budget 2014 summary

Find out what made it in and what was simply deemed too unpalatable.

ONESeniors in administration

ONESeniors in administration

Over 55s phone and internet supplier ONESeniors has gone into administration.

Five tips for buying a computer

Five tips for buying a computer

Drew explains what you need to know to get the best product at the right ...

Internet Explorer security risk

Internet Explorer security risk

A security flaw has been discovered which is affecting the Internet Explorer browser.

Understanding acronyms

Understanding acronyms

Drew shares commonly used text chat acronyms and what they mean.

What are over 50s buying?

What are over 50s buying?

So what did YOURLifeChoices members tell us about their spending habits for 2014?

Ten early signs of dementia

Ten early signs of dementia

Knowing the warning signs will help you get the timely support you need.

Video: How societies can grow old better

Video: How societies can grow old better

It's no picnic to be an older person in a youth-oriented society.

Are businesses prepared for an ageing population?

Are businesses prepared for an ageing population?

Is your business ready for an ageing population?

Two days in Dublin on a budget

Two days in Dublin on a budget

You can easily enjoy a couple of days in Dublin without spending too much money.

Nokia Lumia 1320 review

Nokia Lumia 1320 review

Drew reviews Nokia’s latest big screen ‘phablet’ smartphone.

Get screened for hepatitis C

Get screened for hepatitis C

‘Baby boomers’ are five times more likely than other adults to have hepatitis C

Fun in a German retirement home

Fun in a German retirement home

Seniors from a German retirement group have recreated famous movie scenes

What is cloud computing?

What is cloud computing?

Tech expert Drew Patchell explains what cloud computing is and how it can help you.

What Google can do for you

What Google can do for you

Offering translation services, videos, news, email, website analytics and much more

Prepaid mobile plan on a budget

Prepaid mobile plan on a budget

Jacqui needs help finding a pensioner friendly prepaid mobile plan.

Phone scams on the rise

Phone scams on the rise

Margaret was recently contacted by someone claiming to be from the ATO handing out ‘Hardship ...

New iPhone expected for September

New iPhone expected for September

Apple is expected to unveil the new iPhone 5s at an event on 10 September.

What are my Age Pension options?

What are my Age Pension options?

When Barbara reaches Age Pension age, what are her Age Pension options?

10 ways to increase your energy

10 ways to increase your energy

Are you feeling fatigued? These 10 tips will help to boost your energy.

Managing internet bookmarks

Managing internet bookmarks

Drew explains how George can delete the current bookmarks and add his favourites.

Group-buying for beginners

Group-buying for beginners

A frequent group-buying website coupon purchaser, Drew shares his learnings.

Google Wallet

Google Wallet

A new online payment system with free money transfers.

Nokia’s $99 smartphone

Nokia’s $99 smartphone

Boasting a massive 48 days of standby time, the Asha 501 is a game changer.

Sustainable aged care reforms

Sustainable aged care reforms

The Government is pressing ahead with its 10-year aged care reform plan

Budget measure: Free public transport

Budget measure: Free public transport

Rising electricity costs have made it difficult to live on an Age Pension.

Increased Outlook security

Increased Outlook security

Drew explains how to setup Outlook’s new ‘must use’ security feature.

Google Glass revealed

Google Glass revealed

Google has started to ship their highly anticipated Google Glass devices.

The new Facebook Timeline

The new Facebook Timeline

Drew explains how to customise your new Timeline

Preventing landline ‘junk calls’

Preventing landline ‘junk calls’

Drew explains how to weed out telemarketing calls on your landline

Bigger smartphones on the way

Bigger smartphones on the way

Recent trends have seen bigger and more powerful devices favoured

Do I need a camera?

Do I need a camera?

Should Brenda buy a new camera or will her iPhone do the trick?

Windows Task Manager shortcut

Windows Task Manager shortcut

Drew shares the new shortcut for opening Task Manager on your PC

Google manages your digital afterlife

Google manages your digital afterlife

Inactive Account Manager ensures your information is deleted once you die

Gmail change angers users

Gmail change angers users

Gmail has revamped the way in which users write emails

Stopping ‘junk calls’

Stopping ‘junk calls’

Drew explains how to stop telemarketers disturbing you

Best internet browsers

Best internet browsers

Drew explains why you should consider changing browsers.

Finding cheap flights online

Finding cheap flights online

Drew shares his top tips to finding the best priced flights

Do I need smartphone insurance?

Do I need smartphone insurance?

Drew explains why you should consider purchasing smartphone insurance.

3D printers show endless potential

3D printers show endless potential

Could this be the greatest invention of the 21st century?

What is your life expectancy?

What is your life expectancy?

Drew was shocked to learn that he is only expected to live until just 68. ...

Hashtags coming to Facebook

Hashtags coming to Facebook

If you believe the rumour mill, hashtags are just around the corner.

Unmanned drones set for QLD skies

Unmanned drones set for QLD skies

In an Australian first, QLD police plan to use unmanned drones

Google indoor maps

Google indoor maps

Google has launched indoor maps for 200 locations across the country.

Telcos on notice

Telcos on notice

New rules to clear up comparison misinformation for consumers.

Three ways to speed up your computer

Three ways to speed up your computer

Drew shares three guides to help clean up your computer and increase its performance ...

Hotmail switches to Outlook

Hotmail switches to Outlook

Drew explains what this means and shares some handy shortcuts.

Pension reductions

Pension reductions

Peter would like to know how additional income will affect his Age Pension

Centrelink concession card blunder

Centrelink concession card blunder

Not only are single parents due to have their Newstart Allowance cut, they have also ...

Electricity and gas bills are on the rise…

Electricity and gas bills are on the rise…

Electricity and gas prices are skyrocketing around the country. The rate rises are especially ...

Backing up your iPhone/iPad

Backing up your iPhone/iPad

Drew explains how to back up your contacts, photos and purchased apps.

Separated under one roof

Separated under one roof

YOURLifeChoices subscriber Pam is her husband’s carer but they are married in name only. She ...

Volunteering opportunities

Volunteering opportunities

Opportunities to volunteer both in Australia and overseas are boundless and you may even learn ...

Should I replace my PC with an iPad?

Should I replace my PC with an iPad?

YOURLifeChoices answers subscriber Joyce’s question on whether an iPad is an effective ...

Work longer to delay dementia

Work longer to delay dementia

It’s commonly accepted that exercising the brain can delay the onset of dementia and now ...

Ten things you may not know about dementia

Ten things you may not know about dementia

There is a common misconception that dementia is a normal part of ageing, but ...

Speed up your computer

Speed up your computer

Have you noticed your computer slowing down over the past year? Drew explains how a ...

Beginner’s guide to cruising

Beginner’s guide to cruising

All aboard! There has never been a better time for cruising. If you're thinking ...

Carer program

Carer program

A carer is a person who, through family relationship or friendship, looks after a ...

MP Pay Rise

MP Pay Rise

The average salary of a backbencher has increased by $49,640 compared with a year ago.

The truth about organ donation

The truth about organ donation

37 per cent of older Australians assume they are too old to donate.

Age Pension and tax

Age Pension and tax

As tax time fast approaches, YOURLifeChoices subscriber, Dianne, would like to know ...

What to do when you lose your phone

What to do when you lose your phone

Losing your mobile phone can cost you thousands of dollars

Pension increases

Pension increases

From 20 March 2012 pension rates will increase in line with cost of living increases.

Opposition budget response

Opposition budget response

As is the tradition, last night the leader of the Opposition, Mr Abbott, responded in ...

No share for pensioners

No share for pensioners

There are three ways of viewing Budget 2012-3; politically, economically or personally

Where the savings will come from

Where the savings will come from

The Government will make $33.6 billion worth of savings to fund the return to surplus.

A serious budget for serious times

A serious budget for serious times

Yesterday I was privileged to again attend the Budget Lock-up, but what exactly is a ...

What’s in it for self-funded retirees

What’s in it for self-funded retirees

If you’ve worked hard all your life to fund your retirement, then you may be ...

Tripling the tax-free threshold

Tripling the tax-free threshold

The tax-free threshold will triple from its current limit of $6000 to $18,200 in 2012/13.

A fairer aged care system

A fairer aged care system

The reforms are to help ensure a better, fairer and more consistent aged care system.

Nothing new for pensioners

Nothing new for pensioners

Those struggling to survive on an Age Pension will have to do so for a ...

Support for older workers

Support for older workers

The Mature Age Participation program: practical help for job seekers over 55.

Better access to public dental services

Better access to public dental services

$345.9 million will be spent over three years to reduce public dental waiting lists

Senior discounts on broadband plans

Senior discounts on broadband plans

Most people consider an internet connection to be an essential service, especially as many ...

Pensioners cost of living win

Pensioners cost of living win

The cost of living for pensioners rose only 1.1 per cent, 0.5 per cent below ...

Living a week in the shoes of a pensioner

Living a week in the shoes of a pensioner

To better understand how hard Pensioners have it, I’m going to be putting my money ...

The world is your oyster

The world is your oyster

If you’re a train enthusiast planning your next trip or are thinking of taking ...

Get the London Pass

Get the London Pass

With the start of the Olympic Games less than 90 days away and Queen ...

A trip through the Rockies

A trip through the Rockies

Spend a relaxing two days and one night of Canada’s iconic Rocky Mountaineer and ...

See Europe with a Eurail pass

See Europe with a Eurail pass

Make your way through Europe at your own pace with the flexibility of a ...

Is your computer infected?

Is your computer infected?

If you don't remove it by 9 July 2012, you won't be able to connect ...

Barassi continues to be an inspiration

Barassi continues to be an inspiration

On the football field he was a dynamic player and leader.

What will aged care reforms mean for you?

What will aged care reforms mean for you?

Our current Aged Care system is inconsistent, confusing and unsustainable.

Pension age needs to rise

Pension age needs to rise

The IMF has warned governments around the world that they need to act now.

How to choose a tablet

How to choose a tablet

Tablet computers have taken the market by storm.

Creating your dream job

Creating your dream job

Susan Moir shares how to negotiate a more flexible role when work starts taking over.

Quiet the Mind; an essay on meditation

Quiet the Mind; an essay on meditation

Meditation can reduce stress, combat heart disease and improve your mood.

How to get your texts for free

How to get your texts for free

SMS is fast becoming the preferred means of communication between Australians and with a ...

Email etiquette

Email etiquette

An email may seem like the quickest and easiest way to communicate with others, ...

Myki mayhem in Melbourne

Myki mayhem in Melbourne

The $1.4 billion myki ticketing system has come under fire once again this week, ...

Plates for older drivers

Plates for older drivers

Yesterday on Mornings with Neil Mitchell on the 3AW radio network the ...

The Pension Party

The Pension Party

As the first invited ‘citizen author’ post on YOURLifeChoices website, Ken has ...

It really is time

It really is time

We are delighted by the robust debate following the first post by Ken. That ...

It really is time

It really is time

We are delighted by the robust debate following the first post by Ken. That ...

The sky’s the limit on the Indian Pacific

The sky’s the limit on the Indian Pacific

Whilst the word ‘train’ normally conjures up images of short daily journeys, the ...

What to look for in a smartphone

What to look for in a smartphone

Webmaster Drew explains the benefits of a smartphone and how to choose one that suits ...

Free fun around Australia

Free fun around Australia

Given that it takes such a long time to travel overseas, interstate travel is ...

Top ten overseas destinations

Top ten overseas destinations

A trip overseas is no doubt a luxury yet surprisingly, over 40 per cent ...

Music series hits the right note

Music series hits the right note

Suzanne Gleeson’s love-affair with music has become contagious among residents at Lend Lease’s ...

Busy hands, busy minds

Busy hands, busy minds

Jim Livingstone always had a shed in the back yard – and now he ...

Exploring Samatya

Exploring Samatya

If you look on most maps, you won't find Samatya. That's because the modern ...

Never stop learning

Never stop learning

YOURLifeChoices subscriber, Shirley, has asked for some information regarding community interaction and learning in regards to computers and the internet. YOURLifeChoices has covered the issues of Computer clubs, internet allowances, online diary’s and $250 computers. Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association Australian ...

Do you have any rights?

Do you have any rights?

We hear a lot of discussion about rights but do any of us really ...

Beware supermarket scams

Beware supermarket scams

Recently, Drew found himself the target of a supermarket scam and he’s not been the only one, judging by the number of emails warning of similar incidents. Currently making the rounds are emails which warn about the dangers of paying with your card at the supermarket ...

SMS Scams

SMS Scams

Webmaster, Drew, got an SMS on his mobile phone yesterday claiming he had won $120,000 and had to reply to claim it. An obvious scam, which can cost you hundreds of dollars if you reply! Obviously no company in their right mind will SMS you saying ...

Mi casa es su casa

Mi casa es su casa

There is nothing better than enjoying fine wine, food and the company of good ...

Northern Europe is music to the ears

Northern Europe is music to the ears

The experience of cruising the waters of Northern Europe has just become even more ...

No hassle, no worries and no cost!

No hassle, no worries and no cost!

MSC Cruises welcomes families to uncover the ideal cruise getaway.

MSC Yacht Club voted number one

MSC Yacht Club voted number one

Everyone enjoys a little luxury when travelling. It doesn’t come much more luxurious than ...

Which Mac is right for you

Which Mac is right for you

Over six percent of Australians have made the jump to Apple Mac computers, and ...

Protection from power surges

Protection from power surges

YOURLifeChoices subscriber Jenny wants to know if her home and contents insurance ...

Overseas pensions

Overseas pensions

YOURLifeChoices subscriber Ronnie is based in the US and would like to ...

Carbon tax compensation

Carbon tax compensation

A few months may have passed since the announcement of the proposed Carbon Tax ...

What scams look like

What scams look like

While critical in providing an instant window of communication to the world, a downside to having an email account is the veritable flood of spam emails you receive which promise you the world and delivering worse than nothing. Thankfully as people begin to understand more ...

Compensation payments and Centrelink

Compensation payments and Centrelink

Often paid as a result of difficult circumstances, compensation payments can seem like a godsend. But, as YOURLifeChoices subscriber, Deborah, has realised, there can be penalties. Q. Deborah Three years ago I lost my Mum in a tragic accident. Because of ...

How do I start my retirement?

How do I start my retirement?

Q. Robert I will reach Age Pension age early next year ...

Skype

Skype

Skype is a powerful tool that allows you to video call friends and family ...

Accessibility for seniors

Accessibility for seniors

Learning to cope with a disability is challenging at the best of times but ...

Will I lose my carer supplement?

Will I lose my carer supplement?

YOURLifeChoices subscriber Von is concerned that when she moves to the Age ...

Getting things in order - Power of Attorney

Getting things in order - Power of Attorney

Perhaps you offered to deal with a seemingly simple bureaucratic matter on behalf of ...

Age Pension versus Disability Support Pension

Age Pension versus Disability Support Pension

With which would Ron be better off?

Save your super

Save your super

The recent share market plunge will have knocked 3 to 5 percent off super ...

Pensions, Payments, Allowances and Tests

Pensions, Payments, Allowances and Tests

Age Pension age for social security purposes is 65 years for men. ...

Good housekeeping for SMSFs

Good housekeeping for SMSFs

Australia currently boasts around 435,000 Self Managed Super Funds. Martin Murden provides ...

Dealing with burnout

Dealing with burnout

Start by building a list of all the great things you have done, and enjoyed, ...

Appealing Centrelink Decisions

Appealing Centrelink Decisions

Q. Graham You placed my concerns some time ago on your newsletter and I received some interesting information. I have since contacted the Government but cannot get any response to my mail and emails. Do you have an address for an organisation that address pensioners concerns ...

Claiming a UK pension

Claiming a UK pension

If you have paid National Insurance contributions in the UK then you may be ...

Transferring your UK pension to Australia

Transferring your UK pension to Australia

Having a pension fund across the world may not be financially beneficial in terms ...

Easier bill payment - Centrepay

Easier bill payment - Centrepay

Large bills can take the wind out your sails when they arrive unexpectedly in the post. Finding the money to pay such bills when you’re on a budget can be a struggle. Centrelink can help factor your bills into your budget. Centrepay is a free service ...

What does cost of living mean?

What does cost of living mean?

A recent news item in the Age is very useful in highlighting the difference between the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) living cost indices. Confused? Read on for our plain-English explanation and how this affects those on an Age ...

Digital switchover assistance

Digital switchover assistance

In anticipation of the switchover to digital television, YOURLifeChoices subscriber Terry is ready to install a set top box but wants to know if there is any help with the cost. Q. Terry Could you tell me if Centrelink have a ...

Update your security question

Update your security question

YOURLifeChoices subscriber Jack wants to know more about the recent increase in hackers targeting security questions and how he can strengthen his security question to prevent theft of information. Q. I have heard that hackers are using users’ security questions to break ...

Hit the road - How it will affect your Centrelink payments

Hit the road - How it will affect your Centrelink payments

A life on the open road beckons for YOURLifeChoices subscriber Johnson. But where does this leave him with his Centrelink payments? Q. Johnson I have a query which Centrelink doesn’t seem to be able to confirm, I keep getting different answers, ...

Claiming Age Pension from overseas

Claiming Age Pension from overseas

YOURLifeChoices subscriber Emmie, is now eligible to claim the Age Pension but is currently living in Vietnam. She would like to know if she can make her claim from outside Australia. Q. Emmie I am an Australian citizen and have become ...

Work Bonus promise

Work Bonus promise

Many promises were made during the recent Federal Election campaign.

Stay At Home Care

Stay At Home Care

Help Available Most older Australians choose to stay in their present home, move in with relatives or friends or move to a smaller home. Many will eventually need help to stay at home. Community Care Services The aim of community care is ...

How much can we gift?

How much can we gift?

YOURLifeChoices subscribers, Glenn and Jennifer, would like to gift money to their children but are keen to know the limits? Q. Glenn and Jennifer One is allowed to gift to our children $30,000.00 over five years. After the five years elapses ...

Carolyn’s concern for her mother

Carolyn’s concern for her mother

Q. Our 92-year-old mother, who has Macular Degeneration, lives alone on her 50 acres and has been stripped of her life savings by a conman doing a botched asphalting job. What can we do? He drove her to the bank to get the money; the job ...

Frozen Funds and Centrelink

Frozen Funds and Centrelink

The Government is closely monitoring the global financial crisis and its impact on pensioners and has asked Centrelink make a special one-off update of our system with the current value of any shares and managed investments that pensioners might hold. This will be done in the next few weeks ...

Age Pension residency requirements

Age Pension residency requirements

Strict residency requirements exist for those wishing to claim the Age Pension. YOURLifeChoices subscriber, Jamie, would like to know if he can claim the Age Pension from the Philippines. Q. Jamie I am an Australian citizen currently residing in the Philippines. ...

Useful Centrelink publications

Useful Centrelink publications

Understanding your Centrelink entitlements may be made easier by first reading the host of publications provided by Centrelink, all available for download. A guide to Centrelink concession cards Pension Bonus Scheme A guide to Australian Government payments ...

Commonwealth Carelink Centres

Commonwealth Carelink Centres

Commonwealth Carelink Centres provide information to older Australians, people with disabilities, their families, carers, general practitioners, other health professionals or anyone else who needs reliable information and guidance about community care services and aged care homes available in the local community. The service is free and confidential. Anyone can ...

Reverse Mortgage or Home Equity Conversion

Reverse Mortgage or Home Equity Conversion

A good deal of the assets of Australians are in their homes. About 75% of older Australians own the home where they live and they owe very little or nothing on the property. With a reverse mortgage some of the equity in the home is converted into a lump ...

Internet for Nomads

Internet for Nomads

YOURLifeChoices subscriber, Sally, wants to know her internet options for when she takes to the road in her camper trailer. Q. What is the best way to have internet access while travelling around Australia by camper trailer? A. Sally, ...

Tax checklist

Tax checklist

Getting ready for tax return time will help take some of the stress out of completing your tax return and will make sure you get any tax refund quicker! The records you should have ready are: · tax file number · spouse’s ...

Emergency mobile communication

Emergency mobile communication

Q. Judy I was wondering if there is a product that can be worn by a pensioner in & out of home for emergency calling. My father is 85 and lives alone and there are no relatives living in a close proximity. All family live ...

Mobile phone plans explained

Mobile phone plans explained

Choosing the wrong mobile phone plan can be a costly error but working your way through the myriad of information available is almost impossible as YOURLifeChoices subscriber, Brian, has found. Q. Brian I have an 80 year old friend who has ...

Centrelink asset classes

Centrelink asset classes

YOURLifeChoices subscriber Maureen is contemplating a move to over 50s accommodation but ...

Centrelink Denture Entitlements

Centrelink Denture Entitlements

Q. Vesna I was wondering whether you could help me. Both my parents are pensioners. My dad is on the old age pension and my mother is in the process of Centrelink changing her from disability support pension to age pension. My parent's next ...

Is wireless worth it?

Is wireless worth it?

Q. I wonder if Drew could answer the following question - it ...

Confused by Centrelink - Couples Query

Confused by Centrelink - Couples Query

Q. Tom My wife and I have just been at Centrelink and we are now very confused. I am about to turn 65 and my wife is 62. I have supported her for the last 10 years as she has not worked. Centrelink is now telling ...

Should you upgrade or repair your computer?

Should you upgrade or repair your computer?

When your computers not working as it should be and you don’t have a clue what the problem is, do you call someone in to repair it or do you make the choice to upgrade? Knowing when to cut your loses is an important part of ...

Choosing a GPS

Choosing a GPS

Webmaster, Drew, helps YOURLifeChoices subscriber, Andrew, understand the benefit of choosing the correct GPS system. Q. Andrew Hi Drew I am not very competent with technology and struggled to use a Traveller brand GPS Navigator the last time I hired ...

Separation and the Age Pension

Separation and the Age Pension

YOURLifeChoices subscriber, Jeff, would like to know how best to structure his post-separation funds and how to achieve his dream of a life on the water. Q. Jeff We have just sold our house and have decided to go our separate ...

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