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SPRING 18 Issue 3

lifestyle magazine for 50+

Bruce McAvaney THE Best is yet to come

SPRING FASHION TIPS THINK comfort, colour + fun!

WIN A $250 BOOK PRIZE Keep up to date with the latest book reviews

THE FLINDERS RANGES Travel tips on a destination like no other in Australia

good food with Callum from Sprout


Publisher ACH Group Editor Jani Baker Production Manager Michelle Kelly Graphic Design Algo Más Writers Jo Dinnison & Anna Randell Contributors Themis Chryssidis, Ivy Diegmann, Kate Dobie, Lizzy Eden, Callum Hann, Richard Pascoe, Lincoln Size, Sophie Thomson, Fiona Telford-Sharp, Rosemary Wearing Feedback We appreciate your feedback. Please email us at goodlivesmag@ach.org.au and let us know what you think. Advertisers If you would like to feature in the next issue please email us at goodlivesmag@ach.org.au About ACH Group Founded in 1952, ACH Group is a not-for-profit organisation promoting opportunities and services to support good lives. Subscribe To subscribe visit achgroup.org.au/news/ goodlivesmagazine or call 1300 22 44 77

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from the editor In 1948, the World Health Organisation (WHO) defined health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

They further clarified this definition in 1986 by stating that health is “a resource for everyday life, not the objective of living. Health is a positive concept emphasising social and personal resources, as well as physical capacities.” These definitions really resonate with ACH Group, as we believe that good health is the foundation of a good life, and varies for each individual according to their goals. Good health could be maintaining enough mobility to do the shopping and the housework; for others it may be the ability to take the dog for its daily walk; and for others still good health may mean being able to participate in a weekly tennis match at the age of 88, just like Kevin Lonergan who you’ll read about on page 26. In this issue, we hear from our expert authors on all things health: Callum and Themis

from Sprout are back with another cracker of a recipe and an article about so-called ‘superfoods’; Sophie Thomson shares her tips on keeping your spring garden healthy; and Cancer Council SA CEO Lincoln Size writes about the benefits of early detection and treatment of cancer. You’ll also read about our Health Studio 50+ which had just opened as the last issue went to press. It’s been going strong for six months, so we’re delighted to share some success stories. Please keep your feedback coming, and we’d love to know: what does good health mean to you?

Jani Baker Editor

ACH Group General Manager, Customer Innovation and Brand

ACH Group is delighted to be participating in ZestFest 2018 – the state’s festival for older South Australians that celebrates the zest in modern ageing and features events, workshops, activities and forums. Check out the events presented by ACH Group on page 6 of this magazine or at achgroup.org.au/events





contents 6



Letters to the Editor


Fashion and Style


Tech Tips


Kokoda Trip Inspiration


Tennis at 88


Finance Tips


What’s On


Warrawong Sanctuary


Adelaide Oval


News and Views


Good Food


The Foundation


Cover Story


In the Garden


Job Seekers


Health Studio 50+


Brain Health


Staff Profile


Health and Wellbeing




Out & About


Swing Fit Golf Group


Book Reviews


Real Estate


Discover Japan


Volunteer Profile


The Flinders Ranges







r o t i d the e Thank you to reader Peter Adamson who took the time to share with us some very useful information about radio dramas.

Peter’s winning ‘letter to the editor’ has been rewarded with a Kindle eBook Reader and a $50 Kindle voucher. Keep your letters coming! Email them to goodlivesmag@ach.org.au or post to; The Editor, Good Lives Magazine, PO Box 646, Torrensville Plaza, Torrensville SA 5031

Winning Letter

“As I read the last edition of good lives I thought that some of your readers may like to listen to the radio dramas that entertained them in their youth and early adulthood – especially before television. Grace Gibson Productions in Sydney, the world’s second largest producer of radio drama, has a catalogue of well over 100 serials and series (of self-contained episodes). Amongst them are productions that my age group knows well: Yes, What? (from Adelaide), Address Unknown, Night Beat, several Portia Manning serials, The Castlereagh Line, The Passing Parade and White Coolies, the true story of Australian nurses imprisoned by the Japanese on Sumatra. My favourites are the five serials written by South Australian Lindsay Hardy featuring the character Major Gregory Keen. Critics then and now argue which one should be regarded as the best radio thriller ever written.” – Peter Adamson

Feedback “This is my first good lives mag and I have really enjoyed every bit of reading, it was a surprise when it came through the post to me and I’m looking forward to the next issue.” – Aileen Thanks Aileen, we hope you enjoy this edition just as much!


CONGRATULATIONS! “I came across the magazine at a community centre where I volunteer. I thought it was wonderful, and full of interesting articles. It contains a lot of useful information I can share with people I volunteer for and with.” – Shelley Fabulous Shelley – thanks for helping us spread the ‘Good Lives’ message.

Thanks for the great interest in our competitions, we had an overwhelming response! Congratulations to the following winner:

Win a Day on the Murray River Laura Scriven

Don’t miss out on more competitions in this issue, on pages 21, 28 and 38.


Join the conversation on

a i d e m l a i c #so SING FOR JOY CHOIR


Wow! Standing ovation, truly deserved. Thank you @JaneReilly5AA for hosting and congratulations to the Sing For Joy choir. #colouryourworld #adelaidefringe2018 #goodlives @ADLFringe

Brian joined ACH Group’s Riverside Artists to help him manage his depression, and while there also established some firm friendships. Read more about Brian achgroup.org.au/ information-and-advice/ information-guide/



Les inspires students on Kokoda trip

The Torrens Valley Christian School students read about the story of Les Arnel, 94, who fought as part of the now-infamous Kokoda Trail campaign in 1942. They contacted Les, who lives at ACH Group Residential Care

ACH Group are offering free art classes in August! Visit our website to find a class near you! achgroup.org.au/events/


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Two high school students were thrilled to meet a real life Kokoda veteran ahead of their 11-day Kokoda Trail Reconciliation Trek last year.

Free Art ClassES!

Home Highercombe in Hope Valley, and interviewed him before they left for Papua New Guinea. On their return, they shared photos and stories from the trek.

A warm welcome to the #RN and #EN #nursing students who begin their placement with @ACH_Group today as part of our ‘Positively Gold’ interprofessional learning program. Good luck!



“Every time I felt like giving up or complaining I thought of him (Les) and what he went through,” SAYS Jeremy. “We had it easy – he was getting shot at.” Left: Student Jeremy with Les Arnel, Justin Wilkey and Dr Fiona Partridge.


What’s On

. . . n o s ’ t a h w Winter Is over, so it’s time to come out of hibernation! Luckily you are spoilt for choice, from film festivals to world championships, and everything in between. OCTOBER ZestFest What: The state’s festival for older South Australians that celebrates the zest in modern ageing. ACH Group is proud to present a range of events during the festival. When: 10 to 26 October Where: Various locations throughout metropolitan and regional SA More info: zestfest.org.au

City to Bay What: South Australia’s largest fun run with a distance to suit everyone. Dogs are welcome for the 3km walk this year. When: 16 September Where: Starting points from Adelaide and on Anzac Highway More info: city-bay.org.au


Come along to one or more of ACH Group’s FREE ZestFest sessions – get physical, belt out a tune, have your say or dip your toes in – literally! Singing Workshop: 9 to 11 October Beach Access for All: 15 October Come and Try Strength and Balance Training: 15 to 18 and 22 to 25 October Getting Older, Getting Louder: 23 October For more about these events, visit achgroup.org.au/events or call 1300 22 44 77 Bookings required for some events.



ACH Group @ ZestFest – Celebrating modern ageing

Good LIVES MAGAZINE NOVEMBER Remembrance Day What: A day to commemorate those who died in World War 1, with 2018 marking 100 years since World War 1 ended. When: 11 November Where: Parades and silences held across the Commonwealth More info: awm.gov.au/ commemoration/ remembrance-day

NOVEMBER Lifesaving World Championships What: Showcasing excellence in surf sports and rescues, with competitors from across the globe. When: 16 November to 2 December



World Tennis Challenge

Tour Down Under

What: Three night exhibition tournament held in Adelaide where players compete in preparation for the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year.

What: Biggest cycling event in the Southern Hemisphere, with professional cycling teams racing on the streets of Adelaide.

When: 7 to 9 January

When: 10 to 20 January

Where: Memorial Drive, Adelaide

Where: Various locations throughout metropolitan Adelaide and regional SA

More info: worldtennischallenge.com

Where: Glenelg Beach and South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre More info: lifesaving2018.com

More info: tourdownunder.com.au

FEBRUARY Adelaide Fringe What: The Southern Hemisphere’s largest open access arts festival.

Where: Various locations throughout metropolitan Adelaide and regional SA

When: 15 February to 17 March

More info: adelaidefringe.com.au


News and Views

s w e n d goo


New Chair at ACH Group Having served on the ACH Group Board for more than 10 years, most recently as Deputy Chair, Mary Patetsos’ elevation follows the retirement of outgoing Chairman Geoff Holdich.

ACH Group welcomed Mary Patetsos to the position of Board Chair earlier this year.

Mary is looking forward to building on ACH Group’s 65-plus year history as a leader and innovator in aged and disability care. “It is my firm belief that older South Australians from all backgrounds should have the opportunity to

Healthia vision coming to life ACH Group is moving ahead with plans to develop a new health and wellness precinct in the City of Playford. To be known as Healthia, the $35 million precinct will sit alongside the Lyell McEwin Hospital in a dedicated health zone. The unique development will combine residential, medical, restorative and other health, wellbeing and support services for people aged 50 years plus and younger people with a


disability, along with education and training facilities. The heart of the precinct will be ACH Group’s flagship ViTA development, a 4,940 square metre state-of-the-art health, aged care, teaching and research facility modelled on the internationally innovative concept ViTA, at Daw Park.

live at home for as long as possible, or in high quality care homes as needed. All should receive support if and when required that takes into account their individual needs and respects cultural traditions, culture and music. For more than 65 years ACH Group has led the way in creating opportunities for all South Australians to live good lives, and I am excited about the possibilities that lie ahead.”

Find out more at achgroup.org.au/ key-initiatives/ healthia


10 minutes could save your life

Lincoln Size, CEO cancer council SA

the importance of regular cancer screening. One in three cancer deaths are preventable with positive lifestyle changes, and one of the best things you can do is participate in regular cancer screening. Thanks to decades of cancer research, we now have reliable screening tests for bowel, breast, and cervical cancers. These simple tests save the lives of thousands of South Australians every year. But participation rates are not what they should be: screening tests continue to get left off the calendar, or bumped down the priority list. We’re all busy, but 10 minutes of awkwardness could save your life. The simple truth is that the earlier cancer is diagnosed, the better the treatment outcome will be, so stay on top of your screening schedule and give yourself the best chance of a longer, healthier future.

Cervical cancer

The Cervical Screening Test replaced the Pap smear in December 2017.

It’s performed less often, and has a greater chance of detecting abnormalities earlier. Your first test should be two years after your latest Pap smear. After that, get tested every five years until you’re 74.

Bowel cancer

Bowel cancer screening is done with an at-home Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT). As part of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, eligible people are sent a free test kit in the mail every two years. If you’re turning 50, 54, 58, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68, 70, 72 or 74 this year, then look out for yours around your birthday. Test yourself every two years from 50–74. For those not receiving a free kit this year, you can call 1800 118 868 to find out when you’ll be eligible, or buy your kit from your local pharmacy.

Breast cancer

Being breast aware is important regardless of your age, family history or when you last had a mammogram, so familiarise yourself with the normal look and feel of your breasts and see your doctor if you notice any changes. Get screened every two years from 50–74, with a free mammogram through BreastScreen SA; just call 13 20 50. Remember, nine out of 10 women diagnosed have no family history. If you‘re over 74, talk to your doctor about continuing with cancer screening tests.

Our nurses are available to discuss reducing your risk, and can provide information and support about any screening tests. Just call Cancer Council 13 11 20.

Breast cancer screening is performed using a mammogram, a low-dose breast X-ray.


Cover story

e c u r B r fo THE Best is yet to come

He’s widely considered Australia’s best sports commentator, but at 65 Bruce McAvaney still thinks he can do better.



The man dubbed ‘Mr Olympics’ has been a fixture on our screens and airwaves for the last four decades and has called some of the nation’s greatest sporting moments. His was the voice that perfectly summed up Cathy Freeman’s gold medal-winning sprint at the Sydney Olympics with “what a moment, what a legend”. When champion mare Makybe Diva claimed her third straight Melbourne Cup win, he called it “the greatest victory in the history of the race”. Despite reaching the top of his game, Bruce always sees room for improvement. “I don’t think that age should be a handbrake on ambition,” he says. “And by ambition I don’t mean get more money, or a bigger job, I mean do a better job.”

“I still feel like I can get better and while some of my biggest events might be behind me, my best work might still be ahead.” It’s a mindset that continues to drive Bruce in his work and life and helped him carry on in the wake of a diagnosis of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) in 2015, revealed to the public last year.

CLL is a slow-growing leukaemia that affects white blood cells, but between 30 and 50 percent of people diagnosed with the disease never require any treatment, apart from check-ups to monitor their health.

“There was a lot of reaction to the news and that was comforting, but I felt it was unwarranted because I wasn’t on any treatment and I didn’t feel ill – I’ve never felt ill.”

Top right ‘One of the boys’ (Bruce seated front row, third from right), 1970. Bottom right Early days at Channel 7, 2000.


COVER STORY The only concession Bruce made to his work schedule was to stop covering tennis, allowing a few weeks’ rest over summer. “What it’s meant for me is the opportunity to regenerate a bit and have a break mentally,” he says. “It’s been a good move; it’s meant I can spend time with my family, but my career has continued on and as far as I’m concerned I’m quite capable of working hard, certainly today and hopefully for a few years in the future.” Bruce grew up in Adelaide’s north-west in a family of sports lovers and knew from the age of five that he wanted to be a race caller. “My Uncle Leslie gave me a scrapbook of horses, and I used to pore over those, and ask questions about them, have conversations about

racing – it was my first love and still is,” he says. His career began as a 23-year-old in 1976 at Radio 5DN in Adelaide, calling races and hosting a sports show before what he calls a ‘lucky break’ – the chance to present sports news on Channel 7, and produce a racing program (Racetrack). In 1980 he covered his first Olympics for Channel 7, hosting the Adelaide end of the Moscow telecast. Bruce went on to read sports news for Channel 10 in Melbourne and covered the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, followed by the Seoul Olympics. Since then, Bruce has covered every summer Olympics, three Winter Games and continues to anchor major sporting events including AFL football grand finals, the Brownlow

Medal and the Melbourne Cup, and remains the only sports commentator to be recognised with a Logie Award. Bruce returned to Adelaide with his wife Anne in 1999 with their kids Sam (then five) and Alexandra (two), to spend time with both their parents and extended families. Today Sam works in the media in Melbourne and Alex lives ‘around the corner’ in Glenelg South.

“Growing up, I wanted to call the Melbourne Cup, I wanted to play Test cricket and I wanted to play league football. In a way I’ve been practising all my life to do the job I’m doing now.”



“Adelaide’s home for both of us; it’s a great place to bring up kids and it’s a good place to be.” Bruce always makes time to exercise – during the Commonwealth Games coverage he was up jogging in the dark before a 7am start each morning – and tries to eat well. “I enjoy the challenge of staying fit – I’m not about to go out and break a record for a 65-year-old, but I am healthy. I enjoy a drink and being social but I don’t feel right if I don’t do some form of exercise every day. I learnt early on that the fitter and healthier you are, the harder you can work.” At the time of our interview, Bruce was looking forward to

a busy few months covering the AFL and spring racing season, and joining Channel 7 to cover Aussie cricket. He had ticked many boxes in his career, but when it came to retirement, he had changed his mindset. “I used to think I would do as much as I could and then retire – go cold turkey – but I’ve realised that’s not a good idea for me, and probably not a good idea for most people. I’d like to continue on for as long as I can, but perhaps do less, to give myself the opportunity to recharge, prepare and look after myself.”

Bottom left Bruce at eight years of age, 1961. Top left Woodville High School A grade cricket team, 1969. Top right Bruce, his wife Anne, and dog Frankie, 2018.

“The big questions for me ahead are how do I manage and maintain my standards? How do I still get the same buzz, the feel-good factor, when I’m no longer working? That will be the challenge. It’s an interesting time, but it’s an exciting time too.”


Health and wellbeing

k c a b l Nige k c a r t on

thanks to Health Studio 50+



Nigel Woolmer is staying on top of his back pain thanks to a tailored exercise program at ACH Group’s new Health Studio 50+. The 78-year-old saw one of the Studio’s physiotherapists who helped develop an exercise program to meet his needs. The program is saved to a card and uploaded as part of the Studio’s Finnish-made HUR ‘Smart Card’ computer system. Machines automatically adjust to the correct weight and tell the user how many exercises to do, when to start and when to stop. Unlike hydraulic systems, HUR equipment uses air pressure, which lessens the impact on joints. Because there are no weight stacks or moving cables, the machines are quiet and safe to operate. “My program automatically changed to the exercises I needed,” Nigel says. “It was so easy and helped speed up my recovery.” Nigel’s story is a great example of how the Studio is pioneering health and wellbeing for people aged 50+ by bringing together

allied health professionals, exercise and wellness groups in a purpose-built facility above the Glenelg Football Club. Alongside traditional clinic-based services such as physio, massage and podiatry, Studio customers have access to exercise groups including yoga, mindfulness, fitness, rehabilitation and balance. “The services are provided with the aim of restoring and maintaining good health,” says ACH Group Head of Health Kate Dobie.

“Being co-located at the club, we hope that people will stop and share a coffee and catch up while they are here, because we know the importance of social connection to our overall health and wellbeing.”

WHY Health Studio 50+? Group training classes are capped at 12 to ensure maximum attention. Massage is just one of the Allied Health Services on offer. Safe HUR equipment lessens the impact on joints. There are no joining fees or ongoing membership fees at Health Studio 50+. Staff are attuned to the needs of people aged 50+.

For more about Health Studio 50+ visit achgroup.org.au/ health-and-wellbeing/ health-studio or call 1300 22 44 77.



wor th the weig ht

Personal trainers often come across people who are reluctant to try weight training. They might not want to ‘bulk up’ like a body builder or they might be put off by the idea of strenuous activity. The reality is that resistance training – building muscle strength – is not just for body builders. There’s a growing understanding that this form of exercise has a vital role to play in maintaining an overall level of physical and mental health and function. By working with qualified exercise physiologists and personal trainers, resistance training can be an enjoyable and achievable part of your daily routine, and make a significant difference to your health.

Why weights? Build muscle

Resistance exercise increases muscle mass which can improve the ability to perform activities of daily living and improves tendon integrity, which is related to lower injury risk, including low-back pain. Resistance, endurance and balance training, or a combination of these in a varied exercise program, is the most effective form of


exercise intervention for both health and physically frail older adults.

Better for bones

Strength training increases bone mineral density, reducing the risk of osteoporotic fracture. Studies have shown significant increases in bone mass density after four months’ exercise.

and support around the painful joints.

Happy days Strength training has been shown to reduce the effects of depression. A 1997 study found most (87 percent) older people surveyed were no longer clinically depressed after 10 weeks of strength training.

Move your metabolism

By adding weights to your exercise routine, you will increase your metabolic rate – the amount of energy you use at rest. One study showed the average resting metabolic rate increased seven percent in response to strength exercise. Resistance training improves glucose metabolism, the ability of the body to convert sugar to energy. This may help reduce the risk of diabetes developing and can be used in the management of Type 2 diabetes.

Joint benefits

Strength exercise has been found to reduce the pain associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis by enhancing joint function and increasing the strength

Did you know?

Three in five Australians over the age of 65 have two or more chronic conditions. Less than 22 percent of older adults meet the weekly target for strength training. To stay healthy or to improve health, older adults need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity. Think resistance training might be for you? Read about ACH Group’s Allied Health services and exercise and wellness groups at achgroup.org. au/health-and-wellbeing



with Occupational Therapist Annie Clark

There ARE a lot of misconceptions around the role of an Occupational Therapist – Annie Clark joins us to clear some of them up!

What is an Occupational Therapist? Often people are confused about the role and purpose of an Occupational Therapist (commonly known as an OT). We work alongside people to determine challenges they are facing in relation to their daily activities (e.g. showering, preparing meals, gardening) and offer advice around either finding new ways of doing the activity to make it achievable, introducing equipment, or changing the environment to support them in the activity. Essentially, we are problem solvers!

What is a typical day for you at work? I’m fortunate in that my job offers an amazing balance of work both within the office but also out on the road and

in people’s homes to really understand the challenges they face. Typically, a day involves appointments with customers, arranging and collecting equipment to trial, and chatting to other team members about customer goals and outcomes.

Why is it important to see an Occupational Therapist? Our diverse profession means we can have a lasting impact on people’s lives, helping them to maintain independence, or to regain independence after a decline in health or a hospital stay. We also offer advice on how to simplify activities, strategies to reduce falls in the home and activities to promote quality of life, such as linking people to social and community groups.

What do you love about your job? The opportunity to work alongside and problem solve with customers and see them achieve their goals. I am fortunate to work in a very dynamic and enthusiastic team at ACH Group.

If you think you could benefit from working with an ACH Group Occupational Therapist, call us on 1300 22 44 77.


Health and wellbeing

g n i w s fit

SWING FIT GROUP tees off for dementia



A golf group for women living with younger onset dementia is leading to new friendships and changing lives for the better. The Swing Fit Ladies’ Golf Group meets each week for sessions with PGA Academy Coach Anne Marie Knight. Anne Marie says the program has turned lives around for the group, who are all under the age of 65. “Anyone can participate in golf because it’s not too physically demanding,” she says. “You don’t have to be a champion golfer; it’s about enjoyment and social stimulation.” Group member Lee Martin, who was diagnosed with dementia two years ago at the

age of 57, says she has loved being part of the group. “I hadn’t played golf for years but it didn’t matter,” she says.

“We all have so much fun; we don’t take ourselves seriously, and we’re all really good mates.”

Swing Fit is part of ACH Group’s Tailor Made Project, established in 2015 as a new respite model for younger people living with dementia, their families and carers. The project has also supported photography, walking and computing groups. Under the project, Lee takes part in weekly lawn bowls and art classes and accesses NDIS funds to help with costs associated with having her King Charles Cavalier TK trained as an assistance dog.

Did you know?

ACH Group offers free NDIS pre-planning. Call 1300 22 44 77 to find out more.



n a p a J DISCOVER

you’ll discover a country with proud and meticulous people, where ancient gods and goddesses are revered, and customs held sacred. 20

Good LIVES MAGAZINE JAPAN IS A place where even in the depths of a city full of skyscrapers, you’re never too far from nature. Technology is cutting edge, the cuisine – distinctive and presented immaculately, and the fashion – quirky and futuristic. An archipelago made up of over 6,800 islands, the four main islands generally visited by tourists are Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku. Travel around the country in record time on a Shinkansen (bullet train). Admire the surrounding scenery as you soak with naked strangers in an outdoor onsen (hot spring) or participate in a traditional tea ceremony in Happoen Garden, central to Japan’s social life. Attempt to view the notoriously shy snow-capped cone of Mount Fuji or look


Valued at $190

Italian cooking class for two

out for the equally elusive and mysterious Geisha girls of Kyoto’s Gion district. Japan’s capital city, Tokyo, is one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Priding itself on renewal and regeneration, Tokyo is ever-changing and forever striving towards a future it’s constantly recreating.

Osaka is Japan’s centre of food culture while Kyoto is considered as the centre of traditional Japanese culture and the country’s spiritual heart. If visiting in autumn, you’ll have the added delight of autumn’s burst of brilliant colour in the maple trees. Spring brings its own display of beauty with the delicate cherry blossoms a sight to behold.

To experience all the wonders and delights of Japan for yourself, contact your nearest Phil Hoffmann Travel branch.

Spend a Saturday lunch in the Phil Hoffmann Travel Kitchen enjoying a 4 course meal with wine, hands-on traditional Italian pasta making, recipes you can try at home and a little Italian language.

To submit your entry, email goodlivesmag@ach.org.au with ‘Cooking’ in the subject line. Entries to close on 31 December 2018. For full terms and conditions go to achgroup.org.au/news/ goodlivesmagazine



s r e d n i Fl s e g n Ra explore the magical

In the heart of South Australia’s outback, yet an easy journey from Adelaide, the Flinders Ranges is a destination like no other in Australia. 22

Best known for the natural rock formation of Wilpena Pound, the remnant of an ancient valley which has eroded over time, the Flinders Ranges is bursting with unique experiences. In spring the wildflowers are in bloom with a carpet of Sturt’s Desert Pea to welcome you to this special place. On the following page are a few of our favourite Flinders Ranges’ experiences.


It’s a place full of natural beauty, ancient landscapes, pioneering heritage and indigenous history. Brachina Gorge

One of the most popular attractions in the area, this spectacular gorge is home to the yellow-footed rock wallaby as well as many species of birds and reptiles.

Ediacara Experience at Nilpena Station

Take a tour and witness fossils that are over 500 million years old preserved in the ancient sea floor.

The Prairie Hotel at Parachilna

Visit the number one outback hotel, The Prairie, for a truly unique foodie experience that is now rated as one of 20 ‘unmissable outback experiences’. The Feral Food Antipasto platter includes delights such as kangaroo mettwurst, bush tomato chilli jam and emu paté.

Sunset on the Chace at Rawnsley Park Station

Take a private 4WD trek to Rawnsley Park Station’s hilltop summit where you can view the sun setting on the rugged Chace Range while indulging in sparkling wine and canapés prepared by Rawnsley’s Woolshed Restaurant.

Jeff Morgan Gallery at Hawker

Jeff’s talent as an artist is undeniable. Producing large panoramic works, some 30 metres in length, depicting the Flinders Ranges in all its glory, a visit to this gallery is a real treat.

Scenic flight over Wilpena Pound

It is one thing to see the Flinders from ground level, but a flight over Wilpena Pound will truly take your breath away as you admire the scale and beauty of this vast landscape from above.

TOURS SeaLink Travel Group have small group, 4 day/3 night tours to the Flinders Ranges through Flinders Ranges Odysseys, where you can take part in all of these amazing experiences and more. Tours are ex Adelaide and include luxury 4x4 transport, personalised touring with expert commentary, accommodation at Rawnsley Park and The Prairie Hotel, all meals, entrance fees and special permits. To find out more, call SeaLink’s Flinders Ranges Odysseys on 08 8553 0386 or visit the Odysseys website kangarooislandodysseys. com.au/flinders-rangestours



n o i h s a f ips t SPRING

By Lizzy Eden, Personal Stylist

Bright red shoes make a statement.

A wide stripe dress with a narrow stripe hat will steal the show this spring.

Wardrobe provided by Harris Scarfe Rundle Place.



for the guys

Spring is here and so too the emergence of exciting and unconventional trends – think comfort, colour and anything that feels like fun! Consider mixing not only multiple bright colours in one outfit, but prints and patterns too – creative and dramatic personalities will beam with joy. And for the more subdued, apply a bright red ankle boot or heel with a neutral ensemble – cropped wide leg trousers are back, along with full skirts. If super comfy footwear is required you’ll love the chunky polka dot sneaker trend.

To complete your outfit, don an oddly shaped bag for a modern twist.

And for the guys Still classic, but vertical stripes will be a nice change from horizontals. Keep it ultra-relaxed in ‘the dad look’ with looser fitting jeans, shirts and tees. Add some timeless class by throwing on a plaid check sports coat to go anywhere, any time.

A blend of sporty, casual and outdoor meet for a contemporary look.

Could you use some help to look your best? Lizzy Eden will be running some small group colour and style sessions especially for Good Lives magazine readers. Want to find out more? Email goodlivesmag@ach. org.au or call 8159 3425.

Floral Hawaiian print shirts are perfect for spring, but there are also more subtle options available for the guy who doesn’t want to stand out. Send your fashion questions through to Lizzy at goodlivesmag@ach.org.au


our community


t r o a sp l l a for s e g a You can play tennis at any age – just ask South Australian tennis great Kevin Lonergan.

Kevin, 88, is a three-time Burr Medallist and once qualified for Wimbledon during a career that spanned more than three decades. He returned to the sport in his 60s after a 20-year hiatus and enjoys the physical and social aspects of the game. Each year he travels to Kooyong, Melbourne, to take on the world’s best players in


Good LIVES MAGAZINE “Tennis is such a great sport to play for life.” the 85s category, alongside his daughter who plays in the 55s and sister, who plays in the 75s. Kevin, who lives in an ACH Group unit at Walkerville, keeps up his fitness at the gym and pool and enjoys weekly coaching sessions.

“I’ve always enjoyed tennis; you can pick it up where you left off,” he says. “I might have a bit of trouble getting to the ball, but I haven’t given up yet.” Tennis SA CEO Steve Baldas says unlike many other established sports, tennis has a high retention of older players.

Why tennis? According to Tennis Australia, tennis is a vigorous form of exercise and associated with a reduced risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and some cancers. It says tennis can help people to lose weight and increases metabolism and muscle mass.


Playing singles for one hour can burn around 600 calories in men and 420 calories in women – that’s as much as a spin class or weights session.


A 2016 study published in the British Medical Journal found playing tennis reduced the risk of death from cardiovascular disease by 47 percent.

INCREASE strength

Tennis Australia says tennis strengthens tendons and ligaments in the body. Compared with other sports, tennis is associated with a lower risk of injury.


Recreational players aged between 23 and 69 years old who play twice a week carry almost four percent less body fat than non-tennis players.

Because tennis improves coordination and balance, it can reduce the risk of falls in older people. Source: tennis.com. au/learn/benefits/ physical-benefits

In 2018, Tennis SA had nearly 2,500 registered players aged over 50. “Of these, 1,332 are male and the remaining 1,142 (47 percent) are female,” he says. “To see such healthy numbers in tennis for all over 50s is wonderful, as is such strong numbers in women over 50.”


our community

g n o w a r r a W New lease of life FOR

Warrawong Sanctuary will re-open to the public this spring thanks to a West Australian couple with a passion for native animals.


What are your memories of Warrawong? Share your story in 25 words or less and you could win a Warrawong ‘behind the scenes’ experience for you and a friend.


Submit your entry by emailing goodlivesmag@ach.org.au with ‘Warrawong’ in the subject line.

Entries to close on 31 December 2018. For full terms and conditions go to achgroup.org.au/news/ goodlivesmagazine

Good LIVES MAGAZINE David Cobbold and Narelle MacPherson bought the 11 hectare Mylor wildlife reserve in 2017 and have been working hard to create a viable business that can create employment as well as protection for endangered species.

heyday in the 1980s and 90s. They also plan to offer accommodation, hospitality and education facilities.

Founded by environmentalist Dr David Walmsley in 1969, Warrawong is surrounded by an electrified fence to protect native animals from foxes and cats. New owner Zoos SA closed it down in 2013, citing financial losses.

David says many native populations remain at the site.

David and Narelle ran a successful zoo near Perth, Peel Zoo, where they attracted 45,000 visitors each year. Earlier this year they launched Warrawong2U, a mobile sanctuary that brings native wildlife to schools, aged care homes, birthday parties and community groups. Other plans include a Junior Keeper program, live shows on site and the return of dawn and dusk tours, popular during the Sanctuary’s

“We’re really excited about continuing the work but we are realists, too. We love our animals, but it’s the people who pay the bills,” David says.

“We have platypus, potoroos, bettongs, bandicoots, tammar and red necked wallabies – it really is like the land that time forgot, a little oasis of wildlife,” David says.

“It’s about getting people here so they get to know the wildlife that is in their backyard and so they can see how important it is to look after the environment.”

“It was really lovely to see all these animals and have the children here enjoying it. The children love it, and that gives us a lot of enjoyment too.” – Eileen Clarke

Warrawong2U visited ACH Group’s Colton Court Residential Care Home at McLaren Vale as part of the home’s weekly visit from Montessori preschool students. Warrawong2U Coordinator Luke Flesher and his team of volunteers brought a squirrel glider, ring-tailed possum, albino carpet python, frilled-neck lizard, stick insects, joey and barn owl to share as part of the visit.


good food Food


As we move from the cool winter months into the bright, chirpy spring sun we are bombarded with the latest weight loss regimes and ‘superfood’ claims.

It’s hard to ignore the relentless promotion of these products, but what actually is a superfood, and what are the benefits? All foods have different nutrient profiles. No foods provide a complete source of nutrition, and some foods are more nutrient dense than others. These foods are not ‘super’, they are nutritious. No foods themselves cure major illness. No foods in isolation cause severe illness. Some foods reduce your risk of certain diseases but this is dependent on your overall diet, family history and other lifestyle factors. Superfoods have no legal definition, with the term being coined by major food companies with significant marketing budgets to promote healthy foods. Often superfoods are promoted as ‘hard to find’, ‘difficult to source’ and ‘exotic’, designed to increase their perceived value.


While these foods may be promoted as nutrient dense, it is important to be aware that often the quoted nutrient quantities of superfoods can be misleading. We need to consider how much of this food we could actually consume to assess its health benefit. Spirulina, for example, is a type of algae powder often added to green smoothies and promoted for its high protein content, with 100g of spirulina providing around 65g of protein. However, the recommended serving size is 3g, which provides approximately 2g of protein. In contrast two eggs provides 10g of protein. While there is nothing wrong with consuming a food labelled as a superfood, you need to be realistic about what you expect to gain from eating it. It’s important to remember that just because something is expensive it is not always better. In fact, when it comes

to food, the opposite is often true. When fresh fruits and vegetables are in season and at their flavour and nutrient best, they are usually more affordable. Furthermore, the nutrients provided by superfoods are no different to the nutrients provided by other healthy foods.

There are many healthy everyday foods such as fish, avocado, oranges, and oats that are just as nutritious, and significantly cheaper than foods marketed as superfoods. So, what’s the verdict? Superfoods are expensive ‘exotic’ foods with good nutrition profiles. However, fresh local and seasonal produce is just as nutritious, more readily available, much more affordable and when you buy local you’re supporting local. The decision is up to you.


Lamb & asparagus nicoise salad (Serves 4)



8 baby potatoes, halved 2 bunches asparagus, each spear cut into 4 lengths 400g green beans, topped and tailed 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus one tablespoon extra 400g lamb backstrap, loin chops or cutlets 3 rosemary sprigs, leaves picked 1 baby cos lettuce, leaves separated ½ fennel, thinly sliced ⅓ cup kalamata olives, pitted

1. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Boil potatoes for 5–6 minutes or until tender. Add asparagus and green beans for the last minute of cooking. Remove from the heat, drain and allow to cool. 2. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large frypan over medium–high heat. Add lamb and cook for 3–4 minutes on each side or until cooked to your liking. Add rosemary to the pan for the last minute of cooking. Remove lamb from the pan and set aside to rest before slicing.

3. Meanwhile, make the salad dressing. Combine garlic, mustard, capers, vinegar and remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a small bowl. Pour over salad and toss to coat. 4. Combine potatoes, asparagus, beans, cos lettuce, fennel, olives and basil leaves in a large bowl. Pour over salad dressing and toss to coat. 5. Divide salad between serving plates and top with lamb. Garnish with crispy rosemary leaves from the pan.

½ bunch of basil, leaves picked 1 garlic clove, crushed 2 teaspoons dijon mustard 2 tablespoons capers 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Nutrition Information (per serve) Energy

1357kJ (324cal)





Total fat Saturated fat

15.6g 2.9g

Total carbohydrate Sugar Fibre

14.1g 4.4g 8.1g


n e d r a g


In the

With Sophie Thomson

“Spring is finally here and it’s a time of year that inspires everyone to garden.” 32


Even non-gardeners and ‘black thumbs’ are ready to get out and grow. Here are the top five jobs we all need to do in our gardens this spring. 1


Weeds seem to explode into growth at this time of year, so be sure to remove any that were not brought under control in winter. Hand weed wherever possible, remembering to pull weeds out before they set seed (‘one year’s seeding is seven years’ weeding’). Once a garden bed is weed-free, use an organic mulch to prevent weeds recurring.


Work on the soil

A healthy soil will grow healthy plants, which are less likely to suffer from pests and diseases, and have an increased resistance to heat and drought. The key is to turn your soil into a sponge with the addition of organic matter such as compost and well-rotted animal manure. Not only does organic matter improve the water-holding capacity of your soil, it improves the soil structure and encourages earthworm and soil microbial activity. Clay soils benefit from the addition of gypsum; sandy soils from the addition of clay. To add clay, dissolve clay in a watering can or bucket of water to form a slurry, then water it over the area.


Top five jobs FOR SPRING


This is the time of year to feed the whole garden with organic-based fertiliser. This does not feed the plants, but rather it feeds the soil, improves soil structure, and again encourages earthworm and soil microbial activity – the outcome is healthy plants in a healthy garden.



Be aware that even climate compatible, drought tolerant plants planted now will need to be watered for at least their first year until they are established. Now is also the time for vegetable growers to get busy. If you want to enjoy delicious vine-ripened summer tomatoes and fresh salads with home-grown cucumbers and capsicums, spring into action. Summer crops like tomatoes, basil, capsicums, cucumbers, pumpkins and zucchini shouldn’t be planted until the ground warms up to around 15 degrees, which is usually late September or October on the Adelaide Plains and early November in the Hills. Citrus, passionfruit and other subtropical plants can also be planted from then on. Use seaweed-based plant

tonics with everything that you plant to encourage root growth and help overcome transplant shock.



Mulching garden beds generously to conserve water is one of the most important parts of your garden’s summer survival plan. Mulch prevents the soil and plants from drying out as rapidly, and reduces your plants’ water requirements significantly. Mulching also helps to smother weeds and reduces weed seed germination, stopping weeds competing with your plants for water. Always be sure to use a coarse mulch such as peastraw or a bark-based mulch.

Finally, be sure to enjoy your garden at this time of year. Happy gardening!



Sleep not only helps us look good – it’s good for our brains!

Did you know?

Three in ten men and nearly two in ten women suffer from sleep apnoea.


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Brain health and better sleep have been in the news, and with good reason. Without adequate sleep, we are more susceptible to colds, flu infections and more likely to develop health conditions like diabetes, heart disease and depression. Most of us need seven to eight hours' sleep each night, and if we don’t get it our physical and mental health can suffer. Sleep disorders such as sleep apnoea can have devastating effects on our general wellbeing and have even been linked to diseases such as dementia. Professor Elizabeth Coulson, from the Queensland Brain Institute and the School of Biomedical Sciences at University of Queensland, says that this could be because sporadic pauses in breathing cause a reduction in blood oxygen levels, potentially resulting in nerve damage.

Signs of sleep apnoea

The first and most common sign is usually observed by our partners when they tell us that we snore or make gasping or choking sounds while we are asleep. You might notice other symptoms such as: • Constant tiredness • Poor concentration • Morning headache • Depressed mood • Night sweats • Weight gain • Lack of energy • Forgetfulness • Sexual dysfunction • Frequent need to go to the toilet at night. If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnoea, contact your GP who will arrange for further tests. There are a range of treatment options available.

Want to improve your sleep? The good news is that we can take action to improve our brain health through the science of sleep. The Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health offers these great tips: Avoid alcohol and caffeine drinks after 6pm Use the bedroom for sleep and intimacy and not studying, working or watching TV Avoid long daytime naps Try to get up at the same time each day Avoid excessive time in bed If you can’t sleep, stay out of bed until you feel sleepy again.


Health & wellbeing

r e t h g u a L

Is the best medicine



“You can’t deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your FAVOURITE chair and stays as long as it wants.” – Stephen King

As the saying goes, laughter is the best medicine. But did you know that there is real scientific evidence to back up this claim? While we’ve all experienced the lift in mood that can come from an unbridled bout of laughter (even when it feels like we can’t breathe and tears are streaming down our face!), there are other physical and emotional responses that make indulging in a good old belly laugh a must for our health and wellbeing.

Back in the 1930s, Dr William F Fry put a name to the health benefits of laughter – he called it ‘gelotology’ and claimed that laughing improved breathing and circulation. Several studies later have confirmed that laughter: • • • • • •

Reduces stress Alleviates pain Reduces blood pressure Improves immunity Improves overall wellbeing Improves our sense of connectedness to others.

Need a bit more laughter in your life? 1

Spend time with funny people


Take in some local comedy


Post a picture of yourself laughing where you can see it every day



Keep a joke file and share jokes with others to brighten their day and yours Find the humour in something serious.

As babies and children, smiling and laughter are some of our earliest and most important forms of communication, but as we get older and the demands of life take over, we smile and laugh less often. This has led to the rise of ‘organised’ laughter groups to help us get back in touch with our funny bone! Search for ‘laugher clubs’ online to find one near you and see the tips below on how to get more laughter in your life.

Did you know?

The Humour Foundation is a charity dedicated to promoting and delivering the health benefits of humour. They offer a range of programs designed to engage sick children and their families, and older people living in residential aged care homes. humourfoundation.org.au


Art Scene

d l e i f Wake s s e r P ACH Group’s Good Lives Magazine is proud to announce a new partnership with iconic South Australian independent publisher, Wakefield Press. Founded in 1942, Wakefield Press undertakes all stages of the publishing process (except printing) under the one roof at Mile End – a hop, skip and a jump from ACH Group’s corporate office on Henley Beach Road.

Win a prize pack of Wakefield Press books! To enter, tell us about your favourite childhood holiday and what made it so special.


We’ve teamed up with Wakefield Press to keep you in the know about quality books coming out of South Australia and beyond, such as ‘Mallee Boys’ by London-born Adelaide resident Charlie Archibold, and early model Holden enthusiast Don Loffler, whose new book ‘Holden Treasures’ hits the shelves soon.

Email your entry to goodlivesmag@ach.org.au with ‘Wakefield’ in the subject line. Entries close 31 December 2018. For full terms and conditions go to achgroup.org.au/news/ goodlivesmagazine

Readers of this issue receive a 20% discount on purchases at the Wakefield Press store located at 16 Rose Street, Mile End, or online at wakefieldpress.com.au when you use the code goodlives20 20% discount code expires 31 March 2019.

PRIZE to the value of $250!

book s r ev iew


Have stethoscope, will travel

The Good People

The Trauma Cleaner

Based on diaries kept over 15 years, rural doctor Radford writes with a gentle humour and a deep concern for better primary care in the bush. With Attenboroughlike enthusiasm and observational skills, the book captures an impressive range of interests covering flora and fauna, church and other architecture, archaeology, local history, agriculture, indigenous culture, gastronomy and wine to name but a few! The book is such a unique combination of travel and knowledge, you’ll emerge feeling like you’ve actually been there with the author.

Hannah Kent explores the fascinating and dark history of Ireland’s folklore in the follow-up to her acclaimed debut Burial Rites. Set in an isolated rural village in the 1800s, the story follows a young boy who is believed to be a ‘changeling’ – the real boy stolen by fairies, or ‘the good people’. It is up to Nance Roche, a holder of ‘knowledge’, to try to bring the boy back, with tragic consequences. Kent seems drawn to bleak, wintery landscapes and has again documented the difficulties faced by women trapped in circumstances beyond their control.

What could have been a gratuitous account of the trauma cleaning industry (crime scene clean-ups and biohazard cleaning services) has, under Krasnostein’s watchful eye, become an insightful look into an unknown world. By charting the unusual life and career of its protagonist, trauma cleaner Sandra Pankhurst, we come face to face with a myriad of characters whose lives have also taken unexpected paths.

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(Thanks to reader Rosemary Wearing for this review)

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Want to write a book review? Wakefield Press will supply the book! Contact us at goodlivesmag@ach.org.au to get involved.


Our community

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Daphne Hazell spent most of her life surrounded by books and, at 91, has just set up her ninth library.

Daphne drew on her many years as a librarian, including 27 years at Sacred Heart College, to establish the library at ViTA, Daw Park. Many of the 1000+ books and a book trolley have been re-homed from the Repatriation General Hospital library, where Daphne volunteered for 15 years. The ViTA library was made possible thanks to a $1,200 grant from the ACH Group Foundation for Older Australians, allowing a room to be set up with shelving, a children’s corner and cataloguing materials. Residents, staff and family members at ViTA have donated hundreds of books, catalogued by Daphne and her team of volunteers using a system of colour coding and subject, title and author cards. “We’re using a simple system – we’re not doing decimal points – and we have a sign-in book here, so that if someone wants to come and borrow they can do that at any time.”

Residents, staff and family are welcome to browse and borrow, and three days a week volunteers ‘do the rounds’, visiting residents in their rooms with magazines, books and DVDs. A fan of non-fiction, Daphne says reading is a wonderful way to spend your time. Daphne says she has always enjoyed working as a volunteer. She first volunteered at the age of 16 as a Sunday school kindergarten teacher because senior teachers were being sent to the War. She was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for her services to the Clovelly Park community in 2012, for her many years’ contribution to school, sports clubs, libraries and the Salvation Army. “You’re never too old to get enjoyment from volunteering,” she says. “It means you have companionship and it makes you feel better in yourself, too. Volunteering has helped me to live, not just exist.”

“There are a lot of places I would have loved to go, but I’ve never felt like I missed out because I can read a book and it takes me there.” Did you know?

ACH Group’s 350+ volunteers contributed over 72,000 hours in the last 12 months.

If you are interested in volunteering with ACH Group

Call us on 1300 22 44 77.



h c e t y V V a s It pays to be


Words by Fiona Telford-Sharp, Exchange Manager

Good LIVES MAGAZINE Cloud or drive? Apple or android? Phone or tablet? If these questions leave you scratching your head, it might be time to sign up to an Exchange Tech Savvy workshop. These workshops are all about getting people started on the internet and tips for those keen to know more. While ‘digital natives’ – generations Y and Z – often find the digital world easy to navigate, it can be a different story for others. Exchange member Jim, 63, says learning to use a computer has been a steep learning curve, but well worth the effort. As well as signing up for an email address to keep in touch with family and friends, Jim is excited about the ‘DIY’ videos he’s found on YouTube that fit with his passion, car mechanics.

“I’d been a bit resistant to computers, but I’ve discovered all sorts of fascinating things online,” he says. During the workshops, a range of experts bust internet myths,

answer questions on how to choose the right computer, tablet or mobile phone, and investigate how technology can help when it comes to hearing or vision impairments or other medical issues. Other topics include how to be safe and savvy when you’re looking for health information online, and a look at the ethics and green credentials of mobile technology. Taking on new challenges, learning new skills, and finding opportunities to have your say, are a focus for members of the Exchange – a network for people aged 50+, founded by ACH Group two years ago. Exchange members receive a fortnightly e-bulletin (newsletter) via email that includes noticeboard alerts on a variety of workshops, seminars and opportunities available to older South Australians to get involved in research, share their opinions, and keep challenging how getting older looks and feels.

“I might be 86 but I’m not slowing down, there’s a whole world of interesting things right here on my phone." – Hazel, Exchange member


The Tech Savvy workshops are one of many activities and workshops on offer for members of the Exchange, a network that offers opportunities to reinvent, rediscover and find your voice. The Exchange is open to anyone aged 50+ and is free to join. Sign up at achgroup.org.au/exchange


Tech tips

h c te s p ti

Richard Pascoe, aka ‘The Tech Guy’, shared some great tech tips to kick off The Exchange’s Tech Savvy series at the City Library. SAFE STORAGE

If you are storing anything digitally, such as your photos, always store them in three places: your device (computer, phone etc.), in the ‘cloud’ (Google Drive or Dropbox), and external media (USB or hard drive).



Once a year, go into your mobile phone provider’s storefront and ask them what else they can do for you. You’ll almost always get more data at a cheaper price, if you just ask.

Check your CDs

CDs don’t last forever. If they are more than five years old, they are starting to degrade and will need to be copied to another medium.


Never trust a call from an unknown number. Almost 40 percent of scams are now committed over the phone, followed by email, and text messaging. Don’t return international numbers unless you know them, and don’t give someone who calls you out of the blue any money, personal details or access to your computer.


Never let anyone log on to your computer unless you are 100 percent certain who they are.

Change your passwords often

Passwords are like underpants – change them often, keep them private, and never share them with anyone. And never have any visible words in your password.

For more tips, visit adelaidetechguy.com.au

Join one of ACH Group’s Training classes Looking for help with your iPad?

Join one of ACH Group’s iPad Training classes for support in a group setting. To find a class near you, visit achgroup.org.au or call us on 1300 22 44 77.



r a l dol Make your

Go Further

Did you know that the name op shop is a contraction of ‘Opportunity Shop’? Typically established by charities to provide second hand clothing and other household goods for sale at low cost to those who need it, profits are channeled into other charitable projects. 46


Upcycle at your local Op Shop! Today, many op shops occupy funky, light-filled spaces and have more of a vintage/retro vibe than ‘second hand’, and the days of inhaling the aroma of mothballs are over. Op shopping is now a competitive market, with many shops establishing a niche product range and clientele. A secondary industry has sprung up with bus tours to op shops that include stops

along the way to coffee shops and restaurants. Have fun with friends while making a difference!

ACH Group regularly runs tours to local op shops through the Social Links ‘Urban Upcyclers’ group. Call us on 1300 22 44 77 to find out more.

Apart from the fact that in most instances your dollars go to charity, there are many other reasons to go op shopping: 1

Savings to your hip pocket


Reduce landfill


Stand out from the crowd


Support work opportunities for volunteers.

Our Community

Adelaide Oval visit inspires memories of

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Charles Nicholson was seven years old when he made the journey from Port Augusta to Adelaide to watch Don Bradman play in the third Test against England at the Adelaide Oval. The Oval made a big impression on the young fan and helped foster a lifelong love of the game.

day. It was an exciting time to be there, particularly when (Australian Captain) Woodfull took a blow to the heart.”

At the time, there was growing controversy around aggressive ‘bodyline’ tactics employed by English players.

Mr Nicholson, now 93 and a resident of ACH Group Residential Care Home Kapara at Glenelg South, returned for a tour of the new-look Oval earlier this year. The former South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) tour guide,

“I can just picture it now,” Mr Nicholson said. “There were 50,962 people there that


who played cricket himself until the age of 65, was impressed by the upgrades. “It’s marvellous – better than I thought it would be,” he said. “The views to the north and south are absolutely beautiful. It’s spacious; not hemmed in like ovals interstate.” Mr Nicholson said cricket was a big part of his childhood in the 1930s.


“Growing up we would borrow the neighbour’s rubbish bin and use that as the wicket and a piece of galvanised tin sheeting as the wicket keeper. We played for hours and hours.” He remembers collecting pictures of Bradman and the Australian team on packets of liquorice ‘cigarettes’ and chewing gum. They would keep up with all the news from the Test in England on the radio. “They started at 8 o’clock at night our time and they’d have lunch at 10 o’clock our time and we small boys would have to go to bed.” At the age of 22, after watching ‘every ball’ of the

1946–47 Test Match against England and playing in the country tennis championships at Memorial Drive, Charles decided to move to Adelaide.

“I said to myself well this is the life, we haven’t got this sort of thing in Port Augusta. I helped form the Glenelg Moseley Street Cricket team and played in the United Church Association for 10 years.” Want to know more about Residential Care at ACH Group? Visit achgroup. org.au/residential-care

Visits like Charles’ to the Adelaide Oval are all part of ACH Group’s Healthy Ageing approach, which aims to keep people physically, socially and mentally active.



l l o r a on Beach mats

“It was a wonderful day – some people had not had the chance to enjoy the beach for 20 years or more.” 50


A day on the beach is a summer ritual that most of us take for granted. But for those who rely on a wheelchair or walker, enjoying the sand and water is out of reach. That’s changed for residents of West Park at Goolwa thanks to an Australia-first initiative launched earlier in the year. ACH Group is the first aged care provider in Australia to buy ‘Mobi-Mats’ to help residents in a wheelchair or with mobility issues to access the beach. Mobi-Mats are lightweight non-slip portable pathways that create an even surface and safe passage across the sand. Three mats that stretch 30 metres were rolled out in Middleton for the first time in April thanks to a $10,000 grant from the ACH Group Foundation for Older Australians. The mats will be stored in an enclosed trailer purchased

with a $3,175 grant from Goolwa Lions Club. ACH Group’s Jane Young, who instigated the project, said residents, family and volunteers helped launch the mats at Middleton with a day of beach games and fish and chips. “It was a wonderful day – some people had not had the chance to enjoy the beach for 20 years or more,” she said.

“It’s such a thrill for them and we’re looking forward to getting out and about more regularly.”

Did you know? The ACH Group Foundation for Older Australians funds a range of projects that promote healthy ageing, independence and wellbeing for older people through its annual grants program. Grants are open to the ACH Group community, including staff, volunteers and customers. Applications for the next round of funding open in September – see achgroup.org.au for more information.


job seekers

th e w e i r V e t in

It’s a competitive employment market out there, so if you’ve made it to interview stage it pays to be prepared. Here are some dos and don’ts to set you up for success.

DO Dress appropriately for the role you are applying for: pants and a collared shirt are always a good option as are closed toe, clean shoes. Research the company, via the company website, LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram.

don’t Focus on just the interviewer – ensure you look at each of the panel members when answering questions.


Tanya Watson, ACH group career expert

Be polite to everyone you meet; I often ask our receptionist about first impressions and how their interaction was with the candidate.

Ensure you know where you are going, how long it is going to take to get there and where you are going to park your car. You don’t want to be running late and panicking!

Be prepared with questions when asked. My favourite is “why do you like working here?”

Be prepared with examples. The majority of positions will have a customer/stakeholder focus and there is usually a question that relates to how you have made an improvement or initiated something new.

Ensure your mobile phone is turned off. Offer a handshake when greeting people, but be aware of culture differences.

Be late or too early: 5–10 minutes before interview time is perfect.

Be afraid to ask for clarification on a question if you don’t understand.

Talk over the top of your interviewer or panel members.

Bad-mouth a previous or current employer or co-workers.

Tell jokes or talk about controversial subjects. Bring up personal or family problems. Feel you need to fill a silence with words.

Talk about the salary in the interview; this is between you and the recruiter. Lie or exaggerate about what you can do.


Staff profile

m a R a d a Y V A love of the Australian Cricket team and a desire to study overseas brought Nepaleseborn Clinical Nurse Ram Yadav to a new life in Australia.

With an interest in health care, Ram finished his secondary studies in Nepal and moved to Australia on a student visa, undertaking a Diploma of Nursing. Initially joining ACH Group as a Personal Care Worker, Ram progressed through further study culminating in a Bachelor of Nursing, and is now employed as a Clinical Nurse at Residential Care Home Highercombe, in Hope Valley.

Apart from his formal role, Ram contributes to his workplace as a member of the Equity and Diversity Group, which promotes and embraces cultural awareness amongst employees, volunteers and students to provide an environment that is fair and equitable for all. See why people love working for ACH Group at achgroup.org.au/work-with-us

“I’m proud to work for ACH Group because of the support and encouragement of new and innovative ideas that support the quality of life for residents. I’m looking forward to continuing to promote initiatives that support their overall health and Wellbeing.” 53


out & about

Fit and swinging

Members of ACH Group’s SwingFit ladies’ golf group participated in a clinic at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open Golf at Kooyonga.

Health Studio Opening ACH Group’s new Health Studio 50+ at Gliderol Stadium, Glenelg was officially opened, with Ambassador Jane Reilly as MC.

Good neighbours Residents at Elkanah Retirement Village, Morphett Vale, came together for lunch to mark Neighbour Day.

Cambodian New Year

Members of the Cambodian Community came together for their New Year celebrations in April.



Fringe sell-out

More than 100 Sing for Joy choir members and 200 guests came together for a sell-out Adelaide Fringe performance at the National Wine Centre.

Picnic in the park

The annual ACH Group picnic at Bonython Park was a hit for staff and their families with a sausage sizzle, ice creams and games on offer.


Real estate

g n i i s Z n d ow Your youngest CHILD moved out of home some time ago and you’re thinking about what’s next. 56

Everyone’s talking about downsizing, but the idea of selling the family home can be daunting, especially when your children still think of it as their safe haven from the rigours of adulthood. For yourself, it’s where a lifetime of memories has been built.

It’s not a decision to take lightly, so how do you know if you’re really ready to downsize? • You go days without bumping into your spouse because the house is too big (this may be a slight exaggeration)

Good LIVES MAGAZINE Your small pet is welcome! • Your kids promised to move all of their belongings into their own homes (it’s only taken two years) but for some reason everything’s still in your garage • The garden is getting hard to manage, or you’ve got other things you’d rather be doing (golf, anyone?) • Your eyes keep being drawn to the retirement living ads in the newspaper (especially the perfect décor and shiny appliances) • Friends have made the move and are raving about it (and even though you want to tell them you’ve heard enough, you can’t help but feel a little envious) • You want to free up some cash to spend on your lifestyle, including travel (that overseas holiday may be well within reach, and a new car would be nice!). Ok, so that’s a pretty light-hearted look at some of the things that may trigger thoughts of downsizing, but if some of them resonate it’s time to give it more than just a passing thought. One of the more pressing indicators may be that your income is no longer matching the expenses of a big family home, especially if it’s ageing and needs a lot of maintenance.

So where do you start? Consider future needs

Retirement living style

You may be fit and well now, but it’s worth taking into consideration how well your home will accommodate your needs as you age. For example, do you really need a bathtub, or would a walk-in shower be more practical in the future? Are there steps into the house that might be hard to manage later on? Is the entrance under cover to reduce slips in wet weather?

A large village with all the bells and whistles, or an independent living unit in a small group? Your lifestyle and personality type will give you a few clues here – do you love to be around people or do you prefer to do your own thing? There are options for everybody that can be explored by taking a tour and speaking with residents who already live there, and who will give you a warts and all account of their experience.

Finances A financial advisor is a good place to begin your journey, as they can help you better understand your financial position and what you can afford. Look for one that specialises in retirement living. At ACH Group we work with Helen Janetzki from Proxima Financial Services (ph 0412 818 458), but a quick internet search will reveal a number of advisors who can help.

There are lots of things to think about when you’re considering downsizing, and ACH Group would love to help. Call our Real Estate Services Manager Nat Johncock on 8159 3480 to talk about your options today.

Did you know?

Retirement living is open to people aged 55+ who are no longer in the workforce full time. 57


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MAGILL Affordable eastern suburbs living. James Evans Court is an affordable priced village, featuring 1 and 2 bedroom units with clever designs and tasteful, quality finishes, and modern community facilities on-site. Located in leafy Magill and conveniently located near public transport, local shops and services. Priced from $86,000 (1br) and $131,000 (2br) James Evans Court 122 St Bernards Road

MORPHETT VALE Country style setting in the south. Elkanah Retirement Village offers a secure and low maintenance lifestyle, surrounded by gorgeous community gardens and the on-site community hall offering many social opportunities. Located within walking distance to the Woodcroft Shopping Centre. Priced from $205,000 Elkanah Retirement Village 50 Woodcroft Drive

PORT NOARLUNGA Peaceful seaside lifestyle. Offering well-appointed 1 bedroom units, Perry Park is minutes to Colonnades Shopping precinct, and a short walk to Port Noarlunga township and stunning local beaches. Enjoy social gatherings at the on-site community hall. Priced from $79,000 Perry Park Village 100 Murray Street

MAGILL Appealing, leafy village living. Choice of two villages in Magill featuring a versatile range of 1 and 2 bedroom units with varying styles and aspects. Well located within easy reach of local shops and services. Priced from $70,000

St Georges Court & Sir Keith Wilson Court Corner Murray Avenue & St Bernards Road

BOX HILL, VICTORIA Independent lifestyle living. Bedford Heights Estate is nestled in the heart of Melbourne’s leafy eastern suburbs and offers a secure, easy-living environment. Peace of mind with 24-hour emergency call system, gardening and maintenance included. Priced from $550,000 Bedford Heights 16 Bedford Street

FOREST HILL, VICTORIA Neighbourly and welcoming community. Set in tranquil, beautifully maintained gardens, St Thomas offers affordable 2 bedroom independent living units with private rear garden, parking and 24-hour emergency call system. Priced from $480,000 St Thomas Village 97 Hawthorne Road

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