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Starting the New Year on a healthy senior note

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Happy New Year Coasties!! As we bid farewell to 2023 and usher in 2024, we stand on the brink of a new year of possibilities and wonder. While we reflect on the wonderful family time we had, including enjoying our littlest daughter's first Christmas, a sense of excitement lingers when looking ahead. What will 2024 bring? It's still too early for me to set my intention word/s for the year, but I'm pretty sure it will be an extension on 2023 – CALM, SPACE and ORGANISED. Calm, to reduce the overwhelm and constant running around, Space, to allow in things that nourish my soul and Organised, to allow the extra physical and mental space to focus on the things that make my heart sing. However you're kicking off the new year with your own rituals and traditions, I hope it's packed with love, lots of laughs, and heaps of happiness. Here's to a fantastic 2024!

10 Concussion and vision problems after a car accident

12 Matters of life and love 14 The Secret River – Navigating the serene waters of the Hawkesbury

Ta nziex x x 16 How the 2023 Intergenerational Report might impact aged care

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c o n nne cetri na tgi o n s g eone story at a time

In a world where staying connected is more important than ever, Rel8.app emerges as a solution of simplicity, innovation and connection. Born and driven from the personal experience of the app creator, Michael Stoten, Rel8.app is a digital tool to share photos and experiences of loved ones in aged care. A way to ease the challenge of balancing work, family and staying connected with loved ones.

During my Nan’s time in an aged care facility, I wasn’t able to visit as often as I would have liked. When I did get the opportunity to spend time with her, she struggled to remember what she had been up to and our conversations didn’t get far. It was only after her passing that I discovered photos of her dressed up for Melbourne Cup, enjoying day trips for fish and chips with friends and enjoying scones at afternoon tea. These were precious moments I had missed, and it was this realisation that inspired

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Law with compassion & courage We are here to support you through the most difficult times. Experienced in complex property settlements, divorce, parenting and estate planning, we will guide you through the legal process, we offer understanding, compassion and empathy when you need it most. Helping clients across the Central Coast, Sydney and Newcastle, we create a safe place for you to feel heard, considered and empowered. Advocating for your needs, we draw on a deep understanding of the law, psychology, and the humanities to secure a positive outcome for you and your family. Would you like to know more? Phone 4339 0999. Do you have a group of 20+ people? Jacqui Bilson, Principal Solicitor of Bilson Law, offers fee-free information sessions about Estate Planning, i.e., Wills, Powers of Attorney and Enduring Guardianship.


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REL8.APP my vision to develop a solution. Rel8 is not just a tool; it’s a testament to the belief in the power of technology to bridge communication gaps, empower carers and bring families closer together. STREAMLINING COMMUNICATION We understand and empathise with the challenges faced by families with loved ones in aged care facilities. Our app is designed to simplify and enhance communication, offering a powerful way to share stories, photos, important notices, events and wellbeing updates directly with multiple family members at one time. It’s more than just another app; it’s a foundation to facilitate meaningful connections between residents, carers and families. BRINGING FAMILIES TOGETHER For families and aged care communities, Rel8 creates a wholesome experience, enabling a simple way to check in and connect with our loved ones. For those separated by physical distance, families can effortlessly share experiences, see

lifestyle updates of loved ones and stay informed about important information and events, harnessing a sense of togetherness regardless of geographical boundaries. EMPOWERING CARERS Rel8 isn’t just about families; it’s a valuable tool for facilities and carers too. By providing an easy way to share the daily adventures of residents and clients, carers are bringing peace of mind to family and friends while showcasing the wonderful relationships and care they provide our loved ones, each and every day.

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THE CENTRAL COAST THE CENTRAL COAST ANCIENT MARINERS In the heart of the stunning Central Coast, a revolution is taking place on the football pitch—one that defies age, challenges stereotypes, and brings joy to the hearts of participants. Meet the Central Coast Ancient Mariners, a dynamic community of football enthusiasts ranging from their 40s to 80s, rewriting the playbook with a unique twist on the beautiful game: walking football. Breaking away from the notion that football is reserved for the young and agile, the Ancient Mariners are proving that the sport is timeless and can be enjoyed at any stage of life. A KICK BACK IN TIME Walking football is more than just a leisurely stroll on the pitch—it’s a

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nostalgic nod to the roots of the game. Embracing the fundamental spirit of football, the Central Coast Ancient Mariners have redefined the sport by eliminating running from the equation. This modification not only caters to the physical abilities of participants but also reignites the joy and camaraderie that many experienced when they first fell in love with football. The journey of the Central Coast Ancient Mariners began with a modest ‘Sunday Session’ in December 2021, attended by ten enthusiastic individuals. Since then, the CCAM has evolved into a force to be reckoned with, hosting its first tournament in August 2022, with over 100 players representing clubs from across Australia. The CCAM has proudly

represented the Central Coast in 12 tournaments throughout the country. The visionary minds behind the Central Coast Walking Football, Cliff Parker and Steve James, played a pivotal role in forming the CCWF. Their dedication has provided a platform for individuals of diverse ages to embrace the transformative power of walking football, illustrating that the spirit of the game knows no age. The CCAM stands as a testament to the enduring benefits of this unique sport, showcasing that, indeed, age is just a number, and the joy of the game is timeless. INCLUSIVITY AT ITS CORE The Ancient Mariners welcome players from all walks of life, fostering a sense

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of inclusivity that goes beyond age and gender. Men and women, ranging from their 40s to 80s, come together to share their love for the game, breaking down barriers and forming a close– knit community. This inclusivity is a testament to the belief that football is for everyone, regardless of age or gender. A SOCIAL KICK–OFF Beyond the game itself, the Central Coast Ancient Mariners have turned walking football into a social phenomenon. The emphasis is not solely on competition but also on creating a supportive and friendly environment. Participants often share stories, laughter, and post–match camaraderie, proving that the bonds formed on the pitch extend far beyond the boundaries of the game. PHYSICAL WELLBEING FOR ALL AGES Walking football isn’t just about fun and games—it’s a powerful tool for maintaining physical wellbeing. With the reduced intensity, participants can enjoy the benefits of exercise without the strain on joints commonly associated with traditional football. The Ancient Mariners are challenging the perception that age limits physical activity by showcasing how walking football can contribute to cardiovascular health, flexibility, and overall fitness. MENTAL HEALTH ASPECTS Walking football, with its slower pace and emphasis on teamwork and skill, serves as a catalyst for positive mental health outcomes. The game initiates a profound sense of belonging, offering participants a shared purpose and camaraderie. For those involved, it becomes more than just a sport; it is a community that supports one another through life’s various stages.

The Ancient Mariners are challenging the perception that age limits physical activity by showcasing how walking football can contribute to cardiovascular health, flexibility, and overall fitness Moreover, engaging in walking football proves instrumental in prolonging independence, providing participants with an opportunity to rediscover their competitive side. As the players embrace the game, new ambitions are kindled, instilling a drive to achieve the most out of life. COMPETITION WITH A TWIST While the Ancient Mariners prioritize the social aspect, the competitive spirit is alive and well on the pitch. The teams engage in friendly matches, tournaments, and leagues, proving that walking football can be both recreational and competitive. The joy of scoring a goal or making a well–executed pass is timeless, and the Ancient Mariners are proving that age is no barrier to the thrill of the game.

overall wellbeing. The Ancient Mariners are inspiring others to break free from the notion that age restricts participation in physical activities and are paving the way for a more inclusive approach to community sports. As the sun sets over the Central Coast, the Ancient Mariners continue to redefine the narrative of football. Their walking football initiative is not just about playing a game; it’s about rewriting the rulebook on age, fostering inclusivity, and promoting physical and mental wellbeing for all. The Central Coast Ancient Mariners are not just a team; they are a testament to the enduring spirit of the beautiful game, proving that football is a lifelong passion that knows no age limits.

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Life is filled with changes. But with preparation and good advice, you may be able to manage the transitions more effectively to minimise stress. rise” through a higher age pension. This increase can help to cover higher expenses and care costs.

Watching your spouse’s health decline can be difficult and stressful. And if this decline results in a move to aged care, you will both be faced with a lot of changes. These changes might include getting used to a new routine and sleeping arrangements, as well as financial, legal and emotional adjustments. In this article, I highlight five aspects that couples may need to consider and tips to help you adjust. 1. YOUR CENTRELINK AGE PENSION If your spouse (or both of you) move into care, you might qualify for a “pay

When a move into care is involved, illness–separated couple rules apply. Your pension continues to be assessed on combined financial means but is paid at the higher single rates of pension. A couple’s age pension could increase by up to $14,000 per year (combined). Update your Centrelink (or Veterans’ Affairs) records as soon as possible after the move and let them know that you are now an illness–separated couple. If you previously just missed out on an age

pension it might be worth reapplying. 2. YOUR EMOTIONS AND MENTAL HEALTH The stress associated with the transition and financial adjustments can be significant, you might experience feelings of exhaustion, guilt, and/or grief. These are normal reactions, and it’s perfectly okay to take some time to navigate through these emotions. Surround yourself with the support of caring friends and family or consider seeking professional help if needed. Remember, prioritising your own mental health is not only okay but


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Watching your spouse’s health decline can be difficult and stressful. And if this decline results in a move to aged care, you will both be faced with a lot of changes 3. YOUR LIFESTYLE CHANGES You will both experience changes in your daily routines. In care, your spouse may need to adjust to a new routine including a different bed, changes in mealtimes and different cooking styles. The care staff will be able to help with tips for settling in. You may find that your house feels empty and lonely. Your daily routine might see care activities being replaced with visiting your spouse and regaining some of your own social life.

home care package before moving into residential care, that package (and any support services such as home cleaning that it was paying for) will stop. You might consider whether you now qualify for your own home care package or other home support to help maintain your independence. If needed, contact MyAgedCare on 1800 200 422 or www.myagedcare.gov.au to arrange an assessment. 4. YOUR HOME If your home does feel too big or lonely, or if visiting your spouse becomes challenging, you may contemplate a change. This might be a move to a smaller home, or a differently located home. Or perhaps you might want to move to a retirement village to have people around you. Changing homes will create financial implications for your age pension and care fees. It might also release equity. Seeking financial advice is crucial when contemplating changes to your home.

prioritising your own mental health is not only okay but essential. By taking care of yourself, you equip yourself to provide the best possible support to your spouse in their new living arrangement I’m here to provide guidance, assisting you to understand the financial implications and suggest appropriate strategies to navigate these considerations. 5. SORTING YOUR LEGALS If your spouse was nominated as your enduring power of attorney/guardian or executor of your will it might be time to speak to your lawyer about updating the documents and nominating someone else.

If you want to talk through your options or find out more information for your situation, call our office on 02 4325 0884 to arrange an appointment. Morgans Financial Limited – 1/6 Burns Cres, Gosford morgans.com.au/gosford

If your spouse was receiving a Sophie Doyle (AR#000470612) is a Retirement and Aged Care Specialist at Morgans Financial Limited (Morgans AFSL 235410 / ABN49 010 669 726); with a passion for assisting people make informed financial decisions, as they navigate their way through retirement and aged care. Disclaimer: While every care has been taken, Morgans Financial Limited makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of the contents. The information is of a general nature only and has been prepared without consideration of your individual objectives, financial situation or needs. Before making any decisions, you should consider the appropriateness for your personal investment objectives, financial situation or individual needs. We recommend you see a financial adviser, registered tax agent or legal adviser before making any decisions based on this information. Current at 1 November 2023.


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Car accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, leaving behind physical and emotional scars that require time and care to heal. But what about the hidden consequences that may not manifest immediately? One such concern is the impact of concussions, a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI), on our vision. Checking vision after a TBI can be easily overlooked. CONCUSSIONS AND VISION: A CLOSER LOOK While it’s widely recognised that concussions can result in headaches and cognitive challenges, fewer people are aware of the profound effects they can have on vision. Concussions, classified as minor TBIs, can exert a major influence on visual function. Surprisingly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that as many as 75% of all TBIs are concussions. Moreover, a staggering 90% of individuals who sustain concussions due to external impacts, such as car accidents, encounter vision–related issues. Vehicular collisions, significant falls, and sports injuries top the list

of leading causes of TBIs, including concussions. THE COMPLEX RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CONCUSSIONS, TBIS, AND VISION PROBLEMS Concussions and other TBIs can disrupt the intricate communication between the eyes and the brain. Individuals who have experienced these injuries may grapple with a range of visual challenges, including: Double Vision: The eyes may struggle to work together, resulting in double vision. Persistent Headaches: Visual activities such as reading may trigger eye fatigue and headaches. Blurred Vision: Objects may appear

unclear or out of focus. Dizziness or Nausea: Feeling dizzy or nauseous. Sensitivity to Stimuli: Increased sensitivity to noise or light. Balance Problems: Challenges maintaining balance. Cognitive Issues: Difficulty concentrating or feeling ‘foggy.’ Memory Problems: Forgetfulness or memory lapses. Emotional Changes: Feelings of anger, anxiety, stress, or emotional changes. Sleep Alterations: Changes in sleep patterns or quality. Loss of Visual Field: Portions of the visual field may become inaccessible. Eye Convergence Issues: The inability to align both eyes simultaneously.

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Oculomotor Dysfunction: Difficulty with eye movement control, including locating and tracking objects. Accommodative Insufficiency: Challenges in focusing on nearby objects. In severe cases, TBIs can result in critical eye emergencies, including retinal detachment, optic nerve damage, or vitreous haemorrhage. A comprehensive functional eye examination following a car accident or head injury is indispensable to identify potential eye damage and prescribe appropriate treatment measures. NOT JUST ON THE ROAD Injuries leading to concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are not confined solely to car accidents. Workplace mishaps, slips, and falls, as well as sports–related impacts, can also result in similar injuries. Any incident in which the head experiences a significant blow or sudden jolt could lead to a concussion. These injuries are often linked to a wide array of symptoms, varying from mild to severe, and can encompass a broad spectrum of physical, cognitive, and visual impairments. DIVERSE SOURCES OF TRAUMA From tripping on an uneven sidewalk to sustaining a head injury during sports or while working in a construction zone, these incidents share a common denominator: the potential to cause concussions and, consequently, vision problems. Workplace–related accidents, particularly in physically demanding or

high–risk occupations, pose a significant risk. Even seemingly trivial falls or accidents in everyday life can result in an undetected concussion, subsequently affecting visual functions. By expanding the narrative beyond car accidents, it becomes apparent that various scenarios and settings can potentially trigger concussions or TBIs, underscoring the importance of recognising these injuries’ broader scope and their potential effects on vision. TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR VISION PROBLEMS POST–TBIS To address vision issues arising from car accidents or TBIs, it is crucial to consult a Behavioural Optometrist, a specialist trained to manage eye problems linked to the nervous system. An assessment from a Behavioural Optometrist goes beyond the standard test of 20/20 vision and tests functional visual skills such as the accuracy of eye movements and various other visual skills. If the vision problems are connected to neurological damage or brain injury, the Behavioural Optometrist will pinpoint the specific visual challenges and prescribe appropriate treatment options. These may include specialised glasses, such as prism lenses, or a tailored neuro–optometric rehabilitation program. Restoring visual function and enhancing overall wellbeing is crucial for everyone affected.

Car accidents and head injuries can have far–reaching consequences, with the impact extending beyond what meets the eye – quite literally. Understanding the potential effects of concussions and TBIs on vision is a critical step toward addressing these issues. If you or a loved one has experienced a car accident or head injury, we encourage you to seek professional care promptly. NAVIGATING THE ROAD TO VISUAL RECOVERY Recovering from a car accident or head injury can be a challenging journey, but it’s a journey you don’t have to face alone. Recognising the potential impact on your vision and seeking professional care, you take the first step toward a brighter, clearer future. A Behavioural Optometrist can help you restore visual function and enhance your overall well-being. If you or someone you know has recently experienced a car accident or head injury, consider seeking professional assistance. Schedule a post–TBI vision assessment to embark on the path to visual rehabilitation and a more comprehensive recovery. This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general eye health topics. It should not be used as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your health care professional prior to incorporating this as part of your health regimen.

Dr Nicholas Altuneg is a Behavioural Optometrist who has been working on the Central Coast for almost 30 years. He is the co–founder at Eyes by Design, which is in the Kincumber Centre. Appointments can be made by phone 4369 8169 or online at www.eyesbydesign.com.au

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With your New Year’s renewed energy, January is a great time to start planning and start up or start back at those healthy habits. Being healthy, eating well and staying fit is something we all continue to work on so we can have enough strength and energy to live life to the fullest. A habit is something we do regularly, almost without thinking. Changing habits and making a new habit stick is actually quite hard. As Dietitians, we work with people to change one of the most complex habits of all – our eating. We eat multiple times a day every day of our lives in various locations, with different people. Our eating is not only one habit, but many habits which have been created and interwoven in our lifestyle through each day, week, month and year of our lives. So, our eating habits can be the most difficult thing to change and help is almost always needed. Habit changing is a journey. Which is why all the quick fixes, diet books, pills and shakes do not work long term as there are often a great myriad of issues to address when it comes to eating habits and how to change them. As Dietitians we work with you each step of the way and use some of the following strategies. AWARENESS The first thing to do is to become more

aware of your habits. Keeping a diary can be an eye opener. The next thing to do is to reflect on your diary and learn more about why you do what you do. There are often lots of reasons why you make one food choice. In many cases, I believe the incredible power of marketing over the last few generations has played a big role in why we want to eat certain foods at certain times. And this is why so many discretionary foods are so available in our community and are placed on a pedestal over fresh healthy nutritious foods in our minds. For example, if it is a beach day 'it is an ice–cream day'. Instead you could just drink some iced water and get the same result – feeling cool. Perhaps you have some limiting beliefs. Or you put labels on yourself: ‘I am not a breakfast person’, ‘I love chocolate.’ Again, there are often reasons for believing these and replacing these thoughts with more helpful thoughts is required: ‘I can retrain my body to feel hungry for breakfast again so I do not overeat at night’ ‘ I enjoy eating chocolate, but I can also enjoy nutritious foods that my body needs.’ PLANNING We make over 200 subconscious decisions every day about what we eat. If most of these decisions were not automatic, that would be an incredibly exhausting amount of brain power needed. This is why it can be so difficult to cook dinner if you do not already know what you are going to cook. This is why those meal planning and

preparation delivery companies like Hello Fresh are so popular these days. The planning required to make an action and start a new habit can be the biggest thing that stops us. Just sitting down and thinking about how you will implement your new habit, making a checklist of what you need to do, visualising how it will play out and troubleshoot how you will overcome those barriers can make the biggest difference. One example is getting up earlier to have breakfast or getting that walk in. You may need to get your breakfast or walking clothes ready the night before. Plan your bedtime routine to be earlier, work on your bedtime routine to feel relaxed enough to fall asleep easily and allow yourself time to get used to this routine. Set your alarm earlier and figure out how to get out of bed. You could put some music on, do some stretching, think about what you are going to achieve that day, who are you looking forward to seeing, say something that motivates you like 'it is time to start my day and I will make it a great one'. GET INSPIRED AND SUPPORTED BY OTHERS Whatever you do want to achieve, doing it with people who are supportive is a great way to start, start back or continue your healthy habits. Enlisting the help of professionals such as dietitians, exercise professionals, wellness coaches or psychologists, will also ensure you get the results you desire, through assessment, education, accountability, and motivation.

So whatever your health and lifestyle goals are, they are absolutely achievable by taking the right steps forward.

Carin Clegg is the Director of Bright Diets, is a Paediatric Dietitian and Fitness Professional with an interest in sustainability. Carin wants everyone to be clever about their eating to feel happy, healthy and vibrant! Reach out at 0413 77 44 11, on our website www.brightdiets.com.au or on the socials. JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2024 – ISSUE 57



r e v i R t e Se c r Navigating the serene waters of the Hawkesbury WORDS BY DORIAN MODE PHOTOGRAPHY BY LYDIA THORPE

European settlement along the Hawkesbury River commenced in 1794, as colonists established settlements near South Creek and along the riverbanks, unintentionally limiting access for the First Nations people. Governor Phillip initially opposed this due to the area’s isolation and lack of “suitable settlers”. However, more land was eventually granted, which significantly impacted the traditional custodians, the Darug and Darkinjung people. As Kate Melville wrote in “The Secret River,” there were no visible signs of ownership among the Indigenous people. Officially part of the NSW Central Coast, our journey through this richly historical landscape begins at Brooklyn, formerly known as Peat’s Ferry Crossing, named after the Union Bridge Company of Buffalo, New York, responsible for constructing the iconic bridge in 1889. This allowed Australians to traverse the river via train, although border crossings were not without complications. Before the bridge, the


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only access was by steam barge from Wondabyne, now one of Australia’s unique boat–only accessible stations, famously featured in the 2004 film, “Oyster Farmer.” Exploring the islands and settlements along the river offers diverse experiences. Renting a tinny or jet–ski (to release the inner bogan in you) provides a thrilling adventure, but for a more leisurely exploration for seniors, the Riverboat Postman offers a charming daily mail delivery service to remote water–access settlements, including lunch and afternoon tea. It represents great value for your coin. Throughout the cruise, the river unveils its historical narrative. Passing by Dangar Island with its post office and

As Kate Melville wrote in “The Secret River,” there were no visible signs of ownership among the Indigenous people bowling club, devoid of cars except for a red golf buggy and a lone wheelbarrow for schlepping luggage or shopping to your digs, offers a quirky island walk. And flanking Spectacle Island, once a site for corroborees, now stands as a nature reserve with a significant collection of rock art.

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We cruise past noteworthy landmarks like Mullet Creek, Kooroowall–Undi (Peat Island), Milsons Passage, and Milson Island, each bearing historical significance. HMAS Parramatta’s rusting wreck, Bar Point’s

for a more leisurely exploration for seniors, the Riverboat Postman offers a charming daily mail delivery service to remote water–access settlements, including lunch and afternoon tea. It represents great value for your coin spirited settlement, and Fisherman’s Point’s history offer glimpses into the river’s vibrant past. Bar Island, known for its church ruins and Aboriginal

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shell–midden, invites visitors to explore the remnants of the area’s cultural heritage. Another tour is Broken Bay Pearl Farm. Their tour provides an exclusive insight into pearl cultivation and allows for the indulgence in freshly harvested oysters, offering a unique perspective on the river’s economic prospects. Post tour we make for Brooklyn’s famous, Anglers Rest Hotel. It’s a moment to cherish local flavours amid the picturesque riverside backdrop. There is a great Malaya restaurant in the pub and I recommend the spicy satay chicken. For seniors without wheels, a day trip involving a train ride from Gosford, fish and chips across from Hawkesbury River Station, a refreshing swim, and a ride on the pension–friendly affordable Danger Island ferry can create a memorable, cost–effective experience by the river that won’t break the budget.

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How the 2023 Intergenerational Report might impact aged care BY SOPHIE DOYLE, RETIREMENT AND AGED CARE SPECIALIST

The recently released Intergenerational Report highlights trends and impacts over the next 40 years and highlights the significant impact of an ageing population. A major theme in the recent Intergenerational Report was the impact on Australia’s economy and society of an ageing population, which will lead to a rising demand for aged care over the next 40 years. This reinforces the importance of considering aged care needs ahead of a crisis situation. The care and support sector was singled out as one of the key sectors expected to grow over the next four decades as it expands to accommodate the needs of an increasing number of older Australians. In particular, the 85 plus age group is expected to triple over the next 40 years. Meeting demand will require ongoing investment and improvements in the delivery of aged care services. But with predictions of budget deficits for the next 40 years, the ability for the Government to fully fund the increasing cost pressures is limited. A greater and increasing share


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of costs will likely need to be met by the person accessing care services, where they have the financial means to do so. Australians need to plan ahead for their aged care needs. Aged care considerations should form a key component of retirement planning to take into account the costs and related financial decisions. While longer life expectancies will see Australians spending more years in full health, on the flip side, we are also likely to experience an increased number of years in ill–health. This will in turn accelerate spending in health and aged care as well as demand for services and advice. As shown in the chart below, the average number of years that a person lives in ill–health has been steadily increasing across the last decades and this trend is expected to continue to grow. See Graph 1. Most Australians who reach old age will need aged care services. The Australian Government provides the majority of funding, across both residential aged care and home care services, with users contributing a small portion of the costs. Government spending on aged care is projected to grow from 1.1% of GDP to 2.5% in 2062–63 and aged care spending per


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Residential Aged Care Source: Australian Institute of Health & Welfare, Australian Burden of Disease study, 2022.

person will also increase. The composition of government spending across the home care and residential care is shown in the Graph 2. Without a doubt, Australians need to consider aged care options and strategies not only for their own future needs, but also the needs of older parents or other family members.

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new year is always a good time to review healthy (and unhealthy) diet and lifestyle patterns. It’s a great time to check in with what is working for us health wise and to review the areas of our lives that are not serving us so well. The festive season often invites more eating and drinking than usual, which can lead to not so healthy habits that often linger until after Australia Day. The more we drink alcohol and eat sweet treats, the more we tend to want to drink alcohol and eat sweet treats. In the short term, most of our bodies can tolerate this, however over the longer term, it may start to impact our health and wellbeing. After the Christmas period it’s great to get back into a healthy eating plan as soon as possible. The Mediterranean diet is associated with improved markers of ageing including reduced frailty, reduced inflammatory markers, improved cognitive function and gut microbiome profiles. If you are after ideas for improving your diet in the new year, a Mediterranean–style diet is a good place to start. To summarise what that means: Eat more vegetables (80% of your plate), fruit, nuts/seeds, legumes, whole grains, herbs/spices, fish, seafood and extra virgin olive oil. Eat moderate amounts of poultry, eggs, yogurt and cheese (especially white versions such as fetta/ricotta rather than processed, yellow cheese). Eat red meat rarely and avoid processed food including soft drink and processed meats, added sugar and refined oils. There are many free resources available online to help plan out a healthy eating regime based on the Mediterranean diet. Dehydration can contribute to fatigue, muscle pain, headaches, kidney pain, dry itchy skin, constipation and insomnia

to name a few. It’s simple and its cheap – aim to drink 1.5 litres of water each day preferably before 5pm so it doesn’t interfere with sleep. Larger or more active humans may need more than this. Tea and coffee don’t count unless it is herbal tea as the aforementioned contain caffeine and have a diuretic effect on the body. Getting the body moving physically can help to kickstart the metabolism to encourage the shedding of any extra unwanted kilos and starting the new year with an exercise regime can create positive momentum for the rest of the year. Get exercise out of the way early in the day when it is cooler in summer and then it’s accomplished before fatigue may creep in later in the day.

preservatives, chargrilled foods, alcohol and tobacco. Drink plenty of water to improve elimination via the kidneys and the bowel. Checking–in with the inner being is also great to do at the beginning of the new year. Ask yourself: ‘what lights me up?’ ‘What makes me truly happy?’ Make sure these things are included in your plan for the year ahead. It is never too late to learn something new whether it’s creative or active and in fact it may even improve your mental health and increase your longevity. Inner happiness has been shown to improve many physical health markers. For further information or to make an appointment please contact Diana Arundell – The Avoca Naturopath and Nutritionist on 0410 465 900

If you are after ideas for improving your diet in the new year, a Mediterranean–style diet is a good place to start Our modern industrialised world brings many fabulous benefits and it also unfortunately means we are exposed to thousands more toxins than in the past. Our bodies are built to protect us via detoxifying these chemicals from our system however it’s worth checking in with our chemical exposure and making changes where we can, to reduce the toxic load. Some ways we can reduce our toxic load include: avoid using pesticides, use natural skin care and cleaning products, eat organic food where possible, avoid Teflon and aluminium cookware, avoid storing and heating food and beverages in plastic, avoid intake of additives/

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KIDS TURN CHRISTMAS CREATIVITY INTO CARDS FOR HUNDREDS OF CENTRAL COAST SENIORS Meals on Wheels™ Australia joins Home Instead’s Be A Santa To A Senior program to spread festive joy and reduce isolation for older Australians. Christmas joy is on the menu for Central Coast seniors this December, with Meals on Wheels™ Australia drivers set to carry some extra special cargo to help in–home care provider Home Instead reduce festive season social isolation. As part of Home Instead’s national Be A Santa To A Senior program, the volunteer meal delivery service is helping to deliver nationwide more than 12,500 Christmas cards, which have been decorated by children, to spread some Christmas cheer.

Locally, Home Instead Central Coast & Newcastle have been playing Santa, coordinating the delivery of 200 cards via Meals on Wheels™ and at a special lunch event.

A child’s heartwarming message for a senior, handwritten on one of Home Instead’s Be A Santa To A Senior cards.

The cards, lovingly decorated by children aged five to 13, from Broken Bay Scouts Group, were also hand–delivered to seniors at Woy Woy Meals on Wheels™ Community Restaurant lunch on Friday, December 1, and also distributed by the service’s drivers.

“Everyone had a wonderful time at the Christmas lunch and one of the Broken Bay Scouts, Xavier, who is six years old, was there to present the cards,” Home Instead Central Coast & Newcastle Community Engagement Manager Samantha Farham said. “It was really heartwarming to see the happy interactions between the seniors

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day, excluding their meal deliveries. “Home Instead shares the desire to increase wellbeing for our clients through meaningful social connection while providing a service and we are proud to join forces this festive season.” “We know intergenerational contact is immensely rewarding for both older people and children,” said Paul Sadler, Chair of Meals on Wheels™ Australia. “We can ensure isolated older people right around the nation experience that companionship, through our network of meals on wheels services.”

Broken Bay Scout Group children decorating the Be A Santa To A Senior cards.

Samantha said a small gesture could make a big difference to a senior. “Simply helping with groceries, walking someone to their car, or taking the time to have a chat or help at home can go a long way to improving wellbeing and eliminating feelings of loneliness and isolation,” she said.

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Dearly Beloved I hear you ‘sister’!!!! Whilst I have children who are ‘technically’ adults now, I also feel too young and not ready to share my new–found middle–aged freedom with grand kids yet. Or at least, that is what one ‘part’ of my brain thinks. Another part goes completely ‘mush’ at babies. I love them so much and rarely get access to fresh ones, so when I do, it is completely delightful and heavenly. Middle–age freedom is heavenly too though, isn’t it?! My husband and I are three years into child–free time and it is fantastic. It’s like being teenagers again but with some money and no one telling you what you must do and no assignments due! It’s amazing! We go to gigs, take mid–week evening classes and go away for weekends. All that, and we can leave the dog and house for adult child to look after. And he pays rent! It’s a revelation. I now get why we had kids…finally all the hard work hits pay day. (Oh, and they are great humans who fill our world with love and meaning too…of course!) I think you are allowed to feel cheated and not feel guilty about it. It’s a feeling. Honour it and be witness to its message to you. Your feelings are just looking after you. Find out what it is telling you.

READER QUESTION: “I’m going to be a grandmother in April 2024. I’m still in my 50’s. I feel young and finally free of intensive parenting duties with my kids only now just adults. I must admit – I feel a bit cheated. I wanted to have some time free to myself before being enrolled into grandparenting. How do I hide my annoyance and get enthusiastic? And I don’t want to be called grandma, nanny, nan or gran! How do I approach this?”

Maybe it is there to ensure you consider and balance your needs and desires with any duty and/or requests for help and your time and your energy. It is asking of you to check your resources and capacity – like a light going off on the dashboard making sure you check the oil so you can run smoothly.

You are now moving into a new relationship with your child, their partner and your soon–to–be grandchild. This is just a new ‘iteration’ of the relationship evolution to navigate. Like every relationship before and to come, you need to share your feelings, needs and wants and also take others into consideration and care too.

In couple or relationship therapy, I talk about magic ampersand’ – the word AND – and how it allows for multiple realities, experiences, feelings and truths. The magic ampersand (&) offers more choice and flexibility than saying “BUT”. You can have your feeling & it doesn’t have to be the only truth going on. You can feel cheated, AND worried, AND excited, AND delighted.

An arriving grandchild may alter the upcoming landscape ahead – AND – you are still in the driver’s seat. It is how you navigate through this – deciding on what you want and what is important to you. When you add the magic ampersand into your thinking – you can be a young AND free grandma – AND – you can even choose your own grandma name. Just make one up!

Our feelings are our internal GPS continually auto–correcting and recalibrating with each new location point in life, keeping us on track. And here’s the amazing thing…you get to set the direction or the coordinates for where you want to go.

For me, when the time comes, I’ve already decided on my ‘nanna name’ and it is not nanna. My close family call me Sarzi – so I think for the new family members to come we can just stick to that. Sarzi. (A part of me can’t wait)

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g n i l S t yon a shoestring BY SAM & JORDI WOODS

Many of us these days are watching our budgets, being sustainable, thinking twice before we splurge on new clothes and often looking to see if there is something already in our wardrobe that we can make do with when it comes to dressing.

While these shopping and styling attitudes are wonderful they can leave us feeling bored and outdated and let’s face it…new things do have a way of making us feel good. So how do we have our style and love it too when the purse strings may need tightening and we are doing our best to reuse, recycle and help our planet with conscious shopping? Hopefully this article will help answer some of those questions and


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styling dilemmas as we show you how to make your existing pieces feel and look new, have fun “shopping” your existing wardrobe and how to update your wardrobe for any occasion with our “styling on a shoe string” tips, ideas and inspiration! How To Style On A Shoe String For Key Occasions: Cafe Dressing – as this is an outing many of us partake in from a social aspect to catch up with friends, why not #DressUpItFeelsGood and make these

get togethers an even more enjoyable experience! A key way to update your next Cafe Dressing outfit is with a scarf. Try some of these styling suggestions: Use your scarf as a belt and add some interest to your separates Neckties are a great way to add colour, warmth and/or sun protection to the décolletage A scarf in the hair is a simple way to update the everyday ponytail or use

your scarf as a head wrap Wrapping a large scarf over one shoulder will create a cape look and break up the colour in an outfit Tie your scarf around a bag handle or tie through a strap and let it flow as you walk! Dinner At The Club – Remove the mind set that “it is a good piece, so it can’t be worn to everyday outings”. Raid your after 5 accessories and team them back with a tee, maxi skirt and sandal to give them a “luxe for less” look. BBQ With Friends & Family – Be prepared and plan ahead and select your outfits prior to your outing then “flat lay” your BBQ outfits! How to flat lay: Create looks with your clothes, shoes and accessories by laying them on your floor and taking photos that can be saved into files on your phone for reference. Do this when you have spare time and it will ensure you have come up with something new and creative to wear for any last minute BBQs or any event, for that matter. Weddings and Celebratory Events – Dressing for special occasions is often the time when we feel we need to have something new in order to feel fabulous. Next time an occasion like this arises try:

Thrifting – Op shopping is a fabulous way to find something that no one else will have and also save money. Borrow from a friend – doing this will give you that “something new feeling” and also give an item another unexpected outing! Hire it – If you want something designer or an item you know you will never wear again (or can’t afford) you can try hiring your next outfit. There are many businesses now who offer this service and also some leading department stores. So worth searching online for. Funerals – As these are generally not happy occasions, when we buy something new to wear for a funeral it can leave us with emotions or memories associated with the occasion when we go to wear the item(s) at a later date. Therefore, unless you need or want to buy something new this is the time to be resourceful and “shop” in your own wardrobe turning your classic or corporate pieces into an elegant, understated outfit. If a more fun and cheerful dress code is required, adding some coloured shoes or a statement accessory can give these items the appropriate styling to make them more than wearable for these occasions. Also borrowing something from a friend, relative or if your budget allows, engage in some professional help and hire a stylist to help you shop.

Having a professional shop with and for you will ensure your purchases or items you already have are styled from a place of logic and not emotion. As stylists we have helped many clients shop and select outfits at this difficult time helping them make the experience less daunting and traumatic on top of the emotions they are already experiencing and dealing with. If you loved the tips in this article and want more, be sure to check out our books and guides to keep you updated, feeling modern, stylish and educated https://vibrantconcepts.com.au/ product–category/books/ Vibrantly yours, Sam & Jordi Woods x

cebook.com/VibrantConUnderstanding styling and fashion is one thing. Having a super natural flair for making everyday people look incredible is another. Once you’ve met Sam &

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ELEVATE YOUR LIVING SPACE Why you should motorise your blinds Technology has come a long way and the smart home era is here. The once humble window treatment has undergone a remarkable transformation. Motorised blinds are a sophisticated solution that combines functionality and convenience. Here are some compelling reasons to make the switch to motorisation. Effortless Control: Imagine having the ability to control your blinds with just the tap of a button or by voice. No more tugging at chains or wrestling with hard to reach blinds – up high or behind cupboards. With motorisation you can customise your window settings to suit your mood or time of day and have control over natural light and privacy. Accessibility: Motorised blinds cater to everyone, providing solutions for those with mobility challenges or disabilities. With no cords, wands or chains, you can ensure that everyone in the household can individually manage the blinds with ease. Energy Efficiency: Aside from convenience, motorised blinds contribute to energy efficiency. You can program your motorised blinds to

adapt to the changing seasons. Even when you’re not home and realise the day is getting hot you can operate your blinds to shade your home from your phone, helping to keep your home cool and reducing the strain on your air conditioning and electricity bill. Enhanced Safety: Your and your loved ones safety is paramount. Motorised blinds eliminate the hazards of dangling cords, reducing the risk of accidents. This feature is especially important for young children and curious pets. Home Security: When it comes to securing your home, motorised blinds play a pivotal role. While you’re away, program your blinds to go up and down as if you’re home. This simple, effective use of the blinds can act as a deterrent to potential intruders, enhancing the overall security of your home. Smart Home Integration: Home automation is the way of the future. Motorised blinds are compatible with smart home systems. Imagine being able to set a scene and using voice activation to open your blinds as you wake up in the morning or close them as you go to bed. You can set times for the blinds to adjust at certain times of the day. The automation possibilities are endless. Modern Style: Style meets functionality with motorised blinds.

Available in a variety of designs, materials, colours, inside or outside, they complement and enhance any living space to make it your home feel safe and comfortable. The sleek and unobtrusive design adds a touch of sophistication to any room and gives you the “Wow” factor.

With motorisation you can customise your window settings to suit your mood or time of day and have control over natural light and privacy Cost Effective: ask your blind consultant to quote both cord and motorised options; you’ll be surprised how reasonable motorisation is. Or consider only motorising the blinds that you use every day. As we move to the age of automation and smart living, motorised blinds stand out as a transformative addition to any home and should be top of everyone’s list. With undeniable convenience, they contribute to energy efficiency, safety and modern style to your home.

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