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A SOCIAL LIFELINE FOR SENIORS

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A SOCIAL LIFELINE FOR SENIORS

A SOCIAL LIFELINE FOR SENIORS

Councils and not-for-profit organisations can apply for a share of $600,000 to run programs aimed at reducing social isolation among seniors.
Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said these grants can provide a social lifeline for seniors who live alone.
“No one likes to be alone or feel disconnected from their community, especially not our seniors,” Mr Singh said.
“This funding is about helping foster environments where people can come together, meet new people and enjoy themselves in their local community.”
There are three funding categories. One for new innovative projects, one specifically for local councils and one for existing or established projects for seniors.
“There are grants up to the value of $50,000, $30,000, and $20,000 under round three of the program,” Mr Singh said.
“Across NSW, there were 50 projects in the previous two rounds that successfully promoted social inclusion, reduced seniors’ isolation and loneliness, and provided meaningful opportunities to help older people connect with each other.”
Round three will have three funding categories to deliver a more flexible program. The categories include:
• Category 1: $30,000 grants for known or existing projects
• Category 2: $50,000 grants for projects or partnerships run by local council
• Category 3: $20,000 grants for new or innovative projects.
Applications are open until Monday 19 September. For more information and to apply, please visit, www.facs.nsw.gov.au/seniorsgrants.

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Supporting Seniors Amid the Transition to a Cashless Society

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Supporting Seniors Amid the Transition to a Cashless Society

Supporting Seniors Amid the Transition to a Cashless Society

 

As the prevalence of cashless transactions continues to rise, concerns about the impact on seniors and their ability to access essential services have come to the forefront. While banknotes remain legal tender, the increasing preference for card or mobile payments by businesses poses challenges for older Australians, who may rely heavily on cash for their day-to-day transactions.

The recent incident involving Queensland Federal Member, Bob Katter, highlights the frustration faced by many seniors when attempting to use cash for purchases, only to be met with resistance from establishments that accept only electronic payments. This trend towards cashless transactions has been exacerbated by factors such as the shift towards online shopping during the pandemic and the closure of bank branches and ATMs.

For seniors, the transition to a cashless society presents significant challenges. Many may not have access to mobile phones or may lack the necessary technological skills to navigate electronic payment systems. Concerns about additional fees associated with card payments, as well as the potential for power outages disrupting digital transactions, further compound these challenges.

Supporting Seniors Amid the Transition to a Cashless Society

As the prevalence of cashless transactions continues to rise, concerns about the impact on seniors and their ability to access essential services have come to the forefront

While businesses have the right to specify their preferred payment methods, it is essential that consumers are informed of these terms and conditions before making a purchase. However, it is equally important for businesses to consider the needs of all customers, including those who prefer or rely on cash for their transactions.

Looking ahead, the transition to a cashless society may continue to accelerate, with some experts predicting its completion by the end of the decade. However, this does not mean that cash will become obsolete entirely. Instead, it is essential to strike a balance between digital and cash payments, ensuring that all individuals have access to the payment methods that best suit their needs.

In supporting seniors during this transition, it is crucial for Australians to “pay it forward” by using cash where possible, thereby sending a message to government, banks, and businesses that cash remains a vital form of payment. Additionally, businesses should prioritize customer service and support initiatives aimed at increasing digital literacy among older Australians, such as the Be Connected Program.

By working together to address the challenges posed by the transition to a cashless society, we can ensure that all Australians, including seniors, have access to the payment methods and support services they need to navigate an increasingly digital world.

For more information and support, visit the Be Connected Program website.

 

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New Study Predicts Nearly 100% Increase in Cases by 2054

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New Study Predicts Nearly 100% Increase in Cases by 2054

 

New data from Dementia Australia indicates that the prevalence of dementia is set to nearly double by 2054. According to research conducted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on behalf of Dementia Australia, dementia rates are projected to increase by 93% by 2054.

In 2024, Australia has over 421,000 individuals living with various forms of dementia. Without medical advancements, this number is anticipated to escalate to 812,500 by 2054, as cautioned by Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe AM.

McCabe emphasised the significance of these findings in informing strategies for service provision and funding to address the evolving needs associated with dementia. She stressed Dementia Australia’s commitment to supporting those affected, encouraging individuals and their families to seek assistance via the National Dementia Helpline, available 24/7.

New data from Dementia Australia indicates that the prevalence of dementia is set to nearly double by 2054

New data from Dementia Australia indicates that the prevalence of dementia is set to nearly double by 2054

The study highlights a nationwide trend of rising dementia diagnoses over the next three decades, with varying degrees of growth across states and territories. Western Australia is projected to experience the highest increase at 109%, followed by the Northern Territory (106%), the Australian Capital Territory (104%), Queensland (100%), Victoria (96%), and South Australia (59%), with Tasmania exhibiting the lowest growth at 52%.

Catherine Daskalakis, a Dementia Advocate at Dementia Australia diagnosed with younger onset dementia, underscored the importance of accessing Dementia Australia’s support services. Reflecting on her own experience, Daskalakis encouraged individuals to reach out to the National Dementia Helpline, emphasising the invaluable emotional support and counselling it provides during challenging times.

For more details about dementia prevalence data, see here.

 

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Dementia Australia is offering support in Ballina and Casino between 4 and 8 March.

Dementia Australia supports Ballina and Casino

 

Dementia Australia

Are you concerned about your memory or worried that someone you know may have dementia? Dementia Australia is offering support in Ballina and Casino between 4 and 8 March.

It is estimated there are more than 141,000 people living with dementia in New South Wales. Without a medical breakthrough this number is expected to increase to more than 252,000 people living with dementia by 2054.

These Dementia Australia sessions are an opportunity for people living with dementia, their carers, family, and friends to attend free education to better understand dementia and to discuss the support and services Dementia Australia can provide. Please note, bookings are essential.

Carer Wellness Program

This group session is designed to support positive health and wellbeing outcomes for a carer, family or friend of a person living with dementia.

  • Monday 4 March 9:30am-3pm in Lismore

Understanding Dementia

This session provides and introduction to dementia including an overview of different types of dementia, diagnosis, planning ahead and how to support someone living with dementia.

  • Tuesday 5 March 9:30am-12pm in Ballina

It Starts With You

If you are passionate about your local community and want to make it more dementia-friendly, then this session is for you.

  • Tuesday 5 March 1pm-1:30pm in Ballina

Consumer Engagement Information Session

This session will provide an overview of the three flagship Consumer Engagement programs available at Dementia Australia: Dementia Advocates, Connection Peers and Dementia-Friendly Communities.

  • Tuesday 5 March 1:30pm-2:30pm in Ballina

Considering Residential Care

This session provides information about the process of considering and preparing for residential care.

  • Tuesday 5 March 2:45pm-5pm in Ballina
Dementia Australia is offering support in Ballina and Casino between 4 and 8 March.

Dementia Australia is offering support in Ballina and Casino between 4 and 8 March.

Driving With Dementia

This program provides information about the impact of dementia on driving. It offers tips for recognising when dementia is impacting on someone’s ability to drive safely, the importance of planning ahead, and acknowledging the significance of retiring from driving.

  • Wednesday 6 March 9:30am-12pm in Ballina

Activities At Home

This practical session assists carers looking after someone at home to plan engaging activities. It promotes independence and wellbeing by focusing on what the person with dementia can still do.

  • Wednesday 6 March 1pm-2:45pm in Ballina

Communication and Dementia 

The session provides information on dementia, the way we communicate and how changes in communication can occur as a result of dementia.

  • Wednesday 6 March 3pm-5:30pm in Ballina

Understanding Changes in Behaviour

This session provides an introduction to dementia and changes to the brain, effects on behaviour and the impacts of changed behaviour. It will introduce problem solving models, including strategies to minimise and respond to changed behaviour.

  • Thursday 7 March 9:30am-12:30pm in Ballina and Friday 8 March 1:30pm-3:30pm in Casino

EDIE for Family Carers 

This session enhances knowledge of dementia through virtual reality technology that allows participants to see the world through the eyes of a person living with dementia.

  • Thursday 7 March 1:30pm-4:30pm in Ballina and Friday 8 March 9:30am-12:30pm in Casino

Bookings are essential. Visit here for details and to register. You can also call the National Dementia Helpline to register for this course on 1800 100 500. The National Dementia Helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

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