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My ageing mum didn't want to be a burden. And that was a burden.

My mother’s words sounded harsh – “I never want to live with either one of my girls” – but I didn’t take offense. It was her way of saying she never wanted to be dependent on us, or anyone. After our father died, my sister Barbara and I knew that Mum would need our help as she aged. We also knew exactly how Mum felt about it. “I just don’t want to be a burden,” she said anytime the subject came up. “Magical thinking, also known as denial.” Photo: Stocksy The…

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'How did this happen?': The unlikely faces of Australia's diabetes burden

Stereotypes are, by nature, oversimplified and do not capture the whole picture.   The picture with diabetes, one of Australia’s biggest disease burdens, is not simple nor does it always fit the stereotype. Maria Dent with her daughters Clarissa, Lillian and Francis.  “If I go out onto the street here, 80 per cent of people will say ‘It’s not going to happen to me’,” says the CEO of Diabetes NSW and ACT, Sturt Eastwood. “The reality is, as things stand, one in three people will be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in…

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Young face growing mortgage debt burden

Young first-time buyers are increasing their overall mortgage debt in order to tackle short-term financial pressures. The average mortgage term is lengthening from the traditional 25 years, according to figures from broker L&C Mortgages. Its figures show the proportion of new buyers taking out 31 to 35-year mortgages has doubled in 10 years. That means lower monthly repayments, but a bigger overall bill owing to the extra interest incurred. The extra total cost can be tens of thousands of pounds. Where can I afford to live? Your results – Amount…

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