Optimal Life

Optimal Life is a program that covers news, advice and advocacy information for seniors from a variety of publications. Seniors Rights Service, a community organisation dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights of older people, is the show's main sponsor. Here, is a collection of podcasts provided by Seniors Rights Service for Australian seniors.

Optimal Life is presented on 2RPH fortnightly on Thursdays at 8.30pm and Sundays at 9am.

Challenges for ageing LGBTI people 

Seniors Rights Service's interviews with LGBTI People uncovers the many challenges faced by ageing members of the LGBTI community, such as ageism, aged care and the lack of legal recognition of LGBTI relationships.

Listen now - Challenges for Ageing LGBTI People


Value and respect for older people

Seniors Rights Service uncovers the meaning of ‘respect’ through interviews with older people from Western Sydney.

Listen now - Value and Respect for Older People


Vulnerabilities of ageing LGBTI people

Seniors Rights Service talks to former Judge of the High Court of Australia, the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG about the particular vulnerabilities of older LGBTI people. Michael also talks about the need for aged care facilities to better recognise these issues in order to serve older LGBTI people more.

Listen now - Vulnerabilities of Ageing LGBTI People


Challenges for older transgender people

Seniors Rights Service chats to Sally Goldner from Transgender Victoria and former Judge of the High Court of Australia, the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG about the challenges faced by older transgender people, such as discrimination and mental health issues.

Listen now - Challenges for Older Transgender People


Overview of Linda Burney's perspective on reconciliation action

Seniors Rights Service is proud to have had the Hon Linda Burney MP as the guest speaker at our Reconciliation Action Plan launch in November 2019. Ms Burney spoke about the meaning of reconciliation, the importance of Elders and their contributions in our community, and the need to recognise our past as part of our future.

Listen now - Linda Burney's Perspective on Reconciliation Action


What's good about getting older?

Seniors Rights Service uncovers the many good aspects of getting older through interviews with older people in Western Sydney.

Listen now - What's Good About Getting Older


Identifying and responding to ageism and financial elder abuse

Seniors Rights Service speaks to the Hon Kay Patterson about ageism and the ways through which we can identify and respond to ageism and financial elder abuse in the community.

Listen now - Identifying and Responding to Ageism and Financial Elder Abuse


Banking Staff Training and Preventing Financial Abuse 

Seniors Rights Service speaks to Anna Bligh AC from the Australian Banking Association about situations of elder financial abuse and how the banking industry can train their staff to effectively identify and prevent this abuse.

Listen now - Banking Staff Training and Preventing Financial Abuse


Value of a Social Worker Model in Responding to Elder Abuse

Seniors Rights Services talks to Director and Principal Solicitor of Caxton Legal Centre, Scott McDougall, about the value of using a model involving partnership between social workers and lawyers In responding to cases of elder abuse.

Listen now - Value of a Social Worker Model in Responding to Elder Abuse


Financial elder abuse - gifting and exploitation

Seniors Rights Service talks to Brian Herd from Elder Law Services about how many cases of exploitation of elderly people are incorrectly deemed as gifting, and the need for more effective prosecutions of elderly financial abuse.

Listen now - Financial Elder Abuse Gifting and Exploitation


Why planning for the future is important for older LGBTI people

Seniors Rights Service uncovers why planning for the future for older LGBTI people is important. Through interviews, we look at issues such as aged care and relationship recognition for LGBTI people.

Listen now - Why Planning for the Future is Important for Older LGBTIQ People

    Seniors Rights Service

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    Seniors Rights Service is a community organisation dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights of older people, particularly vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. It provides free and confidential telephone advice, aged care advocacy and support, legal advice and rights-based education forums to seniors across New South Wales. Its aged care advocates assist older people who receive Commonwealth-funded aged care services at home or in residential care, as well as their carers or family members.

    Its legal team provides advice to older people, including retirement village residents, on human rights (discrimination, abuse – physical, psychological, financial, other), planning for the future (wills, power of attorney, guardianship), consumer rights (debt management, unfair contracts), accommodation matters (granny flats, strata) and other issues. It also provides advice to residents of retirement villages (self-care units and serviced apartments) on issues arising from disputes with management or interpretation of contracts.

    Seniors Rights Service runs rights-based education sessions across NSW to older people, their families and carers, and those who provide aged care services. The organisation provides information about your rights, planning for the future, rights around prevention of abuse or exploitation, and other issues. The service can also come to you - to your aged care residence, community hall or club and tailors the session to your needs and have provided information in many languages or with cultural sensitivities in mind.

    For more information about Seniors Rights Service, visit here.