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Pensioners Living In Poverty

One-third of Australian pensioners live in poverty

An OECD report, Pensions at a Glance 2015, compared Australia to 33 other countries. The report found that more than one-third of Australian pensioners are living below the poverty line, making…

Royal Commission Report Into Family Violence

Royal Commission report into Family Violence

On 30 March 2016, Australia’s first Royal Commission into family violence was released. The Report made 227 comprehensive recommendations about how to prevent and respond to the issue of family…

Will disputes: Family Provision claims explained

If you believe that you have not received adequate provision for your maintenance, education or advancement in life under the Will of a relative, spouse, former spouse or someone with…

Spinal Fusion

Spinal fusion – an unnecessary operation?

Today’s Medical Journal of Australia (MJA Insight) has an interesting article on the increase in rates of spinal fusion surgery for chronic low back pain. Spinal surgery has been on the…

Will disputes: Notional Estates

With the New South Wales Supreme Court having recently been charged with considering the adequacy of provision from the estate of the late Neville Wran (view the article), it is…

Family Law Terms

Family Law Terms explained

Lawyers like to use big fancy words. At Catherine Henry Lawyers we recognise that family law is difficult enough without legal jargon or Latin phrases, so to make the process…

A Full Life

The Changing Definition of “A Full Life”

The definition of “a full life” is expanding. Not too long ago, a person who lived until age 70 was considered to have had a good, long run. With lengthening life…

Transitioning From Retirement

Transitioning from retirement into volunteering

We've all heard of transitioning to retirement, but what about transitioning from retirement. I know of so many people who enter into retirement and then tell me they have never been…

Elder Abuse Conference

4th Annual Elder Abuse Conference, Melbourne

An impressive line up of speakers addressed the issues of elder abuse, covering financial, physical, psychological, sexual abuse, mistreatment, neglect and malicious harm, at the the 4th Annual Elder Abuse…

Preventable Death In Hospital

Preventable death in hospital

Unexpected injury or death of a loved one while in hospital care is a particularly confronting situation for families.  This perhaps even more so when the injured family member has…

Seniors Housing Shortage

Seniors’ Housing Shortage

A seniors' housing shortage has been identified in a recent report authored by Professor Wendy Lacey from the Faculty of Law at The University of South Australia and Dr Eileen…

Should Over-70s Be Allowed To Drive?

A recent article in The Retiree quotes comments made by NSW Police’s Head of Traffic to the effect that people over 70 should not drive.  Officer John Hartley believes older…

How to Discuss Care Issues with an Elderly Parent

We know that we inevitably need to discuss care issues with our ageing parents, but actually having “the conversation” is not easy, nor is finding the right time to have that conversation. …

Dementia Cafes

Dementia Cafes Proving a Hit

A network of dementia cafes aimed at connecting people living with dementia and their loved ones to one another and gently introducing them to support services is proving the perfect…

End Of Life Care

End of life care

End of life care, or the question “how would you like to die?” is an important topic which many families, care-givers and healthcare professionals struggle to discuss with patients who are…

Health and Ageing Australians

Health and ageing are closely entwined, so it's important to ensure Australia’s ageing population maintains a high level of health. Experts say that a greater national focus is required to ensure ongoing good health…

Loneliness And The Elderly

Loneliness and the Elderly

Researchers have long known the dangers of loneliness, especially among the elderly, but the cellular mechanisms by which loneliness causes adverse health outcomes have not been well understood. Now a…

Alzheimer's - Is There A Cure?

Alzheimer’s – Is There a Cure?

Alzheimer's disease.  More than 40 million people worldwide suffer from it, and that number is expected to increase drastically in the coming years. But no real progress has been made…

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